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Video: Camila Romero I. / Editing and Photography: Camila Romero I.· Verónica Aguirre L. /
(Text: Romy Hecht M.)

 Located in a ravine and structured along a path that takes into account its geographical origin, the Open City Cemetery is one of the constructions that stands out from the laboratory of thought, work and life started by the professors of the School of Architecture of the Catholic University of Valparaíso.

The construction process of the Open City was begun in March 1970 by the professors of the School of Architecture of the Catholic University of Valparaíso as a laboratory of thought, work and life.  For decades poets, artists, architects, students and apprentices designed a city without a master plan or hierarchical structures, governed only by the value of collaborative work, fueled by a series of poetic acts that embody the stages of concept development and design of constructions, which are executed around a central core.

Of the constructions that emerge among the dunes of Ritoque, the cemetery stands out. Located in a ravine along a path that considers its geographical origin, its access leads to the first brick tombs in sight − one defining a spiral incision in the ground and the other configuring a dome open to the sky. From that point, the terrain is organized into three separate burial sectors  (for the founders, the inhabitants and the relatives).

There is also the notable presence of a cenotaph, configured as a crack that splits and plunges into the earth building in the process a ramp that leads into a kind of cabinet without exit, where the only reference point is the sky.

WHERE: Dunes of Ritoque, Punta de Piedra, Km. 4 Concón-Quintero Road, V Region, Valparaíso, Chile

VISITORS: Monday to Friday, upon request (at least one week in advance) to

ADMISSION: $ 1,500 CLP students and $ 3,000 CLP general public


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