HOW TO SET UP AND CUSTOMISE A DRESSING ROOM IN THE GARDEN OF THE ATENEU

Divendres 29/06/2012  –  10h.  Jardins de l’Ateneu Santboià

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STRADDLE3 + COLLECTIVE ARCHITECTURES / ARQUITECTURAS COLECTIVAS + PLATAFORMA ATENEU SANTBOIÀ | HOW TO SET UP AND CUSTOMISE A DRESSING ROOM IN THE GARDEN OF THE ATENEU

The Ateneu Santboià was founded in the late 19th century, and for much of the 20th century it was an important catalyst for cultural and social life in the neighbourhood of Sant Boi. Paradoxically, with the advent of democracy the Ateneu began to decline, to the point that it was purchased by the construction company Pichuki S.L at an irregular auction in 1996. From then on, the building was occupied by a group of young people who go by the name of the Col·lectiu Ateneu Santboià, who self-organise cultural activities and lobby for the historical ownership of the entity by the people. This was the situation until 2010, when the building was acquired by Sant Boi Town Council and ownership passed into the hands of the municipality. In that same year, a committee was set up – made up out of Sant Boi Town Council staff and representatives from a range of local entities under the umbrella group Platform for an Independent and Self-Managed Ateneu – in order to draft a usage plan for the future cultural facility. This plan entails an extensive architectural renovation of the premises, because, among other reasons, several buildings are on the point of collapse.

In the current context of the plunder of public resources (crisis? what crisis?), the local government has been forced to abandon the idea of undertaking these renovations. This has opened up an opportunity for the Platform to launch and develop a more organic process based on community appropriation and rehabilitation of the space, a process that is taking shape as the needs of the individuals and groups that use the Ateneu Santboiá are specified. The Platform wants to prevent the public administration from imposing its technical criteria from above (technology is never politically neutral!), and instead secure its participation in a horizontal manner, serving citizens and providing resources for communal use.

In this framework, the Platform has identified the need to set up a dressing room near the stage in the Garden of the Ateneu, an open space where all kinds of activities take place.

In collaboration with Straddle3, the Plataforma Ateneu Santboià is organising a workshop in which participants will learn how to set up a prefabricated office module and customise it with a cladding of off-cuts of black poplar or chestnut over an insulating timber structure.

The workshop will open up a discussion forum that includes: i) a guided tour of some of the closed off buildings of the Ateneu Santboià, and a brainstorm/jam session for ideas on the renovation of the Bingo Room. This specific framework is also intended as an opportunity to: ii) discuss the right to the city and modes of citizen self-organisation for the management of habitats.

WORKSHOP:

Friday 29 June
10am – 1pm

Practical workshop and construction. How to set up a prefabricated module. Preparation of the supporting structure of the façade. Installation of the timber cladding.

1 – 2.30pm
Guided tour of the Ateneu Santboià, debate and brainstorm/ideas jam session.

Straddle3: We approach architecture with an open mind and an awareness of the conditions that its construction entails. We call ourselves constructors because we have a natural tendency to take direct responsibility of the construction stage of all the work we do, be it physical, graphic or electronic.
Arquitecturas Colectivas: A network of individuals and groups interested in participatory construction in the urban environment. This network offers an enabling framework for collaboration in different types of projects and initiatives.
Aula a la deriva: A platform for cultural production in specific contexts, structured through a programme based on a series of working processes in collaboration with institutions and a variety of action groups.
Plataforma Ateneu Santboï Plataforma ciudadana formada por varias personas y colectivos de Sant Boi y de otras partes, dirigida a la gestión y dinamización del Ateneu Santboï.
Plataforma Ateneu Santboià: : A citizens’ platform made up of individuals and groups from the Sant Boi neighbourhood and other areas, aimed at managing, boosting and coordinating activities at the Ateneu Santboià.

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