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Felipe Lanuza Rilling (Bartlett Faculty of Built Environment): Representing absence: The Territories of the Ex-Railway Circumvallation of Santiago
The remaining abandoned territories of the ex-railway circumvallation of Santiago constitute a hidden and scattered landscape. Once they shaped the city boundaries and played a central role in its transition to modernity, but now they are detached from the regular urban activity and being progressively replaced by new developments.
A part of this now disarticulated system is the San Eugenio railway dockyard, located in the south-west corner of the circumvallation. It appears as a territory in ruins, where a sense of open memory and imagination emerges through the fragments of a past that is not framed or erased by the present.
The notion of absence is proposed as a key to understand and represent the actual current condition and values of this evocative and vanishing territory as well as its critical relation to the metropolis, hence revealing its potential contribution to our contemporary public space.
Keywords: absence, urban voids, railway circumvallation of Santiago, memory