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URBAN STRUCTURE

 

INFORMAL PATTERNS OR "RULES"

 

The urban pattern used in the informal settlements is the following: The territory of informal neighborhoods is organized in a regular grid which usually consists of orthogonal blocks of approximately 150 x 40 meters delimited by avenues not wider than 45 meters. The plots are arranged in accordance to the topography as well.

The plots of the different neighborhoods vary according to different developers and to the mode of occupation. Typologies from illegal sale neighborhoods are much more organized and regular than the ones from illegal occupation of land. Individual private lots are roughly 150 square meters.

FORMAL PATTERN RULES

 

Urban pattern rules are characterized by large-scale interventions. The dimensions of the grid are very similar to the pattern used in informal settlements. Planning is limited to the layout of the street grid, and the maximization of saleable land through the repetition of a very limited number of housing typologies is the norm.

 

PUBLIC SPACE

 

The areas of public space are very limited. The existent public spaces sometimes improvised or in bad condition.

OFFICIAL VS REAL PUBLIC SPACE

The occupation and transformation of a street into a space of public interaction is a natural process. The success of the use of a public space is determined by its flexibility and its location. Some of the so-called planned public-spaces fail to match the peoples needs and are not used by the people. In the case of this picture the plaza is located between between two big avenues. For pedestrians is not easy to reach the place.

 

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