Context

This blog will take you on the epic journey of the architecture course, Scarcity and Creativity in Latitute 34S during the autumn of 2013 and spring 2014.

Where are we? At the Oslo School of Architecture and Design in Norway. Where are we going? To Pumanque! A small town of 3500 inhabitants that lies 150 kms south of Santiago, Chile’s capital city.

This town has a rich colonial heritage, its most notable characteristic are its colonnaded pavements which line its main streets.

On 27 February 2010 it was hit by one of the strongest earthquakes on record which affected 80% of its buildings, making most of these uninhabitable, amongst these the colonial church and the municipal buildings.

The Scarcity and Creativity Studio, presently composed of 27 students and 4 staff, have been invited by Chile a soñar and the mayor of Pumanque to contribute to the reconstruction of the town by designing a Community Center where the local people can meet. The building will commence on 17th March 2014, and end on 13th April 2014.

So watch this space and follow us in the race to the finish line!