Linking Cities

Architects : Studio comun , Nathalia Neira Mateus

Year: 2019 Location : Bogota , Colombia.

The Tunjuelo River, with a length of 73 kilometers, is the second largest in the city of Bogotá and currently preserves its natural shape. However, despite being an important body of water, the city does not take advantage of its potential and turns its back on it. One of the places where the mobility infrastructure and this river collide is at the El Tunal Transmilenio Station. At this point, a total disconnection is evident between the neighborhoods (Barrio Casa linda and Barrio El Tunal) since the River and the station behave as a barrier that does not allow pedestrian interaction.

The Casa Linda neighborhood, located in the town of Ciudad Bolivar, is a mainly residential neighborhood; On the other hand, the El Tunal neighborhood, located in the town of Tunjuelito, has great facilities and quality public spaces. Despite the proximity of the neighborhoods, the residents of Ciudad Bolivar do not have easy access to the existing public infrastructure in El Tunal, and currently there is an informal path created by the pedestrian crossing the River, however it is unsafe as it is not being guarded because it's away from the homes.

This is why the "Linking cities" project seeks to reconfigure pedestrian spatial dynamics and improve connectivity between the two aforementioned parties. For this, the use of the Tunjuelo River is proposed as a generator of activities through a horizontal infrastructure that recognizes the different speeds of the pedestrian along the route, allowing the connection between the neighborhoods and generating new commercial activities.