Format Action Installation
City Lisbon, Portugal
Praça São Paulo is a square located in the center of Lisbon and crossed by tourists, homeless people, locals traders and young people during night time. Hostels, restaurants, cafés and ice-cream shops are casting-out the locals from their houses. The mobility of people crossing this space just for few seconds is overlapped with the immobility of others. During "Festival Silêncio" (2017), Oficina do GatoMorto answered the call of "Biblioteca Itinerante" to leave in Praça São Paulo a little part of a library, eventually a bookshelf and a bench. But a bench in the square is often used as a bed, so why don't we construct directly a bed? But a bed would be even better with a roof. Through a process of co-creation, construction and thoughts exchange, GatoMorto has offered to the public the possibility of turning a pre-built wooden structure into a house, an alternative living. No exception to the rule the shelter ended on Airnbnb.
Things you need Pre-Built Structure
Floor and roof should be placed in the public space.
People Power Open discussion
Gather locals to discuss about what is missing to be a house.
Production Building Together
Invite people to bring tools and different materials to collaborate furnishing the shelter and transforming it in a house.
Invite people to use the shelter.
List the shelter on Airbnb and use the money to build another one.
Official / Legal Licenses
To get permission to build the shelter in the public space can be difficult. We suggest to include the construction in an event such as a festival with the agreement of the organization. Otherwise we recommend to find an empty and abandoned lot and make the action happen there.