Coastal Density

Collaboration: William Bilyeu

Caracas-- and Petare, Venezuela in particular is considered a coastal arrival city that will double its population by 2050. That being said, these cities already suffer from high density, so seeking a solution for porosity created an aim for the project. Whether this be ecological, resource management, or physical buildings-- seeking space within a cluster of urban fabrics such as these are important for the future moving forward. Exploration at its fundamentals, but asking critical question to respect cultural identity.



Throughout this mapping phase, we become fluent in it region and how the environment is created through it’s landscape and building density.

The mapping of the conditions are within these disciplines: water, green space, road networks and typical programs. Through each of these, we were able to create in collaboration an understanding of generic and anomalies within density.

What we can gather from this, is that there is a natural case of flooding and also river flow and runoff that can being either ignored or designed in such a way that it is helpful to the community.



Dangerous slopes severely needed to be taken into consideration especially since it has be dictating a lot of the other mapping phases previously mentioned. This researched allowed for us to understand and gather what might not be possible to build on for our design, and also those areas that were so dangerous that those living there currently especially were brought into a difficult case. As shown, most of the residential has avoided the areas that have extreme slope characteristics. Much of the slopes are within the surrounding areas, which gives more reason are to why there is such a dense population in the existing area.

For the design aspect, this is what narrowed down the possible sites that we could even build on. Anything that was dangerous became auto excluded from decisions, seeing that it would be much easier to create a safe and accessible environment that connects to neighborhoods in an area without a slope that caused either damage or danger.



From all of the intensive research done and created, becoming fluent in Petare’s culture and living conditions, this allowed us to narrow down areas that were not a possibility for further development as well reach the goal to find a site to further development.

Those that were subtracted began with areas that were already developed, dangerously sloped landscapes and floodplains. We ultimately reached a neighborhood development that allowed for creation of landscape, water catchment and porosity.