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Bácata

An Utopian Future Scenario For Bogotá


Sara Hammer

Bogotá as many other cities in the developing world is facing many difficulties.  The climate is changing rapidly,  the gap between rich and poor is widening dramatically, the population is still growing, despite the land is unequally distributed and the city already reached its geographical boundaries. These extreme circumstances might also contain the solution, for the establishment of a city worth living in for all of its inhabitants. With raising temperatures, giant bamboo species which used to grow in the lower regions of the Andean Cordillera conquered the city and supply all citizens with construction material.

The project portraits an unplanned second city called Bacatá, which sprawls above the existing buildings, detached from the land and its regulations. While in reality, humanity established several mechanisms on various scales in order to install segregation, Bacatá is based on the idea that architecture, the way of producing space and its spatial quality can contribute to a social progress by connecting people. The porosity of bamboo structures fosters social interactions.

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Bácata

An Utopian Future Scenario For Bogotá


Sara Hammer

The simplicity as building material makes it usable for nearly everyone, while the required actions, like harvesting, processing and constructing need to be done in groups. The short lifespan of bamboo culms create a dynamic second layer above Bogotá, which is steadily changing and depending on constant rebuilding by its inhabitants.

‘Bacatá’ is the ancient name for Bogotá in muisca language and means ‘planted fields’.

 

Advisors: Wolfgang Tschapeller, Lisa Schmidt-Colinet