During the official United Nations Habitat III conference and within the PUCE HIII official program, our PUCE-NTUA team organized in the auditorium of FADA/PUCE on October 20, “Weaving Chamanga – A Post-Disaster, Multi-Actor Design Process”. The goal of this event was to underline the importance of coordinating post-disaster work, highlighting as an example, specifically the … More ”Weaving Chamanga _ A Post-Disaster, Multi-Actor Design Process”: a participatory methodology Event
After two months of studio work at PUCE and two in situ workshops (one participatory design process and one validation meeting) we produced a proposal for Chamanga’s public space and park which adheres to the principles which emerged mostly out of the deliberations with people of the community, and express the consensus of the desires … More Chamanga’s public space design process
Actuemos Ecuador is a collective of architects which sees its role not only as designers, but also as community activators. Their work -and our participation- in Chamanga, consisted on the design and construction of a community space for Nueva Jerusalen, a community within the larger community of Chamanga, afflicted by the April 2016 earthquake. A … More Being part of the construction of Casa Comunal de Chamanga
San José de Chamanga in the province of Esmeraldas is a village located on the Pacific Coast of Ecuador. The earthquake of 7.8 which took place on April 16 of 2016 had major consequences on the lives of people and their living settlements. The toll in human lives in the country was more than 650 … More San José de Chamanga: A Multi-actor Reconstruction Process
Experiencing the post disaster condition or capturing images can never be enough to understand the 58” experience – Nature’s power.
First week in Quito – first time in Ecuador – first time in South America! This week had actually a lot of “first times” for me in various aspects and experiences. It was a week full of surprises and contradicting emotion. After a couple of hard initial days of accustoming into a completely new environment I … More Settling in Quito
Landing on the intersection of the rotating sphere, in the midway between the poles, at the 0° 9′ 0″ S, 78° 21′ 0″ W coordinates: arrival at Quito, the heart of Ecuador. SPACE A linear city unfolded from the north to the south, as if keeping the geographical balance, as if struggling to maintain … More grados 0°
Commoning may be the most socially just form of governance. It can also be seen as a model suitable to give answers to the quest for resilience, sustainability, equality and prosperity, as well as the organization of space and the management of resources. The proposed workshop is seen as a step towards upgrading the urban … More Re-visiting the Urban Commons!