A proposal to reinvigorate waterways for transportation and sustainable development in Puerto Suárez, Bolivia, by Martin Fernández de Lema of the Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA), Argentina received the Holcim Awards “Next Generation” second prize.Media release – Sustainable construction as a key to better urban life » leia mais (Portuguese) » más información (Spanish) »
The jury commended the project for its holistic approach from large scale to micro-level details such as social issues; and its realistic approach to a transnational project. Within that, the integrated thinking of the production-market-education line and the social impact are particularly important contributors to the quality of the project.
The project is designed for the UNESCO World Heritage listed Pantanal Conservation Area, a complex landscape encompassing 200,000 square km of lakes, rivers and wetlands in the border area between Bolivia, Brazil and Paraguay. The strategic importance of the area for the South American interior is identified, both through an investigation of its potential as a transportation route between the ocean harbors and the inland, and as living space for those who have limited options to develop their livelihood.
As a starting point, Interior South explores the potential to harness the water, which floods up to 80% of the land area during the wet season. Then, core elements are proposed, serving as floating units for production, living, trading and teaching. The project explores the possibility of harnessing the potential of water as a condition of the interior of South American continent. The aquatic environment becomes the factor that links the cities of the region, and is also the new production environment for the natives. The bioremediation as a method of filtering gray water, and productive environment and excellence are utilized and reinterpreted in this proposal.Download project entry poster (PDF, 448.47 KB) » See more