Location: San Agustin, Caracas, Venezuela
Dates: 2007 - 2010
Client: C.A. Metro de Caracas
Photographs: Iwan Baan
The first part of this project involved a new and revolutionary approach to urban planning. Our extensive past experience working in the barrios and with their community leaders has taught us that far from being naïve, they are well-informed and knowledgeable, if untutored, in the principles of planning and development. Indeed, residents possess a firm understanding of what their communities need most.
We therefore took an approach that included:
The cable car system, which is integrated with the Metro System of Caracas, is 2.1 km in length and employs gondolas holding 8 passengers each. Metro Cable’s capacity allows for the movement of 1,200 people per hour in each direction. Two stations will be to be in the valley and connect directly to the Caracas public transportation system. Three additional stations are located along the mountain ridge, on sites that meet the demands of community access, established pedestrian circulation patterns, and also spatial availability for construction, ensuring minimal demolition of existing housing.
The five stations’ designs share a basic set of components in common; platform levels, ramps for access, circulation patterns, materials, and structural elements. However, each station differs in configuration and additional functions, and the separate stations include cultural, social and system administrative functions; replacement of demolished residences with more homes, as well as public spaces; a gym, supermarket, and daycare center; and a link between the cable car system and the municipal bus circuit.