HOSPITAL SAN JUAN DE DIOS
LOCATION: Bogotá, Colombia.
PROGRAM: Urban /Dotational
Design: Carlos Martínez (AR-AR) + Manuela Eblé C + Jesús Fiallo + Juan Jose Vargas
COLLABORATORS: Carlos Martínez (AR-AR) + Manuela Eblé C
+ Jesús Fiallo + Juan Jose Vargas + Ana María Díaz Parra + Juan Sebastián Camacho Perea + Daniel Sánchez + Maria Fernanda Guerrero + Enrique Cadavid + Alejandra Leon
The cultural landscape is a social construction that articulates and values heritage natural and cultural of the territories, whose resources and services favor the revitalization from any region (Bel, 2006). All the urban management plans involved in the recovery of the historic center of Bogotá share a common interest in consolidating jointly its cultural landscape, making special emphasis on enhancing the character of each associated sector.
The CHSJD is one of these sectors, whose qualities we interpret and associate with what Gilles Clément points out as residue (one of the components of the Third landscape): “abandoned places full of potential due to its resilient character and adaptive over time and for its ability to shelter a set of ecosystems that in turn shelter a high diversity” (Clément, 2004); a character only make it a piece strategic urban area capable of contributing to the consolidation of the cultural landscape of the center history of Bogota.
In order to recognize and take advantage of these qualities and benefits of the place, We implement a treatment landscape restoration capable of linking, through wild gardens, the species of the place (with life cycles short) with other more stable species (with longer life cycles); so that, progressively, you can recover a state of balance and vital permanence in this great hierarchical biodiversity node in the ecosystemic reading of the city.
Restore the natural landscape of the CHSJD is, at the same time, to vindicate the dialogue between its environmental-architectural heritage and its context; is to recognize the role of your historical memory as a story that, in its time, rescues the history of the city; is in end, a contribution to the consolidation of the cultural landscape of the traditional center.