port side performance

Avenue Errazuriz runs along the port rim of Valparaíso offering the most direct means of moving across the city.  Looking towards the hills, buildings stand in formal order lining this major corridor while buses, collectivos, dogs, port authorities, residents, visitors, mope heads, and bicyclists make their way back and forth activating this sea edge.

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retaining wall facades

In Valparaiso the street Camino Cintura cuts a perfect horizontal datum into the residential hills at the 300′ elevation mark, running circulation with views of the hill and sea. Retaining walls edge the hillside of the street requiring residents to cut voids in the mass of the soil just to reach road access, a costly accomplishment. What results are building facades functioning mostly as retaining walls punctured by doors and thresholds.  Half of Camino Cintura is lined with stereotomic street faces.

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2013 . impression of Valparaiso

Valparaiso’s Power
42 hills
Pacific Ocean
Pungent smells
Penetrating sounds
Voyeristic views
Access to industry and proximity to freight
Abrasive grounds
Precipitous edges
Concealed terrain
Earth dancing dances dance
Visceral limits
Multiple dimensions
Unavoidable lessons of force and motion
Unavoidable lessons of material connection
Unavoidable lessons of spatial negotiations

 

>> 2011 . impression of Valparaiso – Valparaiso & Victoria