Chair of Architecture and Urban Design / Institute of Landscape- and Urban Studies / LUS Member of Network City and Landscape / NSL Co-Director of ETH Wohnforum, Centre for Architecture Society and Environment / ETH Wohnforum / ETH CASE Co-Founder and Members of Institute of Science Technology and Policy / ISTP Member of the ETH Sustainability Steering Committee Informal Urbanism Regional Hub of UN-Habitat Universities
The popular carnival culture, toady UN-heritage is the vital part of urban life, however cultural facilities are often limited to consumption. Developed by ETHZ in collaboration with an international network of partners such as Uni-Norte, the Fábrica de Cultura: BAQ will provide a “maker space” for teaching young people the creative arts and popular traditions centered around Barranquilla‘s Carnival. Operated by the municipality, the facility will offer cultural education, in music, dance, sculpture, dress making, painting poetry, theater, food production, digital film and audio techniques, to all residents but especially to the popular Barrio Abajo.
The low-cost design, which utilizes local materials and processes of prefabrication, adopts open building principles to establish a creative framework that can be modified and reprogrammed by users over time. Working closely with engineers from the Universidad del Norte in Barranquilla, as well as experts in sustainable building technology from the SuAT Chair at ETH Zürich, the aim is to develop a flexible building prototype and construction system that can be replicated throughout the region. The Fábrica de Cultura: BAQ project is sponsored by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), and coordinated by the Inter-American Development Bank as part of the Emerging and Sustainable Cities Initiative. In September 2016, the project was recognized with an International Architecture Award from the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design.
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)