Toscana in Cartellone. Project shared by Agatka

Participation and network design thinking

“Participation is a word that has been used a lot lately. What does this word mean today after it has been turned into a cliché so many times? How can people participate? Also how can the architect or curator participate? Who has the initiative?”
– Hans Ulrich Obrist. Did Someone Say Participate?

The past session of the on-line workshop Tactical Urbanism was based on the presentation of some Cases of Study and the conversation generated by the study of this projects. We had a wonderful experience in terms of participation, as the conversation in the chat was really intense and productive and this fact drove us to think that the chat itself is a good example of open-source, open and participative way to approach network design.

One of the points that we want to remark here is that participation is not lineal, it’s can be explained in terms of swarm intelligence [the collective behaviour of decentralized, self-organized systems, natural or artificial] or with the geometry of a rhizome [in terms of a mode of knowledge and model for society], we’re every point can generate multiple interconnections.

At this point we want to repeat he quote taken from Domus 948. Op-ed written at the same time by 16 contributors:

“Open Source Architecture (OSArc) is an emerging paradigm describing new procedures for the design, construction and operation of buildings, infrastructure and spaces. Drawing from references as diverse as opensource culture, avant-garde architectural theory, science fiction, language theory, and others, it describes an inclusive approach to spatial design, a collaborative use of design software and the transparent operation throughout the course of a building and city’s life cycle.”

From the web La Noche de los Niños by Ecosistema Urbano

Nazca Lines. Source: wikipedia

So, this drives us again to think on how we’re using the information that is generated here and exchanged through open and participative channels. If we are able to find some common links between La Noche de los Niños and the Nazca Lines, and discuss, learn and use the knowledge… well maybe we’re already doing it: we’re network designing.

A post by Ethel Baraona and Paco Gonzalez.