MAPOCHO BIKE PATH PROJECT 42K · QUINTA NORMAL, SANTIAGO
(1) Mapocho 42k Bike path, Parque Renato Poblete © Francisca Salas P. for LOFscapes / (2) Detail of Plant Material and Mapocho River on Mapocho 42k Bikepath, Parque Renato Poblete © Francisca Salas P. for LOFscapes / (3) Mapocho 42k Bike path, Renato Poblete Park © Francisca Salas P. for LOFscapes / (4) View of Renca Hills from Mapocho 42k Bike path © Francisca Salas P. for LOFscapes / (5) Mapocho 42k Bike path, Border © Francisca Salas P. for LOFscapes / (6) Detail of the river, Mapocho 42k Bike path © Francisca Salas for LOFscapes / (7) Mapocho 42k Bike path, © Francisca Salas P. for LOFscapes / (8) Mapocho 42k Bike path © Mapocho 42k <www.m42k.com> / (9)Mapocho 42k Bike path© Mapocho 42k <www.m42k.com>
We invite you to visit a section of the Mapocho 42k project and reinterpret the southern edge of the Mapocho river as a platform for transport and as a design at different scales that establishes relationships between communities and neighborhoods, while placing the user in a continuous relationship with the urban, topographic, and river environment.
The Mapocho 42k project was conceived as a forty-two kilometer bicycle route that takes advantage of the linear condition of the Mapocho river to connect eight communities of Santiago (Lo Barnechea, Vitacura, La Condes, Providencia, Santiago, Quinta Normal, Cerro Navia and Pudahuel) through a series of parks and areas arranged along the river’s edge.
Understanding that the total project is divided into four sections, our route covers 5 km of a portion of section 3, corresponding to the municipality of Quinta Normal (1). Our tour begins in a southwest direction, in the Renato Poblete River Park until its border with the community of Cerro Navia, on a continuous surface of reddish asphalt 3 m wide, accompanied by a 20 cm wide precast concrete surface. The proposed route connects at its southern edge, from northeast to southwest, to the Parque de los Reyes, the Renato Poblete River Park, the Nueva Matucana District, the Juan Deichler Sports Center, the Lo Franco Neighborhood, the Lo Espinoza Neighborhood, to the Los Sauces neighborhood, Vicente “Potrerillos” Salinas Stadium and the Barea neighborhood, in addition to an extensive programmatic border strip designed alongside the project to accommodate future recreation spaces. The route is characterized by its variable continuity in constructed height, both due to the presence of a wall between the river and the programmatic strip, and to the channeled section of the river and that part which is not channeled, where the emergence of wetland vegetation, sediments, and rocky material is evident. Also, the route highlights the geographical condition of the valley, which is visually accompanied by some of the hills of the river basin, including San Cristóbal Hill and Renca Hill.
(1) Specifically the sections are: 01_Eastern Sector, 13.7 km (Lo Barnechea/Vitacura/Las Condes); 02_Central Sector, 7.1 km (Providencia/Santiago); 03_Western Sector, 11.7 km (Quinta Normal/Cerro Navia); 04_Southwest Sector, 10.3 km (Pudahuel). See details in Mapocho 42k <www.m42k.com>
The design of specific aspects of bike path, surfacing, signage, specific plant material for different sections, urban furniture and pavements that define crossings, continuities and typologies of spaces for mobility and resting places, such as gravel pedestrian paths and viewpoints can be appreciated. These aspects show the intention of implementing a multi-scale project that, together with providing urban connection along the way, to strengthen connections between neighborhoods near the river, recognizing the shared need for urban recreation spaces.
In this context, the project suggests the reinterpretation of the edge of the Mapocho River, which can be understood as a platform for mobility and the necessary equipment for a design at different scales that can build relationships between communities and neighborhoods, while positioning the user in a continuous relationship with the urban, topographic and river environment.