Itinerant Tactical Urbanism Laboratories: Making the city

Within the framework of Habitat III which will take place in a few days in the city of Quito, it is important to mention all activities, ideas and alternative proposals that are emerging in the city. Itinerant Tactical Urbanism Laboratories (LIUTS), is a proposal made in two neighborhoods of Quito; Santa Clara and Pisulí for three days in August this year. Organized within the framework of YoutHab Conference, which represents a platform for exchange of ideas of young people and their rights with respect to the city, these workshops are an example of the good initiatives that are being born by young Ecuadorians.

The workshops were designed as an urban experiment, which sought to involve different actors in the city, such as public institutions, community and students of architecture. The neighborhood of Santa Clara, which represents an emblematic area of Quito and which has as main problems the lack of street furniture, little urban aesthetics and is unfriendly to pedestrians, two locations were selected. In parallel, another sector with different characteristics such as neighborhood Pisulí was chosen. Here, insecurity, lack of public space and minimal support from public bodies, has generated strong social cohesion by the inhabitants, who are the managers of all changes of public space. At the same time, they involved two universities; Central University of Ecuador, with the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism and the University of the Americas with the Faculty of Architecture and Design, with the aim that students propose urban strategies on a small scale neighborhood. 120 proposals for the two sectors were presented. Following this, 57 proposals were selected, the students socialized and checked them and their viability.

During weeks prior to workshops, the students and teachers conducted socialization and modifications to proposals based on agreements with the community and the available materials. For example, in the case of Pisulí, the “Café de Barrio”, which aimed to encourage and share with the people on community participation in urban processes and sustainable mobility was made. In addition, during this period other entities involved as CEILING ECUADOR supported by volunteers for the days of the workshops in Pisulí.

During work days the proposals were developed. In the case of Pisulí, the community agreed with the arrangement of the main access to public areas and urban furniture with car tires that villagers collected. In the case of Santa Clara, students at the Central University represent the community who live day to day the sector. They made changes in urban aesthetics industry, messages against harasses the pedestrians and street furniture in the central square. During the workshops he was visited by delegates from the United Nations Organization who visibilizaron the implementation of the proposals.

The workshops included the first urban experiment of this type by the organizers. Its main objective sought to generate the appropriation of the community in public space. Understand that we live in community in our city and that small interventions can be the first step to great changes, it is already a goal that was reached with all participants. In addition, for students; leave the academic framework and confront their users, a minimum budget and manage their projects, he generated them their first professional experience. Beyond all acquired knowledge, the sharing with other people from different social strata and thoughts, opens the consciousness to understand our duty to interaction in the city and at the same time, this can go hand in hand with the help communities that are lacking urban infrastructure.

Maria Padilla Amanda R.

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