Fluid Territories,

2- Rio de la Plata Bay, Independent research project proposal for a scholarship in the University of Buenos Aires


Sedimentation studies based on the composition of the Rio de la Plata that due to its high content of floating sediments, the River is composed of a shifting mass of fluid land rather than simply water.

Research studies from the current project to unify the city of Buenos Aires and Colonia across the Rio de la Plata Bay with a series of bridges.


Different publications informing over possible means to cross the Bay or to add land to the City with different large programs that the city grid cannot accommodate.

The region of the De La Plata River Bay is conformed by a rectangle of 50km wide by 300 km long. On the West shore we find Buenos Aires, with high dense areas and a growing urban sprawl that has been given the back to the waterfront. On the East side we have Colonia, a small, non-developed town in Uruguay disconnected by the Delta, only accessible by ferry. This bay has two extreme conditions: a very shallow water surface (only 5ft average depth) being the widest river in the world, with important wetlands (Delta) to the N and the Ocean to the SE.  It holds the big commercial Port of Buenos Aires that could not yet deal with natural conditions. There are probable developments, such as the longest bridge and an airport; yet these proposals lack of scale and flexibility or hybridization of the proposed infrastructures. There is a symmetric condition of the Pampas Verde - the green flat plateau of the countryside landscape, to the river that is also famous for being a type of flat surface.