International Regeneration Studio Reconstructing Chamanga 2018
From February 4-13 MoDDD Program Manager Judy Rogers and students Zoe d’Arcy and Nikhila Madabhushi travelled to Ecuador to join a team of staff and students from UIC Barcelona for the international regeneration workshop “Reconstructing Chamanga”.
The group was joined by Professor Sergio Palleroni from Portland State University and local practitioners Monica Salazar, Sebastian Oveido and Lorena Burbano.
The Workshop was organized and led by Carmen Mendoza Arroyo and Allison Koornneef from the School of Architecture, UIC, Barcelona and was aimed at contributing to the rebuilding efforts in the town in the aftermath of the earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale that struck on April 16th, 2016, affecting populations along the coast, including Chamanga.
As this was our second year coming to Chamanga, our intent was to assess the five sites worked on during the 2017 workshop. Through an analysis of the physical transformation and a qualitative assessment of how the changes were modifying the urban function of the city and the way of life in the Chamanga community, students developed proposals to contribute to reconstruction efforts.
Since 2017 many residents have been resettled, but still lack access to water.
Below are some of the images collected by Zoe and Nikhila during the trip.