Urban poverty is often perpetuated because it exists on the margins of cities – either geographically or within popular consciousness. But architecture and urban design have the potential to redistribute resources and draw attention to neglected zones. As an early collaborative project with the Inter-American Development Bank, U-TT designed a new city hall and civic center for Mar del Plata, situating it within one of the city’s poorest areas.
Conceived with flexible, mixed use programming in mind, the project comprises a four hectare park and aproximately 8,000 m2 of office, commercial, and civic space. By transplanting public facilities into an underserved community and providing incentives for a diverse population to use the programs and amenities on offer, the project seeks to catalyze a more egalitarian future for the city as a whole.
|Location||Mar del Plata, Argentina|
|Year||2013 - 2016|
|Total Area||30,000 m2|
|Leads||Alfredo Brillembourg & Hubert Klumpner|
|Project Architects||Michael Contento, Lea Rüfenacht, Lindsey Sherman|
|Local Architects||Pio Romero, Martin Rosales|
|ETH Project Team||Scott Lloyd, Sofia Avramopoulou, Lucas Bucher, Stéphane Grandgirard, Lindsay Howe, Daniel Hudson, Marija Gramc Milivojevic, Ozan Özvatan, Giulia Scotto, Giacomo Zanchetta|
|IDB Bank Team||Ellis Juan, Horacio Terraza, Martin Solier, Federico Scodelaro|
|Alcaldia de Mar del Plata Team||Gustavo Pulti, Pablo Garcia|