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ARCHITECTURAL PORTFOLIO

Date of birth: May 22, 1988

PAÚL MOSCOSO RIOFRÍO

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT 2015 URBAN DESIGN CANDIDATE 2018

Place of birth: Cuenca - Ecuador Nationality: Ecuadorian

Phone Number (412) 417 38 20 E-mail address: pmoscoso@andrew.cmu.edu Address: 341 S Highland Ave. Apt 1 Pittsburgh, PA


ACADEMIC PROJECTS The University of Cuenca proposed a variety of tasks that I, as a student, should face using different strategies and tools in order to conceive a project. The themes and applications of urban-architectural methodologies implementation in the public space of cities and urban environments are varied and complex. The rehabilitation of degraded public space takes on a special hue, since the action lends itself to countless debates and different conceptions that somehow always look to improve the places to act. It is how we understand different aspects like the space in the cities, the connection to the people who use the space, the activities taking place in it, the perspective of the place in the future when new applications or enhancements are conceived, among several other factors that lead to results which are considered satisfactory. We cannot forget the cultural background of the designer and their working environment. Urban design has the potential to formulate and answer many of the questions that urban realities face right now. The projects presented are an attempt to understand and project onto the public space, in order to evaluate the concepts learned in the School of Architecture. Thus, the two projects submitted are a palpable

vision of the public space and its rehabilitation in seeking results that meet the needs of the site, which also serves as a mechanism to reverse weakening threats and challenges. This rehabilitation is capable of integrating opportunities for development, and strengthening the degraded space for all its users, pedestrians, and citizens.

2014

These two projects were the main focus of my studies. The first one is my thesis for my bachelor degree as an architect. It consists of an intervention in Salinas - coastal city of Ecuador whose waterfront has been seen seriously degraded, but it remains as one of the most important tourist destinations of the country; thus, the potential and the repercussions of its rehabilitation are significant. The second project is the intervention into a traditional historic neighborhood which has been severely compromised by high vehicular traffic, pollution, the obsolete use of the plaza and park, and the lack of security for its inhabitants. The project aims to address the problems and assess the space not only as a social and cultural activator, but as a new attraction for the city.

2012

Thesis: Architectural and urban design project for the rehabilitation of the waterfront of Chipipe, Salinas, Ecuador.

Analysis and study of the San Roque neighborhood, urban intervention project on the neighborhood public space and immediate influence zone.


RESTRICTIONS ON PUBLIC USE OF THE AREA OF SALINAS

ARCHITECTURAL AND URBAN DESIGN PROJECT FOR THE REHABILITATION OF THE WATERFRONT OF CHIPIPE - SALINAS, ECUADOR. Period: November 2012 December 2014 Location: Salinas - Ecuador Main academic areas: urban design, urban planning Position: Author Team: Paul Moscoso Pedro Moncayo Institution: Universidad de Cuenca, School of Architecture Coordinator: PhD. Boris Albornoz Link: http://dspace. ucuenca.edu.ec/handle/123456789/20972

The following work is the result of an extensive analysis and diagnosis of elements in the neighborhood of Chipipe, Salinasa place that easily welcomes new and innovative academic debates about their future projects and design, making it an appropriate and dynamic choice for a thesis projects. The project was drawn by building a theoretical framework, studying the historical context and delimitation of space for a comprehensive diagnosis, and giving a range of strategies for a preliminary design, accompanied by user and residents reviews to have an integral final design vision. The proposal works around a longitudinal axis which converts the waterfront from a simple border to a travelling medium to different parts of the area. It aims to break the discontinuity of access that forms in between the extremes of Chipipe from the city to the beach so a pedestrian can easily move from one point to another without any physical obstacles and with all the freedom to use paths at different levels. Complementary to the selected site, a variety of facilities for commercial activities and services have also been taken into consideration and proposed.

Unrestricted areas Partially restricted areas Santa Elena Peninsula, the city of Salinas and surrounding areas.

Totally restricted areas

At the end of the waterfront, two large urban facilities are suggested to be implemented to diversify and enrich the life of the city. To complete the design, two tourist areas will seek to attract people that will be able to enjoy the transfiguration of the city and its natural space and create/instill a sense of recovery and positive experience of public spaces.

LAND USE, SOCIOECONOMIC ACTIVITIES AND FACILITIES

The project must be conceived with various stages of work. The first being collecting information and relevant literature, urban analysis, and historical study. The design stages of the proposal resulted in mapping techniques and diagrams. To display the final result, extensive plans, sections, facades, construction details, and 3D modeling for visual perspectives were neccessary. Finally, a model and a video animation of the route were created.

Facilities Tourism activities No use Residence Santa Elena Peninsula, the city of Salinas and surrounding areas.

Second residence


GUIDING IDEA OF THE PROJECT

Sketch of specific development sites (A and B) and the linear development that integrates the project in between.

Urban: Linking the waterfront with the entire region.

Urban: New communication of different waterfronts.

Urban: Integration of waterfronts and city.

Naval base: New public and educational space.

Boardwalk: free spaces and pedestrian priority.

Yatch club: New public-private space.

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Naval base: Section: the educational axis and the hill viewpoint.

Boardwalk: transverse and longitudinal section.

Yatch club: Sketch of the viewpoint over the jetty.

PROPOSED MASTER PLAN

New facility Stone material Total intervention on the water front of the city of Salinas.

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ANALYSIS AND STUDY OF THE SAN ROQUE NEIGHBORHOOD, URBAN INTERVENTION PROJECT ON THE NEIGHBORHOOD PUBLIC SPACE AND IMMEDIATE INFLUENCE ZONE. Period: March 2012 – August 2012 Location: Cuenca - Ecuador Main academic areas: Urban design, urban renewal, heritage Position: Author Team: Paul Moscoso, and six other students. Institution: Universidad de Cuenca, School of Architecture and Urban Planning Coordinatior: March. Soledad Moscoso, March. Fausto Cardoso, Arch. Jaime Guerra, Arch. Gustavo Lloret

The proposal’s main objective was to activate and regenerate the activities that take place in the central plaza of the San Roque neighborhood. The proposal intended to provide a dynamic public space that residents and visitors are part of and feel is their space. The proposal also sought to create an urban space that can generate one of identity. This was achieved by juxtaposing existing design elements with new ones. The scope of this proposal was directly related to the radical importance of public space in the neighborhood. Likewise, it was projected in the urban context in which the area is located. As this is a site that has great historical value for the city, any intervention must respect the cultural and architectural heritage that are part of the city of Cuenca. Thus, the context transcendentally marks the design. The reason for the action is that the square is the focal point within the neighborhood. Its relationship with the church and the city makes the space a landmark or reference. Its main religious, cultural, and recreational activities are what give life to this space. From this initial reflection, we conclude that the place will always have a considerable

1st phase: draft of project ideas.

number of people occupying the site or passing through it. The Loja Avenue, the main street passing through the immediate project, is a road with several problems that have not been resolved. The high speed of the cars, congestion during rush hour traffic, and pollution are the main problems. The architectural design project applied is the result of the study of the historical site, the urban analysis of the present state, and participation of citizen opinion surveys. The presence of elements in the center of the square, like a monument, fountain, and small trees, limit the integral reading of the site. It was proposed to free the central atrium, and limit its edges by furniture and vegetation. The green areas were respected. It was implemented a protective barrier with vegetation on Loja Ave. The team worked to achieve an appropriate balance between rigid limestone and soft grass surfaces with adequate degradation. Unifying levels across the square will make the place accessible to everyone. The surrounding streets were designed at the same level as the plaza. The intention of this system is to reduce vehicle speeds and configure the entire neighborhood with the

2nd phase: outline zoning proposal.

same spatial unity. A modulation of the limestones, which is intended to continue in the direction of the church was chosen as a key element of the place. Finally, we decided to make a detailed design exercise on the most appropriate fixtures. In developing the project, we worked in several phases. The first phase consisted of an analysis of site conditions and outline of ideas that would generate future proposals. The sketches were a useful tool at this stage, as seen in the top left figure. The second phase of work consisted of zoning the initial ideas. The third phase was a realization of the second phase but at the level of precise detail, which scaled the work properly. The upper right and lower right figures show this development. Finally, the work focused on drawing architectural blueprints. In addition to the urban and architectural work, an important annex was the design of urban fixtures that were able to give an additional aspect that enriched the final project and created a rewarding experience for all team members.

3rd phase: drawing and final sizing.


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PROFESSIONAL PROJECTS Practical work as a professional architect brings different perspectives that throughout university life are not easily understood. Students are not necessarily called to comprehend that, but outside the classroom, architecture can have many different facets, which may even be contradictory to what we used in school. For me, professional work is a way to understand society. Ecuador is a country in the process of radical social and cultural changes, which have transformed the lives of its inhabitants, the physiognomy of cities and how people live, work, have fun, or study in them. Another motivation for professional work has been to understand the convoluted set of existing labor relations between private firms, clients, customers, and the state. Understanding that the designer cannot conceive projects on a whim, and that workplace decisions should be made between the architect and the othr actors to set a successful project. As a young professional, my motivation has been to learn and discover how projects should be understood according to conventional practices and how what I’ve learned in my student years is applicable. There is a phrase in Spanish that says, “the blueprints hold everything”. For me, this means that students cannot apply the-

ory without understanding real practice. The two projects presented are examples of this attempt to learn and discover. The first is my first venture into the world of scientific research, a project that studies the landscape, urban planning, architecture and heritage of Cuenca, and seeks to understand the city under the Historic Urban Landscape model, which encompasses the aforementioned perspectives. It’s been a learning experience to find that the city of Cuenca faces major challenges but is able to bear and empower them positively after seeing through experts and citizens that the city can propose more human spaces, preserve their heritage, safeguard their environment, and cooperate among its inhabitants. The second is a consultancy project that resulted from a national design competition where I was part of the projection of the proposal and the work of drawing. This is a project that tries to revalue a very important place in southern Quito with an idea to implement various government agencies in a single site. The criteria was radically transformed by proposing a single building for offices while the bulk of the available space is given to the city as parks, squares, and public space in general.

2015 Historic Urban Landscape_Cuenca 2013 Design of the headquarters building for the Ministry of Social Development, Quito, Ecuador.


HISTORIC URBAN LANDSCAPE_CUENCA REASSESSMENT OF THE NATURAL AND CULTURAL HERITAGE OF THE CITY OF CUENCA FROM THE STRATEGIES OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT SUPPORTED BY THE MODEL OF HISTORIC URBAN LANDSCAPE

Period: November 2014-Now Location: Cuenca - Ecuador Main academic areas: Historic Urban Landscape Position: Research assistant Institution: Universidad de Cuenca, School of Architecture and Urban Planning Team: Paul Moscoso, and four others Coordinatior: PhD. Julia Rey Link: http://www.historicurbanlandscape. com/index.php?classid=6043&id=38&t=show

The objective of this project is the application of the model of the Historic Urban Landscape (HUL), considered an innovative modality of heritage conservation. This is understood more as a management tool than a new protection model. And it is in this new need to work in the city as a whole where our project works with the objective of applying to the city of Cuenca. Other fundamental objectives are the commitment to transdisciplinary work since the definition of HUL forces us to work on the project with all those disciplines that have something to contribute in the construction of the city. But, we not only need different disciplines to study the city, its HUL, and its heritage, we need the contribution of the citizen that inhabits it. So we have the consideration of the citizen as the main protagonist of this project. From this, the three objectives or characteristics that define the research are established: the new heritage view, the interdisciplinary work, and the prominence of the citizen. The condition of conservation of the tangible cultural heritage of the city, which is seriously deteriorated, along with the international intervention policies in urban complexes

beginning with sustainable measures, has been what has revealed the need to delineate a research methodology that allows the application of the HUL paradigm and which would be able to: 1. Evaluate Cuenca’s state of preservation, 2. Define the cultural values of the city beyond the ones identified in the UNESCO declaration of 1999, 3. Identify the urban, architectural, tourism, landscape, economic, social, and spatial impacts that affect the heritage values of the whole, 4. Prepare a Manual of Good Practices that, starting from the heritage values of the city help in defining the intervention strategies in the historic city, and of urban growth in the city proper. Finally, the project will persue the elaboration of a series of Urban Indicators that make it possible to evaluate, monitor, and control those heritage values that included Cuenca in the category of World Heritage City.

Currently, the HUL_Cuenca Project has completed most phases, which apart from contributing to a deeper knowledge of the city, contributes to a more precise definition of the landscape units through the overlap of a series of value layers. The information obtained from the different sectorial studies is abundant, and in fact, unique, considering information that has never before been studied in the case of Cuenca. The progress in the investigation of HUL is only the first step in this complex understanding of the Heritage City and its management. Recapitulating the project work, the team started with ideas over the landscape of Cuenca reflected in drawings on planes (see figure 1). Then, by adding the theoretical framework of HUL, it was possible to continue collecting information in the field and later mapping it in digital systems using GIS software to the next study and reflection (see figure 2-5). Two pilot units were defined for in-depth study, with the criteria of their uniqueness in the city (see figure 6). Finally, with all the plethora of information, we are currently at the stage of determining the causes of these two outstanding units (see figure 7-10) for subsequent production of a final proposal for action on the landscape and conclusions.


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DESIGN OF THE HEADQUARTERS BUILDING FOR THE MINISTRY OF SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT. Period: September 2010 February 2011 Location: Quito - Ecuador Main academic areas: Urban design, architecture design Position: Architecture junior designer Team: Paul Moscoso, and six others Coordinatior: PhD. Boris Albornoz Link: http://arquitecturacomunidad.blogspot. com/2012/08/blogpost.htmlGenda cor minumet molorem ius dusandis expernam fugit et fug

The project aims to solve the problems of poor dispersion and inadequacy of many of the physical spaces in which ministries and public entities currently operate in Quito. The study area is 5.6 hectares and is located South of the city of Quito. The project will contain ministries, departments, institutes and common areas. The main building area is around 80,000 sqm with a public space area of almost 40,000 sqm. An important development is the concept of a distinctly space; most of its areas are given to users and residents of the surrounding neighborhoods. Thus, the proposed designed space offers pedestrians and employees generous green areas to enjoy. This verdant comfortable recreational atmosphere is replete with water fountains, park fixtures, and walking paths, all located in the middle of a metropolitan area. The work process was carried out through an office of architects, designers and several engineers. For a work of this scale, technical studies were developed in great detail and precision. Which impacted on training for us as architect junior designer. Studies on structural, electrical, plumbing, mechanical,

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electronics and automation were among the fields of work covered. Finally the great contribution of the team was the implementation of an integral landscape and urban design study for the project site and surrounding areas. This gave an enhancement to the work in order to allowe and explode the intervening areas for communal use. Thus, the future project could become a particular highlight of coexistence for the neighborhood, and workers in the government project.

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a. Current state of the site of the future building. Relationship between the implementation of the building and the current road system, the urban grid, the public space, and the parcel system. b. Diagram and mapping of different strategies sought to support the viability of the proposal and its relationship with the city. c. Preliminary plan of the proposal and its implementation in the city. d. Diagrams and mapping of the urban design of the project. Proposal for the solution to traffic congestions, reform in the layout of roads for better traffic flow, implementation of alternatives of mobility to private vehicle with the inclusion of bicycle lanes, pedestrian corridors, new stations of public transportation. At last, implementation of the general landscape proposal.

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e. Urban grid of the neighborhood. Sample of the idea generator for the overall design of the main building of the project. Scheme of the final building apertures and closed spaces result of the language of the city grid.


Longitudinal section of the main building

Cross urban section

Cross urban section

Longitudinal section of the main building

Landscape plant project


VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE PROJECTS Volunteering is one of the most benefitial experience to me, and I think that architecture enables people to find ways to support the future. Volunteering allows you to set yourself free of mental ties produced by stress. It also draws you closer to people from different walks of life, and maybe these people are much more valuable than you thought and really need support. You can not know much about them but getting out of your comfort zone and confronting various places and situations can help you to mature and grow as a human being. Finally, architecture should serve everyone, but, unfortunately, the service is focused on certain actors. Often by economic power, volunteering can open access to other realities. The projects presented are examples of the experience offered freely to two different groups. The first project was a workshop where we offered our help to study and propose a change for the waterfront of the city of Manta. The area of study is part of the port, industrial and transportation areas concentrated in the downtown, to the detriment of pedestrians and people who use the waterfront to pass between points. It also create a coast blocked by construction, and minimum public open space. As tutor to the workshop, I was presented the opportunity to lead a working group to brain-

storm a possible solution for a more accessible and free city - rethinking its waterfront as a place of destination and the relocation of their economic activities. Furthermore, the support of the local university and other organizations involved allowed the mayor to access the proposal and consider our ideas. The second project was the opportunity to lead my first workshop abroad in a community in southern Bolivia. The workshop consisted of a multinational group of people proposing and constructing a public space for the town of Villa Abecia. The space given was located between a school and a cemetery. The main considerations were the views of the mountains from the site and the absence of places for children and the elderly, to the point that children used graves as places to play and study tables while the elders had no choice but to sit on the ground without protection from the intense sun. The work took place between volunteers and the villagers. First, to plan the development of the area. Then, to start the construction of unoccupied areas surrounding the cemetery. Finally, with the appropriation of the space for the local people and the transformation into new places where they gradually may become more useful for the whole community, our work was complete.

2015 Workshop. Reactivate the city: interact, plan, build: reflecting upon the future of the waterfront of the city of Manta, Ecuador. 2015 Workshop. Panpa tukuyninpa: local identity climate construction authentic construction.


WORKSHOP. REACTIVATE THE CITY: INTERACT, PLAN, BUILD: REFLECTING UPON THE FUTURE OF THE WATERFRONT OF THE CITY OF MANTA, ECUADOR Period: August 2015 Location: Manta - Ecuador Main academic areas: Workshop, urban design and urban planning Position: Tutor Team: Boris Albornoz, and 15 students from different schools of architecture of Ecuador Coordinatior: Universidad Laica Eloy Alfaro, School of Architecture

The issue we attempted to resolve is the urban edge of Manta, and its connection with the rest of the city.. The objectives sought were: to understand the relationship of architecture and the city of Manta, the relationship of nature and architecture, and the importance of citizen input. The following results sought to achieve and recognize the importance of the site, assess the importance of the urban space in the city, and evaluate the spatial relationships in an urban-natural environment. The proposal investigation found that the city is crossed by several constraints that limit the inhabitants using restricted small spaces. The car has established itself a supreme role on the waterfront, and the spaces between the roadway and the sea is unused with ongoing degradation. There are two points considered key to trigger positive results over the city: an area reclaimed from the sea that is unoccupied, called “Las Pozas�, and the current seaport city. Between these two areas, a maritime border goes through the main highway and dissects the center of Manta.

The design raises the need to develop an integrated plan. First, the seaport will move to an area away from the city center. By moving this great economic node, space will turn to tourist and recreational services. At the same time, the current yacht club and cruise port will be enhanced. On the opposite side, Las Pozas can become the ideal site for a big public urban center. A meeting space and concentration of cultural activities which the city lacks. The boardwalk that lies between these two points could have the ability to be a public space. By relocating the avenue, the city center can incorporate the sea and its waterfront as a public space for all users. Finally, the project proposal a new urban landmark much-needed, the question is, what kind of urban landmark do the people of Manta want?

PROPOSED MASTER PLAN

Current infrastructure

The exercise undertaken demonstrates the complexity of facing an urban project. The problem should be approached based on the urban reality of the city, so as a pilot exercise, can be considered at a higher level of decisions. City problems are placed on the highest possible level of debate: we tried to achieve important results. Thus, from ideas generated in the short workshop, you can get an idea of urban problems which are not currently thoroughly considered

Vehicular transportation Greenery Pedestrian boardwalk Urban landmarks


Analysis of the current state of the city of Manta and design proposal for its waterfront. Work process: a. Identify and scale of the urban sprawl. b. Potential of relocating the port away from the city center. c. Final location and integration of the new port and the airport. d. Rezoning of the waterfront of the city. e. Recovery of the creeks and natural water sources in the city f. Propose new urban landmarks in the renovated waterfront. g. New centrality; boardwalk with the city center. h. Generating generous public space and urban facilities as an alternative to the old infrastructure. a.

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Urban section: current state and proposal.

Urban section: integration waterfront with the city.

Urban section: prioritizing pedestrians over vehicles.

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c. Final part of the workshop was the reflection of future urban landmarks for the city of Manta. This discussion emerged in finding the little identity and lack of awareness of the inhabitants of the city to its public spaces and the idea of the city as a single element. The city is currently debating its own identity among its pre-Hispanic and revolutionary past, its industrial present, and its future overturned to tourism and leisure activities.

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a. A current view of the harbor as a fundamental element for urban landmark. b. Elements of ancient Manta culture, and prominent military of the revolution. c. Elements that highlight the city port activity or a possible stunning architectural tower.


WORKSHOP. PANPA TUKUYNINPA: LOCAL IDENTITY, CLIMATE CONSTRUCTION, AUTHENTIC CONSTRUCTION. Period: April 2015 Location: Tarija- Bolivia Main academic areas: Workshop, social urban design Position: Tutor Team: Paul Moscoso, 6 co-tutors, and 20 students from schools of architectura from Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador Coordinatior: Universidad Catolica Boliviana San Pablo, School of Architecture Link: http://clealatinoamerica.com/evento. php?Evento=2

The Latin American Social Workshop (TSL in Spanish), is an event organized by CLEA, a non-profit organization formed by architecture students from throughout Latin America that year after year look to encounter and address different problems of planning, design, and landscaping, in various parts of Latin America in order to build awareness of commitment to their culture and social work.

Through various participative design processes, we were able to conceive a project where free space is the leading aspect. Two points of intervention were established: the main access to the cemetery and subsequent spaces next to the stone walls of the lateral side of the cemetery. Design guidelines proposed areas of better accessibility, transit, and rest.

The workshop was held during the month of April 2015 in the Valley of Cinti in southern Bolivia. The vinery landscape and the local community of the Cinti Valley inspire and motivate the global community to act and speak in this sociocultural context.

Stone and guadua bamboo, local materials easy to obtain and inexpensive, would identify the design concept. Their use demonstrated their versatility of application.

Our work in Villa Abecia began with a tour and analisis of the site where team members from Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia were able interact directly with the enviroment and the community. Finally, it was identified that all positive factors for an intervention matched on one point: the cemetery. A highly spiritual place, seated on a natural slope that frames the best views and captures the uniqueness of the landscape, the cemetery is surrounded by areas of importance to the community.

The entrance to the cemetery, is marked by a cross. Its location served to create a space of a very interesting symbolic complexity. It was understood that the entrance was marked out in an east-west axis that might have special spiritual considerations at some time during the year. For that reason, the design put the cross on this axis to mark an imaginary center to create concentric circles showing a geometric arrengement as the main feature of the place. The other point of intervention had two main elements: the stone wall of the cemetery and the view to the South Cinti Valley, creating a

place with a highly significant visual impact. Adding new elements would have been detrimental. Thus, the design reinforces this visual property and is completed with the demarcation of the site. Seating, using the wall as support, complements this natural setting. As work progressed, there was a parallel project working with children from the village, which was based on creating a sense of belonging to the area of intervention. Through games the kids were tasked with jobs that had not been achieved before, like cleaning the area and educating people about the importance of taking care of common spaces. As part of the project, the towns people were asked to choose a name for the new park. After much consideration, there was a consensus to call the place, “Everyone’s Park”, or in Quechua, “Panpa Tukuyninpa”.

View of the Cinti Valley, Bolivia.


Fulfilling the original objectives of the construction and rehabilitation of spaces also raised awareness in the community. Knowing that a local-to-global perspective is a key factor of this excersice and in turn, the people giving value to their space are the best learning conclusions.

Sketch of the project in local stone.

Original condition of the place.

Sketch of the project in local stone.

Storing construction materials.

Square after finishing work.

People in the community working.

Construction of the central square

Construction of the central square

Bench to the square.

Lateral square along the cemetery wall.

Square viewpoint of the valley.


EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES A person is able to understand multidisciplinary processes, coordinate different stakeholders and find solutions to many human problems; such as the habitability of living spaces, the mobility in urban spaces, and the interpersonal relationships. It is experience that can say more about the potential of a career, and looking at mine, I have been involved in different activities during my years as a student and now as a young professional. I would like to introduce a proposal that several friends and I have been developing since 2014. We are a multidisciplinary group of young professionals that, after insertion into labor market, have seen the construction of a better society and working together for the common good an important mechanism in our lives. We’ve come to to the conclusion that our contributions can be beneficial for many people, organizations, and also to us. This experiment originated from a proposal by our local government for a feast to low-income children in an isolated community near Cuenca. Our interest grew beyond a delivery of donations and gifts, so we requested money initially designated to buy the items and looked at the reality of the town chosen. We managed to use the resources to convert a disused parking lot

into a playground for children so that it could be enjoyed more. After the playground, we turned to denounce situations of overuse of private vehicles in the center of Cuenca, we created pocket parks that showed that with few resources you can generate change. Then, we continued with our ideas to provide solutions to the use of avaible open spaces that already existed in the city but are underused. What if one afternoon a stairway could be converted into an outdoor theater? What if the people who pass, stayed a bit and found that the place was perfect to enjoy a conversation or a coffee? The ideas have generated a wide number of results, but ultimately we think we are transforming society’s views of youth.

Est. 2014 Huasipichanga: social work collective.


HUASIPICHANGA: SOCIAL WORK COLLECTIVE Period: November 2014-Now Location: different locations Ecuador Main academic areas: Collective of Social Work Position: Founding member and team leader Team: Paul Moscoso, and 10 members. Link: http://issuu.com/huasipichanga/docs/colectivo_huasipichanga

Huasipichanga is a transdisciplinary collective formed by young people with a university education who are proactive and concerned about social issues with the desire of prompting changes. Our intention is to create social awareness and promote proactiveness through acts that inspire others to replicate the actions that will meet the needs of people who coexist in a particular space. Although many young people dream of working on different projects, stereotypes pressure them to work in an established system, without the opportunity to choose their own guidelines and working methodologies. So, we want to break the mold and open minds. Stop thinking, “How much am I going to earn in my work?” Start thinking, “How much can I contribute to society with my work? Do I really like what I do? What results do I want to achieve?” Thinking beyond ourselves requires first knowing what others need; then thinking what can you do for them and how. Each person lives totally different experiences and sharing them is what creates true knowledge! That’s why Huasipichanga is a space to exchange and change!

- Why did we choose that name? It comes from the words in Quechua HUASIPICHAI: “housewarming”, and Spanish slang PACHANGA: “Party”. - What are our goals? Short term: Solving particular problems through specific projects. Long term: Building a “house” in each person involved, which represents the things learned along the way, the foundation of education, and training, but especially open doors to the exchange of experiences and knowledge, the reality around them, new ideas, and creativity that will accompany them in any position or role performed in the future. Finally, we enjoy everything we do. That’s why it becomes a Pachanga! - What do we do? We seek to achieve two kinds of objectives: those specific to each of the projects that we set and these general objectives: Create awareness in youth demonstrating the national reality and social inequality through projects that link us with the community to create interaction between both parties. Remove the indifferent attitude and lack of

initiative of young people in terms of social issues. Promote the integral formation of young people by identifying and strengthening their skills, eliminating common stereotypes, and encouraging them to create their own work guidelines and entrepreneurship. Promote pro-activity and selfmanagement for problem-solving. - How do we do that? Under a methodology based on our experiences and specially created under the concept of transdisciplinarity, which will be reflected in each of the following step: 1. Diagnosis: Conduct fieldwork to demostrate the existing problems and get to know the community organization. 2. Project: Validate possible solutions and determine a project with direct participation of the community. 3. Traning volunteers: People who participate in the development of the project take part in every implementation and execution of activities and will are trained with lectures, workshops, and seminars in accordance to the relevant topic. 4. Project execution: All players part of the project implementation depending on its schedule. 5. Conclusions: The results of the project are evaluated for their impact on the different actors and seek optimal strategies for dissemination (publications, exhibitions, etc.) - Who we are? Interdisciplinary group of architects, designers, lawyers, journalists, doctors, nutritionists, psychologists and businesses (team photo).


Huasipichanga 01: children using one of the games facilities

Huasipichanga 01: Shaggli playground.

Huasipichanga 02: pocket park construction

Huasipichanga 03: public stairways project.

Huasipichanga 01: sketches

Huasipichanga 02: work with children and citizens.

Huasipichanga 03: ephemeral spaces.

Huasipichanga 01: child using one of the games facilities

Huasipichanga 02: completion of the intervention.

Huasipichanga 03: improvisational theater.


cmu.cfa.soa.mud.fall.2016 During this semester, many activities have been developed in the master program, at the same time, many thoughts, ideas, debates, and annotations. All these are displayed in various forms of representation in the following section. This section is an aim to compile graphic and visual information in order to show an additional sample of my qualities and the sensitivity to express my work, while keep working on final presentations and deadlines. There is why this section has no explanatory texts more than a brief description of the subparts, i.e., this section contains a demonstration of work in progress, unlike the first section containing projects completed and presented more formally.


notebook of annotation and sketches Space dedicated to the daily subjects, tasks to be done and random ideas


photo camera and social media using digital platforms to express my environment


plotting, pinning up, model making, trace paper, and different pens styles miscellaneous information generated during the semester


Paul Moscoso Riofrio Portfolio '16  
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