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Interviews with local representatives

During April/May 2020 -in the time of confinement- the students of the course Systems of Representation of La Salle School of Architecture contacted representatives of cultural and civic associations

Posted on 20/09/17

A (digital) exploration of the territory of Hospitalet

This blog contains the preliminary research made by the students of the subject Systems of Representation in the third year of the academic programme of La Salle School of Architecture.  This wor

Posted on 20/07/31

L'Hospitalet de Llobregat is a city belonging to the metropolitan area of Barcelona, which shares its limits with the capital. From being a small town surrounded by agricultural areas at the beginning of the twentieth century, it then became the seat the manufacturing industry in the 1960s. The construction of infrastructures in the city of Barcelona with occasion of the International Exhibition of 1929, the industrial development in the 1960s and the subsequent de-industrailization process attracted immigrants from other locations in Catalonia, from other regions in Spain and, mor recently, immigrants from other countries. The multiplicity of social groups with different origins, the mark differentiated features of its neighbourhoods, and the metropolitan transport infrastructures that traverse the municipality (railways, highways) have given rise to a fragmented social and physical territory. Stitching these fragments means involving its inhabitants in the search for an identity that can be opposed to the powerful image projected by the nearby capital.

Activities

The purpose is to involve architecture students and faculty, artists and citizens in a common reflection on the sense of place and collective identity in the city of L'Hospitalet. The activities will include events in public spaces (Spot-Place) such as video projections and image display, and the creation of new learning spaces (participatory workshops, online participation, public screening), embedded in the community in the urban fabric (Learn-Place).

The activities will be carried out throughout of three stages:

1. Mapping the territory, to study the urban morphology and the relationships between people and the spaces they inhabit. Starting with an orthogonal grid arranged over the city, architecture students will make a visual journey to identify significant spaces and places

2. Categorizing the territory, based on the classification of the images obtained during the site analysis using a vocabulary of terms to characterize the sociophysical territory. A mosaic of images will be collaboratively created by students of architecture, artists and citizens and then displayed in a publicly accessible place (e.g. cultural association, municipal facility).

3. Signifying the territory. Based on the previously developed processes previously developed, students and neigubhours, with the collaboration of artists selected by the Loop Festival, will collaborate in the production of audio-visual narratives of the lived spaces. The audiovisual works will be projected in a session that will take place in a public space or facility. The debate will involve citizens, local authority representatives, art critics, architects and social scientists. The works in video format will be broadcast through the A-Place project's YouTube channel.

Objectives

In accordance with the objectives of A-Place, the purpose of the planned activities will be:

- To develop and apply creative placemaking practices which bring new insights to the local actors about the places they inhabit. These activities will involve external observations of the relationships between people and spaces and mapping of the meanings that people give to the spaces they inhabit. Photographs, videos and mixed-media will be the instruments to conduct the analyses, to communicate the findings and to disseminate the outputs.

- To create cross-disciplinary learning spaces which overcome the established academic boundaries, transforming the city spaces in learning places, and involving residents as active learners in the process of analysis and discussion of the findings. Students of architecture will carry out studies on the social and urban fabric, and will share and discuss their findings with community stakeholders (neighbours associations, cultural organizations). This collaboration will take place in various settings, physical (public facilities and spaces) and digital (in social web channels).

- To explore the role and exploit the potential of networked artistic practices by involving artists in the studies to be carried out using video as a tool for analysis and communication of the lived spaces. Invited artists will work as tutors, in close collaboration with architectural faculty. The videos produced by students will be screened in public premises, and will provide an opportunity to engage local actors, artists and invited critics on to a reflection on the social and urban challenges the city is currently addressing.

- To exploit the capacities of digital technologies disseminating the outputs (photographs, videos) through digital networks (social web, web portal, blogs). This dissemination will be carried out with the support of the city council and other local institutions.

Links

https://sites.google.com/site/webcelh/ 

http://www.l-h.cat/webs/plaintegrallesplanes/inici.aspx 

https://www.lhdistrictecultural.cat/?lang=en 

http://www.centredelesartsl-h.cat/ 

Contact

If you would like to have more information about these placemaking activities, please contact:

Leandro Madrazo

leandro.madrazo@salle.url.edu

Ruben Verdú

peepingmonster@gmail.com

Sitesize

info@sitesize.net

 

Participants

The activities will be carried out with the participation of:

Local administrations:

Departament de Cultura, Office of the “Pla Integral Les Planes - Blocs Florida”.

Cultural organizations:

Districte Cultural, Centre d’Estudis de L’Hospitalet (CELH), Escola Municipal de Música-Centre de les Arts (EMMCA).

Artists:
Sitesize (Elvira Pujol, Joan Vila)

Architecture students:

Third year course of La Salle School of Architecture

Architecture faculty:

Faculty from the Systems of Representation course at La Salle School of Architecture
(Leandro Madrazo, Mario Hernández, Angel Martín, Adrià S. Llorens)

 

Throughout the implementation of the process, other social groups (e.g. neighbours associations,  religious groups) and local stakeholders (e.g. pupils and teachers from local schools), are expected to join the activities.