Human Cities Coalition in Quito – Ruta de la Experiencia

In the run-up to the Habitat III Cities Conference in Quito, Ecuador, the Human Cities Coalition created the Ruta de la Experiencia to showcase how interventions can improve the lives of local citizens. Developed together with the Quito municipality and its inhabitants – and based on a “bottom-up” needs assessment, the project was selected by Habitat III as one of sixty projects to be highlighted during the conference in October (more than 1,200 proposals were submitted).


The route which runs from the main congress center to the LaMariscal neighbourhood has been transformed from a road dominated by cars into a pedestrian and cycling-friendly green zone. It is a combination of space for movement and pleasant places to visit. From the start of the project, the local community has had a firm say in the redesign of the route into a more livable, which began by expressing their needs, such as local entrepreneurs’ wishes for more space. Some of the interventions are physical, while others help to enhance social and economic development and culture. The active collaboration with the community stimulated social cohesion and local ownership of the area.

Check out the events at Habitat III

As part of the “Ruta” project, debates and networking events take place in the Fabrica Ciudad (Urban Factory or Make the City), bringing together key stakeholders to discuss how joint efforts can help to create more liveable, inclusive, prosperous and sustainable cities. Events take from the end of August until the end of October, organized by Pakhuis de Zwijger, a Dutch cultural center which organises events on the urgent and complex urban issues of today. Several other events are around the “Ruta” are as a Dutch Market, music, outdoor cinema and street theater.

You can also follow the Fabrica Ciudad and stay up to date about its events via and through #citymakers on Twitter.

The Ruta, one of the largest projects to have been selected, will leave a legacy that enables the future growth of the area.

The project is a first example of the Human Cities Coalition’s commitment to meeting today’s urban challenges. The project is supported by and working closely with the municipality and local stakeholders, the Habitat III office in Quito and the Dutch embassies of Peru/Ecuador and Bolivia.

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