Santiago, Chile -- Architecture for Humanity, in partnership with Nike, is pleased to announce the Polideportivo Abierto Tecnológico Educacional Ana (P.A.T.E.A.) project as the winning proposal of Build Back Better: Chile. The project introduces innovative architectural solutions to solve some of the most pressing issues affecting the local community it plans to serve.
Build Back Better: Chile was created in response to the earthquake which devastated the country on February 27th, 2010, with funding support provided by Nike. Architecture for Humanity has sought to fund community building projects from NGOs, local groups, and individuals who have partnered with architectural professionals by allowing teams to submit proposals online. The open request for proposals called for projects that improve lives by focusing on community issues and creating real social change through the process of rebuilding.
The P.A.T.E.A. team worked closely with the community and an architect to create a design that proposes to transform the neighborhood council headquarters of Santa Ana in Talca into a sports and information center. The program calls for the creation of an information center, library, cyber cafe with multimedia lab, changing rooms, and storage area out of prefabricated containers. The resulting courtyard will be turned into a 10 by 20 meter sports hall, which could also be used for cultural activities. The cyber cafe and rental of the hall would provide income for the center and allow it to be self-sustaining.