Citizens Interactive Behavior in the Performance of the Urban Space of Cohabitation: Interactive Atlas of Urban Habitability

By Angelique Trachana, Atxu Amann y Alcocer, Javier Francisco Raposo Grau, Magdallini Grigoriadou and Josefina Flores.

Published by Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies

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The article shows a range of contemporary phenomena linked with urban space and the increasing citizens’ interactivity in the network. The sources for theory and reflection are related to the ongoing research project “Interactive Atlas of urban habitability" which is based on citizen participation in the sensitive description of the urban environment. It addresses a classification of variables related to the desires of urban habitability. The project is an ongoing and open process feasible through communication and socialization spaces and through work in compiling sources of data, other related projects and initiatives, be they governmental, corporate, or civic. Our proposal consists in organizing and displaying all this data in an online platform that provides citizens and public administrations with the sensitive variables that define urban space for both citizen uses and city planning. Thanks to the available technology, is already possible to create this platform for interactive generation and reception of urban information. It would reveal possibilities for optimizing the existing uses and for promoting better and more intensive ways by improving livability and coexistence. We weren´t referring to mercantile uses, but any kinds of uses connected with spatial needs about vital, daily, recreational, and social variables. The development of a data corpus derived from subjective descriptions of the citizens’ desires would have enormous potential for gaining knowledge of an environment. Such data could complement and enhance the geospatial information managed and used for a more sensitive transformation of the urban space. We have come to this conclusion after studying a number of paradigms linking network interaction and urban transformation, as well as open platforms that provide information to citizens. This article addresses new paradigms with both contemporary thinking on ICT and through the vision of the city expressed by authors such as Baudelaire (1863), Walter Benjamin (1998), Georg Simmel, Guy Debord (1967), Constant (1974), Henri Lefebvre (1978), Richard Sennett (1997), Paul Ricoeur (2000), Zygmunt Bauman (2007), Pascal Nicolas-Le Strat (2006), Manuel Delgado (2007), Antonio Negri (2010) and, of course, “The Reinvention of Everyday Life,” by Michel De Certeau (1999).

Keywords: Citizen Participation, Desire, Urban Habitability, Networks, Sensitive Description, Project, Planning

Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies, Volume 3, Issue 3, pp.41-58. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.379MB).

Prof. Angelique Trachana

Professor, Departamento de Ideación Gráfica, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Madrid, SPAIN, Spain

She is a Dr. Architect from the Technical Superior School of Architecture of Madrid, and an Associate Professor in the Technical Superior School of Architecture of Madrid in the Department of Architectural Graphic Ideation. She is a member of the Research and Educational Innovation Group, "Hypermedia, Workshop Space Configuration," consolidated in the Department of Architectural Graphic Ideation of the Polytechnic University of Madrid. She was Professor in the University of Alcalá (2000–2008) and Gest Professor of the University Camilo José Cela of Madrid (2007–2011). She was the coordinator of the journal Astragalo. Cultura de la Arquitectura y la Ciudad. Her recent publications include the books: Fundamentos de la forma y el espacio arquitectónico(2011), Historia y proyecto. Una revisión de los conceptos ‘tipo’ y ‘contexto’ (2011); Urbe Ludens and Invariantes arquitectónicas currently in edition process.

Atxu Amann y Alcocer

Associate Professor (Profesor Contratado Doctor), Madrid Polytechnic University, Technical Superior School of Architecture, Department of Architectural Graphic ideation, Madrid Polytechnic University, Madrid, Spain, Spain

She is a Dr. Architect from the Technical Superior School of Architecture of Madrid, and an Associate Professor in the Technical Superior School of Architecture of Madrid in the Department of Architectural Graphic Ideation. She received the Award for Educational Innovation 2009 from the Polytechnic University of Madrid. She is an original member of the Research and Educational Innovation Group, "Hypermedia, Workshop Space Configuration," consolidated in the Department of Architectural Graphic Ideation of the Polytechnic University of Madrid . Since 1987, founding member of Extreme Temperatures office with which she has received numerous national and international awards and her work has been widely reported in the media.

Dr Javier Francisco Raposo Grau

profesor titular ETSAM, Escuela Tecnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid, Univerisidad Politecnica de Madrid, madrid, madrid, Spain

He is a Dr. Architect from the Technical Superior School of Architecture of Madrid, and Professor in the Technical Superior School of Architecture of Madrid in the Department of Architectural Graphic Ideation. Currently he is the Director of this Department. He is an original member of the Research and Educational Innovation Group, "Hypermedia, Workshop Space Configuration," consolidated in the Department of Architectural Graphic Ideation of the Polytechnic University of Madrid. He is the coordinator of the Research Project “Interactive Atlas of Urban Habitability” which has been financed by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation (MICINN) into the National Planning R + D + i.

Magdallini Grigoriadou

Student of Doctorado, Departamento de Ideación Gráfica, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Madrid, Spain

She is an Architect, collaborator of the Research Group Hipermedia. Her doctoral thesis is currently in process.

Josefina Flores

Student of Doctorado, Departamento de Ideación Gráfica, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Madrid, Spain

She is an Architect, collaborator of the Research Group Hipermedia. Her doctoral thesis is currently in process.