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This temporary urban project ‘Shadows Chiwinas’ is located on this natural geographical border between the city of El Alto and La Paz. The city El Alto is the youngest and highest of Bolivia, located next to the border of the administrative capital La Paz city.

El Alto is also the fastest growing in South America due to rapid rural migration. This rapid urbanization has caused in some areas dense living areas but also isolated spaces. Those places are usually appropriated by informal markets and temporary installations.

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Most of the locals are primarily engaged to informal trade. They usually appropriate the streets and side walks with small business and commerce; selling vegetable or exoteric, traditional folk rituals. Other businesses are conducted in homes where outweigh the shops of all kinds: hardware stores, bazaars, grocery, barracks, butchers, brick, restaurants, metalworking shops, carpentry and some more. A true mix of small scale business and markets.

These social and economical flows make the area even more flexible in usage and social context. El Alto is one of the most dynamic cities of South America.

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The design team proposed to build radial structures for the parasols made from founded struts, shaped as a cone or bouquet. These structures are smartly located around the area within fixed distances. Being partially fixed to the soil, they are also double supported by stones, shaping them somehow as little mountains where people could eventually use as sitting areas. The structures were also decorated with stencils of various forms and colours. Locals were involved in the painting process, especially children.

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Project details
Project name: Chiwiñas Shadows
Description: Temporary Public Space, mostly built with local recycle material
Category: meeting place
Design: Basurama, Xioz adi , La Paz Stencil, Aymar Coppacatti
Building status: in use
Construction period: sept / oct 2011
Location: El Alto, Bolivia
Coordinates: 16°33'37.6'' S, 68°12'33.1'' W
Tags: urban, community practice, hands-on, low budget, student participation
Project ID: 262
Published: 7 July 2012
Last updated: 3 December 2019
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