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Restoring an urban historical center

This project proposes a form of “social economy” with implications for inhabitants and their physical environment.

Despite contemporary global urbanization and its attendant economy, there are still rural areas today where barter is the main mode of exchange. The project draws on this tradition and proposes bartering as a practice in an urban context for the refurbishment of the historical center of the city carried out by people without sufficient monetary means.

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An unconventional dream becomes a paradigm-shifting reality
 
Rescuing threatened historical centers
 
“Sustainability? Involving people – closing cycles” – David Barragán
 
Acknowledgement prize for outstanding public infrastructure in Ecuador
 
“A promising economic model to literally mine cities rather than nature” – Holcim Awards Jury
 
Project Entry 2014 for Latin America
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Project Details
Location
Quito, Ecuador
Authors
David Barragán
MAIN AUTHOR
David Barragán
Al Borde Arquitectos, Ecuador
Pascual Gangotena
MAIN AUTHOR
Pascual Gangotena
Al Borde Arquitectos, Ecuador
Esteban Benavides
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Al Borde Arquitectos, Ecuador
Prizes
Awards
Acknowledgement prize 2014
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Holcim Awards Acknowledgement prizes 2014 for Latin America
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Acknowledgement prizes were presented to five projects: Daniel Bermúdez (Colombia) and Juan Herreros (Spain) for their …

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“Sustainability? Involving people – closing cycles” – David Barragán
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David Barragán of Al Borde Arquitectos explains how his Holcim Awards Acknowledgement winning project translates a rural …

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