Rimac Renaissance: Prototypes for Housing in Rimac, Peru
Martinez, John David
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The physical environment of Rimac, Peru provokes improvements in current living standards. Cultural values and traditions are lost in the deteriorating conditions of the city. This thesis provides housing solutions of modest aspiration to regenerate notions of community by addressing three agendas: a socio-cultural, an urban design, and architectural. The socio-cultural response activates the community by exploring self-help construction, flexibility, and best practices as devices to resolve cultural informalities and insecurities. The urban design proposal incorporates a neighborhood center composed of an institution and building yard to provide resources for learning and training in traditional crafts, construction practices, and city patterns. The architectural agenda proposes an interpretation of traditional Rimac housing typologies as new solutions to infill vacant and abandoned lots. An analysis of the house through incremental growth, the flexibility of spaces, and use patterns provide options for living that promote the development of Rimac, both socially and physically.