Puerto El Morro

Discipline 
Architecture
Multidisciplinary
Issue 
Community/Neighborhoods
Cultural Identity
Environment / Natural Systems
Semester/Year 
Summer 2014

Team Members/Disciplines:

Leah Zaldumbide | BArch

Yulliya Grebyonkina | BArch

Margherita Buzzi | MFA Design

Collaborators:

APROFE

Location(s):

Puerto El Morro, Ecuador

 

Puerto el Morro Pig Project created a communal pigpen that reduced environmental hazards to the elderly and children, while allowing Puerto el Morro to retain its cultural relationship with the pigs.

Project Overview:

Puerto el Morro Pig Project is a public space project that responds to the sanitation issue of free roaming local pigs in the town of Puerto el Morro, Ecuador. With the support of APROFE, a non-profit association dedicated to the welfare of Ecuadorian families, Team Puerto el Morro facilitated dialogue within the local community about the day-to-day health impacts of free-roaming livestock. Through community meetings, site-specific design sessions, and collaboration with local builders, Puerto el Morro Pig Project created a communal pigpen that reduced environmental hazards to the elderly and children, while allowing Puerto el Morro to retain its cultural relationship with the pigs.

Outcome:

Team Puerto el Morro sourced local material and collaborated with local farmers and community members in Ecuador to build the communal pigpens. The final pigpens are easy to maintain as well as readily accessible. They are located 2 minutes outside of town, on a site secured by the local agricultural association. This project was developed to address the specific pig culture of Puerto El Morro, but can be used as a model for other sites with similar environmental concerns, as well as modified to house other livestock.