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kathrin commented on Lima 2035

first of all, congratulations to your very inspiring and seductive vision of another lima in 2035.

as you requested my feedback - here it comes. ahora veo que todos los comentarios están escritos en español - en fín, lo dejo así, confiando que se entiende igual.

you make out the lomas as the most precious green space in the city which they undoubtedly are. and you want lima to be “a regenerative, nourishing and inclusive food oasis, as green as the Lima discovered by Francisco Pizarro 500 years earlier”. this sounds wonderful, still I think there is a potential to explore more in depth what this early “oasis” was like – and so to not necessarily recreate it, but to learn from its dynamics and especially learn about the preconditions of places and spaces and traces within the metropolis today and create a strategy of how to return their “power of place” and re-establish their historic value out of a contemporary perspective.

one aspect also to study in depth and to incorporate into your vision are the strong ties between the highlands and the coast of lima and the importance lima has always had in that sense. the recently deceased gerald taylor speaks about these relations very intelligently in his writings which are recalled in this video:

you envision the “design of an innovative housing model tailored to the needs and talents of Lima’s informal settlers”, where houses “symbiotically integrate architecture and agriculture, unlocking synergistic benefits to its dwellers and the environment.” what would these houses look like and how and under which financial framework would they be built? where would they be located in relation to the lomas?

one of the principal and extremely difficult issues and needed strategies -still not present in your vision- is how to make front to land trafficking, how to engage municipalities and how to include dwellers and communities, how to resolve land management questions that remain unresolved all through the 20th century.

as you are powerful image producer, what I would love to see, instead of the “national geographic” and “el comercio” simulation which is a representation of the perception or of an image that will be sold but is not necessarily proved in its social engineering and on-site effect, what I would love to see is a simulation of the stages of how your vision will gradually become true. of how the stretch of the “wall of shame” gradually opens up, connects and creates a shared open space and community cohesion – this is nearly a utopia, as you now, but why not imagine a utopian city and gradually make it more real?

best for the next steps - !adelante!