scs: galapagos, the wall: scout’s centre
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The   Ecuadorian   Government,   through   its   Consejo   de   Gobierno   de   Galápago ,   invited   The   Scarcity   and   Creativity   Studio   (SCS)   with   the   aim   of providing   facilities   for   Galapagos   communities   who   had      not   yet   benefited   from   the   development   of   the   tourist   sector,   which   is   the   main   source   of income   of   the   Galapagos   Archipelago.   By   recognizing   that   Galapagos   is   a   unique   place   in   this   planet,   the   Galapagos   Administration   wished   to   ensure that   the   facility   provided   not   only   met   the   functional   requirements   of   the   local   community,   but   also   contributed   to   the   prestige   of   Galapagos through its artistic merit.
The Galápagos Islands are an archipelago of volcanic islands distributed on either side of the Equator in the Pacific Ocean, 906 km west of continental Ecuador, of which they are a part, with a population of around 25,000. The islands are known for their vast number of endemic species  which were studied by Charles Darwin during the voyage of the Beagle in 1835 and contributed to the inception of Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection. In 1978 Galapagos was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site, signifying its “outstanding value to humanity.” Unlike other oceanic archipelagos, the ecological and evolutionary processes characteristic of Galapagos have been minimally affected by human activities, and the archipelago still retains most of its original, unique biodiversity. The   main   traditional   economic   activity   of   Galapagos   was   fishing.   Since   around   1980   tourism   has   surpassed   fishing   to   become   the   main   industry, employing   almost   40%   of   local   residents   and   contributing   65.4%   of   the   archipelago’s   gross   domestic   product.   Despite   the   estimated   annual   influx   of $150m   from   tourism   into   the   Galapagos   economy,   poverty   remains   a   serious   problem.   Tourism   is   restricted   to   a   few   sites,   and   consequently benefits some, but not all, of Galapago’s residents. The site for the project was located in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno that has a population of 5000 and is the capital of Galápagos Province. It is located on the southwestern coast of San Cristóbal, the easternmost island in the archipelago.
Since 1998 the Galapagos Scouts Program has been educating local underprivileged children on the importance of creating a sustainable community for their future health and welfare and that of the Galapagos Islands. This education gives them the opportunity to consider careers in the Galapagos National Park, the tourism sector, and the local Navy. The Scouts owned a site in the upper part of Baquerizo Moreno that was earmarked for a building to accommodate their diverse activities. The program for the building consisted of a classroom for 30 people, workshops for craft teaching, a small office, accommodation for 3 visiting teachers, and cooking and toilet facilities. Sustainability is another major concern of the Galapagos Administration so we chose bamboo, which is local and renewable, as the main building material.
To ensure the success of the project SCS staff travelled to Galapagos in April 2016 to agree the procedure and responsibilities for the different parts of the project. SCS staff traveled to Galapagos in April 2016 to meet with the Consejo de Gobierno de Galápagos, Mr Juan Chávez, Director de Producción y Desarrollo Humano, to organise the project and agree on mutual responsibilities and tasks which would ensure the successful completion of the project. Unfortunately the Consejo de Gobierno de Galápagos did not fulfill their part of the agreement and the project for a Scout’s Centre had to be cancelled, as there was not enough time to complete those parts which the Galapagos Administration had commited to doing and to finish the building process.
SCS, The Wall, Galapagos, Plans.
SCS, The Wall, Galapagos, Elevations.
Student Team: Åsmund Amandus Steinsholm, Cecilia Sundt, Guro Langemyhr, Jan Kazimierz Godzimirski, Magdalena Georgieva Alfredova, Magnus Hermstad, Synnøve Solberg, Jørgen Joacim Høy, Therese Andrea Nygaard, Torunn Oland Stjern, Vilde Vanberg, Viola Ulrika Kristin Svens, Wilma Hiemstra, Yaohan Yu. Teachers: Christian Hermansen, Solveig Sandness and Joseph Kenedy Colaborators: Torgeir Blaalid and Finn-Erik Nilsen. Sponsors: Lund & Slaatto Nordic MAD 4B ARKITEKTER AS ØKAW ARKITEKTER Byggindustrien Astrup og Hellern LPO Lund Hagem Flakk
SCS, The Wall, Galapagos, The Design Team.
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