Conurbation In Ecuador

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Challenge: Protecting biodiversity while growing the local knowledge base and the value it represents with opportunities for distribution

Solution:  Link the formal and informal economy in Guayaquil by publicizing targeted areas of the waterways with distribution and public transport points creating a new way to traverse the city while introducing microcenters for the exchange of knowledge.  The plan reduces rampant destruction of the mangroves and depletion of the fragile ecosystem which endangers species and contributes to climate change. Building on the network of public transportation and markets that provide centralized services and reducing dependence on an ever expanding road system away from the center of the city may encourage densification.  Microcenters provide access to the free trade of ideas, goods and education, creating neighborhood clusters.  Assigning an economic value to efforts in this new knowledge community can contribute to conservation, sustainable development and a fair use of resources.

Research performed while attending Columbia University Master of Science in Architecture and Urban Design program with Jessica Reyes and Kathy Vilnrotter.