From Conventional Architecture to a Participatory Architecture

Producción Colectiva

11. Sustainable Cities and Communities 12. Responsible Consumption and Production

Overview

Many people know the methodology used by the construction companies or architects who provide their services, particularly where they have already made the plans to begin construction and you as a client only choose the model that you like the most.

'Producción Colectiva', takes up a little-used approach to architecture called participatory or collaborative architecture within the context of Production and Social Management of Habitat. This promotes:
Dialogue, interculturality, transdiscipline and collective strength through participatory strategies, to address different issues related to the spaces they inhabit.

Authors

Dharma Madera

Dharma Madera

Cristian García Díaz

Cristian García Díaz

Angeline Poot Aldecua

Angeline Poot Aldecua

Sheila Salas Arocha

Sheila Salas Arocha

School

Universidad TecMilenio

Universidad TecMilenio

Professor

Verònica Sànchez Garcìa

Verònica Sànchez Garcìa

Innovation

'Producción Colectiva' works with different methods, such as integrating everyone, having everyone participate and doing things collectively, mainly with families and groups of people who seek to solve or take advantage of a habitable space such as a house, a cultural space, among others, but always working in a "Side by side" with people. In 'Producción Colectiva' they don't consider themselves architects working in an enclosed workshop or office, but rather they work through dynamics, designing together with people and taking advantage of the space from collective constructions, self-production and self-construction.

All this means that without having a large budget, large projects can be built and designed, with the involvement of all people in all design, production and construction processes. In terms of construction materials, they are obtained collectively or provided by the same space that is going to be used for the creation of the architectural project.

From Conventional Architecture to a Participatory Architecture

Inspiration

For them, architecture is thought and made by everyone, and thus it's a tool for social-environmental transformation and generation.

María Rejón comments that this construction process was used many years ago, until the process was systematized and forgotten. By putting this approach into practice with families and even entire villages, she was able to realize the amount of materials that were saved and it didn't even take a lot of resources or income to help these families to have a home, as well as rebuilding cultural centers and giving them an alternative to the architectural service that is becoming a little more expensive every day.

Overall impact

1. When providing their services, they don't necessarily need an economic remuneration in return, in some cases, bartering takes place or surplus materials are donated to help other families.

2. This architecture collectively walks throughout Latin America, weaving networks, creating new learning, sharing the common and valuing the particularity of each experience.

Business benefit

It's a way to create more empathy and put yourself in the shoes of others, everyone within the business helps each other to grow not only professionally, but also on a personal level, creating a great collective that grows more every day.

Social and environmental benefit

1. In each project an environmental study is carried out to avoid damaging and contaminating the area and its resources.

2. It's an architecture with multiple languages, which dialogues with the everyday and accompanies processes of resistance, social transformation, revolutionaries and solidarity, seeking the common good and good living.

Interview

María Rejón, co-founder

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Producción Colectiva

Producción Colectiva

Mérida, Yucatán, MX

Business Website: https://www.instagram.com/produccioncolectiva/?igshid=17zi9wnaffgky

Year Founded: 2016

Number of Employees: 2 to 10

Other ways of producing our spaces and inhabiting them are possible, through horizontal and participatory practices, where we all dialogue and collaborate to build more appropriate and adequate solutions through the community.