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Self building processes as critical conscience-Santiago Cirugeda Recetas Urbanas

2015.11.18

With the establishment of the architecture office Recetas Urbanas (Urban Recipes), our common work aims to recuperate a critical conscience against the “official urbanism” manipulated by economic and political agents, which has led citizens to lose their capacity to react to spatial injustice. In the present moment it is essential for all of us to be more prepared and act faster, because this “official urbanism” knows exactly what to do every day and has no doubts to its activities. Furthermore, it doesn’t need to listen to people or reach a consensus to make a decision. 

To Self-build is seen by us as a strategy that allows architects to answer to the needs of the groups and the contexts which we work with. It is a model that guarantees the involvement of people in the creation and construction of their spaces. Along with it has some important characteristics such as: fast development, efficiency, appropriation, participatory strategies, creation of networks, the possibility of re-use materials, development of pedagogical activities and, of course, its low cost implementation. This construction model is an option that needed to raise up again after its disappearance for the excessive legalization of constructive processes. And, mainly needed to raise up as a tool against the creation of more conservative and less critical citizens vision, that the previous situation is being developing. All the projects showed next are public domain and may be used in all its strategic and juridical proceedings by the citizens who may try out to do it. We recommend a full research on the different urban locations and situations in which the citizen may want to intervene. Any physical or intellectual risk produced by such interventions will be on each citizen account. 

NB: It does not exist self-building legislation in Europe.

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