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Disclosing the Urban Black Holes in North Lima. The Garagay case.

Part 1 Dissertation 2019
Eduardo Becerril Cotera
National University of Engineering | Peru
The city of Lima has approximately 4,865 hectares of archaeological sites compared to 3,441 hectares of green area. If the metropolis took on these urban archaeological sites as potential areas of public space in its urban planning, the city would improve its ratio of open spaces per inhabitant. It’s possible?

In Lima, the archaeological sites are victims of urban pressure, speculation and are at high risk of being destroyed. Adding to this the fact that these sites have been in the imaginary of people as decadent, dangerous and abandoned spaces, the risk becomes greater. So, archeological sites become Urban Black Holes that attract a series of dynamics commonly harmful to themselves and their environment.

This research confronts the idea of considering archaeological sites as potential public spaces. It explores the North Lima area as part of the informal city, which has grown as a result of invasions and housing cooperatives. Also, Garagay is chosen for its historical relevance (it’s considered as a predecessor of the Chavin pre-hispanic culture) but at the same time, has been one of the archaeological sites more abandoned by the government and harmed by the urban growth; and now, have peculiar urban dynamics around.

Eduardo Becerril Cotera

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