Lima is a clear example of inequality, both on issues of income and access to public services at an urban level, like public spaces. According to the Lima Cómo Vamos last survey, only 15.7% of Lima citizens with lowest income are satisfied with public spaces in their neighborhoods. Meanwhile, crime and insecurity perception -both connected directly to the quality of public spaces- constantly appear as the main problem that worries Lima’s citizens.
We reduce inequality on access to quality public spaces through the recovery of unused and abandoned public spaces by the promotion of small scale and low cost urban interventions. Additionally, we promote collaborative work between local governments, academic institutions, private sector and civil society; we generate knowledge to empower citizens and we advise and accompany municipalities so they include urban interventions as public policy.
We aim mainly to neighboorhoods and communities in outlying areas of the city, where the access to quality public space is very low. Municipalities are also important beneficiaries, because they are key to the project's sustainability. Once we have demostrated the impact of recovering a public space, we intend that local governments or private companies asume the responsability on maintaining the space and its durability, as well as including this practices as part of their policies.
Mission and Vision
We want to contribute to making cities more human, just and sustainable by improving quality of public spaces for all. Additionally, we want to promote an active and participatory citizenship, that exercises its right to a good quality of life in the city.
Our methodology consists in identifying a place for the implementation of an intervention and the actors involved (neighbors, municipality, academic institutions, companies). Based on this identification, training and awareness-raising workshops are held regarding the importance of having access to quality public spaces, key concepts, fundamentals and approaches. We also work with the community to identify the space’s most relevant problems, difficulties and what they expect of the intervention. Then a preliminary measurement and surveys are done to know the uses and needs of the space in order to elaborate the preliminary design. This design is presented to the actors involved in order to assign roles and responsibilities. For the design, sometimes we work with universities to launch competitions so architecture students can put their knowledge into practice. With the design approved, we contact private companies to receive donations for the furniture and tools and volunteers to help us and the community with the implementation. After executing the intervention, a subsequent measurement is made to compare the current situation with the previous one regarding the use of the space. Finally, the necessary maintenance and modifications are made. The success of the intervention and the participation of the authorities of the municipality in the process finally help to influence the public policies of the city.
The value of the articulation is a differential because our role seeks to promote and ensure that interventions can occur independently of the Occupy Street strategy, and to that end, manuals and a toolbox are being developed, through which citizens or organizations interested in promoting the improvement of public spaces may develop urban interventions with the methodological guide of Ocupa tu Calle. Thus, OTC uses the daily experience of citizens to create evidence on the potential to intervene spaces in abandonment or in bad conditions, which is then analyzed, systematized and becomes the basis to reformulate the approaches regarding the idea of a city, from a collaborative effort from bottom up.
Planned Goals and Milestones
We are creating a web page where citizens and organizations have access to a map, where they will be able to identify interventions that they have promoted, possible places to intervene and public spaces in any sort of conflict. It will be a space for articulation between initiatives from Peru and Latin America, as well as a platform where citizens will be able to find our manual and practical information on how to develop urban interventions.