Thesis

[REVEALING THE COFFEE LANDSCAPE]

La Judea Coffee Plantation, located in Pereira, operates as both a productive and cultural landscape and the site for this thesis. The thesis starts by examining and mapping the existing conditions of the site such as: topography, soil composition, climate, and the sources and flows of spring waters. The process of mapping serves to both highlight and reveal the inter-workings of the landscape, as a place where human interventions and environmental conditions are tightly interwoven. The thesis proposes the design of small-scale interventions that will activate and support both the land and the farmers by integrating within the specific processes of coffee production. The interventions mark the land as an active place, changing by the course of the day and the farming season. These changes are then monitored within a celebratory space- a node within the site where workers can gather and rest at the end of the day. The objective of this thesis is to blend the landscape and architectural design into a site that promotes the richness of its operations as it records and reveals the cultural and productive aspects of a place