The neighborhoods of Ferroviaria and Algeria currently graze livestock along the border of the Epiclachima. Ganaderia Urbana encourages this cultural tradition towards a more Andean ancestral husbandry of the camelid. The juxtaposition of the Presidential Palace and new government platforms with the developing economies of southern Quito embrace this symbiotic relationship. This proposition is a justifiable demand for the preservation of pasture land at the heart of the Epiclachima amidst inevitable transformative development by the government. Strategic and adaptable grazing areas fluctuate with numerous construction zones to take full advantage during these years of transformation.
The structure situated at the center of the finalized pastureland operates as the hub of the llama and alpaca husbandry within the park. An economic system of co-ownership of the animals unites a communal investment, with daily caretakers on site. The barn is separated into two parts; one for the public and the other for the animals, which share the threshold of the surrounding landscape. The design welcomes adaptation for training of new camelid owners, educational events, artisanal workshops, processing of the wool fibers, veterinary care of the animals, etc. Ganaderia Urbana should be embraced as the cultural identity of southern Quito, as the president is welcomed to the Epiclachima.
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Fall 2014 University of Michigan Propositions studio led by Visiting Professor Ana Maria Duran Calisto and Lecturer Elizabeth Skrisson. Studio participants/researchers: John Monnat, Anisha Varma, Austin Tsai, Bre Davis, Bri DuRoss, Casey Carter, Katie Marcyan, Katie Wilson, Kevin Swanson and Sam Kim.