THE RESEARCH INSTITUTE

 

Colleagues from around the world come together in conferences and online discussions to explore these topics that help build the barrios within cities of the future! 

 

LOCAL RESILIENCE

 

We make sure community urban interventions also create local resilience, adequately using natural resources through urban interventions, innovative technologies, and home-made, low-cost interventions for sustainable homes and lifestyles. 

 

HEALTH VIA DESIGN

 

We research the communities' locations in relation to its natural surroundings and develop Health Impact Assessments, whereby the projects that are selected also promote a healthy environment to avoid the diseases active in that community's geographic location.

 

50/50 FUNDING

 

We make sure any funds from the Global North (and in dollar currency or Euros) are matched in form of social capital and/or recycled materials or reused materials within the host community receiving the urban intervention, monitoring, and evaluation of the project. Interventions are holistic and attempt to correct an issue defined by the host community through interviews of the members of the target intervention, to make sure the design of the intervention truly meets the need of the community.

 

We integrate our ethnographic research with a thorough review of the city mayor's action plans and communal plans to integrate efforts. In this research, we capitalize funds to ensure qualitative funding is dispersed with liquidity from abroad and social capital from within the country. 

 

LABORATORY

 

It is an economics test whereby we account people's work (volunteer hours) at US current minimum wage and then calculate how many volunteers and material (recycled or reused material) the project needs to ensure the host community contributes the same as the donation in liquidity. We calculate these in a proforma and keep tabs on both investor's and host community's Return on Investment (ROI). 

 

ADDITIONAL EXPLORATION - RESEARCH MATERIAL

 

One area of exploration is- how can we change a community's personal narrative within a low-income neighborhood/barrio? Through innovative and interdisciplinary psychosocial and environmental teaching, citizen's can explore different ways to perceive their environment. Re-building their personal narrative in relation to their surroundings and enhancing hope through asset mapping and therapeutic engagement of landscape imagery, Urban Elements will test methods in Latin America. 

 

An example of Urban Heat Islands is the migration of Chagas near the valley of Caracas' inner residents, whereby an issue not prevalent to this area can become a public health issue. Analyses like these are integrated to ensure urban design improves health issues in the area. 

 

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