Landslide Damages, destroyed crop lands


Landslide Damages, destroyed crop lands
Sumak Kawsay


Andean; indigenous people; landslides; natural landscapes; agriculture


Unfortunately the landslides are occurring due to the thawing of the ice from the nearby volcano Chimborazo. In effect this is creating a discharge of water, dirt, rocks and debris that has opened a ditch of about 66 feet into the ground. This has been going on since May of 2015 and it is something that happens unanticipatedly. This is all a result of global warming.
This project was funded by Bernard and Anne Spitzer Travel Fellowship for research projects involving travel abroad and incorporating the study of architecture, landscape architecture, or urbanism.
Sumak Kawsay means Good Living in the Kichwa language. It guides a harmonious life through egalitarian principles related to community and reciprocity. According to the Andean Cosmovision (the world view of the indigenous people of the Andes region); nature, mankind, and Pachamama (mother earth), are one whole cosmic family that is perpetually related. Within this spectrum transcendental elements form the fundamental bases of an indigenous society. It was my intention to return to my roots in Ecuador and experience this form of thought. From my experience I was able to conclude that Sumak Kawsay is manifested in the coexistence between all beings. Within the Kichwa community it is manifested through the solidarity and reciprocity held in daily activities.


Delgado, Michael


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Michael Delgado


Garden and Landscape




Santa Lucia, Guano, Ecuador




Delgado, Michael, “Landslide Damages, destroyed crop lands,” Spitzer School of Architecture, accessed July 15, 2024,

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