A la Plaça: Modes of Public Space Appropriation in Barcelona


Title

A la Plaça: Modes of Public Space Appropriation in Barcelona.

Programme

Master’s Degree in Ephemeral Architecture and Temporary Spaces (MEATS), 2017-18.

Authorship

Toni Montes + Roger Paez (coords.), Manuela Valtchanova and MEATS students.

Collaborators

Civic-City, Théâtre Saint-Gervais (Ginebra), Pompidou Center (Paris).

This project stems from ‘Places en Relation’, an international collaboration where design schools from different cities worldwide address, relate and transform city squares to generate and exchange ideas promoting responsibility, discussion, participation and decision-making processes and practices that should allow for new modes of governance of complex systems like cities.

Each of the chosen squares embodies and illustrates a unique mode of appropriation and helps develop new modes of social interaction in public space. ALP aims to understand radically different ways through which the public appropriation of squares actually takes place, thus opening up a debate about how public space is currently used and how could it be further appropriated to weave people and places in meaningful ways so as to generate a sense of belonging and of commons that fosters both individual and shared responsabilities.

Using Mapping tools, we understand radically different ways through which the public appropriation of squares actually takes place. Using Storytelling tools we collect experiences and create narratives based on actual uses of public space.

How can we better understand the relationships between people and places? How can we use existing spaces to generate new urban commons?

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