ARCH 100D Studio Travel: Santiago, Chile 2014
The Rio Maipo Projects - Chile is a long, thin country wedged between the Andes and the Pacific Ocean with an average width of only 109 miles and many rivers hurtling down mountain slopes with dramatic changes in altitude, climate, and vegetation compressed into very short distances. The Río Maipo supplies most water for the Santiago metro region and is the most important in the area, yet the journey from the headwaters in the Andes (7550 feet) to the Pacific Ocean takes only approximately three hours.
Program - A new proposed infrastructure consisting of rest stops, nature viewing areas, bridges, stairs, exhibition facilities and shelters on a new system of trails along Chile’s rivers, will enhance conservation efforts by raising public awareness of natural resources and encourage healthier life styles. The Hydro-Landscapes studio will be designing stations along the Rio Maipo trail.