La Vega. Caracas, Venezuela

Project │ Incursiones + Central Arquitectura
Team │ Josymar Rodríguez, María Valentina González, Stefan Gzyl, Gabriel Fossi, Jose Guinand, Oriana Coello, Alfonso Torres, Pedro Tortello, Kleyver Gutierrez, Pablo Medina
Photography │Gabriel Osorio, Stefan Gzyl
AlliesFAU UCV, Taller X, CCS Mi Convive, Fundacion Carlos Delfino, Colegio Maria Antonia Bolivar, Colegio Monsenor Arturo Celestino Alvarez, Kansas University, Shannon Criss, Eddymir Briceño y Yonel Hernández

SPOT (Space Occupation Tool) is a device for occupying and reclaiming neglected and misused public spaces. It is a mobile, compact and light device that can be expanded to create multiple scenarios, from guided activities to music and theater plays. In its deployment and operation, SPOT requires the active engagement of users. It aims at involving citizens from the very onset in the construction of a space built through interaction and agreement, opening the door to more complex participatory dynamics.

In its first display at the Plaza Bolívar of the neighborhood of La Vega, SPOT aimed at raising awareness for the revitalization of a public space of immense value and potential through activities that involved children from surrounding schools, architecture students as well as other community members. After serving as a vehicle for initiating new social dynamics and motivating the appropriation of this square by everyday users, SPOT traveled to other public spaces in Caracas to carry out similar experiences.