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Rio Caribe
Península de Paria, Venezuela
From February 21 to 26, 2024

Welcome to 2024!
At Dislocal, we're thrilled to extend an invitation for you to join our latest program.

A magical place steeped in history, from the indigenous Caribes and Spanish colonizers to the Corsican agriculturists. In Rio Caribe, the air is infused with the aroma of cacao, complemented by a delightful cuisine with a close relationship with the sea, showing its abundant natural wealth.

We're gearing up for a one-week building workshop, eager to tap into that potential. Join us as we collaborate with the local community, exploring spatial possibilities, using their materials and know-how.

Rio Caribe Hiper/Paria 3.0 is a Spring school organized by DISLOCAL with the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism of the Central University of Venezuela and our partners of the École Spéciale d'Architecture - Paris, France.

After the resounding success of our previous summer school in Rio/Turbio/Valle/Ribera, we are delighted to extend an invitation to our upcoming event: RIO CARIBE / Hyper Paria 3.0.

This immersive school will delve into activities across three distinct scales: exploring the territory's history and resources, analyzing the urban scale, and crafting the built environment. Collaborating closely with fishermen, artisans, and coffee and cocoa farmers, we aim to generate ideas for 50 potential projects for Rio Caribe. One of these ideas will materialize as a pioneering project, with the shared goal of revitalizing the trades that have sustained and enriched this coastal town for centuries.

Our online course, offering a global perspective, will feature insightful 45-minute lectures from five esteemed international guests. Topics will span habitat philosophy, community-driven project construction, local resource utilization, and environmentally conscious approaches.

Leading the exploration of the first scale is Javier Caricatto, Dean of the FAU-UCV. Working alongside professors Ramón Fermín, Enrique Rojas, Joel Gascón, and Fabio Sansón, in collaboration with Professor Federico Soriano from the Polytechnic University of Madrid, the team will sketch out a plan for the sustainable growth of the community. This collaborative effort aims to synergize with local government initiatives and tourism companies in the Paria Peninsula.


The workshop will engage in on-site design exercises focusing on various projects, including the Fishing Pier and Artisanal Fisherman's Market, the Pariano Gastronomic Center, the Sacred Museum, the Processing Center and Cocoa Museum, Caracolito Spa, Cristo Rey Inn, and the Sardine Processing Center. These exercises will facilitate learning from the rich history, traditions, and trades of Rio Caribe, guided by the input of local inhabitants.

We are delighted to welcome back Ana Valenzuela and Gabriel García, architects with a deep understanding and passion for Rio Caribe.

The culmination of our efforts will result in the construction of a space for local producers, seamlessly connecting the mountains and the sea. This space will serve as a vital link along the cocoa and coffee route, bridging the gap between the fishing pier and the community through thoughtful design that emphasizes shade and permanence.


Professor Khristian Ceballos Ugarte, from the Ecole Speciale d’Architecture in Paris, will join forces to guide the design and construction process together with Joao de Freitas, Rodrigo Marín, César Figueroa, Ricardo Sanz, Alessandro Famiglietti, and Marcos Coronel-Bravo.

Additionally, María-Beatríz García will provide a comprehensive vision of human settlements, focusing on education and training for the development of Low-Carbon pilots. Venezuelan architecture students from Caracas and Barquisimeto will benefit from this experimental approach, mentored by professors José Alejandro Santana, Melissa Parra, David Méndez, Ingrid Regalado, Juan Carlos Castillo Lagrange and special guests Rafael Suárez Novoa and Elisa Silva who have been an essential part of the full-scale construction.

Who can apply?
Students and professionals of
architecture and other related careers.


Spanish, English, French.

In-person/Tuition Fee: $125
50 hours of class in the field, plus online seminar incuded.

Online/Tuition Fee: $60
Online seminar.


From February 21 to 26, 2024
Applications will end on February 14, 2024 at 23:59 VZLA

Transportation Caracas - Rio Caribe - Caracas
A university bus will be coordinated by the organization.
No additional cost.


Accommodation will be in the beautiful Mar Caribe inn, with a maximum capacity for 50 students.
$15 p/p night in shared rooms, includes breakfast.


Note: Accommodation in Caracas before and after. Participants will be able to choose the hotel of their choice or request the support of the organizers.

Meals will be at the expense of each participant.
Get ready for a rich gastronomy, where fish in different presentations is the main protagonist.