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Divining Providencia: Urbanization in the Amazon and the Paradox of Infrastructure

A conference addressing infrastructural projects and cultural and environmental preservation.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Perloff Hall 1029B

The conference and reviews of student design proposals for Puerto Providencia in Ecuador will explore how design can improve the impacts of the Initiative for the Integration of Regional Infrastructure in South America (IIRSA), the largest and most ambitious infrastructure integration project ever implemented in South America.  Financed by the Inter-American Development Bank, the $82 billion initiative will build ten east-west infrastructure corridors to expedite South American exports to Asia from Pacific ports.  

The goal of both the conference and the design reviews is to provide a set of implementable design and planning proposals that sustain and enrich — rather than damage — the cultural and environmental settings (i.e., real estate) that adjoin IIRSA infrastructure projects, using low-impact alternatives.

The designs that will be presented and discussed are those of graduate design studios at UCLA, Harvard University, and Pontifica Universidad Catolica Ecuador (PUCE). Each studio’s projects will be critiqued by the other studio leaders as well as experts attending the conference.


9:00 – 11:00 am
Presentation and discussion of the Integration of Regional Infrastructure in South America (IIRSA) initiative and the South American Project (SAP)
Felipe Correa, Ana Maria Duran Calisto

11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Presentation and discussion of proposals for Puerto Providencia, Ecuador, by students of Pontificia Universidad Catolica Ecuador (PUCE)
Santiago del Hierro Kennedy

1:00 – 2:00 pm: Lunch

2:00 – 5:30 pm
Presentation and discussion of proposals for Puerto Providencia, Ecuador, by UCLA students
Roger Sherman

5:30 pm — 6:00 pm
Roundtable Discussion/Wrap Up
Roger Sherman, Santiago del Hierro

6:00 pm
Reception/Taco Party, Perloff Courtyard
Open to all

Parking Information: The closest parking lot is Structure #3. Visitors may purchase daily parking permits (Currently $11) by stopping at the Information & Parking booths or by using a "Pay by Space" pay station. The closest information booth to Structure #3 is located on Hilgard and Westholme Ave. To use a Parking Pay Station: Simply drive to a self-service Pay Station location (there is one located in Structure #3). Please read the posted signs and screen prompts for Pay by Space. Pay Stations allow you to select the time you need to spend on campus and pay accordingly (all-day passes can also be purchased).

Cost : Free and open to the public


Download file: 6-11-13-Diving-Providencia-rp-fud.pdf

Sponsor(s): Latin American Institute, Architecture and Urban Design, Sherman Research Studio

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