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As part of the course “New Territories” for architecture and industrial design students of the Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, the coastal village of Palomino near the Sierra Nevada se Santa Marta has been the focus of different projects that vary from organizing a football tournament or naming the streets to the building of different structures to promote cultural activities and waterless toilets. The focus is on acting as part of the research process and not only make buildings, but build the community on different levels.
Palomino is a strategically positioned village between the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta and the coast, and on the road that connects two mayor cities of the north of Colombia.
The method used by the students in Palomino is based on the theory of Harvest Mapping, where the scanning of the area provides possible materials for the project.
The natural focus on sustainability in these projects, goes hand in hand with the location. It is a very plentiful and diverse territory, having most climates reachable within just kliometers. It is possible to stand on the beach and look at the snow covered peak at more than 5000 meters.