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Regaining the Shore Agency of Maracaibo. Coastal Waste Narratives


Regaining the Shore Agency of Maracaibo. Coastal Waste Narratives

Hernández, Stefania (2018) Regaining the Shore Agency of Maracaibo. Coastal Waste Narratives. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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Maracaibo has lived from its territory, particularly the Maracaibo Lake. Throughout the years the lake has been exploited for its oil, resulting in a clear degradation. If design can serve as a narrative by interpreting the traces of the space, how can we read this broken space from the perception of its inhabitants? Understanding the notion of the area’s vulnerability, how can we acknowledge and have preferable measures for recognition and respectful use of the shore? The research is based on the concepts of spatial justice, community participation and empowerment to accomplish the regaining of this coastal space.

It was observed through a historical and geographical analysis that the city has had little concern in integrating the coast to its planning, causing a fragmented space, and looks on the reasons and consequences this has had. This research develops a proposal through the selection of a case study community, Lago y Sol. This is made recollecting the community’s insight and narratives through participation methods like workshops and interviews. The data compiled served as a base to develop the design that aims to create a place for them to enjoy while addressing the issue of coastal waste. The intent is to present an example of how the natural and the built environment can bridge for a better urban development based on the imaginary of its direct users. Responding to the necessity for a better development, especially because of its rich potential for social encounter, in a country where much reconciliation is needed.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Fine Arts > Design and Computation Arts
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Hernández, Stefania
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.Des.
Date:July 2018
Thesis Supervisor(s):Cucuzzella, Carmela
ID Code:984263
Deposited By: Stefania Hernandez
Deposited On:16 Nov 2018 16:35
Last Modified:16 Nov 2018 16:35
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