“It’s the economy, stupid!”
Money [or the lack of] and public space.
We’re facing new ways of thinking, trading, and acting. On this new context, the first step when moving forward should be to realize that in the end, the crisis is just a way of governing and it’s up to us to legitimate it or not. This metamorphosis of recent years in the architectural practice has resulted in new ways of production, open source platforms, DIY (Do it yourself) and DIWO (Do it with others) and new technologies to implement small-scale designs that can be catalyst for larger-scale impact, accompanied by innovative economic models that has emerged in the past years, such as local production, crowdfunding, micropayments and social money. Possibilities are endless if we realize that there are now more tools than ever before, bringing more people together from all four corners of the world.
However, these forms of influence in the public space also open the door to large uncertainties. Interestingly, the question that emerges is about how to transform this dizzying abundance of bottom-up projects to provoke real structural changes in the system we live in.
Lecture presented by Ethel Baraona Pohl at the Architectural conference : What’s going on? The New Dynamics of Public Space.