"Vuelta del Paraguayo" School for adults.
Santa Fe, Argentina
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Santa Fe, Argentina
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education
Phase:
under construction
Updated:
14 September 2021
Building expansion of the “Bachillerato Popular - La Vuelta del Paraguayo”, the only secondary school in the homonymous riverside neighborhood of Santa Fe city. Work is projected in different stages, prioritizing in order to guarantee the continuity of access to education rights of a vulnerable adult population in terms of job security and urban infrastructure. With this project we try to show that architecture is a conceptual tool to improve the coexistence of vulnerable populations with a riverside environment.
http://www.proyectorevuelta.com/
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Introduction
Since 2015, the “Bachillerato Popular - La Vuelta del Paraguayo”, was established as the only institution that guarantees the access to education rights for the adult population of the homonymous riverside neighborhood of Santa Fe city. However, the building conditions of the school are far from being consistent with the needs of the educational development of a growing school population and that, due to their conditions of social vulnerability, improving them is imposed as an urgent task. Not only the individual trajectories of students are marked by socioeconomic vulnerability – many of them live from fishing or from informal, unstable, low-wage jobs-, rather, it is based on the conditions of a territory that does not have basic services of urban infrastructure, housing, health, education and connectivity and that it is subjected to periodic self-denial as a result of the floods of Paraná River. 
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Impact
The riverside neighborhood “La Vuelta del Paraguayo” is made up of 140 families. From them is deduced the school enrollment of the institution, which year after year has grown and today is made up of 65 adult students who have guaranteed the possibility of resuming and finishing their secondary education. To meet this objective, in addition to organizing on a schedule compatible with the students’ work obligations, the school provides a daycare service for the students' children, so that their care is not an obstacle to the continuity of their school careers. Also, a multiplicity of recreational, artistic, sports and productive activities take place in the school building, in which around 200 residents of the neighborhood participate, including children, adolescents and adults, who find there an opportunity for social and cultural insertion and for strengthening community values ​​and identity.
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Core team
The members of Proyecto Revuelta have developed for a decade a variety of architectural and urban planning projects aimed at improving the quality of life of the inhabitants of La Vuelta del Paraguayo, among which the construction of the Casa de los Talleres, the sewerage of the main road of the neighborhood, the prototype of island housing. They have included architects, civil and water engineers, sociologists, communicators and social workers. The school expansion project is in charge of two advanced students of the university degree in architecture, Nadia Acosta and Antonela Mecchia, together with the Architects Paula Foffani and Pablo Brandolini.

Paula Foffani is an architect graduated from the Universidad Nacional del Litoral. He received his undergraduate degree by submitting a thesis titled “El rol del espacio público abordado desde métodos participativos. El caso de la comunidad Mocoví Com - Caia, Recreo, Santa Fe”. She is currently a member of the Tacurú cultural group, which develops artistic, recreational and self-construction activities; she also actively participates in Proyecto Revuelta along with another group of professionals offering their services in pursuit of the La Vuelta del Paraguayo neighborhood.

Pablo Brandolini Robertone is an architect specialized in gender studies and feminists applied to design. Since 2017 he has worked as an architect in different branches as well as in furniture design. Much of his time is devoted to research, investigating the intersection between design theory and architecture and queer and gender studies. On this subject he has given talks and workshops in Argentina, Paraguay and Bolivia, in addition to participate in international workshops. He is currently part of the research group "The common city" of the UNR-UBA and has several writings soon to be published.
Part of the team working during lockdown.

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Community event at the school

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Class

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Class

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Reunion

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Reunion

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The front of the school

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The riverside

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The Riverfront

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The school

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Demolition MInga

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Demolition Minga

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Saved Bricks

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Comunnity Garden

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Workshop house construction

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Workshop house construction

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An afternoon at the workshop house

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Technical drawings
Final render of the project

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Final render of the project

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Steps of the project

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Relation between the workshop house and the school

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Structural System

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Plans

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Section

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Wall Detail

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Process Model

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Help bring our project to life!
14 September 2021
The first phase of our building has started!
In August we began the first phase of expanding the building of the “Bachillerato Popular - La Vuelta del Paraguayo” school for adults, hand in hand with our technical team and a group of workers from the riverside area. We look forward to having the new classroom completed by the end of September.

Please, help us grow this project and our school!
14 September 2021
New phase: under construction
We have already begun the first phase of construction of our project to expand the “Bachillerato Popular - La Vuelta del Paraguayo” building.

Please help us grow this project and our school!
Help bring our project to life!
Where are we now
We just finished the demolition of an unused space that was in terrible conditions. We managed to save several bricks that we will be able to use in the future for the new building. Right now we are preparing for the construction of a new classroom (the first step of the project) thanks to some funds given to us by the provinse state. This money came from under the blue, so we had to hurry to complete at least that part of the project to start preparing for construction. The project as a whole is still being developed so you might notice some changes from one image or drawing to another.
An indication of our team’s capacity:
20% funding already raised
70% expertise already found
20% materials / equipment already found
20% builders already found
Finance: € 5,000
With the fundig we already have we hope to complete the first new classroom, whitch represents about 20% of the project. With new funding we will be able to build the bigger space (the multipurpose classroom), the bathroom and the gallery. We will also need resources for restoring the older building that is being used right now.
  • Bathroom
  • 5,000
    Skills: Technique
    Right now we are in need of an expert in wood structures. The new roof and the new gallery are mainly projected using wood due to it being lower price. We would like some advice about how to do the most with the less.
    We also need technical advisory about sewage treatment. The neighbourhood doesn't have connection with the city system and uses cesspools, witch are not good for anybody. We want to design a better and sustainable system.
    Stuff: Materials, Equipment & tools
    We design the project being open to whatever we might find on the road. That being  said, right now we are looking for windows and doors. The climate here can change a lot from one season to another, so having a space that can be completle closed in the winter and fully ventilated in the summer is very important. Quality windows and doors are needed for that, and those are expensive.
    We also need a brick and stone crusher for reusing the materiales left by the demolition in the new building.
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    Volunteers are always welcome. They will be a lot of help in the "mingas" (construction working days). From demolition to digging on the ground.
    Volunteers working on the workshop house

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