Where are we now
In July 2021, we have already developed the architectural design to refurbish the community center and we are about to start detailing and fundraising activities. We have already started the conceptualization of the design of public spaces around the community center and have yet to develop the specific design.
We have the capacity to finish all design requirements before October of 2021 and we hope to obtain state funding to build the first stage of the community center by January of 2022. This first stage will consider basic structural reinforcement of the community center and the enlargement of its open-air spaces.
An indication of our team’s capacity:
10% funding already raised
80% expertise already found
10% builders already found
Finance: € 45,000
Acquiring funding for our project will allow us to achieve our goal of providing a community space within Matta Sur, with open and flexible spaces to comply with the needs expressed by their neighbours; while completing a full restoration of a traditional building made with bricks, wood and earth. The relevance of a complete intervention is that it will allow not only for better liveable spaces, but also for the better appreciation of specific assets which contribute to the heritage value of buildings within Matta Sur.
The next stage will be the implementation of the toilets and the improvement of the patio so that it can be used as a meeting space. Then the kitchen amelioration and the introduction of flexible divisions in the rest of the community center.
- Miscellaneous ( Tools, transport)
As it is a heritage construction, specific considerations in the intervention will be necessary. Technical support will be needed for the execution of the intervention of the different wooden elements, such as original doors and windows, as well as walls and earth terminations. In addition to the design of specific elements, such as permeable paving in the patio and prevention of xylophagous insects or other conditions
Stuff: Materials, Equipment & tools
Building materials or budget to purchase them are our current priority. We have established collaboration networks both with neighbours and schools in Santiago, which will allow us to begin with basic aspects of construction through volunteer work. While some materials such as earth and certain wooden elements from the existing building will be reused, others such as universally accessible doors and larger windows must be purchased, as well as materials for the restoration and reinforcement of structural, functional and aesthetic elements.
Once we achieve the necessary budget to cover for building materials, we will appreciate the participation of volunteer builders. Volunteer builders who participate in the project will benefit from specific knowledge on traditional building and restoration techniques of wooden and earthen materials, while joining a team of proactive neighbours, architects and students.
The communities will benefit both from the cultural and experience exchange with newcomers, as well as with the materialization of the complete project of the new Matta Sur community center.