Bogotá : Passages and BRT

Student workshop "cross the urban frontiers"

The site proposed for the workshop is the section of BRT located on the Avenue Calle 80 (first phase of Transmilenio, already built), the intersection with Avenue Boyacá (study phase  conducted by the Urban Development Institute of the City) and its area of ​​influence.

This site is emblematic since it presents features due to the first consequences of the BRT in Bogota, namely a stronger separation between neighborhoods but also new connections between the Transmilenio stations and shopping areas. The site is under a strong urban development (Pontevedra), but also have traditional neighborhoods whose peripheries densify around these avenues (Bonanza, St. Mary Lake, Minuto de Dios). The presence of natural elements, components of the ecological structure of the city, such as the wetlands of Santa María del Lago and of Juan Amarillo and the former Salitre River (now a canal) is an important issue in this area.


Monday 29 September

10h00-12h00 : presentation of the workshop at the Universidad de Los Andes

14h00-19h00 : beginning of the workshop at the Universidad Javeriana

Tuesday 30 september- Wednesday 1rst - Thursday 2 October

14h00-19h00, Workshop,  Universidad Javeriana

Friday 3 October

11h00-12h00 : presentation of the projects at the Museum of Architecture Leopoldo Rother, Universidad Nacional

Presentation and debate with the experts: 14h00-17h00

New issues for the footbridge

On the expressway of Bogotá, dominant mobility space of the city, pedestrian bridges appear to be the most appropriate passages to cross barriers and connect separated neighborhoods and activities. But these bridges are often poorly designed and  unstable, have become places of insecurity and therefore are rarely used, sometimes even abandoned. With the construction of the first lines of the BRT system of Bogotá (Transmilenio), those footbridges become indispensable because they give access to the BRT stations. Space of connection of the whole system, these artifacts also generate a new urbanity, facilitate access to the surrounding neighborhoods and connect to other means of transportation (taxi, bicitaxi). These places also generate new facilities and services, including street vendors. 

Coordination in Bogota

Universities in partnership

Universidad de Los Andes, Architecture and urban planning department (project and theory) ; Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (workshop on public space) ; Universidad Nacional de Colombia Sede Bogotá (Project)

Steering committee

Isabel Arteaga, Claudia Mejía, Camilo Salazar (U. Andes), Germán Ramírez (U. Javeriana) andXiomara Mojica, Tatiana Urrea (U. Nacional)

International experts

Eleni Gigantes (AAA, London, United Kingdom, Greece).

Anton Salvadó (Estudio STEM, teacher at the shool of architecture of Barcelona, Spain and Reus).

National experts

Leonardo Alvarez, Carolina Blanco, Lorenzo Castro, Edgar Duarte, Hernán González, Maria Elvira Madriñán, Amparo Martínez, Mario Mayorga, Susana Morales, Daniel Páez, Germán Ramirez, Eduardo Restrepo, Maria Cristina Rojas, Claudio Rossi, Viviana Rozo, Fernando Rubio.

Other partnerships

Institut for Urban Development

Rogelio Salmona Fundation (Maria Elvira Madriñan, Director)