Competition Details

reed woven house

by j.barrientos
Co-authors: ignacio burgos vargas, jorge henriquez camus

During the months of July to September, the Peruvian altiplano faces a abnormality meteorological condition that is known by low temperatures and hail in the shape of snow. This event known as cold wave, produced in the years 2002, 2003 and 2004, exposed the Titicaca lake nearby zones to temperatures that flanked 26ยบ C below zero. This phenomenon has an average extension of 8 days, period in which the inhabitants remain incomunicated, with uninhabitable dwellings and almost all their cattle dead. These animals are in risk of extinction.

The subsistence of these families comes from reed crop, aquatic plant that grows in great abundance at the edge of the lake, and with which they produce dwellings as well as kitchen utensils, feed their cattle and feed themselfs from the reed tubers. Also, they subsist of weavings made of wool extracted from their animals (vicunas, llamas and guanacos).

The emergency dwelling proposes as route of action the identifying of an area in greater risk, province of Puno, to offer a viable solution where the dwelling may be built with elements extracted from the same zone and not necessarily considered in the present construction systems, also preserving those arquitecture and culture Presenting a practical constructive system for the inhabitants and without the need of alien elements, take the maximum advantage of the resources obtained from their natural environment. And it also safeguards the life of inhabitants and animals of Puno.