Architect Coordinator of Iniciativa Outros Bairros of MIOTH – Ministério das Infraestruturas Ordenamento do Território e Habitação, Cape Verde
Elaine de Pina
Architect Technical Office of Iniciativa Outros Bairros of MIOTH – Ministério das Infraestruturas Ordenamento do Território e Habitação, Cape Verde
Architect Technical Office of Iniciativa Outros Bairros, MIOTH – Ministério das Infraestruturas Ordenamento do Território e Habitação, Cape Verde
To cite this paper: FLORES, Nuno; PINA, Elaine de; FORTES, Erickson (Iniciativa Outros Bairros) – Voice(s) without a place, place(s) of the voice. Estudo Prévio 19. Lisboa: CEACT/UAL – Centro de Estudos de Arquitetura, Cidade e Território da Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa, 2021, p. 36-44. ISSN: 2182-4339 [Available at: www.estudoprevio.net]. DOI: https://doi.org/10.26619/2182-4339/19.4
As the technical team behind the experimental initiativa Outros Bairros (IOB), we aim to explore questions surrounding collective, participatory architectural practices generating political architectural actions that are capable of intersecting ideologically with the places where we operate. Recently, as part of an initiative to design and implement a public urban regeneration project in three self-built areas in Mindelo, São Vicente (Cape Verde), we were able to participate in several actions, including Amdjer na Obra and Kubaka, which are analysed in this article through a series of (im)possibilities that challenge the contemporary model of the city and reject the colonial heritage of the intervention site.
The changes, interactions and tensions interwoven with the collective subject that emerges through the actions undertaken allow us to address the following questions in this paper: how can architects challenge the contemporary urban model through collaborative political action in architecture and urban planning? Can collective action in self-built areas contribute to the emergence of a collective subject that ensures that the local way of life is acknowledged?
Keywords: Urbanism, architecture, collective, participation, action / research