Debate Friday 28th at 20h
Moderate : Reyes Gallegos Rodríguez
Participate : Domenico Di Siena (urbano humano) / Lorenzo Barno (stepienybarno) / Patrizia Di Monte (gravalosdimonte) / Ariadna Cantis / Lemur

1. Urban manager figure rethinking in regards to society.
From a mistaken diagnosis of the urban manager as a planner of the city, closer to political and economical powers than to society, it is our proposal to fall upon on transfer of production to the architecture and urbanism surroundings. Showing the possibilities of new processes and more feasible working relationships which should tend to a more collaborative, horizontal and cross-disciplinary relations, accompanied by essential tasks such as communication, transparency and knowledge sharing between all stakeholders, from the user to the public administration.
Taking this stance, easing formats and languages between transmitters and receivers, as well as working on transparency and transfers between users and public administration, are essential roles to become closer to utopia than to reality.

2. Inclusion of perspectives.
Learning to communicate and work with other fields and disciplines. Including looks from gender, social inclusion, health or environment.
Build on insights and tools from other fields and disciplines to test the ability of the sum of multiple visions of transforming reality.

3. The new media and working in Network
The commitment to a real governance participation and decision making, involves incorporating new technologies into production processes, urban management and social awareness.
We start from witnessing a single paradigm: new technologies and social networks affect the way we relate to each other. The organized community is no longer a dependent community, but a network that acts individually, and collectively as interested join forces. To exercise this right on the Web seems to be about the challenge that Zygmunt Bauman proposed in 2007 in his book “Liquid Times” on the balance and freedom in relationships and ways of doing. Citizen movements of various kinds account for the possibility of changing the point of view towards the “citizen journalism”.
As seen in numerous examples and real applications, the use of this powerful tool to propose a distributed processing paradigm shift from “situated knowledge” is enabling work in two realities at once: physical and digital. We have to figure out now how to incorporate the planning tools, or how to start discarding them as a future urban management model.

4. The expanded education
Internet and the consequent vast exchange of knowledge are now able to have broader repercussions in how we get formed and how we acquire knowledge, than the ones we had in architecture or urbanism schools or universities. These are still resisting to the digital environment, giving the sense of not being the ones that will make the move, at least immediately, of including new formats that broaden and freed learning. In this regard, besides these institutions, there are successful experiences that teach us the potential of releasing content and its elaboration through networked and collaborative work. Are these experiences the new education and learning environments?

Text: Reyes Gallegos Rodríguez



Reyes Gallegos Rodríguez (Sevilla, Spain) @ rellitas
Architect by ETSAS and landscaper by the UNIA.
• Directs “La Ciudad Viva” Project, the Ministry of Public Works and Housing of the Government of Andalusia.
• Founding member of the platform [espacio elevado al público]
• PhD on new urban management policies
With extensive experience in planning, has spent five years working in “La Ciudad Viva”, both in its conception and in content management, social networking, communication, curated meetings and other activities.
Make numerous workshops of urban landscape, public space and participation,
and annually is a visiting lecturer at the ETSAS, in the subjects of Planning and Environment, Projects and the Master of City and Sustainable Architecture.