WAVE — Architecture Valparaíso Extremo

Ayudas para la Realización de proyectos de Investigación y Desarrollo con América Latina. 2015-2016

Leading researchers
Francisco Arques
Carlos Lara Aspée (UV)

GIPC researchers
David Escudero

GIPC Researchers
Juan Miguel Hernández León
Javier Ruiz
David Escudero
Rodrigo de la O
Nicolás Mariné
Concha Lapayese
Manuel Gazapo

UV researchers
Juan Luis Moraga
Marco Ávila
Esteban Alvarado
Gonzalo Herrera

Time period

This project has allowed for the constitution of a permanent team and partnership between the UPM and several institutes in Chile, with the University of Valparaíso’s School of Architecture acting as the local coordinator. The team’s overall objective is to carry out activities related to knowledge, assessment and intervention with regards to the urban heritage and cultural landscape from a contemporary perspective. Another specific objective is to explore design alternatives and intervention criteria for urban transformation in the city of Valparaíso with regard to heritage.

With its characteristic features built between the 16th and 19th centuries, the Historic Quarter of the Seaport City of Valparaíso was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site on 2 July 2003. Nowadays, it constitutes a historic urban landscape linked to the natural features of the area; a very dynamic and complex landscape derived from successive changes in port culture.

The urban coastline of this city is one of its most valuable cultural assets, and has great potential for development in the 21st century. Between 2-6 November 2015, 50 students took part in the WAVE project (“Workshop de Arquitectura Valparaíso Extremo”), exploring strategies to restore the outer limits of Valparaíso, specifically the sections between the beaches of Las Torpederas and San Mateo, and from the Barón quay up to Portales Cove. The workshop was led by lecturers from the GIPC and the University of Valparaíso, who were involved in the research.