Casa de la memoria, Nuevo Amanecer

Location: Asociación de Vivienda Nuevo Amanecer, Avenida Chosica, Cajamarquilla, Lurigancho-Chosica, Perú.
Year: 2017-2019
Build area: 255 m²

The project is developed as part of the “AL BORDE” workshop of the University of Sciences and Arts of Latin America (UCAL). The objective of this participatory architecture and construction workshop is to train architects who are committed to a socially active professional practice. The workshop proposes a concrete confrontation with the reality of a territory where students’ knowledge is enriched through experience and exploration. Through design, strategies such as time and resources are sought according to the territory and its population for the improvement of community life while taking into account the conditions under which a project is carried out. Additionally, strategies such as working with materials that already exist on hand and looking for creative solutions through design and management are also examined. Participation in such workshops is a means of turning a project into a common dream that is constantly exposed to discussion, until ultimately a consensus is reached. The complexity of the workshop is increased due to the fact that it touches on very sensitive matters such as the memory of a community that has suffered a “disintegrating” history, due to the internal armed conflict that took place in Peru, between a twenty year period from 1980 to 2000. The Nuevo Amanecer Association is made up of 200 families, victims of the Peruvian State declared by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. As part of a compensatory process these families were recipient of a housing which resulted in more difficulties including a struggle to occupy the land which is located in an industrial area of the Lurigancho-Chosica District, a peripheral area east of the city of Lima. Additionally, the land is of sandy terrain without electrical installation or potable water, which is being sourced through community efforts.

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