Dique Mauá Area

Montevideo, Uruguay

Post-production of a dock. An urban proposal for the Mauá Dock, a space of geographic and symbolic importance in Montevideo, currently under debate.  

On one hand, the proposal has four unifying axes: the public aspect will go across the whole, all new construction will be made of wood, there will be determined and indeterminate landscapes, and innovation will shape the new ecosystem.

On the other hand, the new post-productive city is not imposed, but maintains a dialogue and negotiates. Starting from a redefinition of the former blocks of the property, a set of certainties and uncertainties for each block are proposed as diversifying elements that promote multiplicity and coexistence of users, actors, authors, programs, times, landscapes, impact scales, forms of land use ...

An urban .gif which, kept in dialogue with the previous and the others, outlines various appropriations in the construction of a new editable and negotiated city.

Operating in the area of Dique Mauá from the notion of post-production allows us to address its complexity from three complementary dimensions:

a. The dock and the gas company have long ceased production, lost their purpose, and fallen into abandonment. They are territorial remnants of an economic structure that no longer exists. It is time to help them overcome their obsolescence and enter a post-productive era that honors them. Without losing their characteristic attributes, they must transform to integrate and enhance the contemporary city with a different type of productivity suited to the present times. 

b. The era of post-production is no longer agricultural or industrial, but tertiary. It is global and hyperconnected. It is informational and relational. It is editable, not authorial. Post-production is multiple and hyperactive, lacking attention, while pursuing experiences as a source of value, presenting itself as friendly and environmentally responsible. The post-productive city does not impose itself, but rather dialogues and negotiates. Post-production involves new forms of work, mobility, consumption, as well as new ways of learning, teaching, and engaging with knowledge. 

c. Developing an urban project from the notion of post-production implies abandoning the idea of a finished project created by a single author. Understanding that, as architects and urban planners, we are not alone nor do we work in isolation, but quite the opposite. Just like a photo editor, it's time to design by assembling disparate elements and making them coexist in a way that enhances them together. Post-producing is working with what's given, with what's found, material and immaterial, creating the new in dialogue with the previous and that of others.

★ Mention Award in International Competition
Authors: MAPA + Bulla

MAPA Project Team: Luciano Andrades, Matías Carballal, Andrés Gobba, Mauricio López, Silvio Machado, Diego Morera, Sebastián Lambert, Juliana Colombo, Emiliano Lago, Fabián Sarubbi, Agustín Dieste, Aldo Lanzi, Martina Pedreira, Victoria Muniz, Sandra Rodríguez, Pablo Courreges, Lilian Wang, Diamela Meyer, Agustina Viera, Paula Gil, Debora Boniatti, João Bernardi, Amanda Cappelatti, Helena Utzig, Lucas Marques.

Bulla Project Team: Ana García Ricci, Ignacio Fleurquin, Lucía Ardissone.