A catalogue of open urban tools

Wednesday, 25 May 2016, 4pm – 8pm. Medialab-Prado (Madrid). Democratic City Meeting.

City maps, urban archives and dérives, hand-made pieces of furniture, citizen infrastructures, digital platforms and city drafts… These are tools that renew our relationship to the urban environment. We have witnessed in recent years how civic initiatives have re-wired, refurbished and instructed urban space through open urban tools.

Civic initiatives and activist projects have mobilized these projects to transform wasteland into gardens and turn abandoned buildings into houses for cultural innovation. Plots of land that were previously excluded from the circuitry of the city have been reintegrated into the urban fabric in a promising condition: hinting at the city yet to come. This session brings together a catalogue of tools that open up the city to the participation of its inhabitants, tools that liberate the pedagogic condition of the city. We call them a catalogue of open urban tools.

The session will pose for discussion a simple question: What is an open tool? Or perhaps it would be more accurately to say: How do we open an urban tool? We would like to ask about the type of documentation through which tools are opened (manuals, instructions, drafts, sketches, documentary files, visual narratives…). We will also consider the physical and digital infrastructures that keep this information public (digital platforms, discussion groups, meeting spaces and online forums…). Ultimately, we would like to explore the physical and documentary sources that help open the city to urban dwellers.

Session participants include Ciudad Escuela; Domenico di Siena; Vivero de Iniciativas Ciudadanas (VIC); Pez Estudio; Puesto En Construcción (PEC); Red de Espacios Ciudadanos (REC); Territoris Oblidats; Todo por la Praxis; and Zuloark.

The session is organised by Urbanism in beta in collaboration with the IX Meeting of Arquitecturas Colectivas (https://arquitecturascolectivas.net/noticias/aacc-madrid-herramientas-para-una-ciudad-en-abierto).”

Program. A catalogue of open source city tools (PDF).

PROGRAM

First session. 16.00 – 18.00 [English]

Introduction. The free city: an urban encounter between open source and auto-construction. Adolfo Estalella y Alberto Corsín Jiménez (Urbanisms in beta), Diego Peris (Todo por la praxis).

Ciudad Escuela (The city as a school): an open source urban pedagogy, Alberto Corsín Jiménez (Urbanisms in beta).

CIVICS.es. Agenda ciudadana de acontecimientos urbanos, Vivero de Iniciativas Ciudadanas, Alejandro Zappala Delgado.

Civic Tech Manifest: CivicWise, Domenico Di Siena.

TPC, Todo por la praxis.

Debate / Discussion (English and Spanish).

Descanso / Break

Second session. 18.00 20.00 [Spanish]

Saberes que son poderes. Una ciudad de manual, Zuloark / Ciudad Huerto.

Senyalem la Memòria, Territoris Oblidats.

Homing. Nuevos espacios colectivos desde la vivienda, Vivero de Iniciativas Ciudadanas.

Micos Projet: educational facilities as strategic elements for urban regeneration, PEZ Arquitectos.

Marco común para la cesión de espacios ciudadanos, Red de Espacios Ciudadanos (REC).

Debate / Discussion (English and Spanish).

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