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Del detalle al territorio | taller de verano en Colombia por Bamboo Think Tank

Category: ⚐ ES+arquitectura+comunicación+placemaking+sostenibilidad

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Os compartimos la convocatoria sobre el 2º Taller Internacional de Verano “Del detalle al territorio”, que tendrá lugar en Colombia del 27 de Julio al 19 de Agosto de 2015.

El taller lo organiza y dirige Bamboo Think Tank, una plataforma constituida por académicos, expertos en bambú y profesionales colombianos y españoles en el campo de la arquitectura y el diseño urbano, entre los cuales se encuentra el Estudio SPN: Juana Canet, Rut Cuenca y Elena Gómez y el director del Programa de Estudios Internacionales (PEI), Carlos Hernández Correa, de la Escuela de Arquitectura de la Pontificia Universidad Javeriana de Bogotá.

Este taller continúa la línea de trabajo iniciada el año pasado, cuyo objetivo era potenciar el conocimiento local del recurso natural del bambú y la mejora de la habitabilidad en comunidades vulnerables, con el atractivo adicional de que este año el taller va a permitir a los participantes trabajar en colaboración con los estudiantes locales de la Escuela de Arquitectura de la Pontificia Universidad Javeriana de Bogotá, que participan como equipo seleccionado en la parte final del concurso del Solar Decathlon Latino América- Caribe 2015, con el desarrollo de un prototipo de vivienda social, mejorando el diseño y las soluciones constructivas del mismo.

El taller da la posibilidad, no sólo de aprender a trabajar con un material natural muy versátil y bastante desconocido por muchos, sino que además permite trabajar junto a la comunidad y realizar un proyecto de valor social.

Aquí podéis encontrar más información sobre el taller. ¡Esperamos que sea un éxito!

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Presentando local_in, nuestra renovada plataforma de mapeo colectivo

Category: ⚐ ES+cultura abierta+participación+placemaking+social toolbox+tecnologías+urban social design+urbanismo

¿Qué fue de whatif?

¿Estás buscando Whatif, nuestra herramienta libre de mapeo colaborativo?
Te contamos qué ha sido de ella.

Hace tiempo que no publicábamos nada sobre esta aplicación. De hecho ahora mismo no aparece por ningún lado: no está en nuestro portfolio, los buscadores no la encuentran, hasta en las redes sociales empieza a desaparecer. Sin embargo, el desarrollo dista mucho de estar parado. Al contrario: en los últimos meses el proyecto ha dado un importante salto cualitativo, desde el código mismo hasta el propio nombre. A continuación os contamos los porqués y los paraqués de estos cambios.

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Looking for love again | A creative community project in Alaska

Category: ⚐ EN+placemaking+urbanism

‘Looking for Love Again’ is a community development project implemented by the Taiwanese American artist Candy Chang who was invited on 2011 by the Alaska Design Forum to create a public art project on the tallest building in Fairbanks city. The Polaris Building, a landmark of downtown Fairbanks, was during the past an apartment complex, then a hotel, and now it has been abandoned for more than a decade. continue reading

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Guidelines to build participatory and inclusive societies

Category: ⚐ EN+architecture+art+city+creativity+placemaking+research+sustainability

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In order to achieve the Post-Master called Urban Research Lab Sardinia – Environmental Design at the Università di Sassari (DAP), in partnership with the Dessau Institute of Architecture (DIA) of Anhalt University of Applied Sciences, an article will be published about the project made during the italian period, under the supervision of Ecosistema Urbano: Punto d’incontro.

This is an excerpt of the introduction, including some references and case studies.

The role of the architect

The role of the architect has always been, throughout ancient and modern history, a reference point for the city growth and development. Nowadays, this figure is undergoing a massive transformation, which cannot ignore social aspects. The modern architect helps to integrate production processes within the spaces users live and use in everyday life.

The article aims to present an experiment that was personally led in a very specific local community in Sardinia (Italy) which is affected by logistic, economical and management problems. Through theoretical studies and personal analysis of a variety of existing projects, a detailed process was drafted in order to suggest a strategic action plan.

Western society has scarce resources and the European architect often asks the following question, what can I do now without nothing? In this hard times, it is far more difficult for closed solution to be imposed by a power minority than for specific temporary actions to be applied based on grassroots talks, because sensitivity is high and social groups are highly resistant to accepting any changes which have not come from within their ranks. Ecosistema Urbano (2011). “Negotiating at all level”. A + T 38. 120

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Strategy & Tactics

The first input to the change came with the drafting of Agenda 21, a voluntarily implemented action plan of the United Nations with regard to sustainable development. It emphasises that broad public participation in decision making is a fundamental prerequisite for achieving sustainable development. The main goal is trying to involve the local communities in the construction process of the future of the cities. When public space is concerned, there are two ways to run over: strategy and tactics. Both are tools of equal value, but with different typology of method; they are usually known as top-down or bottom-up processes.

Tactics are actions which take place on enemy territory while strategy is always enacted on home ground. Which can lead to an immediate run-of-the-mill sharing out of roles: strategy is an instrument of power, tactics are used by citizens; strategy occupies space, tactics play out in time; strategy is used to control, tactics to protest. De Certeau, M.(1988). The Practice of Everyday Life. University of California Press

Recent developments of these concepts became well known under different name, but in essence they are all the same.

Tactical urbanism. It is defined as small-scale improvements in an effort to effect large-scale, long-term change.
Placemaking. It is the act of enlivening public spaces and places for the betterment of the community and its neighbors.
Participatory design. It is an approach to the assessment, design, and development of technological and organizational systems that places a premium on the active involvement of workplace practitioners (usually potential or current users of the system).

The following scheme represents the stages of the experiment:
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The Iberian trip

There was the necessity to analyze the theory, exploring some case studies and finding some references. This processes are already very disseminated all over the world, especially in USA and north Europe, where the citizens have a great sense of community and cooperation.

Nevertheless this research focused on the Mediterranean area, in this particular case in the Iberian peninsula, where the lack of organization meets high quality and creativity, typical of the Latin culture. Some of the cases shown here are real established structures, others are spaces under construction and constantly changing. The connecting link is always one of active participation.
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LXFACTORY – Lisbon

An urban fragment, kept hidden for years, is now returned to the city in the form of LXFactory. A creative island occupied by corporations and professionals of the industry serves also has stage for a diverse set of happenings related to fashion, publicity, communication, fine arts, architecture, music, etc.

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El campo de cebada – Madrid

A group of neighbours called Distrito Centro promoted a temporary use of the vacant lof of a former public pool demolished in a district of Madrid, during the time in which the work planned for urban reuse was not to be carried out. The intention is that the space will accommodate all types of proposals/activities/projects (cultural, social, artistic, sport) for the use and enjoyment of the people of the district and all the city.

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Matadero – Madrid

The old slaughterhouse and livestock market, where Matadero Madrid is now located, was built according with the project of the architect Luis Bellido. The site was architecturally transformed.
Matadero Madrid’s mission is to promote creation in all its forms and expressions. With special attention to cross-sectorial propositions, it focuses on three main action areas: training, production and dissemination.

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Fabra i Coats Creation Factory – Barcelona

Fabra i Coats is a multidisciplinary space which will be promoting artistic hybridisation to become a point of reference in artistic research and in the generation of new quality contents, as well as a meeting point for groups, creators and proposals from different spheres and backgrounds.
The goal is to give support to artistic creation and it has workspaces for the performing arts, music, plastic and visual arts, multimedia creation and also for projects related to information and communication technology.

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Sometimes these kind of actions are not supported by a physical space, but by the people that build their spaces through some collective iniziatives, occasionally supported by a politician organization or made by self-funded artistic groups.

Urbact

It is a European exchange and learning programme promoting sustainable urban development. They enable cities to work together to develop solutions to major urban challenges, reaffirming the key role they play in facing increasingly complex societal changes. URBACT spans over 500 cities, 29 countries and 7,000 active participants.

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Collectif ETC

Born in Strasbourg in 2009, this collective gathered energy around a common dynamic questioning of urban space. Through different means and different skills it wants to be a medium for experimentation. They believe that the different users of the city (residents and professionals) can all be involved in its development to a wide range of scales. The purpose and importance of these urban experiments is not only the result but also the process that generates it, as well as the new environment and new behavior it generates.

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Boa Mistura

It is an urban art group formed at the end of 2001 in Madrid, Spain. Its members have diversity of perspectives, distinct visions which complement each other, and combine to create something unique and coherent.

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Madrid Street Art Project

It is a noprofit association that through the organization of various activities and initiatives (urban Safaris, workshops, lectures, recovery rooms) aims to contribute to these reflections, to encourage citizens to enjoy urban art, contribute to its dissemination and support its creators.

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Conclusions

The final article will aim to give some semi-scientific guidelines to build participatory and inclusive societies. The new frontier of the architect should be to drive local communities in the management of public and private space, involving them in the construction process of the urban renewal. This is when the architect, as a highly knowledgeable technician, plays an essential role to mend the relation between politicians and common people.

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Herligheten, urban gardening in Oslo

Category: ⚐ EN+placemaking+sustainability

Do you have a dream about planting your own mango tree? The statistic probability that you who are reading this live in the city is over fifty percent, and the number is increasing. This means that fewer and fewer of us have the opportunity to grow our own fruit and vegetables, but are entirely dependent on the increasingly industrialized and transport-based large-scale agriculture.

Urban food production is a growing trend in many cities, and productive green spaces emerge on rooftops, in ditches, between buildings and on the left-over spaces without a specific use. The motives for cultivating food are diverse, some see it as part of a strategy to increase awareness and knowledge about the food we eat (food safety), others will create a focus on local food as one of the solutions to environmental challenges, while others grow their own garden just because it’s pleasure and to save money. Jennifer Cockrall-King claims in the book Food and the City that we are facing a food revolution as we have passed both the oil peak and peak water, and this begins to affect a growing global population:

Food and the City examines alternative food systems in cities around the globe that are shortening their food chains, growing food within their city limits, and taking their “food security” into their own hands.

Working at Herligheten - Photo by Christoffer Olavsson Evju

In Oslo, Norway, urban farming occurs in a smaller scale, including the Geitmyra allotment garden where you can be assigned a soil patch for cultivation, and as guerrilla gardens, a more freely and actionist activity where the city’s leftover spaces are used for food production without formal permission of the landowners. The latest addition to this green trend where you can grow your own vegetables in Oslo is Herligheten (The Glory), an ecological initiative and project about urban food production initiated in April 2012 and developed during April and May 2012.

As part of a long-term development and urbanization of the waterfront in Oslo, the developer Bjørvika Utvikling has carried out several temporary projects from stunts to pavilions which have been standing there for a few years. The events and installations are bringing human activity into an area that for many years has been characterized by construction activities, but Herligheten differs from previous projects by a greater degree of activation of users and visitors, who are now shaping the new area of the city with green and consumable pleasures.

Working at Herligheten - Photo by Christoffer Olavsson Evju

Herligheten is located at Loallmenningen in Bjørvika, a rocky “island” in the middle of a rough building site surrounded by roads, railway lines and the ventilation towers for the submerged tunnel underneath. It has found its home in an apparently gray and idle landscape between the Medieval park and the Oslo fjord, which has for many years been seen as a lifeless place in wait for better conditions. But during a few hectic weeks during spring the area has experienced a small, green revolution worked out by diligent volunteers who have transformed it into an oasis consisting of consumable plants, in what was previously a closed area for city residents.

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As of today Herligheten consists of three main parts: Herligheten Allotment Garden with 100 allotments, a field measuring 250 m2 where several types of ancient grain such as spelt, emmer, einkorn and bere barley will grow, and an activity program consisting of a number of events and seminars for learning and exchanging ideas. As many as 3790 people applied in April to take part in Herligheten through the disposal of one of the 100 allotments, so it is clear that the people in Oslo have ambition to develop their green thumbs. We wish them good luck with the green revolution!

Read more:

About Herligheten in English
Flickr gallery. It will be updated soon with photos of the growing plants!

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#followweb | Community Planning

Category: #follow+#followweb+⚐ ES+placemaking

De nuevo viernes, día de #followfriday por Twitter, y un buen momento para conocer gente o ideas nuevas antes de cerrar otra semana de trabajo. Hoy os dejamos un gran aporte para la serie #followweb, una enorme base de datos de recursos y buenas prácticas, un punto de partida muy recomendable para cualquiera que quiera trabajar sobre el planeamiento contando con la participación de las comunidades: CommunityPlanning.net

⟶ Community Planning

La web funciona como una base de datos con múltiples entradas enlazadas ente sí, y accesibles por categorías en el menú de la izquierda. A primera vista, la página no parece gran cosa, e incluso tras haberla usado un rato y haber entendido su estructura, la sensación es que el diseño no le hace justicia al contenido. Pero en cuanto comenzamos a hacer uso del menú y a visitar las diferentes secciones, cada clic da lugar a un sorprendente despliegue de recursos. En cada sección solemos encontrar una lista por orden alfabético, una ficha por cada elemento y varias pestañas que proporcionan información complementaria, y que merece la pena usar si se quiere llegar al fondo del asunto.

Algunas de las secciones más interesantes:

Principios: Una de las secciones más sencillas de la web. Aquí se puede encontrar una larga lista de principios relacionados con el trabajo de planificación con comunidades. Muchos de los que trabajáis en esa línea los iréis reconociendo como vuestros (o como aspectos que olvidasteis en un momento dado y se hicieron notar por sí solos) conforme los leáis: aceptar las limitaciones, ser flexible, no olvidar hacer un seguimiento, de grabar y documentar, aprender de otros, combinar métodos, andar antes de correr, etc.

Métodos: No hay dos contextos iguales, ni dos proyectos iguales, requiriendo siempre un enfoque adecuado a las circunstancias. Sin embargo, eso no quiere decir que haya que partir siempre de cero, obviando toda la experiencia previa, más bien al contrario. En esta sección podemos encontrar una buena lista de métodos y técnicas conocidos y eficaces, que se pueden usar como ingredientes para construir un proyecto. En cada ficha descriptiva, una segunda pestaña añade más información, ordenada por consejos, costes, muestras de material, checklists e incluso citas o frases inspiradoras.

Escenarios: Este es un buen punto de partida cuando arrancamos con un proyecto. Partiendo de un “tipo” general (como puede ser un desarrollo residencial, un plan urbanístico participativo, un proyecto de regeneración de un centro urbano, etc.) llegamos a una ficha con la descripción, una línea del tiempo que muestra el proceso tipo, y una serie de métodos relacionados con dicho escenario. A partir de ahí podremos seguir indagando, comparando y seleccionando los recursos que nos interesen para construir nuestra propia versión del proceso.

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Caja de herramientas: Aquí se incluyen documentos como formularios, listas de comprobación y plantillas de calendario, entre otros elementos directamente utilizables en cualquier proceso. Están en formato PDF y además en su formato original editable, de modo que podemos modificarlos y elaborar nuestra propia versión.

Oportunidades: Con la idea de estimular la planificación creativa, la página incluye una sección dedicada a sugerir “cosas que las comunidades pueden hacer” para lograr mejores entornos de vida. Contiene acciones, proyectos o eventos que contribuyen a la mejora de las condiciones de una comunidad, desde soluciones energéticas a formas de compartir objetos y recursos.

Glosario: No puede faltar en cualquier base de datos que pretenda aglutinar conocimiento alrededor de un tema. Un buen detalle práctico: cada término del glosario está marcado con etiquetas que enlazan a otras categorías de la web. De ese modo, podemos partir de un término genérico y ponerlo rápidamente en contexto viendo principios, métodos, estudios de caso, escenarios, proyectos, contactos y otros aspectos relacionados.

Podría seguir citando el resto de las secciones porque todas son interesantes, pero por no extender más el post os invito a saltar directamente a la web y pasar un buen rato navegando por ella con tranquilidad: seguro que hacéis algún que otro descubrimiento. A nosotros nos ha parecido un recurso digno de figurar en nuestra serie sobre placemaking y de quedar bien guardado en favoritos para cuando pueda hacernos falta.

Página web: communityplanning.net
Grupo en Facebook: Community Planning
Fuente: Michael Moradiellos ¡Gracias!

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placemaking | Collectif etc

Category: ⚐ EN+placemaking+urban social design+video

“Our projects are optimistic, open and focused on the spontaneous population of the city”
– Collectif etc

Following our last week’s post on Place au Changement, and still in the frame of our placemaking series, we were curious to meet with collectif etc. From the other side of the Pyrenees, we managed to contact them on their Détour de France, so they could share some impressions about their experience in Saint-Etienne, and ideas about placemaking.

placemaking | Collectif etc from ecosistemaurbano on Vimeo.

The Détour de France

Since October 2011, collectif etc has started a Détour de France, a trip around France to meet different makers of the city – inhabitants, associations, professionals, institutions – who seek for alternative ways and models of generating the urban fabric.

“The making of the city formerly follows complex and vertical processes, according to a hierarchy often excluding the population concerned. Public urban projects tend to remain in the professional field of architects, consultants and clients (often local or national administrations) and to generate isolated solutions from the community’s real needs.
In response to this gap, new participatory processes are emerging in various cities in France, aiming to involve the population in building their own living environment. We are off to meet the actors behind these initiatives, and work with them in the social making of the city.”

The itinerary was initially based on the collective’s established contacts, yet it remains flexible to any potential opportunity along the way. Until august 2012, Collectif etc will be pedaling, meeting, sharing, creating, building, tinkering and designing, adding the preferred co- prefix according to the different people they encounter on the way.

Two objectives in mind:
1. make a census and build a network of the different actors involved in a social making of the city
2. collaborate with them along the trip on interventions in public space

For french speaking readers, you can follow their progression on their blog, and we recommend you read the full description of the project here.

Active since September 2009, Collectif etc is a combination of sparking energy, innovative dynamics, social engagement, creative experimentation and human interactions. Their practice materialises in various forms – built structures, ephemeral interventions, urban furniture, workshops and debates –  where the common key is about generating a process, and building a community. Their projects take root in the existing climates of exchange and creation, grow from collective action and intelligence, and catalyse the existing dynamics of the community into the design of their living environment.

In short, a breath of fresh air in the scope of city related professionals. You can be sure to here from them again.

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placemaking | Place au changement

Category: ⚐ EN+placemaking+urban social design

Place au Changement is a co-constructed square and a placemaking process conducted by collectif etc, to create the Giant’s square, a self-managed temporary public space in Saint-Etienne.

Saint Etienne, Châteaucreux. Since 2008, the district entered a long-term process of urban transformation, a process of destruction, reconstruction, renovation, a process where different mutation stages and time-spaces side and cohabit, often leaving voids pending for weeks, months, sometimes years. And why not include these urban gaps in the process? Why not take advantage of change to colonize rather than procastrinate? Such were the questions carried out by the EPASE (Etablissement Public d’Aménagement de Saint Etienne) when announcing the competition “Défrichez-la” – literally suggesting “Clear it” – to temporarily occupy plot 58, at the crossroads of Ferdinand and Cugnot streets.

Place au changement was collectif etc’s response, to design both a square and a participation process. The name itself plays on two layered meanings: the square Of change and the process to Give way to change. The first intention, to reflect the on-going mutations in the neighborhood and remind the square’s temporary condition, was to design the square as a transitional step of its future outcome: on the ground, the imaginary plan of a future apartments building meant to replace plot 58, and on the surrounding wall, its corresponding section. And second, to design a process involving the citizens both in building the proper square and its identity as a public space.

“Make yourself a square !”. The familiar DIY tag line came out as a call for participation while launching the communication warm-up strategy, first step to pave the way for the upcoming event. Following their success in March 2011, collectif etc, along with two graphists – Bérangère Magaud and Léatitia Cordier – initiated the process by making public presentations of the project in local council assemblies, organizing meetings with the concerned political actors, contacting local associations, social centers and foster cares, negotiating with different city services the maintenance of the building site and its subsequent public space, and opening a blog to keep daily track of the project’s evolution, in order to spread the news in the greatest number of circles.

On 14 July, the building site opened to public participation. To involve the local inhabitants in the construction process, the work was organised in three thematic workshops, aiming to target people according to their own field of interest, capacities and knowledge.

The wall painting workshop, to dress the painted cross-section and bordering fronts with real scale drawings of daily objects, mainly involved the children of the Soleil and Cret de Roch neighborhood houses. The nationally renown street-artists Ella & Pitr also made a punctual intervention to paint the huge Giant, which later inspired the square’s actual name, and allowed to arouse national interest and local pride, while valuing the children’s work alongside.

The gardening workshop, to design and plant the green spaces of the square, spontaneously involved neighbors in the long-term. People voluntarily brought plants and tools from their own homes, and shared their knowledge, from which the collective had usually a lot to learn. On the last day, the group built a shelter to keep the tools and a 1000L water tank which was agreed to be regularly filled by the local city service.

The carpentry workshop, to make the square’s framework and furniture, involved any handy volunteer in the construction of the preconceived designs. A member of the collective along with a neighbor who was spontaneously designated foreman by the team, were in charge of driving and supervising the workshop, and helping people with the tools at the participants’ disposal.

Place au Changement proposed to use not only the building site as a public space, but also the building period to schedule on-site events. A building site is an event as such : closed streets, constant noise, and permanent activity. Yet, whereas we tend to call it nuisance, Place au Changement’s constant occupation was other: free and collective meals, tournaments, concerts, activities, performances, meetings…

During three weeks, what was formerly a wasteland became a daily attraction. Every Fridays announced a collective dinner, prepared by the women of the Dames de Côte-Chaude ONG, which gathered up to 80 people around a couscous, tajine and paella. Saturday nights held open concerts, which drew a miscellaneous public around improvised barbecues and cheap drinks.

Sundays gave out out-door movie projections, that welcomed students of the Gobelins to release their own short films. Associations such as Feedback association, who coordinated a circus introduction workshop, and El Caminito who offered tango lessons, made punctual on-site interventions to incite more people to join the process.

Two round-table discussions around the citizen as an actor of public space were also held, as times of reflection and debate with local associations, authorities and professionals, aiming to claim for a more horizontal cooperation and direct communication between the citizens, actors and administrations in projects of urban and public nature.

On 1 August, the construction site ended in a closing event, marking a new step in the process, the opening of a public space in the neighborhood. To promote the citizens’ involvement, the most active participants had their name carved on a pole on-site, a poster was put up to explain the process, again naming all the stakeholders, and a booklet summarizing the project and three weeks of building and lucrative site was given out to the public. A public vote by show of hands, undertaken by the citizens, renamed the space Giant’s square, after Ella & Pitr‘s huge painting on the bordering wall.

The day ended by a closing concert and jam session, and a silent commitment not to lose what had been raised during the past weeks. For beyond an architectural design and a square, Place au Changement built a self-managed community, and stirred up an activity of spontaneous uses – to be continued.

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placemaking | Zuloark

Category: ⚐ EN+placemaking+urban social design+video

Following our last week post on the Campo de Cebada, and still in the frame of our placemaking series, we decided to interview Zuloark, so they could tell us about their own field experience. In the end, we managed to find two Zulos in El Ranchito, absorbed in the construction of their new Open Offffice, and catch a few minutes of their time among drills, nails and hammers. Ironically, they shared their story on the few remains of City Island, first initiative at the root of the Campo.

placemaking | Zuloark from ecosistemaurbano on Vimeo.

“For us it has always been a kind of test, a laboratory where we would put ideas
that weren’t necessarily very clear. […] The idea is to generate opportunities.”

What is Zuloark? An office, a collective, a platform, a frame, a kind of commitment?
– “You could be Zuloark.”

Indeed. Zuloark is an open and unstable network, a group of individuals who identify themselves as such, as members of a collective identity. The collective’s organisation is based on a completely liquid hierarchy, a mutable structure changing at all times and for each project, challenging the inherited hierarchical models.

By defining itself equally in each of its members, Zuloark doesn’t focus its professional activity on a specific theme, but constantly aims to multiply and extend its fields of intervention by generating various research lines, often linked to architecture and urbanism. You can tell their story from the actual spaces they worked in, some virtual like Zoohaus and Inteligencias colectivas, others physical, like the Campo de Cebada, all focused on building open networks and generating opportunities of co-working.

In terms of working platform, Zuloark considers itself as a zone of proximal development (ZPD), meaning the difference between what one can do with and without help. In other words it promotes a new knowledge environment based on a peer-to-peer model of horizontal collaboration and learning with more capable peers.

Which is precisely what aroused our interest. Despite its unstable and undefinable nature, Zuloark precisely finds meaning and consistency in the latter: a networked, open and unlimited structure aiming to promote collective intelligence and collaborative creation. Beyond an office or collective, beyond fulfilling projects and involving neighbours, citizens to participate in generating their own public space, Zuloark calls for a step further: a completely open and horizontal structure, a new participatory model where professionals and participants are no longer distinguishable.

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#followarch #web | Project for Public Spaces

Category: #follow+#followarch+#followweb+⚐ ES+placemaking

De nuevo viernes, día de #followfriday por twitter, y un buen momento para conocer gente o ideas nuevas antes de cerrar otra semana de trabajo. Hoy os presentamos pps.org, a la vez página de presentación y blog de Project for Public Spaces.

Project for Public Spaces se presenta como una organización sin ánimo de lucro dedicada al diseño, la educación y el planeamiento en relación al espacio público en la ciudad. Fundada en 1975, PPS es pionera en el desarrollo de procesos participativos, que incluyen el ciudadano como agente activo en el diseño del espacio público, y fueron unos de los primeros en  hablar y experimentar sobre el concepto de placemaking. Hoy en día, a través de investigaciones, conferencias y asociaciones estratégicas, PPS promueve el placemaking como enfoque para afrontar a los asuntos del espacio público.

pps.org es un fiel reflejo de ese enfoque. Se muestra a la vez como plataforma de reflexión e investigación y como base de datos y esfera dinámica de contenidos varios, que tiene por único núcleo el espacio público y su desarrollo. La organización de la web es una de las más limpias y claras que hemos visto últimamente. En la parte superior se pueden ver unas categorías que diferencian los espacios públicos según varias tipologías: transporte, multi-uso, mercados, centros urbanos, parques, ciudades universitarias, plazas y frentes marítimos. A la izquierda podemos acceder a las partes más importantes de la web, como la lista impresionante de artículos relacionados con el placemaking, un buscador de “Grandes espacios públicos” del mundo, un blog siempre en búsqueda de nuevas referencias y toda la información sobre la organización, incluidos sus servicios y sus programas de formación.

Te animamos a conocerles un poco mejor:

PPS website
PPS en Twitter

PPS en Facebook