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Ralf Lippold

Aug 18, 2017


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Dear Margarita, 

Thanks for this amazing proposal which touches not only on the heritage of Mayan building practices but also bring the knowledge of this into the broader public (in the countries stated), and may have also relevant impact on climate change.

What first steps have you considered to make the outlined action plan start?

  • student projects done already
  • photo/video documentaries
  • living examples (villages)

Reaching out to the MIT D-Lab may open up some further actionable paths and collaboration opportunities. 

Much success, and keep up the great work 



Teerth Brahmbhatt

Aug 27, 2017


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Dear Margarita, 


I think your proposal could be improved with the inclusion of a diagram explaining the features of the traditional Mayan building practices. It would also help to outline the benefits of these in a side by side comparison with the current contemporary methods used in the regions the proposal mentions. Lastly have there been similar attempts to preserve traditional architecture types in other regions.countries around the world? What lessons could you pull from their successes or failures? 


Best Regards, 


Aadhithya Sujith

Sep 2, 2017


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Hi Margarita,

Thanks for submitting the proposal. I agree with Teerth that if you include a few diagrams or pictures of the Mayan houses highlighting the salient features in images will give a better understanding of the proposal. I found this article about the collapse of Mayan linked to climate change, what additional changes needs to be made to the original designs to suit the climate of today.

Thanks & regards



Margarita Carriedo

Sep 3, 2017


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Thank you all for your comments and recommendations! We are still working on oit and sure will pay attention on all of that you commnent. As soon as we have the diagrams and illustrations ready we will post them. I had some troubles uploading some pictures though. I will try again and see if today it works.In response to the Article and most articles about the Mayan, they usually state "the Mayan lived" always refering to them in past tense. I just want to paraphrase this and say: "The Mayan still live there". Of course drought due to climate change and probably increased in the region because massive deforestation to build pyramids its one of my hypothesis, since I have been living in the area "with the Mayans"  Yucatan is 80% Mayan. And deforestation was, is and keeps going extreme. During the Classic Mayan Period massive areas were deforested for Religious Sites, during the Spanish Conquest massive areas of Jungle were destroyed to build new Spanish Cities. In the 80s-90s massive areas were destroyed to build Farms and Ranchs, in the modern day massive areas of Jungle get destroyed to build international resorts and housing developments all over the Peninsula and so on. But the Mayan Houses are quite a very good Example of Sustainability of its own! Probably thats why most of the Mayan Houses that are still around saved those villages from drought and thats why they are still living there! Isolated from the rest of the world. Yes, they were kept intact from the Spaniards until the 90s when  modern day conquistadors arrived in the deep south. You will see in the diagrams.THANK YOU VERY VERY MUCH to you all for your time and interest in our project!