Post-disaster urban planning guide to small municiaplities, Mexico
Post-Cyclone Urban Planning and Governance
Technical support for the development of a methodological guide to small Mexican municipalities for strategic post-earthquake urban planning. Based on the identification of relevant case studies in Latin America and similar contexts, the guidance document developed includes methodological steps for efficient municipal planning in post-disaster contexts and effective tools for diagnostic and identification of priority areas.
Subcontract for Silvère Jarrot, Humanitarian consultant
Final Evaluation of a Urban Resilience program in Lusophone Africa
Urban Resilience in Africa
Evaluation of the Urban Risk Reduction and Resilience Building in Lusophone Africa Project:
Assessment of the achievement of expected accomplishments and performance of the project in increasing technical understanding and knowledge of municipal authorities, and enhanced communication and information exchange between cities and towns in project cities.
Co-creation and design of the show "Mutirão" with Lagoa Colectivo at Culturgest
Mutirão is a show about houses, refugees, disasters and exile.
Mutirão is a collaborative artistic gathering designed to create a show for people of all ages, an open event taking place in a garden, as we build and dismantle a house-stage, recycling the waste products of the host institution. It is a hands-on artistic action-reflection, based on an interdisciplinary relationship between dance and architecture. The dancers also build the house and the audience are challenged to join in the work of this first collaborative creation of the Lagoa collective, inventing an aesthetics through their affective involvement in this communal building process.
In collaboration with Lagoa Coletivo. The show has been performed from 3 June to 1 July 2017 in Fundação CGD – Culturgest.
– Lagoa Coletivo
About a children's subjective map, storks and a roundabout
During our six-week residence in the village of Graignes-Mesnil Angot, we conducted ten workshops with the municipal school students, from kindergarten to 5th Grade, on the theme of “the way to school”.
This led to the creation of the ‘children’s map’, a montage of the students’ drawings, where the town appears as the meeting point of four roads around a roundabout, populated by domestic or wild animals and containing pink houses and hollow trees.
– Graiges-Mesnil Angot Muncipality
We also jointly built a giant model that represented the village, integrating the children’s houses and projects: a motocross racing circuit, a race-circuit-zoo, a stork sculpture and daycare for guinea pigs, an animal fountain, rainbow and garlands, a water park with vertiginous slides, play gardens and, watching over this colorful set, the articulated presence of a giant Father Christmas…
This work was presented to the whole village during a festive evening event, as well as to the city council and mayor. The aim of this activity was to promote a sense of citizenship among the youngest members of the community and to raise politicians’ awareness of children’s specific urban development needs. Indeed, many newcomers to this rural town are young couples with small children, who find few adapted facilities as the town has been more used to catering for a predominantly aged population.
A participatory process in a Port-au-Prince neighborhood
This assignment consisted of an urban diagnosis and participatory planning in the neighborhood of Christ-Roi, Port-au-Prince, Haiti, for the NGO Solidarités International. For 4 months, a team of planners, architects, sociologists, anthropologists and social mobilizers assisted 100 people to develop an urban neighborhood improvement strategy. The results were presented to the mayor and formed the basis of an urban renewal project.
– Solidarités International
The process was divided into four phases: a festive launch, with traditional brass bands that involved people walking through the neighborhood thus enabling them to cross certain “invisible barriers”; a diagnostic phase that included generating thematic maps (water and sanitation, services, leisure and culture, waste, environment, road conditions, etc.); a rehabilitation strategies definition phase; and, lastly, a phase in which the final document was presented to city officials.
The participatory mapping exercises were all progressive. The phase began with training sessions on map reading and awareness-raising on the importance of such tools, at the same time as promoting local knowledge and grassroots map production. After several weeks, the inhabitants had gained confidence in their knowledge and learned about spatial representation. At the end of the process, they were able to hold complex discussions with the team on integrated urban strategies, aware of their neighborhood’s challenges and opportunities.