Rethinking public spaces and social services in Ciutat Vella: a program of community building events
Considering the on-going social and demographic changes in Ciutat Vella, how to regenerate its social fabric? How to build a new community of place? Which social services and which public spaces are needed to make these possibilities real?
1.The city of interactions is a program of public conversations the aim of which is to raise the previous questions and explore some answers, adopting a design approach. In particular, it aims to verify the possibility of regenerating Ciutat Vella social fabric considering as "residents" not only the traditional and long-term ones, but also those who live in the neighbourhood only recently and for short periods.
2.It is well known that, to regenerate a social fabric and to build on it new forms of community, it is necessary to offer people opportunities and motivations to meet, discuss and collaborate. In the case of Ciutat Vella, given the high diversity of its current inhabitants, these opportunities and motivations should be offered to people with very different ideas on what to do and how. How can this difficulty be overcome? How can these different people become an open and inclusive local community?
3.The program is articulated in 5 events. Each of them discusses the same issue, how to build an inclusive community of place in Ciutat Vella, focusing each timeon one of the different social groups this new community should include: traditional and long-term residents, but also tourists, migrants, and students. In each event, this possibility is discussed, presenting on-going initiatives and future projects to show its concrete viability.
The city of interactions is proposed by Elisava in the framework of its Design for City Making program. Each event, considering the specificity of its theme, is co-organized with different partners, and held in different meaningful places in Ciutat Vella. Therefore, each event and the program as a whole are to be seen not only as a wide inquiry on Ciutat Vella social fabric, but also as concrete opportunities for different social actors to exchange ideas, build a common language, define and start collaborative actions. That is, in short, to make some steps in a community building process.
An interactive community. Traditional residents as members of an interactive community
How is the community of Ciutat Vella evolving? What could it become in the future? Could the long-term traditional residents build a community including also the new and short-term residents? How public services and public spaces could support the building of this new, open and inclusive community engaging both permanent and temporary residents? More information
Transient residents. Tourists as members of an interactive community
Can tourists - or at least some of them, become members of the local community? How to transform the condition of tourist-as-consumer-of touristic-attractions, in the one of transient community member? Are there examples in which tourists are involved in community-based activities? What could be the role of public services in making it happen?
Recent residents. Migrants as members of an interactive community
Can people with different ethnic and cultural origin enrich a community? How could this contribution be (better) recognized and valorised? Are there examples in which this potentiality has been realised? Which public services are needed to sustain this highly diversify community?
Productive residents. Craftsmen as members of an interactive community
Can local craftsmen and other makers contribute in regenerating the community (creating job opportunities, economic revenue and cultural dynamism)? Are there some product-service systems that could make these productive activities better integrate in the local community life? What could be for them the most appropriate infrastructure?
Creative residents. Students as members of an interactive community
Can students and teachers act as members of the local community, and become agents in its regeneration? And vice versa: how do these initiatives become part of their learning processes? Are there some on-going initiatives that make this possibility clearer? Which public services could support these processes?