The wall of Shame was created a few years ago beneath the suburb of Valle Hermoso and the neighborhood Las Casuarinas. On the first one mentioned there are a big amount of people living in poverty without water or electricity in their small self-made-houses and in the second one mentioned, big mansions with pools can be found and many other advantages. At first glance people might believe that this wall was created to discriminate against one side of another, however that wall has one specific main purpose that not many media tend to talk about. That wall’s main purpose is to protect the people from Casuarinas of invaders and robbers, that’s the reason why it was built precisely on the hill, to stop people from building houses illegally on it. The people that live on that hill are mainly people with really low incomes and by living there, it eases them the need to pay taxes, that’s the main reason why most people there don’t have drains. That wall is necessary as well to prevent people from bad roots from committing crimes there. If Casuarinas wouldn’t have that wall, it would be an easy target for people to enter, because that wall is not only on one part of the border, that wall surrounds the entire neighbourhood of Casuarinas, in order to enter there you will need permission from the neighbours. In my opinion, I think that the idea of creating a food house is a good one but I don’t consider the place of installation feasible. In addition to this, I would like to add that for me, the most important service that people could have is education. Most poor people haven’t finished their education, then they have many kids and those children don’t end up finishing school either, finishing working as informal as their parents. The best solution to the core problem is to teach people about the opportunities that they would be able to have in the food house, encourage them not to quit school and to respect both nature and each other. These main principles will make a boost on the objectives of the project.
The main idea of the project is a good one and has so many good intentions. First of all, I’d like to talk about the Lomas as a source of water. I consider the main objective feasible as this process has already been implemented in other countries in Africa and South America, obtaining good results and a good quality of the water. So, if we add the significant amount of potential that Lomas has to give fog, the quality and amount of the water would be even higher as estimated. I consider this idea brilliant and think that should definitely proceed. However, it should surely be taken into account the capital that it will need the project to be released. In addition to this system, it is important to talk about the additional fee for water above maximum human needs that this project aims to implement. At first sight this is a good idea to minimize the usage of water of people with high incomes that don’t manage it properly. For instance, this has been implemented in first world countries and has been successfully developed. However, I am not quite sure how this policy will benefit the people with low incomes into having water. The people that lack this resource are mainly the ones that live in areas where there are no drains as many of these people live in hills. This is the reason why many people obtain their water by truck. However, this can be changed if poorer people start to acquire special devices that work as a drainage system that can be implemented on any type of land. Knowing this current problems of the low-income citizens I think it’s important for the project to specify with many details how it will be stored the water obtained by fog and how it will be transported to the households of the people, specifying the roots and drains and other devices that the project will need in general, so that its feasibility could be more accurate. Another topic I would like to discuss is the restoration of the ecosystem. This precise project would need to be established not only with the support of the citizens but with the municipalities as well, as the ones that restore and decide which kind of plant to buy and place it on the parks. This example of “forestation” is viewed by the people and replicated onto their houses. So, for obtaining a more arid-zone, the one that we used to have many years ago, it will be needed first to make this change with the municipalities first. As the last topic I would like to talk about the creation of the Innovative Housing Model that integrates crop and animal agriculture. The food that this house would be able to produce is considerable, however I think that it would be better if the project could specify better the amount approximately of people that the architecture would be able to help. Also, due to the big amount of guinea pigs that the house has, I consider that it should use the waste of them (guano) in order to produce energy to the installation. This activity has already been released by two engineers in Lurin, Lima, known as “CasaBlanca”. This facility uses the residues of the guinea pigs (guano) and organic residues in order to produce bioenergy which will be later transformed into biogas and electricity. I think using these modalities will highlight the environmental aim that the house wants to have. Nevertheless, one of the problems that this project may have is the installation of this house on the Wall of Shame.