City out of line

The city’s construction and configuration begins by an act of delineation. The modern planning of a city lies in the strategic design that traces and delimits the networks and services leading to the orderly development of its communities. This project explores and documents the potential of a line –used as a tool of spatial design- to build, deconstruct and rework different perceptions of urban space. In three actions, OUT OF LINE, one line: 1.Manages the imaginative potential of a place by capitalizing on its temporary uses; 2. Shifts the border between the private and public domain to reactivate underused urban space; and 3. Shapes the communities participation in its own making. The underlying assumption is that the cultural, social and human capital of a city is reinforced by the meaningful perceptions produced by its mobile and transitory elements.

LABYRINTH

Here we simulated a built space with a line made of lime. We intervened “El Polvorín”, located in the Delegación Gustavo A. Madero, which functioned as a passing site during weekdays and as a soccer court during the weekends. This site was a place without an established use and its effect –not on purpose- was to divide two neighborhoods. The project’s aim was to intervene the public space in an ephemeral way with the intention to reactivate in the imagination of both neighborhoods the site’s potential to integrate two communities. The center became a space of dialogue and exchange. The conclusion of the exercise was there are many ways to understand what it means to build almost as many spaces as can be designed. A single line can rebuild the perception of the space, its customs and habits, the place’s memory and most importantly, it can rebuild a community.

MASKING TAPE

This intervention was about marking off with masking tape a place occupied by informal street businesses in some sidewalks in Coyoacán. The intention was to mark with a single line an edge to see how the limit between public and private space was reordered, that is, the relation between the street and the stands.

The social experiment resulted in people from the stands becoming aware of their space. The masking tape also modified the relation between seller and buyer: in some cases lines were made and in others people weren’t sure how to access the stand. Some people took a more rigid position for they did not step outside the line. Being aware of the space and defining it rehabilitated society, it disciplined and created order.

LIME LINE

This action was carried out during the Cyclothon, an event that takes place in Mexico City the last Sunday of every month in which some main avenues are closed to vehicles so families can ride their bikes. The aim of this exercise was to modify the flow of pedestrians and cyclists on the street with a lime line a bike user left on the street as he rode through the city thanks to the adaptation of an artifact to his bicycle. We observed the line generated not only a limit but also a border between both sides when it was boarded perpendicularly. But, seen in parallel, the line became more of a guide of the route on the road, an element inviting others to follow just like Hansel’s breadcrumbs.

Project: Rozana Montiel
Collaborators: Yaocí Pardo
Project Year: 2012

 

LABYRINTH

Project: Rozana Montiel
Collaborators: Alin V. Wallach | Sebastián Pérez | Kopalli arte público
Project Year: 2012

 

MASKING TAPE

Project: Rozana Montiel
Collaborators: Clara García | Daniel Díaz | Carol Soos
Project Year: 2012

 

LIME LINE

Project: Rozana Montiel
Collaborators: Clara García | Alin V. Wallach | Alejandro Aparicio | Daniel Díaz
Project Year: 2013