TERRITORY, WATER AND INFRASTRUCTURE: Linking Strategies for the New Water Order in Alto Maule, VII Region, Chile
Final project (thesis)
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
The case of the Maule River is an example of a basin overexploited by the national energy industry since the 1950s. With 18 generation plants in its Andean section, it has acquired a functional and productive identity that has modified the basin and its territorial condition. shaping a new landscape. The main alteration that exists in this territory, besides the visual impact generated by the infrastructures, is the denaturation of the channel: the river, from its source in the Maule Lagoon, is regulated for productive purposes of irrigation and power generation. The infrastructure has established a new order for the course of its waters, led today by channels and tunnels, which affects the ecological functions and the identity of the river. The transformation generated by the infrastructure establishes a new configuration of the territory, but it fails to build an integrated landscape with its dynamics.
In the transformation of the territory there is the opportunity to design, to define its new configuration, to generate new and better results in the landscape that is being built. From this, based on the concept of Landscape Infrastructure, it is proposed that the functions and benefits provided by the infrastructure can be expanded to the extent that it incorporates in its definition the territorial dynamics that today are altered by its implementation. In this way, it is proposed to take advantage of the new configuration given to the territory, beyond the functional purpose for which the infrastructures are built, and opt for an interdisciplinary project approach that incorporates greater variables in its definition and makes it more complex. the integral time the result, aiming at the construction of a polyvalent landscape integrated with its surroundings