The 8th edition of eme3 Festival will be held in Barcelona from June 27th to 30th at Fabra y Coats while the exposition will remain open until July 30th with a program of activities.

The Fabra i Coats enclosure offers several buildings and outdoor spaces, many of which are currently unused due to conjectural context. We believe it is appropriate to support the activation of this unique space in Barcelona, through the revitalization of three spaces: a disused factory will host the exhibition part of the “share-it”, the outdoor patio (eme3_plaza) will be the place for the “build-it”, and part of the central factory will host the dynamics parts of the “share-it” (debates, talks, etc.). Thus, by one hand the container is positioned as an coherent example of eme3’s discursive line and by the other hand we contribute to the neighbourhood’s life, bringing an area of culture and leisure to enjoy a summer in the city with family and friends.

Eme3 has been defined as an “International Architecture Festival”. However this title could limit our work, which in fact goes far beyond.

Festival because the format are a few days of meeting and exchange – with some festive moments – but more than this it is the result of a crop of reflections and interchanges related to relevant social and cultural themes, which actually are constantly changing.

Architecture, although we could define it as the “architectural practice” thus a lot of architects coming are presenting non-architecture, and a lot of participants which are not architect come to feed the thematic with their specific visions.

The world that best join us is international, since we believe it is essential to open the range of proposals to a wide variety of contexts: from villages to megacities, from countries in development to countries which apparently present a “lack” of problems, from contexts of crisis regarding economy, politic, demography, climate, society, culture, etc. In any of these scenarios, the similarities in the strategies to respond to such problems may surprise us, and the variety of point of views can enrich us.

Regarding the content of the projects to be presented, we are not expecting renders, plans, structure calculation, urban and works planning…
What we are really interested in are the persons, as well as the relations with their environment, their professional activities, needs and emotions…
Then, why this definition of “International Architecture Festival”? because we did not find a better one for the thinking line we have been developing since the beginnings.

Eme3 has been involved with topics related to citizen participation, self-management, collective economy, bottom-up processes, as well as the reuse of abandoned spaces and buildings, DIY, open-source systems, etc.

In such situations, the professional plays the role of a mediator who develops projects which are present in the collective mind, and requires a catalyst to materialize the projects.

When we see -from Spain- the status of the so-called capitalist system, when we think about Paul Ehrlich’s theories about the likely fall of our civilization (in the same way that all great civilizations fell) we hope that society will give the step necessary for the paradigm shift.
In the past, eme3 has seen isolated initiatives that help us demonstrate that other models are possible.
This year we have the feeling of an expansion of these topics, according to the interest shown by the press and the many exhibitions and encounters underway. In fact, we could define as symptoms of the evolution some examples such as the explosion of crowfunding as a response through the self-management of associations united to improve their life environment, also as a viable architectural way out for an endangered profession today.
Another example is the growing interest in the participative processes both from the political and private sectors.

With this vision we are getting closer to the step from utopias to reality. What we call TOPIAS.

In our next 8th edition we intend to analyze the following subjects:
• New uses for urban public space: from self-management, empowerment and projects of collaboration.
• Housing in crisis situation (politic, economic, environmental, demographic): solutions to evictions, to family regrouping in developed countries, analysis of temporary uses of non-used spaces, solutions for emergency housing.
• Evolution of the working space: co-working as a space-model and new working and collaboration methods.
Network communication helps us to share the good praxis. Generalizing these practices has several stages:
• Establish a legal recognized framework: analyzing the new financial association of interchange and, for example, giving value to the concept of generating welfare in society, etc.
• Support education by introducing before mentioned new concepts in universities.
• Convey communication and awareness to the public through the media, social networks and creation of open spaces accessible to all. Not only in big cities but also in medium small or isolated communities with less resources.
• Transmit this vision with empathy and trust, in order to observe, receive and project in an open-minded and sensitive way.

By analyzing, debating, proving, making mistakes and sharing we will achieve that the public intelligence shows that utopia can become a reality.

If we are able to transmit this idea to someone not in this field, through the proposals presented in this 8th edition, we are achieving in some way the objective of eme3.