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How EPM Group Is Reclaiming Medellín's Infrastructure as Public Space

How EPM Group Is Reclaiming Medellín's Infrastructure as Public Space
How EPM Group Is Reclaiming Medellín's Infrastructure as Public Space, UVA Moscú. Image © EPM Group
UVA Moscú. Image © EPM Group

With a high-density population and a history of internal armed conflict, the city of Medellín in Colombia lacked substantial public space, but had an overwhelming amount of industrial infrastructure in place. But as profiled by The Architectural Review, recently architects and urban planners of the EPM group saw this imbalance as an opportunity, and so in the uninhabited patches of land surrounding over one hundred fenced industrial lots, the UVA or Unidades de Vida Articulada (Units of Articulated Life) program was born. Including initiatives to build public classrooms, launderettes and cafés, the UVA projects were conceived together with the local population through a series of workshops, where every resident was invited to express their vision for the new public square through writing and drawing. Medellín, existing at the convergence of several hills, provides a wide variety of unique landscapes for architects to experiment on - and through the UVA projects, EPM Group demonstrates how architecture can empower a community from the first day of design. Read more about how this project will continue to instigate positive change at The Architectural Review.

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Joey Jacobson
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Cite: Joey Jacobson. "How EPM Group Is Reclaiming Medellín's Infrastructure as Public Space" 15 Jun 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/642184/how-epm-group-reclaimed-medellin-s-infrastructure-as-public-space/> ISSN 0719-8884