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Joachim commented on Lima 2035

Fantastic accomplishment. my best wishes for the finals. I know the selection committee will be impressed.


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Joachim commented on Lima 2035

I want to congratulate you and your team for putting forward such a bold vision for a city that has such an incredible cultural heritage. The city has also incredible problems and it is great to see that your team has a bold approach to head-on face those challenges. Having first-hand experiences with an urban slum community in Lima, I can say that the people of those communities are waiting for a bold vision and an even bolder reality that they can buy into. The families that I met are ready to change the status quo and are ready to be recognized as citizens of Lima, much like the ones on the other side of the wall.
Reading your proposal raised a number of questions that I would want you to explain much more in detail in the next round:
1. I have installed fog nets myself and am well aware of the huge untapped potential that this practice has for water generation in Lima. One of the major issues for us was how to collect and store the water and distribute it to individual homes or garden areas. Please provide some detail on who your vision would include this as this newly generated water cannot be mixed with municipal water sources for lack of sanitation.
2. You mentioned that you want to change the water price policies in Lima. Who in the city government have you worked with to raise such an issue and who are your champions? Much of the wealthy residents of Lima are very proud of their lawns, so how are you going to convince them to either give up their prized possessions for native plants and cacti or charge them accordingly to their water usage? How do you convince the private water companies that deliver water to the urban slums to lower their prices, there is no regulation in that market as much as I could tell.
3. The Lomas is a valuable ecosystem, how do you use its vast potential without significantly destroying the ecosystem. Do you have any plans for reforestation in those areas? We learned that with new water resources, new residents will move into the area and build houses higher and higher up the sandy slopes. How would you prevent such a trend? How would you garner community support for your project in many areas that have no close connection to the city municipality?
4. The design of your house is fantastic and really shows the richness of the discussions with your stakeholder meetings. The successful concept of small-scale multi-purpose dwellings you can also find in lake communities in Asia. They are highly effective and provide many benefits. How do you anticipate building such houses with the limited resources of slum dwellers on the unstable slopes of many of the slum communities and where do the residents go while they are constructed? Would they build these themselves to have a sense of ownership?
5. Many slum inhabitants are not official citizens of Lima, what are your plans to help local municipalities to change that? Without official citizen status in Lima, you have no expectation of running water, electricity, or roads to your house.
6. Guinea pigs are not everybody’s favorite dependent on where they come from in Peru. Can you provide additional examples for small-scale farming that use food scraps and turn them into valuable fertilizer?
7. Who would provide funding for a major project like tearing down the wall and building a major park on top of the hill? What is your funding structure?
Regardless of my questions and requests for detail, I am excited about your vision for this fascinating city. As a healthcare provider, I hope you consider the huge impact this vision has for public health, individual and societal well-being, and for celebrating the cultural richness of your country.