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Open City of Ritoque

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Escuela de Arquitectura y Diseño PUCV
location Concón
function art, auditorium, dwellings, installation, memorial space, urban plan
contributed by Naomi

La Ciudad Abierta de Ritoque is a settlement of 270 hect. located 16 kms. north of Valparaiso. The land includes extensive dune fields, wetlands with an extraordinary diversity of flora and fauna, an edge of the beach, streams and fields. Founded in 1970 by poets, philosophers, sculptors, painters, architects and designers, is today inhabited by many of them. The students of the architecture faculty Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso co-participate actively in it's ongoing construction through workshops. Living in the Open City means to be a partner of Corporación Cultural Amereida and therefore have a degree of detachment, because nobody owns, and each input and construction that takes place is a gift. The original idea was to found something of a city, but not in relation to the number of people who live there, but its structure, which should contain the unusual, the des-order. The land chosen is as fluid as the dunes. It's not strong, it is at the mercy of the wind.

HALONS says:
it was an special place, i visited in 1995 and remained there for some days thanks to the hospitality of some of the settlers, a lot to learn.
BILBAO, Spain 19-May-11
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Open City of Ritoque
Ruta F-30-E Ritoque
Project is public!
Opening hours interested parties should communicate directly with the secretary of the Corporation, Miss. Silvia Reyes, to schedule visits. Tel-Fax: 56-32 666 510 email: Read more about the Open City on the website of the university:
How to get there? The architecture students refer to the place as 'Ciudad Abierta', but for locals, the general name used is city of Ritoque, or simply Ritoque. From Valparaiso, or from Viña del mar (which is a bit north along the coast), take a bus that has direction 'Ciudad de Quintero'. The Open City lies along the route and is visible from the street. Another way is to go to the village of Con Con (noth of Valparaiso), and then take a taxi or bus for a few km north.
Completion 1970
ArchitectEscuela de Arquitectura y Diseño PUCV
Client Corporación Cultural Amereida
Project ID 3372
Latitude/Longitude 32°53'28S 71°30'25W
Contributed by Naomi
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