The project shows the city that has sprung in urban gardens and social centres, in self-managed plots and neighbourhood spaces, social markets, and street parties. A half-finished city, created by many hands, open to new ideas, new hopes, and new collaborations and made with other materials and other resources.
“Madrid a Medias. Free Urban Planning”
October 26, 2017 – February 4, 2018
Plaza Cibeles, 1, 28014 Madrid
Madrid, a medias offers an urban story of its time, an exceptional decade of urban inventiveness and public engagement. It is a partial sample of projects, initiatives and actions which aims to broaden the imagination of conventional urban development by offering new conceptual resources and languages to think about the city.
The first exhibition, El urbanismo libre (Free Urban Planning), examines some of the many citizen experiences, actions and initiatives that have contributed to opening up and liberating the political imagination of the city. It sketches a new form of urban development: the production of free space as an extension or transformation of the public space.
It is organised around five conceptual approaches that allude to the senses and to the dedication, complicity and complexity that arise when we take charge of our cities: Airear la crisis (Aerate the crisis), Alumbrar (Illuminate), Mobilizar (Mobilise), Enredar (Tangle) and Curar y cuidar (Heal and care after).
Upcoming exhibitions: Las ciudades manuales (Manual Cities) (February 2018) shows the universe of files, documentation systems, databases, infrastructures and technologies that have enabled citizens’ groups to get to grips with overwhelming cases of distress and ruin, and to take on the complex design of new scenarios for hope. Los aprendizajes solares (Solar learnings) (June 2018) reveals landscapes of public learning, born in city gardens and plots, plazas and assemblies. Open-air learning that has transformed urban living into a city-school.