Date of Submission

Spring 5-7-2024

Degree Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Architecture



Committee Chair/First Advisor

Ameen Farooq


Guayaquil, with a population of approximately 3 million inhabitants, is the largest city in Ecuador and home to the most important port in the country, driving its commercial and industrial activity. Despite significant urban expansion in the last 40 years, urban planning has been lacking, leading to informal settlements and overcrowding. While the city government initiated projects to attract tourists and uplift residents, these efforts focused on central areas, leaving many in poverty and segregation.

Isla Trinitaria, a major informal settlement, suffers from high density and poor living conditions, attracting migrants seeking better prospects. Although the city eventually provided basic amenities, an urban project in 2015 displaced families to create a linear park, which failed to address community needs.

A proposed project aims to revitalize the north shore of Isla Trinitaria, transforming it into viable housing and community spaces. It envisions a master plan for future expansion, emphasizing environmental preservation, social cohesion, and economic development. By fostering resilience and connectivity, the project seeks to improve the long-term prospects of this marginalized community.

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