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WATER AND ARCHITECTURE FOR SOCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL RECONCILIATION IN COLOMBIA

Hall 3C [Urban Waterways], ICC

Parallel Academic Session
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Tuesday, 5 August   2:00PM - 2:20PM

WATER AND ARCHITECTURE FOR SOCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL RECONCILIATION IN COLOMBIA

Colombia possesses exceptional natural potential. Out of all the diverse geographical areas, those with the most startling landscapes and water sources are usually found in the most forgotten and distant regions in Colombia. These regions, despite their environmental wealth, are scenarios for violence and forced displacement. That is why these places and their population require special attention and vindication. They must be reconstituted as spaces for interaction and reconciliation between human beings as well as between humans and nature. Architecture (understood as mediator and facilitator in the coexistence of human beings and nature) presents itself as the ideal space for this encounter to take place when its therapeutic capacity is enhanced. This paper refers to an investigation underway that identifies certain aspects of the complex social and environmental problems that take place in Colombia; That raises, based on what is studied, theoretical and spatial proposals in which nature, water and the population affected by forced displacement meet and reconcile through architecture. Water is understood as an element necessary for healing, reconciliation and reparation; likewise, the therapeutic utility of architecture is explored when it interacts with water and with the natural and social habitat in which it is placed. Architecture, in general, and thanks to public policies, delivers spatial solutions to social initiatives in areas such as education, sports or health. But critical and theoretical reflections towards violence and its consequences are needed within the discipline. I suggest a reflection on the meaning of corporeal encounters with nature and our congeners. I pose, as hypothesis, that such reconciliation may take place in a congregational location such as a public bath that may stimulate and facilitate equal and transparent encounters between human beings and between them and nature recovering concepts from traditional and popular global cultures.

Keywords: water, architecture, environmental reconciliation, social reconciliation, Colombia.

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Juan Pablo Aschner
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