After 16A Earthquake

Daniel Cordova takes on the necessary redesign of buildings and spaces in Ecuador after being inspired by the 16A Earthquake that happened in 2016. At the time, Daniel was studying and he took the opportunity to apply one of his projects towards the cause of redesigning to better prepare for future natural disasters. Find out more about how he creates new spaces for the people of Ecuador!

Diego C贸rdova, a 馃敐architect from our聽Architect-US Job+J1 Visa Program,聽submitted聽After 16A Earthquake. Diego聽finished his Bachelors聽degree in Architecture from the聽Universidad San Francisco de Quito in 2019.

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In April 16 of 2016, Ecuador suffered one of the deadliest earthquakes (7.8 Richter) in the last decades. Some towns were completely and partially destroyed, there were almost 700 deceased. Inmediately my school of Architecture changed its agenda towards a response for the current crisis and its implication. One of them was the residential deficit in the affected cities and the fact that people would invade zones of high earthquake risk for informal housing.
So this project was pretty peculiar for the collective awareness in the group of teachers and students, which was intensified with every single professor in the USFQ, the international forums, media, etc. There was a strong sense of commitment and concern by having in mind that this was not only an exercise but a project for a real situation and real people.

Diego C贸rdova used聽AutoCAD, Revit, and聽Adobe Photoshop聽to create聽this beautiful artwork.

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Images by聽Diego C贸rdova

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