Laura Oviedo Matos

My name is Laura Oviedo. I am 26 years old, and I am from the Dominican Republic, a small, beautiful island in the Caribbean. I’ve graduated from Architecture School on September 2015 at the Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. I am passionate about Urban Design, specifically community involved design of public spaces. I define myself as a creative, adaptable, self-motivated and down to earth individual, driven by a humanist sparkle.

What I want to achieve through this Master is to stamp in each urban design project the identity of the community that inhabits, builds and transforms it. To turn the places between buildings into vivid places that attract people because they combine a series of conditions that make them memorable and invite you to experience them. To motivate other Architects to modify that old-fashioned way of designing, enclosed in a workshop, arbitrarily proposing what a community needs or not, for one in which we directly engage with the experts, the people.

Streets as Places

On October 25th, 2018, I participated on a lecture about Sustainable Urban Transport by the Urban Designer Martin Podevyn, where we went through the evolution of transport through time, specifically with the appearance of motor vehicles, and how this shift has affected the urban environment, and the design and use of roads and public spaces….
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The charrette group I was part of was the “People Watching” one, where we were assigned an area of Newcastle city to observe and to film, in order to identify and understand how people use space, their behavior using it, and their perception of it. The area assigned to my team was Byker. We did…
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