Some cities of the world are going through processes of transformation in their urban life, partly due to the loss of public spaces after operations developed by the municipal states. The restriction of uses derived from it leads to a loss of belonging and empowerment on the part of citizens.

If we take as a starting point that public spaces are the space where social relations are established and developed, depending on how they are configured and linked with the other elements of the city, the incorporation of closure and control elements on them can significantly alter them. and modify the ways of understanding the urban landscape and its relationships.

The simple fact of closing a public space through a gate can be used as a sign by the state, seeking to transmit a false message of security and control. This act deprives those places of their primordial condition of free use and daily appropriation, by intervening directly on their openness and availability to the community, on the flow through the streets, and the lack of definition of their limits. Thus, they become anonymous spaces, managed by an invisible entity that opens or closes the doors, imposing notions of spatial limitation and letting us see what is happening, at the same time that establishes us to be inside and to be outside clearly differentiated.

Teatro Argentino, Ciudad de La Plata – Juan Pablo Millan

From the outside, the succession of the bars that make up the grid quickly become a wall that prevents us from participating, at least with a glance, of what happens in that confused, leaving as the only alternative to walk; a tension forward without the opportunity to find a place to pause, just keep going in the same direction. If we stop, we will see large areas of anonymous and desert space on the other side, which supposedly pretends to invite us to pass through some hidden door.

By finding any of those doors if it is open, we can enter that great static, content and controlled scenario, limited and stagnant by a barrier that prevents it from merging with the rest of the city; the public place loses its personality, falling into an anonymity due to its forced new introverted character. From there, we only have to contemplate the coming and going of hundreds of people, in both directions.

Teatro Argentino, Ciudad de La Plata – Juan Pablo Millan

Cities, and citizens, must recover their public spaces suitable for participation and recreation at its maximum expression: free, open and accessible to the whole community; mixed, hybrids, places of exchange, that are not governed by distrust but by inclusion, retaking their central value in the construction of urban development.

NO NAME Architecture


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