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Projeto Vizinhança: a cidade como experiência coletiva e festiva

Márcia Machado Braga, Aline Callegaro de Paula Bueno

O Projeto Vizinhança é um projeto colaborativo e participativo que ocorre em diferentes bairros de Porto Alegre, Brasil. Trata-se de uma ação em arte urbana de carater temporário que discute questões relacionadas ao espaço público e sua capacidade de produzir encontros no cotidiano de uma comunidade. Nesse sentido, o projeto  busca ativar espaços ociosos ou «intersticiais» da cidade, transformando-os em lugares, estimulando processos de troca e aprendizado em um ambiente construído coletivamente e, portanto, lúdico, festivo, criativo e informal. 

 
 

Re-Imagining Benefield: A Catalyst for Change

Divya Nautiyal, Nick Cooper, Philip Miller

Our goal is to share our experiences of working on an architectural project with community members in Highland Park, Richmond, Virginia (U.S.), which is a predominantly black neighborhood that has been historically overlooked by the political system. The rationale for the process was that the partnership and engagement with the participants would lead to architectural solutions that provide participants control not just in the development but in the long-term use and appropriation as the community’s vision changes over time. The theme of representation, resistance, and governance relates the most to our project. Instead of relying on «universal» cookie-cutter solutions in community-based architectural design processes, we have been exploring participatory design methods as a way of broadening participation and building community capacity. We want to share our participatory design approach and open it to critique and feedback from other Participatory Design practitioners present during the session.

 
 

Workshops Arquitecturas Colectivas

Yazmín M. Crespo Claudio, Omayra Rivera Crespo, Irmaris Santiago Rodríguez

The taller Creando Sin Encargos is a design collective that has developed design-build Workshops titled Arquitecturas Colectivas (WAC). WAC is an inclusive methodology that encourages the exchange of knowledge at the horizontal level. We aim to present two WAC: 2013 WAC design-build in La Perla neighborhood and the 2017 WAC design-build in the Puerta de Tierra neighborhood. The WAC looks at the ideation and construction of spaces together with students, volunteers, and the community. We would like to share the way in which each WAC develops its own approaches to participatory community engagement towards solidarity and action. The Workshops Arquitecturas Colectivas support community design projects attending to cultural and social challenges and differences; promoting equity and social justice; exploring methodologies and various forms of communication and representation to exchange knowledge and experiences between designers, students and residents; and builds in situ with situated knowledges. 

 
 

Participatory Lighting Design in Puerto Rico

Marién Vélez, Nasheli J. Ortiz González

Puerto Rico is significantly jeopardized by sociopolitical contexts reflecting among other issues in the access to lighting design. After hurricane María (2017) residents lacked power for over a year as a result of the vulnerable electric infrastructure. A community in Comerío addressed the lack of civic participation in rural public areas inviting 22 Studio to co-design a solar lighting infrastructure. Through participatory design methods and techniques we helped expand knowledge and practiced democracy by shifting sociocultural components of light and architecture to inform design outcomes. Stakeholders developed surveys, presentations, plans, photographs, layouts, renderings, and elevations to analyze architectural and light components. Throughout the process we provoked questions to challenge visual culture and imposed current lightscapes to explore concrete solutions to the community necessities. The construction phase was organized by the community’s leadership, employing neighbors and coordinating with external manufacturers the acquisition of solar energy equipment.

 
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