Samaipata, Bolivia
Supervisor  - Ar. Yves Schoonjans and Ar. Nacho Galan - KU Leuven
The center of Samaipata feels vibrant and lively, but once you cross the creek and walk upon the hill, there is not much left of these aspects. Except this district offers you great scenic views of the town when you reach the highest point. Also the typologies of the buildings are a lot different from the city center. As it is owned by different nationalities there is notable contrast in the houses built in terms of materials, size and Architecture. These were some of the key observations made during our walks to the district. The village and district along the hill are different in terms of people, living and housing module. The district is completely disconnected with the locals and the ambiance of Samaipata.
The research and analysis of sector 6 lead us to an landscape architecture project and also giving importance to the public spaces in between the “Territories and Landscape”. Samaipata is emerged into a tourist destination in the upcoming years but sector 6 is an extreme territory (Isolated, Hard to access, diverse landscape and Scenic View points). These characteristics lead us to intervene and propose some punctual interventions which helps in activating the public spaces for the locals, tourist and not only the rich. Factors like Critical isolation from the locals, disperse nationalities, poor accessibility, absence of public spaces and also lack of proper connectivity makes this territory special and extreme. One of the major tool used to solve these issues was by creating a kind of connectivity / route with these pause points in the remote landscapes which offers beautiful views of the town. The study of this region enabled us to understand how critical public spaces can be and why it is important to have these in between spaces in the city.

Samaipata, Bolivia

Mapping a region of Samaipata

Intervention  - 1 

Intervention  - 2

Intervention  - 3

Intervention  - 4

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