On each side of the pipeline, 8 meters are owned by the government and is considered unexploitable land, reserved specifically for the maintenance of the existing infrastructure. The “informal settements” that have developed along the pipeline over the past 25 years have been experiencing an incredible amount of prejudice, stigmatizing the people living there as uneducated migrants coming from the countryside. However their ability to have accomodated a “home” and adapted themselves to the uncanny urban environment, reflects a real ingenuity and portrays a very different image than the one they have been adjudicated by the government. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
The photographs I will be sharing the upcoming month aim to explore the changing social landscape, individuals and interactions occurring on the Gyo Byu. By photographing the community space along the pipeline I would like to reflect on the human adaptation to this singular environment and the community’s innovation to expand the functionality of the industrial structure for their daily life.
Simultaneously, @bluetempledesigns architectural intervention aims to upgrade the community space by proposing a linear car-free pathway along the water pipeline. Along the promenade, special punctuations are being designed including: enlargement of a school’s playground, extension of the adjacent local restaurant, shading and resting area for the existing sport field, decent sheltering for the homeless families living there, facilitating the current urban farming and creating gathering space for the residents.
Please check out @bluetempledesigns page to follow the progress and further information on this ongoing collaborative project.
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