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FABRICA CIUDAD

Opus la Mariscal & Al Borde

OPERACIĂ“N URBANA SOSTENIBLE OPUS LA MARISCAL What started as a Business Improvement District in the entertainment district of La Mariscal to retrieve the security, has grown into a laboratory for the selfgovernance of the neighbourhood. The initiative started when a group of concerned citizens got together to collectively invade an abandoned house that was held hostage by criminals for more than a decade. The invasion transformed the house into the first community policing station in the country. Community-action so far included the revival of another abandoned property into a Casa del Barrio and art gallery, a communityrun vegetable garden with an educational programme for school kids, the planting of more than 200 native trees, the installation of the first drinking water tap in the country, and the launch of a community-app for direct democracy. The initiative is meant to complement the work of the government, by reframing responsibilities on the local level.

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AL BORDE

Al Borde was founded in 2007 by four architects who aim to redefine the role of architecture, looking for new ways to address human needs while bypassing a formal monetary economy and using minimal resources. They give lectures, workshops and present their work in various countries around the world. Collaboration and community integration are recurring principles in their installations that often engage visitors in the construction of such productions. To translate their principles into practice, Al Borde works on Casa en ConstrucciĂłn, the redevelopment of a UNESCO heritage building with experimentation and do-it-yourself techniques at its heart. No material costs nor paid hours are being made in the transformation of the decaying house into 14 low-cost apartments, as the process is a sequence of internship semesters of live-in students from Quito and Tokyo, working with recycled goods. The result of the joint efforts is amazingly beautiful and delivers a model that could be replicated to address the challenge of decay in urban centres around the world.

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Profile for Pakhuis de Zwijger

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