Urban Common Assets Sport in citizen construction of public space
April and May 2013
[VIC] Vivero de Iniciativas Ciudadanas / Citizen Initiative Nursery
It is a social construct with culturally constructed values that finds expression in a variety of established forms: companies, professionalised institutions, sports associations, formal practices, grassroots sport and a whole range of informal non-institutionalised practices.
The Urban Common Assets project seeks to reveal different citizen practices related to sport and their configuration in the city, with particular regard to the generation of citizen initiatives that involve new ways of producing public space, initiatives that represent alternatives and that challenge the idea of competition and best brands with the idea of collective achievement and improvement.
These are processes that help in developing cooperative policies. We propose building a complementary approach that superimposes a layer of greater complexity, to include an active and creative citizenry in the urban development process, permit the development of different, more conciliatory, perspectives on constructing the city and allow a diverse range of meetings and projects capable of more adaptable thinking. We start with some working sessions using direct conversations to compose a narrative that helps us to piece things together, raise doubts, generate consensus and disagreement in order to construct new questions about how sport interacts with the city.
This interplay will be a common asset that can be incorporated into the collective thinking to complement the general discourse associated with this form of urban production.
- Sport in citizen construction of public space: Polis and policies. 29 April, at 7 pm.
- Citizenry and non-institutionalised sport. 7 May, at 5:30 pm.