On December 10, 2013, Ecole Spécial d’Architecture, Design Corps and the Social Economic Environmental Design (SEED) Network announced that six projects have been selected through a competitive jury process and will be presented at a public two-day global convening in Paris on April 18 and 19, 2014. The applications covered 28 countries and were very competitive with jury deliberations digging deeply into all six selection criteria: Effectiveness, Excellence, Inclusiveness, Impactful, and Systemic and Participatory.
Architects Without Borders-Seattle, the University of Washington, and multiple UW students have built a long-term partnership with the residents of Lomas de Zapallal, an urban ‘slum’ community outside of Lima, Peru. Over 3 million people in Lima live in informal urban ‘slums’. Lomas de Zapallal (LdZ) is one such settlement; it has a population of 27,000 and is divided into 19 neighborhoods. A picture of LdZ is featured on our website homepage.
The Comunidad Ecologica Saludable (CES) (Healthy Ecological Community) program partnered with residents of Eliseo Collazos (EC), one of these 19 neighborhoods, to design and build 29 home gardens providing spaces for participating households to relax, socialize and cultivate plants in a completely deserted environment. This project also investigated fog water as an alternative water resource for drinking, household use and the irrigation of home gardens, community parks and reforestation. Some of this exceptional work is here on our website. The University of Washington website houses an extensive amount of background and data on this important work here. Congratulations to all the team members and especially to Ben Spencer, President Emeritus of AWB, for stewarding this thoughtful work.