Throughout the past few years we have seen mass protests in the streets of Europe, Middle East, Asia, North and South America. It seems that a sense of public disgust of local issues gave birth to a concert of protests that flooded streets and squares all over the planet.
How the very spaces in which this protests took place helped to shape or determine the outcome of each public mobilization?
Above: Photo by Studio Miessen, Berlin
Twelve global architecture and design offices present proposals for design in a time of crisis. Organized by Ben Allen, James Bae, Ricardo Gomes, Shannon Harvey, and Adam Michaels, Planning for Protest explores both the social and the architectural definitions of protest with an exhibition in Praça da Figueira (until december 15) and a pubblication. The project is an ongoing documentation of how the physical world around us both limits and can be transcended by the people at any given time.
Above: Photo by studioBasar, Bucharest
The 12 studios that took part at the project are: Antonas Office (Athens); Studio Miessen (Berlin); studioBasar (Bucharest); Cluster (Cairo); culturstruction (Dublin); Superpool (Istanbul); ateliermob (Lisbon); public works with Isaac Marrero-Guillamón (London); Ecosistema Urbano (Madrid); Srdjan Jovanovic Weiss / NAO (New York); PioveneFabi with 2A+P/A (Rome); and Vapor 324 (São Paulo)
Each contributor rendered eight drawings exploring a proposal for their city, focused on a specific intervention or urban planning scale. Varying from historical studies to proposals for a radical reshaping of space for public discourse.
“Planning for Protest came about as a conversation over what was happening in these flashpoints throughout the world. We wanted to see how the streets and squares, its buildings, form the backdrop of these protests’ stages” comment the organizers. “As protests become media events in their own right, we wanted our project to shed light on what is so obvious that it is much too easily—and often is—overlooked: the actual urban spaces in which these protests take place. The contributors to this project have each granted us remarkable insights to the psychological and the physical ‘traits’ of their own cities they work in”.
If you want to purchase the publication of Planning for Protest, visit www.planningforprotest.org. Read more about the Lisbon Architecture Triennale on ArchiPanic! Go to: Close, Closer, Jimenez Lai @ Lisbon Triennale, Crisis Busters.
Photos: courtesy of Planning for Protest – www.planningforprotest.org