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Fábrica de Cultura: School of Arts and Popular Traditions
The Fábrica de Cultura: School of Arts and Popular Traditions complex in Barrio Abajo, a working-class neighborhood in Barranquilla, Colombia, is built into an abandoned Tobacco Factory, adding a new building and offering a public square for the Barrio. Located at the Caribbean coast, the Fábrica provides a ‘maker space’ for 2800 young people to learn the creative arts and popular traditions centered around the culture of the UNESCO World Heritage Carnival of Barranquilla. Operated by the Municipality, the facility offers arts and crafts education in - 11 disciplines music, dance, sculpture, dress making, painting poetry, theater, food production, digital film and audio techniques - to local residents, regardless of their social or economic background.
The design builts on vernacular patterns, behaviors and phenomena, utilizing local materials and processes and fabrication providing open building principles establishing a creative framework of stacked covered and uncovered spaces that can be modified and reprogrammed by users over time. Fábrica de Cultura offers a flexible building prototype wthat is beeing replicated in other parts of Barranquilla and Colombia as a whole using popular arts and culture as a strategy for inclusion throughout the region.
The Fábrica de Cultura is part of the larger Colombia Urban Transformation Program, a collaboration between the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), among others. The drawings and models for the project were shown at 17th International Architecture Biennale in Venice 2021.
Images and photos Copyright Klumpner Chair of Architecture and Urban Design ETHZ / Alejandro Arango and Luis Bernardo Cano
Universidad del Norte (Manuel Moreno, Fabian Amaya, Ricardo Vives, Andres Guzman, Guisselle Garcia, Antonio Bula, Augusto Sisa, Daniel Soto, Luis Villadiego, Lasidez Ripoll, Guardo Polo, Victor Cantillo, Pedro Otero, Daniela
Cohen STATE SECRETARIAT FOR ECONOMIC AFFAIRS (SECO) Dagmar Vogel, Cliff Hammer, Jerome Wieser, Christian Sieber, Natalia Mayorga, Gregoire Labhardt INTER-AMERICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK (IDB) Ellis Juan, Andres Blanco, Horacio Terraza, Ramiro Lopez Ghio, Oswaldo Porras, Luis Manuel Espinoza
Luis Fernando Arboleda, Maria del Rosario Hidalgo, Maria Lourdes Lacouture, Paulo Sanchez, David Montero, Vanessa Alvarez) / Alcaldía de Barranquilla & EDA (Alejandro Char Chaljub, Juan Jose Jaramillo, Yehoshua Sanchez, Yino Marquez, Cristian Pacheco, Alejandro Navia, Eder Hernández, Mario Zapata, Nivaldo Castro, Emilio Zapata)