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Activism in the City
ARCHITECTURE, CITIZENSHIP & LEARNING
CITIZEN WORKSHOPS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE / / / / / / / / / /
BENJAMIN VICUÑA MACKENNA NATIONAL MUSEUM, SANTIAGO
This workshop for young people addresses different themes linked to urbanism and especially participation in making decisions for the city. Using an introductory exercise to encourage ideas about development of the city through history and the diversity of types of houses and flats relating to cultures and / or different historical moments, raises questions about the built environment and the methods of participation we can engage in to influence our environment.
The critical and creative thinking of young people is stimulated through the presentation of different examples of activation and participation. In direct relation to current urban problems, they are invited to offer their own solutions in a collaborative process with others, strengthening informal and creative solutions. Since this is an area of non-formal learning, the idea is to play and experiment with all of the ideas generated and to understand how they could be applied to help solve real world problems.
OPINIONS OF THE YOUNG PEOPLE
"I'd like to have a free concert, because we always pay" [ideas about how to reactivate public spaces]
"If people see you cleaning, you feel encouraged to keep cleaning..." [about rubbish in cities]
"We have to organise to clean our city, but it is something that can be done"
"If they build buildings and lose green spaces, there are fewer places to share"
"You can create groups of community discussions" [about how to create more leisure spaces in the city]
"To solve these problems we must talk to the people in charge who have political power"
"There are communities that do not have the same services as others, they have only a few hospitals and schools; only 6 schools right?"
[about urban segregation and the reality of the neighbourhood of Macul]