Vivero de Iniciativas Ciudadanas

Competition project «COOKIN’ GARDEN«



How long have you been doing architecture? How did you start?

We began ten years ago. The office in this time stat a new open platform for public space. So we,ve been working with
two identities. The official estudio SIC ( architecture office and VIC Vivero de Iniciativas ciudadanas (, a tool for empowering citizens and
transfers social innovation to public space. We always think in terms on hw any intervention can produce new ways of engage citizens with the creation
of alternative spaces, tools, and methos to produce public space anywhere.

What architectural trends you think are important?

We think everyone is an interior architect of his personal spaces. So If the personal is today public, everyone could have the capability to design
the common enviroments of our cities.

What is your architectural credo?

To think on how many invisible thinking and ways to practice the city could empower other people and create other architecture.

How often do you participate in architectural competitions?

Very often. But that´s not the best way to include radical thinking in the projects. The jury has to be radical also.

What projects are you working on now?

We are thinking in new ways of been toguether. Places that mix public and intimate spaces at the same place to allow everybody been public in
 his own way. We also are interested in develop mediator and facilitation infraestructures as new ways to practice the city in an open project always
changing. More resilient infraestructures that not define what to do, nor How to do it together.

What do you think about architecture and design in Russia?

We don´t really know what´s going on in Russia, that´s why we are very interested in participate in the social revolution festival in Yaroslavl.

What is the inspiration of your project for the competition?

The cooking garden we propose to Yaroslavl is the prototype for engage different communities with the food. A place to build in the dissent and the discussion of different ways to understand the use of space in the city.

What experience do you have received as a result of participation in the competition?

We have to see…

Far from outlining the utopian city, [VIC] Vivero de Iniciativas Ciudadanas (breeding ground for social innovation) proposes to work with reality as a basis for a daily utopia. Already existing initiatives work since a long time and represent “another way of doing things.” Due to the already existing initiatives,which they have been operating for a while, it represents “another way to make the things”. These proposals, by their social and relational base, constitute cities seeds which are Breeding ground to support and to spread another form of management of the city. The platform makes these initiatives visible, to give voice them and to amplify its operational range. A utopian city considers that is not the image of a metaphor but it is laid the foundations on relational models that already work for a long time. [VIC] encourages the transfer of social innovation processes to public space, making it a common space, based on the study of existing citizens’ initiatives that promote a way to participate, interact and manage public space differently. [VIC] is an open platform that links all citizen initiatives involving “another way of doing things” in public space. Promotes entrepreneurship, self-organization, alternative economy, knowledge transfer, collaborative networks, empowerment, responsibility and involvement of citizens and collectives of urban and rural social innovation applied to public spaces, understood as “commons” exists in our current physical space. The basic objectives of [VIC] can be summarized in the phrase “Transfers of social innovation to public space.” This means rethinking and working on the urban space as a common space of citizenship. Its aim is to encourage the transfers of social innovation processes that generate the practices associated with citizens’ initiatives to the public space, promoting consultative and participatory processes that listen and attend to forms of self-organization and civic organization, giving importance to the production of knowledge and the experience of the community in the decision- making processes that shape the public sphere.


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