Felipe Correa’s (director of the Urban Design Degree Program) new publication, A Line in the Andes, examines the transformative role of the first underground metro line currently under construction in Quito, Ecuador. Through archival material, original drawings and text, the book frames the project within the city’s historic and contemporary urban form, visualizing the potential of this valley-city. In doing so, it sets the stage for well-informed design deliberations regarding the urban future Quito deserves. The publication is one of 11 key studies Metro de Quito has undertaken as part of the project’s broader vision for the city.
A Line in the Andes was launched in Quito on October 19th, and delivered to Vice Mayor Jorge Albán in a special ceremony organized by Metro de Quito and the city. Rahul Mehrotra (chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Design) was present for the event and met with municipal and government officials, including Vice President Lenin Moreno, in order to advance future collaborations between Quito and the GSD. Research and editorial team members Ramiro Almeida (LF ’13); Carlos Garciavelez (teaching associate and MAUD ’12) and Caroline Shannon (MArch I ’13) were also on hand. The research and publication involved approximately 20 GSD students from all three departments in the school.
An exhibition at the Eugenio Espejo Cultural Center accompanied the book launch. The show is open to the public and will travel to other locations in the city.