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"I'd Never Seen Something Like This"

Says Italian about Exhibition of the Venezuelan Metro Cable in New York

The exhibition of the Venezuelan cable car system known as the Metro Cable in the Museum of Modern Art (MoMa) in New York continues surprising visitors, including personnel from the Venezuelan embassy in Washington, D.C. that recently visited the exhibition.

“I’d never seen something like this; for sure (…) This project is useful for improving the social conditions of many towns and metropolitan centers, and there is even a technological idea that could be a real help to solve the connections problems between the city and the favela”, said, Umberto Cammardella, a 49-year-old Italian who visited the exhibition. “I understand what he [President Chávez] is doing with the oil revenues,” added Cammardella.

Since October 3, 2010, MoMa has exhibited one of the most revolutionary projects developed by the Venezuelan government: The Metro Cable San Agustín, a cable car system connecting the populous community of San Agustín, in western Caracas, with other areas of the city.

The exhibition offers a video showing the social impact of this project in the community of San Agustín, including statements of the inhabitants of this historical Caracas shanty town on how the system has improved their quality of life. A scale model of the project and a description of the work developed by Urban Think Tank – the organization presenting the project – complement the exhibition.

San Agustín is a widely known shanty town in the Venezuelan capital city featuring colorful brick houses whose corridors were walked daily by its inhabitants to go down to the city. Today, the Metro Cable allows thousands of Venezuelans from this community to move more easily to their destinations, representing a significant impact in their quality of life.

The exhibition presents 11 architectural projects from five continents that “respond to localized needs in underserved communities,” according to the MoMA website. Like other projects shown in the exhibition, the Metro Cable system stands out for being an innovative design that symbolizes a commitment to architecture’s social responsibilities.

“Small Scale, Big Change: New Architectures of Social Engagement” also explores in depth architectural projects from Bangladesh, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Chile, U.S., France, Lebanon, and South Africa.

This exhibition, visited by thousands of tourists and locals in New York City, will remain at  MoMa until January 3, 2011.

For more information on the Metro Cable exhibition in the MoMa, click here.

Press Office – Venezuelan Ambassy to the U.S. / November 22, 2010

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