Meet Macarena

Badajoz (ES)
10 Oct 2016 - 13 Oct 2016

Workshop Badajoz (ES) - Workshop Site 2

PARTICIPANTS:

Manuel Pinilla Fernández (ES), Borja Sallago Zambrano (ES), Alan Cortez de la Concha (MX), Winner in Espoo (FI) with "Wild Synapse"
Nuria Prieto González (ES), Omar Curros Simon (ES), Runner-up in A Coruña (ES) with "Embroidering The Edge"
Antonio Antequera Reviriego (ES), Winner in A Coruña (ES) with "Nice to 'Sea' You"
Ignacio Galbis Llorens (ES), Runner-up in Santo Tirso (PT) with "3tirsolines"

Coach: Bernd Vlay (AT)

 

SITE 2 - CITY & NATURE
Which Limit Between City & Countryside?

The site South of Olivenza includes the extensions of peripheral housing districts in direct contact with the nearby agricultural fields. The landscape looks like a flat land with green scars and is made of valleys running towards Lisbon, linking the waters of Olivenza to the Atlantic sea; hills and towers act as high points “controlling” the territory until the limit of the horizon, while large “enclaves” –cloisters & arenas– are embedded in the historical limits of the bastion elements, inducing a (non) dialogue between the open agricultural land and the mostly residential outer edge of the city.
The group had to develop scenarios to create an interface between build town & agriculture, without preventing the residential extension but including it into the agricultural natural landscape. Three topics rose from the reflections and subsequent questioning: the complicity of topography and water, or how to bring back the element of water as an identifying element to Olivenza?; the Limit as an objet trouvé, or how to turn the accidental city/walls relation into an added value for the city and the countryside?; and "100% Coexistence and 0% Interaction", or how to re-establish the power of the limit as a connecting medium? Through a rereading of the past the three “obsessions” discovered a wonderful “already there” to offer new pathways to Olivenza’s future.

Meet Macarena

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Productive storytelling absorbs master planning, illustrating the life cycles of Macarena, whose ideas and initiatives are the main trigger for a fundamental transformation – Macarena therefore weaves together Olivenza with itself, its rural surroundings, and the world, making explicit the importance of a fruitful relation between local, regional and global scale.
At the same time the project reveals the potential of civic empowerment – Macarena and her neighbours network their everyday life ambitions, becoming “rurban entrepreneurs”. As such they are the driving force of Olivenza’s transformation process – a political body enabling the implementation of an urban development plan that directly emerges from the needs and desires of everyday life. A fascinating approach giving Olivenza a promising agenda for the activation of existing resources.

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"… so we started sharing ours."