The Living Landscape of Quebrada Jaime

Student: Cherk Ga Leung

Title: Choreographing a Landscape of Contingency - Mobilizing the boundaries separating the Norm, the Alternative and the Not-yet-known

Semester: 2019 July

Teachers: Alberto​ Altes Arlandis, ​​​​​​Jorge Mejia Hernandez, Gilbert Koskamp

This project is represented in the TU Delft 2020 Archiprix preselection.

The project operates within the corporeal dimensions of cognitive processes. Infatuated with being clear and concise in a world cut out for scientific knowledge, do we leave untapped something of the fluidity of the world which eludes logical reasoning?

Teusaquillo was built in the 1950s following the principles of the Garden City. Over time, Bogotá’s turbulent past resulted in it becoming highly fenced. My intervention is a chain of constructed storm water wetlands running through Teusaquillo. It is an interlocking network in which things – water, plants, identities etc. – exist along never-ending paths of movement. Like a stream, they shape their banks as they flow.

Within this misty landscape, boundaries are defined by the reach of thoughts and bodily movement. By constructing the material conditions for people to collectively perform alternative ways of gathering, I aim to disturb the impermanent boundary around that knowledge which we know and accept.

More information about the project can be found here.

As architects, by constructing the conditions for people to collectively perform alternative ways of gathering, maybe we can agitate the impermanent boundaries around what is normal and accepted. My intervention along El Parkway is a paved ground that makes it possible for people to collectively experience the public realms anew through the movement of their bodies. This festive space has the capacity to hold big carnivals and huge moving crowds. The landscape around it is part of a complex and interlocking network in which things, be it water, plants, identities etc., are all along never-ending paths of movement, cutting their banks as they flow.

More information about this project can be found here.