Student visions for Guayaquil's "New City" Guayaquil, ecuador

PROJECT OVERVIEW: This project pilots an academic - professional collaboration through which students, professors and professionals become familiar with, and gain knowledge about how to implement the SDGs. Located in Guayaquil, Ecuador, “The New City” is the masterplan for a 240-hectare development that will replace the José Joaquín de Olmedo international airport after its relocation in 2029. Six undergraduate students in their final year at the Catholic University of Santiago de Guayaquil’s School of Architecture and Design will participate in the project. Perkins Eastman, designers of the New City masterplan, is the professional partner. The class will begin in September 2019. At writing (August 2019), planning and research are commencing. The class is scheduled to work in four different phases ending February 2020, with several site visits, participatory design workshops, contact with local residents, lectures and meetings. The resulting projects will be documented for Stage 2 of the Local Project Challenge and will address topics such as gentrification, affordable housing, public infrastructure, collective spaces, and sustainable social and economic development. The student´s proposals will raise awareness about the SDGs among residents and stakeholders, provide the city with some medium and long-term solutions, and equip students with skills for their future as designers.

CATEGORY: Education SETTING: Urban STATUS: On-going project

BY: Universidad Católica de Santiago de Guayaquil - Perkins Eastman

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT: Students will work in the field and the classroom. Community engagement with residents will be based on participatory design activities in public spaces, utilizing open methodologies. The students will design and strategize activities to do alongside the community during the initial research and design stages, taking into consideration residents’ age, background, interest, or field of expertise. These activities could take the form of a game, interview, round table or workshop, with the aim to get feedback during the design process. Later, locals will be invited to the students’ presentations to provide further feedback.

PARTNERS: The class will work with three different partners: locals, advisors and designers. By conducting participatory design activities, the students will inform locals about the future development projects, providing decision-making tools that will allow them to share their thoughts and incorporate them into the student’s proposals. Advisors from the academic, private, and public sectors will be invited to the class in order to provide feedback about the proposals. This will include professors from the Engineering, Social Studies and Economics department, private organizations and NGOs focused on alternative transportation systems, ecology and public life, and finally members of different Municipality departments such as Planning, Social Action, and Education. Also, Perkins Eastman’s Master Plan Designers will accompany the class during the entire process providing data, lectures, and constant feedback.