Viviana is the co-founder of Huasipichanga, an interdisciplinary collective for urban transformations. Within Huasipichanga, Viviana's focus is on the development of inclusive and child-friendly cities, sharing and developing tools to include kids in decision-making processes.
Viviana’s background is in law and urban management, she has experience in legal and policy advisory in the public sector in Latin America, as well as leading civil organizations for the transformation of public space.
Currently, she is based in Rotterdam, where she actively collaborates in networks such as The City at Eye Level for Kids, Placemaking Europe, and Trust in Play: European School of Urban Game Design. She is also a researcher at Erasmus Research & Business Support, ERBS, where her main focus is on evaluations of Dutch international cooperation programs in developing countries for public infrastructure, development, and trade.
Child-friendly cities, children’s participation, collaborative governance, co-creation, Latin-America.
Co-creation process, urban interventions, child-responsive planning, urban game design, urban modelling and simulations for environmental impact.
The project “Reactiva Cuenca” started as a tactical urbanism intervention in Cuenca, Ecuador. The objective was to transform for a day the space that connects the old with the new city centre. It is a big staircase with resting areas big enough to be transformed into different scenarios for music, art, and games. A one day project became a recurring weekly meeting with buskers, artists, and citizens in general that wanted to enjoy Thursday nights in a different way. With is central location it was easy to make the events bigger every week having concerts, dance sessions, and performances, the movement took the name of Cuenca Cultura. What I am most proud of is that this project had an impact on the local ordinances for culture. The law was modified by the City Council based on the feedback of the people attending to these events to support artists and events in the public space.
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