Fernando Martirena with Ecuadorian professionals

One of Ecosouth´s top expert, Dr.Prof. Fernando Martirena of CIDEM, was able to share his knowledge with various organizations in Ecuador. Not only professional organization of architects and engineers were able to take advantage of his visit to Ecuador, also various universities and professors.

With authorities of the Polytechnic University of Chimborazo (ESPOCH), it was possible to explore possible future cooperation. According to Dr. Martirena: “The relationship among universities is essential for the dissemination of ecotechnologies in Ecuador.”

Practical aspects were highlighted during a visit to the “Techo Fácil” ecomaterials workshop, where the professional could view the production of MCR tiles, CP-40 cement, as well as the blocks made with CP-40 substituting some 40% of the Portland cement.

Besides universities and professional organizations, several municipalities and government authorities also expressed interest in the work of EcoSouth, among which are the Vice-minister of Housing of Ecuador and the mayor of Guamote. The encounter in this municipality went in the direction of concrete actions, specifically the production of ecomaterials.

In Riobamba Dr. Martirena presented the main experiences with ecomaterials to more than fifty professionals of the College of Engineers of Chimborazo. As the vice-director of CIDEM said: “The engineers listened, some incredulously, others with great interest, to the stores about ecotechnologies and how to organize the production of ecomaterials.”

In Quito the Cuban professor, made important contacts with Ecuadorian universities. AT the Architectural Faculty of the Catholic University of Ecuador they met with architect Fernando Hinojosa, who is working with EcoSouth in an international investigation project about plastering for clay buildings. AT the National Polytechnical University they visited the Center of Investigation for Housing, that decided to join forces to monitor the production of ecomaterials workshops in the country. A relationship with universities was definitely established!

In addition, Prof. Martirena participated in the seminar “5000 Years of Andean Architecture Eqquinox March 2003”, where he shared the platform with Latin American architecutral personalities among whom was the Venezuelan architect Fruto Vivas. Dr. Martirena presented two lectures entitled “Architecture and Urbansim for Social Housing, a Dignified Focus”. More than sixty people attended these lectures.

A meeting with “Funhabit” in Quito broadened the scope of experience with respect to work being doing in the field of construction for social housing. This NGO coordinates projects in the Province of Pichincha and has integrated into the work of EcoSouth. The colleagues discussed various ways in which this organization could become more active in the EcoSouth Network.

In Riobamba Dr. Martirena presented the main experiences with ecomaterials to more than fifty professionals of the College of Engineers of Chimborazo. As the vice-director of CIDEM said: “The engineers listened, some incredulously, others with great interest, to the stores about ecotechnologies and how to organize the production of ecomaterials.”

Such contacts among professionals, academics and governmental authorities is one of the paths that EcoSouth seeks to cultivate in a continuous manner.

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