Cities For All

Honorable Mention


Mahla Ebrahimpour, Cristina Asla Ortiz de Latierro, Nate Carden
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Maedup implies coexistence and continuity of indigenous and urban ecologies despite the effects of environmental and public health crises. The Dumagat Tribe can be found in the Rizal Province near the City of Manila in the Philippines. A cultural shift is occurring which threatens the preservation of tribal knowledge. The flight of young, technology-wielding people from indigenous communities to cities leaves elders wondering what the future holds. The proposed Kaliwa Dam threatens displacement and flooding. Climate change related weather events pose heightened risk in a cyclone-prone region. Structural failures are frequent due to high winds and landslides.  Limited infrastructure such as unpaved roads to indigenous villages and lack of stormwater mitigation increases vulnerability.

COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns threaten the livelihood of the Dumagat Tribe. In response, PAKISAMA and K-GAT, a woman-founded, inclusive national federation of agricultural service cooperatives promotes a family farming information system. In coordination with the UN World Agricultural Watch, this information system is in its early phases of promoting tribal food production with direct selling to the Manila Metro area. This program’s positive effects include an increase in sales during lockdown times compared to pre- pandemic levels. COVID-19 has provoked change necessary for survival. City-dwellers spending more time in their own neighborhoods want fresh, less expensive, local food. Tribal family farms require transparent reliable outlets and sources of inputs. This micro-economy lacks cohesive supply-chain assets and coordinated social data infrastructure. 

Maedup offers a system for safe physical and virtual exchange. The flow proposed could not only strengthen food resilience, decrease carbon emissions, and improve access to nutrition, but also foster inclusion and cultural knowledge interrelations towards one indigenous and urban society. A localized distributed information and food network is appealing to all stakeholders. Proposed plug-ins are mapped and designed as low-impact operators which can provide negotiating typologies between the tribal and urban environments. Components of these plug-ins employ local materials combined with contemporary construction techniques. Tactics from modular construction are used to promote scalability and simple local production economy. This flexible kit of parts creates opportunity for meeting a variety of functions as well as resistance to strong environmental forces.

Our proposed application facilitates virtual interactions between city-dwellers and villagers who can find pop-up food markets, composting stations, community events, education, and supply-chain resources. Mutually beneficial exchange encourages a more inclusive and sustainable civilization which values farming, public health, and harmony between rural and urban conditions.  

architecture, app/tech
food, climate change, covid19