“Nowadays, more than half of the world’s population lives in big cities, a trend that seems unstoppable. Resolution of our great social challenges greatly depends on finding solutions in urban life. The main question is how do we make our cities better, more liveable and kinder places?”
The City to City Barcelona FAD Award (Fostering Arts and Design) , born in 2008 and developed in collaboration with the Barcelona City Council and the Government of Catalonia, answers to this question. “During these years, the award has acknowledged hundreds of international projects, both big and small, which have successfully been able to improve the everyday life in their cities.” The prize has evolved edition-by-edition, focusing more and more on projects brought about by citizens’ initiatives, or by the collaboration between inhabitants and institutions, a combination, which leads to new directions in a complex and ever-changing world. Today we present you the winner project of the last edition 2016: the Recovery of La Balanza cultural neighbourhood in Lima. This project developed an artistic movement that regenerates a neighbourhood, now lively and socially cohesive.
A bottom-up practice led to a project able to integrate different entities to form a complex tapestry that touches many disciplines. It has a real and visible impact on the configuration of the city itself. “The project wants to discuss the idea of citizen, and to do so using a tool as powerful as the shared cultural creation, and the important gender component, having involved women from neighbourhood, vindicating their position within the social fabric of the area.” This aspect impressed the Jury the most. Architect Javier Vera Cubas, a member of the platform that initiated the event, Citio, accepted the award in Barcelona the last November.
Now the Organization team of the City to city Award is looking forward the next edition: “After a great deal of work, we have reached 2017 with an invitation to look at the city with a new perspective. The challenges we face are great, yet the possibilities are infinite. We want to explore each one of them.”
We will keep you updated!