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"A city within a city" selected for The Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism

The project “A city within a city” was selected for the Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism after a process of selection of three months where 440 projects where evaluated and 50 finally selected.


We share the link to the official website of the Biennale, an abstract of the proposal and some of the images presented.


“The project that we are submitting is a prison located in Montevideo, capital city of Uruguay. A prison is a small city that houses a specific part of society. It is a prototype of a city where the utopia of social control finds it ultimate realization. Thinking a prison implies thinking the city, it is a field of urban and social experimentation.


This project contributes to the safe/risk crossroad and approaches the issue of risk from the perspective of society, from the implicit violence in its social and economic model. Humans and their economic and social organization pose risks for society as a whole, and prisons are one of the instruments of control that deal continuously with the balance between risk and security.


Our research derives from, and tries to answer, the following questions: How should a contemporary prison be? What links should it create with its surroundings and with other programmes? Should it be located inside or outside the city? Prisons are cities within cities, made invisible by a wall. The physical space between the city and the prison, between the inside and the outside, gives us a window of opportunity, of exploration, where an essential issue is the integration of two worlds that are cause and consequence of each other.”

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