working with the scale
how much is it a meter and a half?
The aim of ‘A Vila da Mañá’ is to change the model of town or city, we believe that another one can be possible. This is achieved through the protagonist participation of local children and adolescents who, by working with fundamental concepts through tactical urban planning actions, become active citizens capable of transforming their spaces.
La Opinión A Coruña 07/09/2020
“How much is a meter and a half?”
“With the program ‘A Vila do Mañá’, Sandra González analyzes or designs the cities that are adapted to the new measures derived from Covid-19. To verify it, saíu á rúa, in Arzúa, with boys and girls who used floats to measure safety distance. “Many times there are no where to walk”, indicates an architect from Coruña
“How many people know how much is a meter and a half?” asks Coruña architect Sandra González, creator and director of the program A Vila do Mañá, which analyzes, together with the smaller ones, or design of cities and promotes the recovery of spaces for you pawns At the initiative now adds a new condition: keep a safe distance to avoid contagion. “We are in a new situation, a new reality, and we have to see if the cities are adapted to the new measures,” she explains.
To prove it, she walks with boys and girls through streets and avenues. This weekend I went to quenda de Arzúa. As accessories for the walk, mask and float. “Let’s give the participants floats of one meter and 30 centimeters so that they are aware of the distance that they have to keep, especially now that they start or school,” she says.
Moitos were surprised to see or lonxe that they ran into some doutros. But that was not the objective of the activity, except to know if the cities are prepared for this new reality. “Nalgunha small street we didn’t even get in,” reveals the architect, who would like to take this initiative to “bigger cities.”
It is the first time after the lockdown that A Vila do Mañá comes into action, because many activities “had to be cancelled” due to the increase in infections. Sandra González defends that the pandemic showed that “more spaces are needed for the peons.” “It’s time to reformulate cities. Don’t escape to the countryside. A city has to have a new identity. What sex or what does it have to be, that is, for people,” she summarizes.
We seus smaller walks, the architect confirms that “many times there is no where to walk”. “The cities are not adapted. They ask us to become aware of the coronavirus, but in most of the streets it is impossible. The beirarrúas need to be one meter wide, so you have to add the terraces and the cars,” she says.
Thus is born a “new opportunity” for cities. “Like A Coruña, which is trying to criminalize some areas”, she gives as an example, at the same time that she bets on “humanizing everything a little more” so that these places “recover their identity”. An idea that she always transmits to two workshops participating years. Ata o mércores will continue to explore Arzúa and Sandra González xa pensante no seguinte challenge.”
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