Lavapiés Urban Renewal

A collaborative project undertaken with Interaction and Interior Designers. The task was to redevelop a working-class area of Madrid, called Lavapiés.

We devised a method of bridging the language barrier, using 2  t-shirts with ‘I love’ and ‘I hate’ on them, with which the locals could show us what they liked and didn’t like about their local area. This was designed to evoke the memories of the classic holiday snap, which is an easily translatable point-of-reference for the global community. This is shown below.


After identifying the key issues a scheme was devised, as shown below. Our main aims were; to bring the community together by providing a communal activity for them, to regulate the homeless community who lived in the site, to facilitate transit through the site and to the delights of the city, to control the animals within the site, and to break down the cultural barriers that exist in the area.



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