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Maed^up

Maed^up embodies the coexistence of indigenous and urban ecologies despite environmental and health crises. The Dumagat Tribe, situated near Manila, faces a cultural shift endangering tribal knowledge due to youth migration and threats like the Kaliwa Dam and climate change. Poor infrastructure exacerbates vulnerability. COVID-19 lockdowns further imperil the tribe's livelihood, prompting initiatives like PAKISAMA and K-GAT's family farming system, supported by the UN World Agricultural Watch. This system boosts sales during lockdowns, aligning with urbanites' demand for fresh, local food. Maed^up proposes a resilient food network bridging indigenous and urban societies, fostering inclusion and cultural exchange. It employs low-impact, scalable plug-ins using local materials and modular construction techniques for flexibility and resistance to environmental forces. The proposed application facilitates virtual interactions, pop-up markets, composting stations, and community events, promoting a sustainable civilization valuing farming, public health, and rural-urban harmony.

Maed^up offers a system for safe physical and virtual exchange with a localized distributed information and food network that is appealing to all stakeholders.

Location: Manila, Philippines
Program: Urban Planning and Design of Socio-Economic Plugins
Status: 2020, Honorable Mention, CBDX Series Design Competition
Team: Mahla Ebrahimpour, Cristina Asla Ortiz de Latierro, Nathaniel Carden

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