Insitu 2013 / Medellin
with uAbureau, National University of Colombia Medellin (UNAL), Fab Lab UNAL, TuTaller
INSITU 2013 began with a series of public workshops for community members and the project team to learn more about each other. During three sessions, men, women, and children from around the barrio explained about life in Manantiales, what problems they are facing and also sharing possible solutions and priorities. The group focused on four primary subjects; sanitation, agriculture, furniture and play – and at the end of these sessions they were able to create a general outline of the present and future infrastructure elements that can improve la cancha.
The first would be a series of “bridges” to cover the open sanitation canals along the edge of la cancha; the second would be to build a platform and public seating that would formalize a place to socialize and play; and the third installations would be a vertical garden adjacent to the doorway of the community library.
Bridges + Seating Elements:
Working the UNAL Fab Lab, these two components of the project were designed using advanced 3D modelling software and a 3-axis milling machine was used to fabricate the physical moulds. This process allowed the team to design and fabricate 7 different seating designs and a series of four bridges in only four days. These moulds were taken to Manantiales for final casting.
The design and fabrication of the platform mould was also completed in the UNAL Fab Lab using 3D modeling and the large laser cutter. What differentiates the platform process to the “bridges” and “seating elements” is the type of mould that was designed and built. Here, rather than creating a reusable mould, the team decided to create a in-place mould made from cardboard that would biodegrade over time. Using a ribbed structure to create the floor platform, this process allowed the team to create a more dynamic and nonlinear form.
Over a period of five days, the team completed all the onsite work to create the final installation. To make this happen, uAbureau and participants would like to thank all the members of the community that rolled up their sleeves to work with us during this intense period. Working into the late hours of the night, through heavy tropical rain, the team created a place that not only fulfills functional needs for the community, but will also a place that allows people to gather, social and celebrate.
Insitu Foundation is an initiative founded by Nicholas Waissbluth (Canada), James Brazil (Spain), Fabio Lopez (Colombia) and Rafael Machado (Venezuela)