Ideas, strategies and projects that give rise to pilot projects. They tackle the challenges raised by the stakeholders involved and which are found in particular places in Barcelona or Medellín.
The working method is to provoke the interest of children related with the house and their urban habitat, from which the children gathered at the workshop, progressively express their perceptions about topical issues such as My House, My Street, My Neighborhood, My City, both in terms of presence and of absence.
BioBui(l)t. Txema is one of the winning projects in Barcelona City Council’s “Pla BUITS” (vacant plots plan) of Barcelona City Council. The project involves building Txema, a place for the community built collaboratively with the local residents who are interested in bio-building and using different compostable materials in order to raise awareness of Mediterranean bio-architecture.
There is an unending battle taking place between the natural environment and increasing urban development on the mountainsides of Medellín. The situation is especially critical on the upper parts of the northern and the central eastern slopes of the valley, where there is a high degree of geological risk. In these places, informal developments are going up as a direct consequence of the state’s inability to guarantee access to housing for all the new residents arriving in the city. In these circumstances, the mountains represent the natural destination of those who have moved from the countryside but are unable to find a home in the city.
Home sharing is taking in visitors in the place where you usually live, the space where you live your life. The new technologies have broadened the ambit of relationships associated with the home, extending it beyond the private sphere and connecting people at a local and an international level. This type of accommodation fosters sustainable tourism, provides an opportunity for visitors to integrate into the community and distributes the economic benefit more widely.
A right to dignified accommodation is the fourth cornerstone of a state of well-being. Having accommodation in proper condition must become a basic right, given its key role in improving the quality of life of the city's residents. The current economic situation has highlighted the need for applying a social approach to housing policies, to dampen the effects of the crisis on the more vulnerable among our fellow citizens.
The Estudio Teddy Cruz conducts urban research at the border between the United States and Latin America (San Diego – Tijuana). In recent years, Cruz has focused on observing, investigating and reflecting the cross-border urban dynamics that flout the rigidity of the political boundary. These invisible dynamics include social migratory flows, informal economic networks and systems of urban retrofitting and recycling.