With a growing population, increasing consumption, and accompanying high rates of solid waste, Cusco’s historic inner city neighborhoods have increasingly been feeling the need for the kind of in-depth accounting of conditions on the ground that is required to institute a holistic solution to their garbage problem. This kind of collecting and mapping of information around material flows through and waste collection from the neighborhood is exactly what happened during Phase 2 of the SecondaryCities project, when a team of interns — well versed in facilitating technical, community engagement, and planning processes through our EcoCompass participatory course curriculum — conducted an impact analysis of the four historic neighborhoods of San Pedro, San Blas, San Cristobal and Santa Ana.
Made possible by a collaboration that includes Cusco’s land-use planning department, the Environmental Engineering Department at Universidad Alas Peruanas, as well as local community partners Ingenio verde Cusco and the Association for Pro-coexistence neighborhood center in Camino Real, the team created detailed views of neighborhood archetypes of the historic districts, researched and co-designed compost modules that were piloted throughout the four communities in the homes of participating neighbors, and conducted an impact analysis to communicate their designs and findings with other community members and the local government.
Here’s a gallery of maps and diagrams that were created as a result of this project’s implementation. Enjoy!