There are many ways of thinking and building a city, and the programme Imagina Madrid aims to offer one that’s different. Based on residents’ desires and dreams as well as proposals by artists and creators, we want to imagine another city; a city that’s more welcoming and friendlier, where we can invent without forgetting our history.
What is it?
Imagina Madrid is a programme developed at Intermediae, promoted by the Department of Culture of the Madrid City Council, which is committed to exploring new forms of intervention in the public space in which cultural production, environmental sustainability and social urbanism enable us to imagine and create the city we want to live in.
Via the implementation of collective creation processes between citizens and the city’s artistic fabric, Imagina Madrid aims to transform the city’s public space through actions associated with urban intervention and cultural activation.
In this first edition we propose nine places for intervention, selected for their unique features, difficulties or potential, where we will try out new proposals aimed at inhabiting these spaces without disregarding their history or identity. Thus they will become a laboratory where we can examine their urban dimensions, in addition to their cultural and relational dynamics.
To imagine, contextualise and design the projects that will be carried out, Imagina Madrid is committed to beginning with a participatory process in which citizens, the network of various associations and creative teams can all contribute their know-how. In this initial stage we collected throughout the summer 2017 experiences, emotional connections and memories that residents possess with respect to the places where we will intervene. The imaginaries are currently available in Spanish here.
Furthermore we consider essential to get to know those associations, groups and organisations that are currently working in the surroundings of the sites of intervention. Therefore they are invited to subscribe to a list of organisations interested in collaborating.
The will co-design spaces where the creators, whose ideas have been selected, will work collectively with the neighbourhood representatives in a laboratory where will emerge the projects that will be carried out in each of the public spaces selected for this edition of Imagina Madrid