Located slightly northwest of the city centre, the selected area of interest is made up of a large section of La Paternal neighbourhood, located in Comuna 15, the city’s 15th district.
Around 12,000 people live in 100 hectares (1 km2 or 100 city blocks), which is equal to a population density of 12,000 people/km2, well below the city average of 15,156 people/km2. Low and middle-density residential buildings are intertwined with industrial and factory uses, some of which have been abandoned over time.
The main strengths of the area are its proximity to a refurbished train station and two BRTs, fairly good security and low population density, which makes it quite liveable and pleasant. A weakness in terms of accessibility is the aforementioned urban barriers and the externalities produced by industrial uses (presence of trucks, loading and unloading of goods, and concrete facades), in addition to the lack of green spaces. The city’s main expectations are to improve and integrate the residential and industrial uses of the neighbourhood. Measures to improve the quality of life of the La Carbonilla population are also necessary.
The site covers approximately 100 hectares, enclosed by San Martin Avenue, the San Martin Railroad tracks, Paysandu St., and Warnes Ave.
- The site is made up of mainly middle-class households and a lower-class population which resides mainly in La Carbonilla.
- La Carbonilla is an informal neighbourhood that began to form in 2001, south of the railroad tracks, with a growing estimated population of 4,000.
Priority areas & main expectations:
- Lessen the harsh industrial characteristics of the area, by better integrating existing infrastructure.
- Increase liveability of the area by improving its walkability and access to green spaces.
- Better integrate La Carbonilla settlement into the rest of the neighbourhood.
Students should consider solutions for the neighbourhood as a whole. However, they may also wish to concentrate on specific interventions for any of the abandoned buildings outlined in the Site Form.
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