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Ecosistema Urbano is recognized as a 2017 Social Design Circle Honoree by the Curry Stone Design Prize

Category: ⚐ EN+design+ecosistema urbano+news+urban social design

We are honored to announce that Ecosistema Urbano has been recognized as a 2017 Social Design Circle Honoree by the Curry Stone Design Prize.

What is the Curry Stone Design Prize?

The Curry Stone Design Prize is awarded each year to honor innovative projects that use design to address pressing social justice issues. Supported by the Curry Stone Foundation, the Prize highlights and rewards projects that improve daily living conditions of people in communities around the world. The Prize acknowledges work that is considered emerging in the professional and public consciousness.

What is the Social Design Cirle?

This year, in honor of the 10th anniversary, the Curry Stone Design Prize assembled a group of 100 of the most compelling social design practitioners of the last decade, a project called The Social Design Circle. As the organizers of the prize refer: These are practices which have captivated and inspired us over the years, as we’ve built a global community of visionaries, activists and game changers. The Social Design Circle project gives answer to what are defined to be the 12 most urgent questions in social design practice. Each month a new topic is adressed through a new open question. Answers come from different practicioners among the 100 winners.  The questions up to date asked are:

Should designers be outlaws?   Is the right to housing real? Can design challenge inequality? Can design prevent disaster? Can we design community engagement?

Can design reclaim public space?

Ecosistema Urbano has been included in the category “Can design reclaim public space?” of the Circle, together with other colleagues and collectives as Asiye eTafuleniBasurama, Collectif Etc., EXYZT, Interboro,  Interbreeding Field, Studio Basar, Kounkuey Design Initiative, Y A + K and Raumlabor Berlin.

Here follows the report of the jury regarding our work:

We honor Ecosistema Urbano particularly for their progressive ideas on community participation. The group has worked to update the very notion of “community participation” through the development of online tools which encourage global participation on local projects. The group has developed several apps to collect community input throughout the design process. New technologies work to break down barriers which traditionally inhibited the full participation of community. Many of our ‘communities’ today are in fact digital, so the idea of community participation must be updated as well.

In a physical space, the group is best known for their green projects like Ecobulevar – a project of ‘air trees’ in the Madrid suburb of Vallecas. The project is intended to be temporary, but creates the same sort of community space that one would find in an old growth allée.

The air trees are made from repurposed industrial materials such as recycled plastic, greenhouse fabric, rubber tires. They contain rooting vegetation and atomizers that cool and moisten the air in the cylinder and around it (8oC to 10oC cooler than the rest of the street in summer). The cylinders can be used for public gatherings, and solar panels provide electricity for lighting when needed (excess energy is sold back to the grid and helps fund the maintenance of the structures).

This and other sustainability projects like Ecopolis in Madrid speak to a shared sense of community responsibility and interaction.

Moreover, an interview we gave for the occasion together with our colleagues of Interboro constitute the episode 24 and 25 “Tools for urban action” of the Social Design Insight podcast. You can listen to episode 24 here, while the episode 25 will be shared on Thursday June 8 on Curry Stone Design Prize webpage.

Stay tuned!


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MetaMap | 6000 km by Basurama, interview with Pablo Rey

Category: ⚐ EN+city+internet+Intervista+landscape+MetaMap+urbanism

Basurama is a forum for discussion and reflection on trash, waste, and reuse in all its formats and possible meanings. It was born in the Madrid School of Architecture (ETSAM) in 2001, and since then, has evolved and acquired new shapes.

Tire Cemetery in Seseña (Toledo)

I interviewed Pablo Rey Mazón, member of Basurama, about 6000km, a project about the concept of trash applied to new constructions and land use, the metabolism of the city.


1. How did you get to the practice of mapping? What led you to the practice of mapping?

We use mapping, a geo-spatial representation of things, to understand and display complex situations. Maps have always been interesting to me: subway maps, the Callejero (the streetmap book from Madrid), and later in architecture school, I was using and producing maps quite often. Google Maps and Google Earth came later…. maps are one special part of all the data visualizations tools available.
I have also participated in the development of, an open source software for collective geo-location of information (texts, photos, videos, and audio) online, that we have used in many projects.

Interface of the map - Click to see original at Meipi

Interface of the map – Click to see original at Meipi

2. How did you choose the object of your mapping?

A map is a tool to decode certain information. Depending on the project, we would use one visualization or another. When we’re interested in the location of things, we use maps. In Basurama, we’ve used maps for many different projects apart from 6000km:

-Mapping urban metabolism landscapes (panorama photos) + real estate bubble: map, tactics in 6000km

-Mapping reusable waste in Ruhr (Germany) map 1map 2how to

Flow of waste in Mexico City

Exchange of objects map

In Ruhr, we used geo-located photos that we took, and a special instance of Meipi, to show the location of possible reusable waste. In, we tried to give the opportunity to exchange an object by providing information about where the object was.

6000km started as an exhibition of 10 big format panorama photos from the Madrid outskirts: landfills, highways, scrapyards, and abandoned places. The project was part of the exhibition and was named Basurama Panorámica. It shows the public different places to envision the consequences of the urban expansion that was occurring at the time. Each photo had a short text attached to it, that served to contextualize and give basic information about it. We didn’t just want ‘awesome’ photos, we wanted to make people understand where and what those locations were. The exhibition had two related maps: urban growth and highways, apart from a location map of all the photographs. Displaying urban developments together with landfills and empty toll highways was the way to show the relation among all the urban metabolism related situations. Empty buildings made for speculation purposes where as waste made for scrapyards. That was 2006, 2 years before Lehman Brothers declared bankruptcy.

Later on, when we addressed this project in a country scale we studied and mapped all the situations in “6.000 km” were the kilometers of highway that the government was planning to build until 2020.

Mar Menor Golf Resort – Torre Pacheco, Murcia

3. In which way do you want this work to affect the people and society?

It is difficult to say how a particular project modifies the perception of a situation. In 2006 the real estate bubble was about to burst, but the public perception was saying “prices are never going to drop”, “we are the biggest growing economy in the world”, “keep building, buying, and selling, make money”. Mass media and politicians were basically denying the real estate bubble or saying that the process of land destruction was not sustainable. It was uncommon to address this topic. Nowadays, we can watch and read multiple news, documentaries, and exhibitions about a contemporary ruin or the economic crisis, but that was not the case back in 2006. It is impossible to measure that impact.

However, we were not alone in this task. There were other people talking about these issues as well. An example, El tsunami urbanizador español y mundial from the late Ramón Fernández Durán, or Ramón López de Lucio, that used our exhibition, among other things, to talk about the urban expansion and the backdrops of the star system architecture.  A year later, the Observatorio Metropolitano published a complete study of Madrid that delved deeply in the economical, social, and urban aspect of the situation. Madrid ¿La suma de todos? Globalización, territorio, desigualdad, and Derivart published

Junkyard Hermanos Lopez – Parla, Madrid

4. Which is the next phase of growth/development your research is undergoing?

We went from the regional scale, Madrid conurbation, to a country scale, Spain, in 6.000km. We created an online map at to display how our research evolved and to open both the information and participation to the public. We went to many of those places to document the sites. We have a full list available of all the studied locations, as we have realized before in Meipi, that maps are not the only way to show spatial information, and that lists can also be very useful.
Global scale: Since we’ve been travelling often to America with Basurama in the last years, we are now exploring ways to talk about these situations on a global scale in PAN AM, Panorama Americana.

Ruins in Vallecas, Madrid  - Click to view original map

Ruins in Vallecas, Madrid – Click to view original map

Photos from the sky: We are also exploring new ways of exploring the territory with cheap balloon mapping technology. Our first results from Spain could be seen in the ruins at PAU del ensanche de Vallecas. Since last year we’ve been collaborating with the Public Laboratory in Boston, where we are mapping the evolution of an ash landfill in the suburbs of the city, Incinerator Landfill in Saugus, MA, USA, as well as mapping the waste locations from Cambridge, MA.
Civic maps: I am involved in a tool kit about civic mapping that will be released this year by the Center for Civic Media.

Alto del Cuco – Pielagos, Cantabria

5. What are your personal references for the theme of mapping (from ancient to contemporary ones)?

References come from many places: data visualization researchers like Edward Tufte; open hardware and cheap tools by Public Laboratory; Ushahidi and Crowdmap for collective info about maps; for collective reporting from cheap phones; and online cartography tools like OpenStreetMap, where we are contributors and try to draw landfills and other non represented places in the map.

All the photos of the article are under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License and are made by Rubén Lorenzo Montero and Pablo Rey Mazón (Basurama). See legal notice.

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contested_cities: ciudad, crisis y resistencia | Seminario en la UAM

Category: ⚐ ES+eventos+investigaciones+urbanismo

contested cities


CONTESTED_CITIES es una red internacional de acción, investigación e intercambio de investigadores en la cual participan ocho universidades europeas y latinoamericanas de Madrid (UAM), Leeds, México D.F., Querétaro, Santiago de Chile, Buenos Aires y Rio de Janeiro. El proyecto comienza en Octubre de 2012 y durará hasta Septiembre de 2016.

¿De qué temáticas se ocupa?

CONTESTED_CITIES investiga, desde una perspectiva crítica con los actores políticos tradicionales y comprometida con los movimientos sociales, las consecuencias del modelo neoliberal en las ciudades europeas y latinoamericanas. Efectúa un análisis comparativo de las variadas geografías y políticas de gentrificación, de los múltiples impactos de las políticas neoliberales en la vida urbana y de las estrategias de resistencia, lucha y reapropiación del espacio urbano por los movimientos sociales en Europa y América Latina.

A continuación os dejamos la convocatoria del seminario para mañana martes 23 de octubre:

CONTESTED_CITIES: Acto de Inauguración en el Departamento de Ciencia Política y RR.II. de la Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
Martes 23 de octubre de 11.00 a 14.00 horas
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Facultad de Derecho, Edificio de Ciencias Económicas, Jurídicas y Políticas, c/Marie Curie 1, Primera Planta, Aula 3

Al acto de inauguración está invitado Fernando Díaz Orueta, profesor de la Universidad de La Rioja, que expondrá sobre Ciudad, neoliberalismo y crisis. Y a continuación, Víctor Delgadillo (Universidad Autónoma de la Ciudad de México), María Carman (Universidad de Buenos Aires) y Marcelo Lopes de Souza (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro) discutirán sus respectivas investigaciones relacionadas con las diferentes vertientes del proyecto. En el programa adjunto se especifican los títulos de las intervenciones.

CIUDAD, CRISIS Y RESISTENCIA. Diálogos entre activismo y ciencia.
Martes, 23 de Octubre de 18.00 a 21.00 horas
La Corrala (UAM), c/Carlos Arniches 3-5, Lavapiés

Intercambio de ideas y debate con militantes en diferentes colectivos de activistas, artistas-militantes y de reflexión militan-te-académica, entre otros: Observatorio Metropolitano, Universidad Nómada, Todo Por la Praxis, Basurama, Plataforma de Afectados por la Hipoteca (PAH), Asamblea de Vivienda de Madrid, Asamblea de Vivienda de Usera, y muchos más.

La asistencia al seminario es gratuita para todos los participantes.

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placemaking | El Campo de Cebada

Category: ⚐ EN+placemaking+urban social design

El Campo de Cebada is a project carried out by the neighbors to incite the temporary occupation of the vacant lot in Cebada square in the center of Madrid.

If you live in Madrid, you probably had the chance to peek through the flimsy walls that shelter El Campo de Cebada. In the heart of the city, alongside the market in Cebada square in La Latina, the “Barley Field” – literal translation of “Campo de Cebada” – under the guise of disuse, oozes an unexpected welcome. After more than two years of bare cement and a great deal of joint effort, the vacant lot now blossoms with people.

From Arab cemetery, to actual square in the 16th century where the barley was sorted, to indoor market inaugurated in 1875 then replaced by the present one in 1962, to sports center built alongside the market in 1968, the site inherited a turbulent past. And yet, it is recognized as a place of commercial and especially, social exchange. Or it was, until in August 2009, according to an urban requalification program of the center initiated by the council of Madrid, the sports center and its public pool are demolished. Unfortunately, the city council is unable to raise the money for the new equipment, and the construction is delayed, leaving the neighborhood with an impenetrable square for an undetermined time; end of the story.

But after one year of silence, the empty space suddenly comes back to life. In September 2010 took place, under the direction of the Basurama collective, the annual event La Noche en Blanco: 21 activities to fill Madrid’s main streets with temporary occupations of public space, and reinvent our relationship to the city. Inspired by the slogan “Play on”, the Exyzt collective took over the vacant lot to put up City Island, a “temporary but lively public space to enjoy the shade of the rain forest and its lagoon”. For ten days, the neighbors had once again a place where they could simply meet, play, chill out and enjoy. As the event was coming to an end, and the “island” being dismantled, various discussions rose as to one concern: was the bursting activity following the one shot of City Island really meant to disappear again, pending for the vague promise of a new equipment to be fulfilled?

This is how the Field began to grow… ideas. Neighbors, members of local associations, stallholders of the nearby market, people of all ages and background, along with the Zuloark collective, gathered around the same ambition, get back the public space that was due to them. El Campo de Cebada became an association, a web page and a silent commitment. The process started with weekly meetings in the Onis bar, in front the vacant lot’s entrance, to compose a first draft of intentions before facing the city council. On the 1st of December was held the first meeting with the local authorities, and the real negotiations began. Meanwhile, the project was gaining interest and support among the local associations such as AVECLA and FRAVM, and arousing local curiosity. Several meetings followed, until on February 18th of this year, a temporary cession of the vacant lot was signed with the city council, and El Campo de Cebada opened its doors.

At the dawn of spring, under Concha Velasco’s silent oath “La vida por delante”, El Campo de Cebada started collecting ideas from the neighborhood, giving any proposal, activity or project of cultural, social, artistic or sportive nature, and of social purpose, the opportunity to come forth. Basic equipments, such as an electrical input and a multi-sport game court for local tournaments were quickly provided. Small chalkboards were placed at the entrance, to catch ideas passing by and communicate upcoming events. People started sharing questions, ideas and proposals on the web page. Weekly public assemblies were organized, along with the members of El Campo de Cebada association, to consider, review and schedule the different projects. Several ideas began to sprout.

Little by little, the once monotonous cement dressed with lively colors, work of some merry volunteer painters. The once vacant lot filled up with awkward objects: among others, mobile seats of all shapes, made from reused wood during the “Hand made Urbanism” workshop, conducted by  Zuloark with students from the Universidad Javierana de Bogotá, a shed on stilts, put up by Todo por la praxis, and shademakers made from wire rope and reused canvas by Basurama as an attempt to built shadows in the unfortunate solarium the place had become. And the once still and silent void came back to life.

Local festivities, meetings, events, tournaments… ever since its opening, El Campo de Cebada has rarely been at peace. This summer was set up an open-air cinema, and various concerts were held. Every Sunday, the Field fills with the melodies of Cantamañanas. El Campo de Cebada also became a shelter for “inappropriate appropriations”. A place of opportunity for social enterprises such as #edumeet, a twice weekly open meeting to debate on education, or Desayunos ciudadanos, monthly public breakfasts that take place in a street or square of Madrid to claim public space as propriety of the citizens. A meeting point where the community can discuss on the problematic situations regarding the neighborhood and brainstorm potential solutions, especially regarding the market’s and the new sports-center’s outcome.

But more than a place, or the climax of a specific claim, El Campo de Cebada is a process committed to participation, transparency and sociability, an experiment of placemaking between the citizens, local associations and political institutions. From seeding hopes, desires, and expectations, it is now bearing the fruit of a collective mobilization. But it doesn’t stop here. Harvest will come in time to gather new seeds, new farmers, and sow more cement fields among the many remaining in the city.


More photos in Flickr – El Campo de Cebada

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Basurama | Ciclos Locos: Taller de construcción

Category: ⚐ ES+creatividad+reutilización

Se trata de un taller gratuito de construcción de ciclos (carros, triciclos, tandems, cacharreria varia…) a partir de desechos de bicis que tendrá lugar en la nave e del colectivo Basurama en Madrid. Como artista invitado, estará Mara Berkhout que enseñará y ayudará a construir los vehículos. Mara es una artista holandesa que lleva tiempo experimentando con bicis y que vendrá desde La Haya especialmente para el taller. Puedes conocer su trabajo aqui.

El taller es una iniciativa de Basurama que cuenta con financiación de la Embajada de Holanda y forma parte de las actividades de la Semana Naranja.

Se trata de un proceso de producción como experiencia abierta para que todas/os aquellas/os que estéis interesadas/os podáis aprender, aportar y entrar en contacto con gente que comparte inquietudes (como nosotros!).

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Category: ⚐ ES+arquitectura

Los días 8 y 9 de Octubre se presenta Piensa Madrid 2 en la Casa Encendida, taller dirigido por Ariadna Cantis y Andrés Jaque.
En esta ocasión PIENSA MADRID convoca en dos jornadas de encuentro a los más importantes grupos de pensamiento y análisis que desde hace tiempo actúan y proponen en la ciudad de Madrid. Son grupos comprometidos con causas públicas como la gestión de los recursos, la democracia participativa, la representación de colectivos marginales o la aplicación de conocimientos especializados. Entre los participantes están: Laboratorio Urbano, Basurama, Alterpolis, Club de Debates Urbanos, UrbanAcción y Paisaje Transversal entre otros. Os dejamos el programa completo. continue reading

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[ciudades de código abierto] La arquitectura del espectáculo ha muerto, ¡viva la arquitectura sensata!

Category: ⚐ ES+arquitectura

La arquitectura ha dejado de ser sensacionalista. Ayudada por la doble crisis, inmobiliaria y financiera, ha llegado la arquitectura sensata (término más adecuado que la palabra “sostenible”, maltratada en todos los contextos posibles).

A continuación, algunas observaciones relacionadas con esta nueva situación “arquitectónica” y un listado subjetivo de profesionales que han investigado otras formas de ser arquitecto en el siglo XXI: continue reading

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Arquitectos 'enredados'

Category: ⚐ ES+arquitectura

A continuación publicamos un articulo de ROSA RIVAS de El País del ayer (2 de junio 2009):
Los nuevos estudios utilizan Internet como herramienta de trabajo y para estar conectados entre sí – Sus proyectos apuestan por una ciudad más verde y con más compromiso social
Diagnóstico del panorama urbano Freshmadrid es una red social de arquitectos jóvenes con la ciudad como centro de pensamiento y acción. EL PAÍS les ha lanzado varias cuestiones de reflexión urbana: – 1. ¿Qué carencias tiene la capital? – 2. ¿Cuál es el mejor espacio de la ciudad? – 3. ¿Y el peor? – 4. ¿Cómo sería el proyecto ideal para Madrid? – 5. ¿Qué utilidad tiene una plataforma profesional como Freshmadrid?
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Mostra São Paulo 300mm y Seminario Learning From Sampa en Sao Paulo

Category: ⚐ ES+eventos+urbanismo

Esta semana se inaugura la exposición Mostra São Paulo 300mm y tendrá lugar el Seminario Learning From Sampa en la ciudad de Sao Paulo, ambos comisariados por Ariadna Cantis y Alexandre Cafcalas. El seminario será un encuentro entre arquitectos de Madrid y Sao Paulo. Sao Paulo 300mm muestra cómo el paisaje de una de las ciudades más grandes del planeta es construida permanente y diariamente por la acción compleja, contradictoria y conjunta de diferentes actores. Destaca el papel de tres: la sociedad civil, los poderes públicos y los profesionales de la arquitectura. continue reading

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Basurama – 100% SOSTENIBLE Estreno mundial

Category: ⚐ ES+eventos

se complace en invitarles al estreno mundial de la serie de humor ecológico, realizada en colaboración con el IESO (Instituto para el Eurodesarrollo de la Sostenibilidad): continue reading