When we entered the neighborhood of Collico in Valdivia for the first time, we encountered a particular urban fabric characterized by its industrial past. Collico is part of the city of Valdivia, but possesses an independent identity, urban typology and social structure. The neighborhood was founded in the middle of the nineteenth century by German migrants as an industrial quarter strategically located next to the river Calle and the city’s railway station (now abandoned). Over the past decades, Collico has suffered from several natural disasters that have threatened its unique local character. The 1960 earthquake caused major damage to the neighborhood and industrial production was shut down. Collico is poorly connected to the rest of the city and hence still follows the social dynamics of a village. Along the river Calle, we are confronted with the reality of gated communities that disregard any attempt to be connected to the traditional neighborhood.
The urban strategy proposes the consolidation of two principal linear centralities. It promotes the development of a human-scale neighborhood and the recovery of both its tangible and intangible heritage. Furthermore, the strategy reconciles the traditional natural and urban attributes of the neighborhood with urban growth and emerging urban dynamics. It comprises five projects defined in participatory workshops with the local community.
February to June, 2017
Authors: Soledad Di Croche, Roland Krebs, Dominique Mashini, Katja Schechtner, Pablo Ávalos, Olga Wainstein, Alicia Gerscovich, Tamara Egger