finding difference in pursuit of an emergent whole,
wonderful thresholds of slope + step solutions in Valparaíso, Chile.
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.
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.
Access to industry and proximity to freight
Earth dancing dances dance
Unavoidable lessons of force and motion
Unavoidable lessons of material connection
Unavoidable lessons of spatial negotiations
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more fantastic thresholds resolving the difference between slope and step of Valparaiso, Chile
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