Getting it DONE! A story about 2 guys making big changes to Caracas, Venezuela
The Urban Think Tank has cut through the complexities of troubled cities to realize large scale projects. By being the connection between community, design, public administration, funding, and construction they were able to make big changes happen.
I heard Alfredo Brillembourg speak last summer, and it was the most inspiring lecture I attended as an Urban Design student.
Though the "Vertical Gym" and the "Metro Cable" are both great projects, the real inspiration I found was in their process and methodology of research and execution.
Their sensitivity to the context allowed them to see where their efforts could be best placed. Connecting with the community allowed them to see the possibilities for solutions. Because they understand how things work in a city like Caracas, their investment in local networks and relationship building gained the support of the local government in order to make these large public works happen.
Urban Think Tank is a great reminder to those of us who are ambitious enough to tackle problems at an urban scale. We must be willing to wear a variety of hats simultaneously
: researcher, community mediator, designer, public advocate, just to name a few...
Here is some more from UTT about their projects