PlataForma proposes to convert an old Political Prison in Lisbon’s periphery into a European lab for interdisciplinary creative communities. In a deeply crisis affected context, it will go beyond established disciplines combining a hands-on approach, local involvement and cross-cultural work.
Trafaria, Almada, Portugal
In 2014 already more than 50% of the world population lived in cities. Also, peripheries have been neglected in favor of city centers, making social issues and infrastructural problems surface. In order to improve the living conditions of communities, aggravated by the present crisis, citizens need non‐institutional spaces to gather, breed new models of thinking and create alternative solutions.
PlataForma strategically combines local start‐ups, creative communities and integrates a European‐wide engagement to enable social innovation. It is a unique combination that brings together citizens, who create their own solutions to the benefit of the local community, and strengthens a European network of sharing experiences, a project that can inspire others in peripheries needing change.
We want PlataForma to become a catalyst for creative processes where craftsmen, musicians, fishermen, designers and other professionals find space. We want to give people the opportunity to collectively change their social and cultural panorama.
More than a place for working, PlataForma is a place for encounters. So this is what it is going to be: a living space where people can meet others, that they would not otherwise interact with; locals, European professionals, national and international students and all others wanting to contribute to local action initiatives. We want to bring change‐makers and locals together in a place of freedom and action‐research. By sharing and collaborating we want citizens to actively construct their own Europe.
1. A space for freedom (Sep.): Step in the prison. EDA’s architects work on a collaborative hands‐on approach intervention through low‐tech sustainable practices.
2. Activate (Oct. onwards): Install workspaces and “makers”; help them define their projects; social engagement/inputs, strategies/branding (first 2 work spaces planned: carpentry and sewing).
3. Sustainability: PlataForma team is working on partnerships and grant applications to run the structure towards self‐sufficiency.
4. Sharing: Exhibit the outcomes of the different projects, both on a local and international context; transforming an ever‐changing lab into a living culture sharing center.
5. Future: Consolidate a structure which pursues cross-cultural experimentation on dealing with global/local issues.
We believe in the exchange of ideas and mutual learning experience so we highly welcome any advice and criticism. Likewise, any collaboration with a suitable network or platform would be beneficial for our project so please contact us with any suggestions/ideas.