Workshop Internacional "Nueva Pompeya" was a collaborative studio between the University of Southern California and the government of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Urban planning, architecture, and landscape architecture students joined together to address some of the most pressing problems in Buenos Aires- urbanization, growth management, income inequality and sustainability.
Nueva Pompeya is a "barrio" on the outskirts of Buenos Aires that houses a wide array of peoples. The project site is at the intersection of a regional transportation network and a local community. Nearby, a regional river system, one of the most polluted in South America, serves to separate "barrios" and areas of slums. The project site contains various plazas and squares that serve the local population and act as the main public spaces. Our question was how to honor the culture of the community, preserve and enhance public spaces, while improving circulation, accessibility and quality of life?
The design proposal emerged from an exploratory process consisting of an initialanalysis performed in Los Angeles and culminating with on-site charrettes, interviews and personal observation of Nueva Pompeya. Throughout the process various design ideas and directions were studied, analyzed and critiqued to ensure the best solution possible would be discovered. In conclusion, the Workshop Internacional "Nueva Pompeya" gave me an opportunity to explore international urban design, planning, and public policy at a very intimate level; understanding the people and community for whom I serve.
Spring 2011 | University of Southern California