Habitabis Festival

Format Conference Festival Workshops

City Lisbon, Portugal

Colectivo Warehouse – Habitabis Festival is a collaborative tool based on the festival format, which addresses themes of rehousing and social housing. The format includes conferences, workshops and debates among institutions, technicians and communities aiming to produce more inclusive processes in the city. Habitabis is a tool with a mixed methodology that allows maximum sharing, collaboration and creation of new dynamics during the days of the festival, contributing to the co-designing of new paths. The format is based on direct sharing, horizontal collaboration and co-designing of diagnostics and solutions. The aim of this tool is to extract the wealth of the individual experience and the pluralistic contribution of the group without running the risk of seeking a universal response. It is not the objective of Habitabis to extract from its events a ‘magic formula’ for the processes of rehousing and social housing. Rather, it seeks to create conditions for different agents to collaborate, dialogue and participate in the construction of multiple answers.

Colectivo Warehouse has been working regularly in public housing neighbourhoods and informal, self-built neighbourhoods with serious social housing shortages. Direct contact with these populations forced them to reflect on the programmes and tools currently available to overcome social and urban barriers and enact the rights of citizens. In this context, the challenge is how to co-design a rehousing process that does not repeat the flaws of other plans and eras, and does not replace an old error with a new error. Existing initiatives and projects are often incapable of creating visibility and accessibility of their results. Think of conferences and exhibitions by architects for architects, closed-door discussions of housing programmes, or even the creation of good political tools that never come to the knowledge of the people who need them. In response to this tendency, the aim is to inform and empower communities and not only create access to information but, above all, the capacity for citizens to contribute to the construction of their own future. The Habitabis Festival was born out of this idea of ​​sharing experiences, projects, visions and tools in the same place among decision-making institutions, technicians and associations working in the field and the communities that live in these contexts.

Mobilization Find your stakeholders

Choose a region or neighbourhood with significant problems regarding social housing, slums, informal housing, or otherwise. After you define your area of interest, start to identify who the stakeholders in the following three groups are: institutions (governmental and local), technicians (investigators, architects, anthropologists and sociologists) and communities (inhabitants of social housing, slums and/or informal housing). Approach them, gain their trust and start mapping the topics and issues that they are concerned with.

Things you need A venue and a team

Find a venue to host the festival. Make sure that it provides a neutral space for all the participants involved. Set up a team of diverse, experienced and motivated people. This is the key to success.

Funding Financial Support

You will need sufficient financial support to cover logistical costs, pay your team, finance communication and documentation, and possibly rent the space for the festival. Research the different possibilities for sponsorship and funding.

Communication Promote in the right places

Communicate within the three target groups. Promote on public media, it will bring awareness and participants to your festival, as well as reach potential sponsors and partners.

Colectivo Warehouse is an architecture and art collective, formed in 2013. Due to the current socio-economic and political global context, Warehouse develops participatory architecture projects, emphasizing the role of the architect as mediator. We generate initiatives to activate the urban space and promote social interventions among the most neglected communities. In the cultural field, the differentiating factor of the collective is the ability to design and build their own projects. The “Hands-on approach” is transversal to the collective practice, being a great part of its identity. The experimentation contaminates the practice trying to avoid ordinary solutions. The group develops many collaborative projects because we believe that through co-creation and multidisciplinarity, it is likely to achieve better results.

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