Cuenca Ecuador, Victim of Unbridled Growth according to Architect

Posted on June 28, 2017 • Filed under: Ecuador (Machine Translated) When planning the city lack philosophical order, says expert; Pleads
For balance between ecology and human action.

The growth of the city in the last years has occurred in an unbridled way and without a philosophical or “ecosfico” order (according to the ecosophy). There is only one economic order when doing business with the land or with the industry, says Álvaro Malo, a Cuenca architect, professor of Architecture at the University of Arizona-United States, who was a speaker at the Ibero-American Biennial of Architecture, closed here , on Friday.


Malo – who left Cuenca 40 years ago – said he likes to walk around the city, but now it is dangerous because of excessive vehicular traffic, pollution, noise. It warns against “unbridled development” and the disappearance of agricultural land, which in some places is replaced with “intensive gardens”. These products go through organic but are not, says.
He perceives an interest in making more buildings, illuminating them “and the river (Tomebamba) begins to be typecast”. He worries that there will be vehicular traffic on the left bank of the Tomebamba, between the Escalinata and the Centenario. The river must be richer and open to nature, he says.
Part of his participation in the Biennial was to give a workshop. It was taken as a reference to the river Tomebamba to develop the idea that it should not become a site of beautiful exposure, but recognize that it has an ecology. He proposed to the students to spend the night by the river and discovered that the air itself is different.
“The ecological function of parks must be bioenergic, organic, a lung.” At the Biennial, workshops were held to model river paths as research laboratories, as an exercise in introducing a careful thought of architecture.
A survey of the philosophy of architecture, the essence and paths of this science was part of the Biennial of Architecture made by the faculty of this science at the University of Cuenca, dated yesterday, in which Malo developed some theories such as ecologies Interlaced, ecosophy, heuristics.
I propose to look for a “heuristic” of materials and models, that is, to have a willingness to find something in the experience, to find new ways of doing something and to be willing to discover.
However, he fears that, because of the multiple digital applications, both in daily life and in college, students are losing touch with nature, materials and their own sensitivity.
He cited the documentary film “Lo and Behold”, by Werner Hertzog, in which the director raises with concern what is happening in society by the world of the internet. Read Full Article

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