San Martin, Buenos Aires.
WE ARE WORKING ON THE EXTENSION AND IMPROVEMENT OF THE VISITING AND RECREATION AREA AT UNIT 46 OF THE SAN MARTÍN PRISON.
PROJECT IN DESIGN PHASE
WORK LINE: COMMUNITY INFRASTRUCTURE
TECHNICAL AREA: INFRASTRUCTURE
San Martín Student’s Center (CUSAM), Buenos Aires Penitentiary Service, civil organization Los Amigos de Barrio Sarmiento, Engineering Without Borders Argentina volunteers.
What we are doing
We are working on the participative design of the extension and future improvement of a visiting and recreational area at the Unit 46 of the San Martín prison. This project aims at improving the conditions in which women who are deprived of their liberty receive visits and get access to leisure and recreation moments. Also, we aim at improving the rights of children and adolescents who regularly visit their relatives in prison. The project involves the participation of women in prison who are studying at the CUSAM, in the design process as well as in the execution of the project, through training related to the construction and improvement of the areas.
Currently, the women who are deprived of their liberty make use of a very small common area for recreational activities as well as for receiving visits. The space is very small and it is equipped with furniture typical of a dining room, which is not suitable for small children, nor for carrying out training and leisure activities. Given that it is not possible for mothers, aunts and grandmothers to be with their children in their everyday life, education and play time, it is necessary to promote meeting spaces in a pleasant, proper and caring environment. Moreover, we seek to encourage women to take the space and promoting their participation during the whole process.
With the execution of this project we will:
Improve the quality of life of the women deprived of their liberty.
Promote the rights of the children visiting women in prison.
Promote the processes of decision making and prominence of women through different participation, co-design and construction instances.
Strengthen the training of women through the learning of a new trade.