In 2014...

I traveled with the International Design Clinic to Bolivia to design and construct a mobile playspace in conjunction with Teatro Trono, a local non-profit dedicated to theatre. Mobility was a key aspect in the informal settlement of El Alto and due to the touring nature of the organization.

The team worked for 5 weeks to bring the structures to life with materials found in local markets.

Teatro Trono has been using the pieces since 2014.

The park has been featured in:

Landcape Architecture magazine (p. 16) 

Citylab 

and Bolivian Express

 

 

Demonstrating our vision for the park at the first design charrette in Bolivia.

Scale Model Credit - Keith Marks

 

 

Left: Our first metal prototype.

Right: Proving the structural integrity.

 

 

Foam Wrapping Frame 1

 

An early iteration of the pipe frame in front of the finished, rocking frames.

Park testing with local children near Teatro Trono's Headquarters in El Alto

Park testing with local children near Teatro Trono's Headquarters in El Alto

The International Design Clinic partnered with students from  Universidad Católica Boliviana "San Pablo" - La Paz

The International Design Clinic partnered with students from Universidad Católica Boliviana "San Pablo" - La Paz

On top of Teatro Trono's roof. El Alto, Bolivia

On top of Teatro Trono's roof. El Alto, Bolivia

Shout out to the other IDC team members; Scott Shall, Keith Marks, Romica Singh, Sean Allen, Leslie Wang, Evan Hansel, Sam Kelley, and Sarah Habib, Ronald Grebe Crespo, Dario Sillerico, and Carmen Ribera. You guys set the bar for teamwork and I will never forget this trip or the work that we did.