La Calle Pública is the first phase of a long-term
project for the neighborhood of Las Mercedes. A year-long research project
ended with a public exhibition and an urban intervention as preliminary steps
towards a permanent transformation of public space. La Calle Pública’s basic proposition is to understand the street as
the most fundamental public space, from where to set forth deeper urban transformations
that change the way we relate to each other and the city.
The project aims at showing another possibility for our city
and the benefits it would bring, through interventions that can reveal the
potential of the street as the milieu
for social encounter and commercial exchange. Within the framework of the
exhibition we organized talks, guided visits for the general public and an a
workshop with students and volunteers. This first phase of the project ended
with a large block party for which we closed off a street and occupied a
triangle-shaped space that is usually used by cars, which we propose to
incorporate to the city’s pedestrian network.