The urban heat island effect together with rising temperatures due to the current climate crisis deteriorate the livability of the city, representing a major public health challenge for all. aquí organized a series of citizen science workshops to investigate the causes of the heat island in Barcelona.
The CALOR project aims to make the phenomenon visible together with the neighbors by jointly developing a database, analyzing the observed practices and exploring alternatives. The result will allow the elaboration of mitigation and adaptation proposals to be presented to local political actors and legislators. This project is funded by the IMPETUS 4 Citizen Science consortium, within the EU Horizon Europe Research and Innovation Program.
This New European Bauhaus funded project investigated community engagement and participatory design methods in the context of public maker-spaces. Through interviews with diverse spaces, a series of workshops were conducted to explore innovative approaches for engaging local communities with digital fabrication.
The project insights were published in a guide, providing valuable insights and recommendations for implementing these methods and leveraging the results to enhance community involvement in maker-spaces. This initiative aimed to foster a collaborative environment that empowers individuals, encourages creativity, and strengthens the bond between public maker-spaces and their local communities.
This project explores social ecosystems of care in urban environments recognizing public space as a commons. We introduced a set of inclusive commoning strategies in a public park’s community, facilitated the co-design of an intersectional program of activities, weaving the park’s social fabric and empowering its collective governance.
Participants explored and imagined new forms of inclusive public spaces that enable creative expression. Collectively, a series of activities and events were created including a food festival, basqueerball and an open air cinema. The open-air cinema proposed weekly open-air screenings supporting local directors, activists and artists. Open to all and involving the neighborhood, the cinema transformed the park into a space of co-creation, debate, sharing and living together.
An artistic intervention exploration to transform a former parking lot at the seaside of Mar Bella beach in Barcelona. Critical space production focuses on social and environmental regeneration. Rather than using the beautiful seaside as a storage surface for vehicles, our concept proposes alternative ways of using public space and encourages us to reconsider common spaces together. With an unwillingness to accept the status quo, the artistic intervention provokes a sense of urgency and reflection not only on possible future human places but also on the necessity to leave room for non-human species.
This project was commissioned by the Urban Ecology department of the Barcelona City Council.
This project developed participatory design activities to create more inclusive public space. When citizens have the opportunity to participate in placemaking activities, they gain not only greater awareness of their environment, but also a sense of agency over their city. Through a series of workshops, we experimented with diverse methodologies for civic participation while confronting a wide range of participants with topics of gender, functional diversity, cross-generational inclusivity, and sustainability.
aquí collaborated with a secondary school to engage students from an urban diagnostic to co-creation. After identifying and prioritizing challenges, the students designed concept ideas to address these, and teamed up to propose a collective vision of their local plaza.
aquí has developed an award-winning methodology for participatory design of public space, involving citizens throughout the process. Genuine community engagement generates collective agency: people are given the tools to challenge their reality and reimagine their environment. Social innovation activities have included crowdsourcing citizen’s ideas to fight air pollution, or facilitating a bike-lane design workshop.
In conversation with Barcelona City Council and the local neighbors’ association, aquí initiated a participatory design process for calle Sancho de Ávila, in the neighborhood of Poblenou. It involved several ideation and co-creation workshops, followed by prototyping and urban acupuncture interventions. We designed and built modular urban furniture made of recycled materials together with the neighbors.