Casco Histórico de Petare. Municipio Sucre, Caracas 2016
Proyecto │ Incursiones + Central Arquitectura
Equipo │ Josymar Rodríguez, María Valentina González, Yanfe Pedroza, Stefan Gzyl, Manuela Falcón, Gabriel Fossi, José Antonio Guinand, Alejandra Paredes, Adriana Pizzi, Lucia Guinand, Úrsula D′Amico
Colaboradores │ Jesús Gabriel Díaz, Luis Manzano, Nikolai Elneser, Josbel Chacón, Kleyver Gutiérrez, Carpinteros Tarazona, K&S Solutions
Aliados │ Goethe-Institut, Cultura Sucre, Provita, Galería Abra, Pasa la cebra, Colegio Humbolt, Fundación Bigott, Bodegas Pomar
More than 500 people visited the installation everyday. Even though schools were officially closed on Fridays, do to the energy shortcut situation; the number of participants remain the same as any other day of the week. Kids still came to the square to play, learn and work in the garden. Paradiso is a garden of good will; a community of urban caretakers and a bet that there is hope to overcome the crisis we are facing.
Paradiso was first installed for two weeks in small but busy urban square called Plaza Sucre. The square is part of what is known as the colonial center of the old town of Petare, presently the largest slum in Venezuela and one of the largest in Latin America.
The square is surrounded by institutional buildings but immersed in the dynamics of a conflictive and sometimes dangerous context.
To ensure the success of the intervention, we design and put into action a number of events and activities before and during Paradiso. It was possible by the generous support of the Goethe-Institut and developed in collaboration with several public and private organizations.
Paradiso was more than an urban installation. As part of the project, we formed an alliance with Provita, an NGO with over 25 years of work in the field of ecological preservation and education. Together we organized a series of lectures and planting sessions with children from different schools in Caracas.
These sessions reached over 300 children, most of who became the main caretakers of the garden and helped spread the message to other visitors about the meaning and care of the installation.
Our experiences working with slums have shown that despite the discouraging situation we are facing, children are eager to learn, have the will to participate and appreciate like no one else the opportunities given as long as these are fun, interesting and challenging.
In the first implementation of Paradiso, were implemented several measurement strategies: surveys to know the provenance of visitors, age and gender, number of visits a day, monitored the care of plants and recorded the dynamics taking place in the installation.
To measure the impact of the intervention, we carried out several surveys to understand the characteristics of the people touched by the intervention and how it changed the dynamics of its surroundings.
We are proud to say that Paradiso was intensely used by more than 5000 different people, even changing the everyday use of the space.
Before Paradiso only 10% of the people that walked by stayed in the square for more than 20 minutes, during Paradiso the activity and permanence in the square increased significantly, with 50% of people staying at the square, either in or around the garden.
We know that 85% of the people who get involved in the garden live in the slums near the square, been 70% under twelve years old. 3 out of 5 children, who crossed the square, stop and enter the garden inviting their parents to enter too or to enjoy the square while they were playing.
To understand the impact of Paradiso in the dynamics of the square, we map out mobility and permanence and to grasp the impact in the memory and imagination of the kids, we carried out several mapping activities with them, which helps us to better understand the intervention and its purpose.