#UrbanismoDeBarrio

A method to recover abandoned public plots by the neighbors taking firsthand action, in practice Fuensanta's Vegetable Garden

http://urbanismodebarrio.colaborativa.eu/

“#UrbanismoDeBarrio” is a project by Colaborativa.eu and Tercera Piel Arquitectura –in collaboration with numerous architects, individuals, collectives and social agents– to recover abandoned public plots by the neighbours taking firsthand action. #UrbanismoDeBarrio’s involvement is voluntary and starts organizing activities to boost the reactivation of the space from the debate and neighbour’s participation. #UrbanismoDeBarrio’s work spreads during the recovery phase and until a stable community exists around the plot. When the time comes #UrbanismoDeBarrio leaves daily participation and focuses on documentation and dissemination of the project. However, the link with the project is never lost and #UrbanismoDeBarrio follows its development closely while continues working in other districts.

The team of #UrbanismoDeBarrio spends one afternoon a week working side by side with neighbours during the recovery phase. The medium term engagement and physical labour are essential for building trust. In addition, the team is in charge of social media marketing, provide technical assistance, document every day, disseminate the achievements on the media and other networks, organize workshops and, definetely, create a community around the plot and open its recovery to the whole neighbourhood.

“#UrbanismoDeBarrio” proposes a decentralized organization -following similar models as those of the free software community- in which nobody is essential to ensure the project continuity. The communication is based on an email list and social networks, and supported by weekly face-to-face meetings far away from assembly’s models. A sporadic participation is also promoted by keeping the working team open and new people to join the team is encouraged by creating a friendly culture. A practical example of #UrbanismoDeBarrio is the recovery of the public plot of the old Fuensanta’s cinema which is described next.

Abandonment

The public plot of the old Fuensanta’s cinema is located at Hernando de Magallanes street in Fuensanta’s neighbourhood, Cordoba (Spain), one of the most disadvantaged neighbourhoods in the city. The plot remained unused from the cinema’s demolition in the 1990s and transformed into a dump of 2000 square-meters in the heart of the neighbourhood. Neighbours demanded to the city council its recovery in many ocassion without success.

20 years of abandonment in the public plot of the old Fuensanta’s cinema (Córdoba)

Reactivation (September 2012)

“#UrbanismoDeBarrio” started in September 2012 when Colaborativa.eu and Tercera Piel Arquitectura voluntarily organized several activites in the public plot of the old Fuensanta’s cinema. The event was included into the Fuensanta’s local festivity and was used to give a voice to the neighbourhood about the possible uses of the abandoned public plot.

All the activities were free of charge, coordinated by volunteers and consisted of: a walk around the neighbourhood, a building recycled furniture workshop, an urban vegetable gardens workshop and a urbanism for children workshop. All of them took place in the plot and the creation of a vegetable garden was the most popular activity. The Fuensanta’s neighbourhood was originated over the old vegetable gardens at the East side of the city; therefore an initial predisposition already existed. Roles:

  • Iniciators and organizers: Colaborativa.eu and Tercera Piel Arquitectura.
  • Coordinators: Rafael Blázquez, Antonio Lara, Laura Paños.
  • Public: neighbours.
  • Dissemination: local communities and collectives, festivities local office.
Urban vegetable garden workshop by Rafael Blázquez

Recovery (October 2012 to February 2014)

In October 2012, #UrbanismoDeBarrio together with the neighbours decided to independently recover the public plot of the old Fuensanta’s cinema and transform it into Fuensanta’s vegetable garden. In spring 2013, a crowdfunding campaign in Goteo.org was iniciated to obtain the necessary resources to ensure the project’s continuity. The warm welcome of the crowdfunding campaign triggered the interest in the vegetable garden by the neighbourhood and the rest of the city. The Fuensanta’s vegetable garden is kept open to everyone free of charge and has a living area to carry out collective activities. The Fuensanta’s vegetable garden has consolidated as an example of citizen management of a public space in Cordoba thanks to the team work and generosity of many people, collectives and communities. It has also became a good social integration tool in the neighbourhood promoting social relationships between generations and healthy habits such as healthy diet and physical activity. Roles:

  • Gardeners: neighbours.
  • Motivators, gardeners and campaign managers: Colaborativa.eu.
  • Activities’ organizers: many neighbourhood’s collectives.
  • Collaborators: schools and colleges of the district.
  • Co-financiers: more than 60 people.
Preparing activities for Fuensanta's festivity. August 2013

Continuation (from March 2014)

Eighteen months later, the Fuensanta’s vegetable garden is the neighbourhood’s pride and a project model for the rest of the city. The neighbours took over the management and the integration in the daily activities of the district is complete.

Roles:

  • Gardeners and motivators: neighbours.
  • Collaborators: schools and colleges of the district.
  • Documentation: Colaborativa.eu.
Finally a sign in Fuensanta's Vegetable Garden! February 2014

The Fuensanta’s vegetable garden has been a project full of challenges and wonderful people we work with side by side during months: María Luisa, María José, Andrés, Inmaculada, Jacobo, Jerónimo, Manolo, Juan Carlos, Francisco, Antonio, Isabel, Ana, Bárbara, Sergio, Lola, Carletes, Pilar, Laura, Paco, Rafael, Mari Carmen, Sonia, Esperanza, Olivia and more…

The story of #UrbanismoDeBarrio through our articles, news and a selection of references in the media.

Debaten cómo recuperar el viejo cine Fuensanta

Noticia en El Día de Córdoba. Ir a la web externa

…El antiguo solar del cine de la Fuensanta albergará esta semana una serie de talleres que pretenden recuperar la actividad en el mismo desde la participación vecinal y el debate…

Córdoba busca utilidad al antiguo cine Fuensanta

Noticia en Diario Córdoba. Ir a la web externa

…poder 'plantar la semillita' que dé paso a la creación de un debate entre los vecinos e institutos de la zona sobre el uso futuro del terreno…

Desvelando La Fuensanta

Noticia en Diario Córdoba. Ir a la web externa

…Urbanismo de barrio, por ejemplo, volverá a llenar de vida el solar del antiguo cine Fuensanta con paseos urbanos, talleres de mobiliario urbano reciclado, huertos urbanos o urbanismo para niños. Eso sí, gracias al voluntariado, ya que lo religioso sigue teniendo el presupuesto que corresponde a la realidad pagana…

Arranca la Velá de la Fuensanta

Noticia en Diario Córdoba. Ir a la web externa

…Antes del pregón, tuvo lugar un paseo por el barrio que partió desde el solar del antiguo cine Fuensanta. Esta iniciativa vecinal denominada UrbanismoDeBarrio se desarrollará durante toda la Velá, y con la misma se quiere ayudar a iniciar la recuperación del amplio solar del antiguo cine Fuensanta, en la actualidad en desuso…

El tintineo de la Velá

Noticia en ABC. Ir a la web externa

…Este año, una de las novedades es un taller que trata de dar sentido a zonas deshabitadas con el fin de recuperarlas, como es el caso del solar del antiguo cine de la Fuensanta. Para ello se están realizando actividades desde que la Velá arrancó el pasado jueves…

Inyección de creatividad

Noticia en Diario Córdoba. Ir a la web externa

“…ocho proyectos andaluces se presentan a este encuentro empresarial, que ya ha recorrido 80 ciudades del mundo…”

Buscando mecenas del siglo XXI

Noticia en El Día de Córdoba. Ir a la web externa

“…realmente creemos en este tipo de iniciativas y en que es posible llevarlas a cabo y el ejemplo lo tenemos en el Huerto Fuensanta…”

#UrbanismoDeBarrio · August 2012

#UrbanismoDeBarrio · Fuensanta's festivity 6th to 9th September 2012

#UrbanismoDeBarrio · Fuensanta's festivity 6th to 9th September 2012

#UrbanismoDeBarrio · Fuensanta's festivity 6th to 9th September 2012

#UrbanismoDeBarrio · Fuensanta's festivity 6th to 9th September 2012

#UrbanismoDeBarrio > Fuensanta's Vegetable Garden

#UrbanismoDeBarrio > Fuensanta's Vegetable Garden

#UrbanismoDeBarrio > Fuensanta's Vegetable Garden

#UrbanismoDeBarrio > Fuensanta's Vegetable Garden

#UrbanismoDeBarrio · August 2012 · 20 years in the abandoned public plot of the old Fuensanta's cinema (Córdoba) · Colaborativa 2014 CC BY 3.0

#UrbanismoDeBarrio · Fuensanta's festivity 6th to 9th September 2012 · Walk around the neighbourhood · Colaborativa 2014 CC BY 3.0

#UrbanismoDeBarrio · Fuensanta's festivity 6th to 9th September 2012 · Building recycled furniture's workshop by Colaborativa.eu and Tercera Piel Arquitectura · Colaborativa 2014 CC BY 3.0

#UrbanismoDeBarrio · Fuensanta's festivity 6th to 9th September 2012 · Urban vegetable gardens' workshop by Rafael Blázquez · Colaborativa 2014 CC BY 3.0

#UrbanismoDeBarrio · Fuensanta's festivity 6th to 9th September 2012 · Urbanism for children by Antonio Lara and Laura Paños · Colaborativa 2014 CC BY 3.0

#UrbanismoDeBarrio > Fuensanta's Vegetable Garden · Gardeners doing daily labours in the vegetable garden. February 2013 · Colaborativa 2014 CC BY 3.0

#UrbanismoDeBarrio > Fuensanta's Vegetable Garden · Preparing activities for Fuensanta's festivity. August 2013 · Colaborativa 2014 CC BY 3.0

#UrbanismoDeBarrio > Fuensanta's Vegetable Garden · Bicycle repair workshop and building recycled furniture workshop in living area. September 2013 · Colaborativa 2014 CC BY 3.0

#UrbanismoDeBarrio > Fuensanta's Vegetable Garden · Finally a sign in Fuensanta's Vegetable Garden! February 2014 · Colaborativa 2014 CC BY 3.0