Marginalia at the Open City

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Scarcity and Creativity in Latitude 33, Map of the Open City, Ritoque, Chile, 2012

Though the Open City is an unorthodox city it still inspires map-making. The Scarcity and Creativity in Latitude 33 Studio, a 2012 collaboration between the School of Valparaíso and the Oslo School of Architecture, produced the most comprehensive maps of the Open City to date.

Creating ephemeral works is one of the core principles guiding the School of Valparaíso, therefore it should come as no surprise that many of the works that once stood at the Open City are no longer with us and thus not on these recent maps. Yet there are several projects where the inverse is true: they exist at the Open City yet don’t appear on these maps.

It’s not within the scope of my research (as of this moment) to map these orphaned projects. Indeed, they are not so much orphans as projects that have been installed at distinct corners of the Open City’s expansive terrains for various reasons.

For example, this charming shelter is situated on the edge of the northern marshlands to take advantage of the diverse wildlife in the area, notably the birds.

Bird-watching shelter, interior, Open City, Ritoque, Chile

Bird-watching shelter, interior, Open City, Ritoque, Chile

Bird-watching shelter, exterior, Open City, Ritoque, Chile

Bird-watching shelter, exterior, Open City, Ritoque, Chile

These chalkboards have a long history with the School’s “Taller de Amereida” lectures. These talks take place in a sand dune near the sports fields. Every Wednesday  students arrive at the Open City early in the morning and initiate the activities related to “Cultura del Cuerpo” by 9:00 am. At noon, the students converge for the “Taller de Amereida” and following this lecture, School faculty and Open City residents meet in the Music Room for lunch. These chalkboards are a curious work within the School’s repertoire because they are both ephemeral (in terms of text)  and permanent (since they appear weekly).

Taller de Amereida, 17 July 2013, Open City, Ritoque, Chile

Taller de Amereida, 17 July 2013, Open City, Ritoque, Chile

Taller de Amereida, 17 July 2013, first board, Open City, Ritoque, Chile

Taller de Amereida, 17 July 2013, first board, Open City, Ritoque, Chile

On my recent trip I also discovered one could walk across “Walk the Line,” though with my fear of heights I didn’t dare go all the way.

Walk the Line, Open City, Ritoque, Chile

Walk the Line, Open City, Ritoque, Chile

This sundial remains a mystery, mostly because I’m not sure how to read it. But there’s always next time to find out more about it.

Sundial, Open City, Ritoque, Chile

Sundial, Open City, Ritoque, Chile

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