How might we involve citizens and institutions in participatory design processes? How might we structure our habitat? What uses strengthen economic activity and eradicate destructive habitat activities? How might we provide greater resilience to natural disasters? What kind of constructive typologies provide a safe and sustainable environment?
These are some questions to which our project responds as a strategy to achieve economic, environmental and social development of San Cristóbal (Bolivar, Colombia) and its region, after having suffered winter floodings, and therefore contribute to the improvement of the quality of life of its inhabitants. The use of guadua (bamboo) and participatory design tools are the two key tools on which this strategy is based, with the aim of improving, strengthening or recovering the three ecologies:
– Economic ecology, reinforcing the existing economic activities and incorporating new ones coming from the use of bamboo, such as handicrafts, bamboo components sales , ecotourism, etc …
– Environmental ecology, improving the response to natural disasters through plantations of guadua and recovering biodiversity.
– And social ecology, involving the population in decision making, improving the living conditions of housing and the provision of new spaces and public facilities.