Horse Crossing the Road in Ometepe


Horse Crossing the Road in Ometepe
Nicaragua Canal


canals; natural landscapes; livestock


Livestock is often left to walk free to forage because the cost of keeping animals fed is higher than letting them eat plants on the island. Since Lake Nicaragua is a freshwater lake, animals can survive on food found on the island, and water from the lake.
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.
In late January 2014, Chinese investment group HKND announced plans to cut a 286 kilometer long and 83 meter wide canal across Nicaragua from the Pacific to the Atlantic. 2014-15 is potentially the last chance to document the Nicaraguan landscape from the Pacific to the Atlantic, along the canal route, before construction begins. There are many questions that I aim to gain perspective on from this trip. 1. What is Nicaragua now, and what might it become? 2. How do the locals feel about the canal? 3. How might tourism be impacted by the canal? 4. What might the viewsheds of the future become for Lake Nicaragua and the Pacific coast?


Gelband, Lara


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Lara Gelband


Garden and Landscape




Santo Domingo, Ometepe, Nicaragua




Gelband, Lara, “Horse Crossing the Road in Ometepe,” Spitzer School of Architecture, accessed April 23, 2024,

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