In 1994 we traveled
to the southern Pacific coast of Colombia with a group of students
to take part in a project organized by Essy Baniassad. We made records
of several barrios facing a government relocation program in the
dense, urban village of Tumaco and the small coastal community of
San Juan, whose inhabitants had invited us to design for them a
new inland village.
of working and learning in a very direct way with this project has
strongly influenced the way in which we have pursued our architectural
practice. For us this project brought into question the bifurcation
of design and construction, the importance of local economy and
building culture, resources, technologies, skills and materials.
Through these case studies and design proposals we began to explore
the idea of a loose fitting design adjustable in its parts, at various