Throughout the year 2013, 21 Parallel Pilot Projects were and some are still being held and grouped into 3 main themes: 1) Emergent Systems, 2) Public Space and Heritage, and 3) Local Identity. Also, 8 clusters including two or three countries where built in order to enhance direct communication between the countries regarding semester terms and theme affinities. The 2013 PPP’s contemplate mobility for one lecturer of each country (not per PPP) to travel to his cluster country, which consists in one return flight ticket and a maximum of three overnight per diems.
All countries have one flight per lecturer. The objective of this flight is to enhance the relationship between clustered PPP’s. This is intended to help in the exchange of ideas, to show the projects, to know the approach to each theme and to help coordinate clusters interaction and e-reviews through the website (http://ppp.adu2020.org/.) Some of the main objectives in the exchange of PPP lecturer´s are to promote the sharing of knowledge, build up relationships among different countries, and to play a role in the evaluation of the PPPs.
The following paragraph relates a real life experience by one of the PPP lecturer´s who travelled to Cuba from Ecuador:
“Within the framework of the Net Alfa Adu 2020, Ecuador is part of the cluster integrated by the United Kingdom and Cuba. As part of the joint activities among the PPP´s, a design teacher from Ecuador travelled to La Habana in order to take part as a jury in the criticism of the first stage- research- of CUJAE students (Instituto Superior José Antonio Echeverría). The process included the following: first, a visit and tour through the neighborhood accompanied by the teachers Ada Portero and Dania González. Second, a presentation of all the projects made by the students on the premises of the Museum of the “Municipio del Cerro”, which was the chosen place to work. And finally, assist a workshop where they provided guidance in the development of a Diagnostic Study. The experience for professor Viteri, meant a clear example of an inclusive work methodology, which has been achieved through the combination of the efforts of professions that are complementary to architecture and also by the incorporation of key actors that represented neighborhood organizations.”