AMUD Project in NYC

Our project Adaptable Machine for Urban Demonstration is one of the winner projects of an international competition in New York. The contest Designing for Free Speech, organized by Theatrum Mundum had an amazing jury (with Richard Sennet and Teddy Cruz among others). The project will be exhibited in the AIA New York.

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We believe that free speech should be an “everywhere exercise” and not be bound to an activity to be performed only in certain areas. For these reasons, we have decided for the “designing – for – free – speech” challenge to develop a public space in a generic mode.

Our proposal “flows within the streets and stands on the squares”. It rules the space temporarily and collectively as well. As in the situationist dèrive, it constructs situations on the city that generate the conditions to stimulate, promote and foster free speeches, interactions and public demonstrations.

We propose a three-phase action plan: three urban scales that correspond directly with three ways of free speech.

PHASE 1: As a landmark, it statically occupies the neighborhood square. On this scale we can practice a two-way speech where everybody can speak and be listened. It is the place where the neighborhood exchange can occur, local leisure activities can be performed and participatory decision making can happen.

PHASE 2: During key dates it undertakes its pilgrimage across the streets of New York. The message should now be faster. It is time for the brief speech to take place, for instance, citizen advertising, derive or demonstrations in general.

PHASE 3: After the pilgrimage, the parade, that achieves the metropolitan meeting points. This scale only allows a one-way speech. Here the construction of common symbols takes place, the exchange between neighborhoods and all kinds of massive events related to public demonstration develop.

MMASA Studio in this project: Luciano Alfaya, Patricia Muñiz, Javier Rocamonde and Natalia Alvarado. With the collaboration of Paola Gámez and Ana Ruth Villalvazo.