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Chamizal´s Community Incubator

The Mexico-US border territory abounds in ecologies and economies which are interconnected by both countries. In urban areas the border becomes impenetrable.

Located between the cities El Paso and Ciudad Juarez, the Chamizal territory is one example of this. The Chamizal is divided by the infrastructure of Rio Bravo basin.

My project aims to soften this division. Based on an urban strategy, the Chamizal´s community incubator consists of a set of movable pavilions and infrastructures that provide activities for the inhabitants of this territory.

The pavilions move from one side of the border to the other, creating social ties that will unify the Chamizal.

MAP

Authors: Lijia Sun, Ismael Fernández. This map mainly shows the different ecologies and human production activities along the border territory.

Mexico-USA border

Human-Scaled Analysis - Mexico-usa Border - Chamizal´s Community Incubator - Student Porjects | IE School of Architecture and Design

Human-scaled analysis

This analysis compares diverse topics in Mexican and American border cities. The topics are dwelling typology, illegal immigration crossing, drinking water management, young population jobs.

Comparative Analysis - Mexico-usa Border - Chamizal´s Community Incubator - Student Porjects | IE School of Architecture and Design

Comparative analysis

This analysis compares diverse topics in Mexican and American border cities. The topics are dwelling typology, illegal immigration crossing, drinking water management, young population jobs.

Juarez-El Paso

Juarez-El Paso - Chamizal´s Community Incubator - Student Porjects | IE School of Architecture and Design

The territory of intervention is located in an area called El Chamizal; it is a territory shared by Ciudad Juarez (Mexico) and El Paso (US), although each country manages its areas independently. Rio Bravo infrastructure-border divides El Chamizal.

Mexican and American Chamizal territories - Chamizal´s Community Incubator - Student Porjects | IE School of Architecture and Design

This set of images shows how the Mexican and American Chamizal territories look like.

Urban strategy

Urban straregy - Chamizal´s Community Incubator - Student Porjects | IE School of Architecture and Design

This diagram shows the urban strategy this movable community sets up, as well as, some proposed activities by the community.

Proposed Activities - Chamizal´s Community Incubator - Student Porjects | IE School of Architecture and Design

Proposed activities

This map shows some activities proposed by the community and the urban agents involved on them.

The community Peregrination - Chamizal´s Community Incubator - Student Porjects | IE School of Architecture and Design

The Community peregrination

This map shows the peregrination of the community depending on the activities proposed. It also shows the location of the community human infrastructure.

Book Exchange Booth

Plans - Chamizal´s Community Incubator - Student Porjects | IE School of Architecture and Design

Plans

This booth also serves as community encounter point within neighborhoods

Technical Componets - Chamizal´s Community Incubator - Student Porjects | IE School of Architecture and Design

Technical componets

The booth has an umbrella-roof with the aim of celebrating this meeting point as special location within neighborhoods.

  • Urban context - Study of shadows in one day

    The community organizes a campaign on nutrition for students and their parents. The event takes places on the street between a primary school and a park.

  • Event plan

    Students and parents participate on meals, performances, personal talks and workshops.
    Some activities are organized inside of the pavilions, others outside, under the colored umbrellas.

  • Systems incubator's program

    This drawing shows the different movable pavilions and its possible programs. Also it shows the two main systems employed; a chassis system which serves to transport the pavilions, and a shading system of umbrellas to provide shadows and a special atmosphere.

  • Fan system - open and closed

    This system of umbrellas can fold and unfold. The umbrellas are made of colored translucent tubes.

  • General view umbrella system vernacular components

    In this general view of the Chamizal Community Incubator you can observe the umbrella system and the vernacular components which the pavilions are designed with.

Nutrition Campaign

Theater Incubator - Technical Components - Chamizal´s Community Incubator - Student Porjects | IE School of Architecture and Design

Theater incubator - technical components

This pavilion is designed to be used as a performative space. It is divided into two areas: the stage and the backstage on the second floor.

Theater Incubator - Technical Components - Chamizal´s Community Incubator - Student Porjects | IE School of Architecture and Design

Training incubator - technical components

This pavilion is especially designed to be used as a classroom and lecture space. It is enclosed by recycled housing lattice.

Nutrition Campaign - Render View - Chamizal´s Community Incubator - Student Porjects | IE School of Architecture and Design

Nutrition Campaign - render view

This image shows how it looks like to be inside of Chamizal´s Community Incubator