Panoramic view of Caracas, photo by Rafael Santana
16 October 2020
The British Council is seeking applications from UK-based architects, landscape architects, designers and artists to submit innovative project proposals for the improvement of green spaces in Caracas, Venezuela. Deadline for applications is 18:00 GMT on 16 November 2020
Reframing Green Spaces
Reframing Green Spaces will run from November 2020 to December 2021 and aims to generate collaboration between UK and Venezuela-based architects, leading to interventions that may reduce the impact of global warming in Caracas and benefit local communities with a productive urban landscape, and highlight the potential of green areas in the city.
Following this open call, one UK architect/designer will be selected to work with local partners, architects and architecture students to develop innovative solutions to recover or generate new green areas in the city. Given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, all activity is likely to take place remotely.
This is the second phase of Reframing Spaces, a programme launched in 2018 enabling UK and Venezuela-based architects to collaborate and promote improvements to the city of Caracas. In the inaugural year, London-based Will Sandy developed the Catalyst Cube of Caracas, a reconfigurable social, cultural and educational space that acts as a focal point for different communities to meet.
Green Spaces in Caracas
For geographical, historical and functional reasons, the city’s neighbourhoods are often linked to green areas that have been neglected and misused, but that are areas of great potential for landscaping and for the development of sustainable initiatives that can benefit the surrounding communities.
In addition, the city has experimented significant decay in its urban infrastructure in the last decade and is facing political, social and economic challenges, including decrease of provision of basic services, renewable energy, water and even access to food sources.
- Applicants must be UK-based architects, landscape architects, designers or artists, with professional experience in creating and delivering design projects focused on public spaces, landscape interventions and temporary installations that increase participation and social engagement;
- Applicants must have availability to engage in the project for the estimated number of days for Phases 1 and 2 as outlined in the Timeline; and be able to travel to Caracas, Venezuela for a period of 1 week during Phase 3 (pending further funding and if conditions allow).
The British Council will provide:
- Introduction to local project team;
- Advice and contacts to relevant partners and stakeholders in Venezuela;
- First grant payment of £1,500 for Phase 1; second grant payment of £1,000 for Phase 2; third grant payment (amount TBC) for Phase 3*;
- Coverage of all costs related to travel to Caracas, Venezuela* (flights, hotel, subsistence) for scoping visit (April 2021) and for project implementation (July 2021) *Pending further funding and if travel restrictions are lifted
The selected applicant will be expected to:
- Participate in work meetings with local partners, architecture studios and professionals;
- Explore and identify locations for the implementation of the project(s);
- Conduct analysis of local context and design and support the development of in innovative proposals for the chosen locations by local partners;
- Work with university students via meetings, talks and conferences in academic spaces;
- Participate in two presentations – one for architecture students, one for the general public – presenting their experience in the field;
- Where appropriate, suggest other UK speakers for talks and workshops;
- Co-design an intervention with local partners and local communities for the chosen site(s);
- Work together with local partners, students and volunteers to follow up on the execution of the physical interventions;
- Agree to reasonable requests for press and media coverage related to the project; press information will be agreed upon and released by the British Council.
Deadline for applications is 18:00 (GMT) on 16 November 2020. Full criteria and details on how to submit applications can be found here.