My project is moving along well and, following a meeting with Asociación de Fomento de Monserrat (Monserrat Neighbourhood Association) recently, I received a letter informing me that they are very interested in bringing Plaza Móvil to the neighbourhood. Monserrat is a densely populated neighbourhood with very little green space located near downtown Buenos Aires. The area contains a lot of official buildings, including the House of the National Government. This is a great success as it is fundamental to have an organisation on board that is deeply-rooted in the local neighbourhood. The next step will be to arrange a meeting to see how we can work together.
I have a team of three experts working with me to bring the Plaza Móvil project to life;
Sofía Bordenave A lawyer with experience in project management in both government and non-government organizations. Sofia brings great strategic thinking to the project.
Cecilia Barrionuevo. Cecilia has a Bachelor’s degree in social-communication and will be our link to neighbourhood organisations.
Agustin Unsain An Engineer who will work as technical consultant for the infrastructure and design of the games.
The team has been busy evaluating two other neighbourhoods, San Telmo and La Boca in Buenos Aires, to see if they are suitable for the project. Both locations are in the ‘antic’ or older zones of the city and have little public or green space. San Telmo has a lot of very old buildings, while La Boca is more disadvantaged – here, football is in the blood of people: colourful and with strong street life.
My team and I have recently started to work with the Centro Metropolitano de Diseño (the city's council design institution), who offered to collaborate with us on the project and will help to negotiate all permissions and security requirements.
Communities will have full involvement in designing parks so they meet their specific needs. I envisage people taking ownership of the parks by developing games, events and street trades.
I believe that portability is the truly innovative aspect of this idea. By creating a system that is entirely transferable, the Plaza Móvil can be wholly relocated throughout the city to the areas that need it most. Just by simply encouraging interaction between varying members of the community, the scheme will build stronger relationships across all levels of society.
At the moment we are in the middle of the holiday season in Argentina so things will slow down a little and my next update on the project will be in March. Watch this space!