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Punctuations In Teusaquillo


We found ourselves in a foreign country. Colombia was, to us, impossible to grasp; its landscapes,  cities and architectures are unfamiliar, the customs of its people – unknown.

The structure of this book has been articulated with a series of punctuation marks, used as a literary device to bind our different understandings of Teusaquillo, the site of our research. As such, it formalizes the work as a whole and represents, symbolically – and in some cases, literally – the concepts that have been explored in each chapter. The comma, then, denotes a pause within the constructive whole, the question mark investigates the emergence of the unexpected. Periods are seen as obstructions in the city, whereas semicolons give stage to research of affordances. A singular angle bracket marks a hierarchy between two things and suggests an investigation of societal hierarchies of the built environment. The space in between two brackets can include additional layers of sensory information and although the vertical bar can be seen as disruption of one entity from another, a diagonal slash defines the relationship between two things and marks a transition.

Punctuation marks are an integral part of any written text, serving as tools to set the pace, tone and focus of any writing. Hence ‘Punctuations in Teusaquillo’ shows our collective approach towards   this neighbourhood in Bogotá. Through our investigations, we have tried to understand the bigger picture by looking at the smaller things – the punctuation marks – that make Teusaquillo what it is today; greater than the sum of its parts.

Status: Collective research at TU Delft
Location: Bogotá, Colombia
Authors: Ksymena Borczynska, Ege Cakir, Emilia Golebiewska, Iris van der Heide, Danlei Huang, Hsuan-Ya Kao, Hiu Ching Debby Lam, Silvia Leone, Cherk Ga Leung, Ilianna Logotheti, Rebecca Lopes Cardozo, Agnieszka Panasiuk, Miguel Peluffo, Alexander Petrounine, Elena Rossoni, Julia Slopnicka, Robert Stubbs, Isabel Ulbrich.
Design: Ege Cakir
Contributors: Klaske Havik, Jorge Mejia Hernandez, Alberto Altes Arlandis
Published: Constructing the Commons, Thinking Through Things