_chilean national
  botanical gardens
_master plan university
  martyrs uganda
_port mcneil waterfront _regina city square _san jose downtown
  development plan
_the forks _valparaiso
  redevelopment planning
_whitehorse riverfront

Cohlmeyer Architecture was engaged to prepare an urban design and public space improvement strategy for the UNESCO World Heritage Site of this important coastal city in central Chile. We worked with a team of architects, economists, sociologists and engineers to establish the framework for redevelopment; physical work is to be completed as part of Chile’s 200th birthday celebrations in 2010.

The focus of the project was to develop a program of interventions which would increase economic activity and public use of the public environment. In order to accomplish this, we altered the initial development program in two significant ways:

  • we re-aligned budgets to better serve the less-well-off areas; and
  • we extended two programs of action:
    • to include areas which linked neighbourhoods with the rest of the city; and
    • to include private terrain which had been abandoned, or which were collapsing.

Our proposed program is an a amalgam of complementary initiatives:

  • re-developing two large plazas to facilitate pedestrian movement linking disparate poorer areas of the city with the city-at-large;
  • clarifying entry points and processions up to the sides of the Valparaíso’s steep hills;
  • providing aesthetic enhancement, visible destinations and areas for rest along these steep routes;
  • re-developing key plazas and recreational areas at the tops of the hills;
  • developing a program to remove abandoned and collapsing buildings and to replace them with trees and shrub undergrowth: changing the image from one of abandonment to one of caring and hope (owners would be entitled to retain and build new structures);
  • developing a program to either remove, or remove-and-replace, the rusting and collapsing privacy fences which line many of the poorer routes.