International Regeneration Studio Reconstructing Chamanga

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UIC, UNIVERSITY OF TOKYO, RMIT, Universidad Católica de Ecuador (PUCE), UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA

Background

On April 16th 2016, a 7,8 degree Richter scale earthquake took place in Ecuador. It affected the populations along the coast, one of which was the Parroquia of San José de Chamanga. Sixty to seventy percent of the houses collapsed, leaving the coast line as ground zero.

However, the earthquake also revealed preexisting social and planning problems which have been occurring for decades and which the natural disaster enhanced such as the lack of basic public services and housing deficit (Mi cometa evaluación de impacto Chamanga, 2016).

Chamanga workshop

In order to contribute to the ongoing reconstruction process of Chamanga, RMIT MODDD Students are participating in a two-week workshop in coastal Equador. The workshop intends to practically contribute to the rebuilding efforts and work being developed by the local institutions and academic partners.  To date the reconstruction process has been very slow and uncoordinated, with little input from local community leaders.

We are hoping that plans developed by the 5 university partners, can add to the substantial work already done by other academic and research colleagues in Quito.

Day 1: Field Visit

 

We made an initial site visit to Chamanga to inspect the damage caused by the earthquake and also hear from community leaders about the lack of progress in the rebuilding of their city.

Day 2

 

Raphael, Sarah and Robin look at their respective project sights from an aerial map of Chamagna

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