SMALL SCALE BIG CHANGE // METROCABLE
2010 // New York, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
// Associate Research Scholar
Columbia University, GSAPP
The MetroCable, located in the San Agustín area of Caracas, Venezuela, is a multi-modal mobility system that ties into existing public transportation. In addition to providing a transport network, it is a framework in which to insert ecological, economic, and social viability into the community. It is a new urban model that implants an alternative mobility system into a topographically challenging informal neighborhood of approximately 45,000 people. The MetroCable liberates the ground plane by utilizing the airspace of the city. Ideally suited to the steep terrain, it is a minimally invasive and flexible response that supports inclusivity.
The Small Scale Big Change: New Architectures of Social Engagement exhibition presents eleven architectural projects on five continents that respond to localized needs in underserved communities. These innovative designs signal a renewed sense of commitment, shared by many of today’s practitioners, to the social responsibilities of architecture. Though this stance echoes socially engaged movements of the past, the architects highlighted here are not interested in grand manifestos or utopian theories. Instead, their commitment to a radical pragmatism can be seen in the projects they have realized. These works reveal an exciting shift in the long standing dialogue between architecture and society, in which the architect’s methods and approaches are being dramatically reevaluated. They also propose an expanded definition of sustainability that moves beyond experimentation with new materials and technologies to include such concepts as social and economic stewardship. Together, these undertakings not only offer practical solutions to known needs, but also aim to have a broader effect on the communities in which they work, using design as a tool.
- Small Scale Big Change, MoMA
MetroCable Project Team:
Urban-Think Tank: Alfredo Brillembourg, Hubert Klumpner
Project Design Team: José Antonio Nuñez, Carlos Bastidas, Alfredo Brillembourg, Patrick Edlinger, Elizabeth Florian, Cesar Gavidia, Dora Kelle, Hubert Klumpner, Rafael Machado, Claudia Ochoa, Regina Orvañanos, Juan Ponce, Matt Tarczynski
Research, Design, Exhibition: Michael Contento, Lindsey Sherman
Landscape Architect: Topotek 1 – Martin Rein-Cano, Christian Bohne
Graphic Design: Intégral Ruedi Baur & Associés - Ruedi Baur
Community Outreach: Felix Caraballo
Client: C.A. Metro de Caracas