Ravine Central I
Ravine Central not only acknowledges Quito’s paradigmatic phases of urban evolution as legitimate conditions that have shaped the city to its current urban configuration, but also understands these as a mean to then speculate on the formal attributes the city must take in its future development, by utilizing the implementation of the first metro line as yet another paradigmatic epoch for the city. This is achieved by exploring the city’s fabrics and components in each of its evolutionary phases, from the 16th century introduction of the Spanish damero plan in an Andean setting to the recent gated community developments characteristic of the lower valleys. This rigorous study allowed to speculate and propose the next big change the city must embark on by using two historically concurrent but neglected problematics as lenses for design production: geography and density. The result is a project that plays with pixel-like (block scale/city scale) resolution; the micro scale deals with the conception of a new type of urban block that helps the city to densify while acknowledging the extreme ravine condition as potential for recreational and productive spaces in the city. The macro scale proposes a new 2020 urban strategy that zones the city into highly-dense, concentrated centers and urban archipelagoes with well delineated boundaries.
About The Designer
Lucas Correa-Sevilla is a licensed architect from Quito, Ecuador. He graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2006 and received a Master of Architecture in Urban Design with distinction from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design in 2012. At the Graduate School of Design, he was Teaching Assistant in Resource Extraction Urbanism lecture course, Neokoolhisms option studio and A Line in the Andes: Rethinking Quito’s surface through its subsurface option studio. He has worked as an associate and lead designer with several architecture and urbanism firms around the world. His experience includes design and planning projects in New York (Carlos Zapata), Dubai (DXB-LAB), Beijing (DnA) and Shanghai (Dynamic City Foundation, DCF and Mars Architects). He has been recognized in world renowned design competitions (Europan 8 and 9). Lucas is currently practicing in Quito, Ecuador where he founded odD+ (oficina de Diseño), a design and architecture practice that works in trans-scalar design explorations in architecture, landscape, urbanism and cultural analysis. Additionally, Lucas is adjunct professor and lecturer at the Universidad de las Americas (UDLA) in Quito, where teaches advanced architecture studios and urban theory seminars.
Pablo Pérez Ramos is an architect, landscape architect and researcher currently based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is a licensed architect from the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid since 2005. He received a professional Master in Landscape Architecture with distinction from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design GSD, where he is currently a D.Des Candidate. His research has been granted with the Fundación Caja Madrid Scholarship, the Fundación La Caixa Scholarship, the Dean’s Merit Fellowship and the Penny White Fund. He has worked as an associate architect with several firms of architecture in Madrid, and his independent work as an architect has been awarded in various international competitions of architecture, landscape and urbanism. His work has been published and exhibited in Europe, the United States and South America. He has taught at the “Laboratorio de Técnicas y Paisajes Contemporáneos” in ETSAMadrid, at the Boston Architectural College BAC and at the Northeastern University School of Architecture. He is editor of the New Geographies journal at the GSD.