Urban poverty is often perpetuated because it exists on the margins of cities – either geographically or within popular consciousness. But architecture and urban design have the potential to redistribute resources and draw attention to neglected zones. As an early collaborative project with the Inter-American Development Bank, U-TT designed a new city hall and civic center for Mar del Plata, situating it within one of the city’s poorest areas.
Conceived with flexible, mixed use programming in mind, the project comprises a four hectare park and aproximately 8,000 m2 of office, commercial, and civic space. By transplanting public facilities into an underserved community and providing incentives for a diverse population to use the programs and amenities on offer, the project seeks to catalyze a more egalitarian future for the city as a whole.