Built Environment. Objects.
Urban Elements creates built objects or infrastructure that enhances the community's well-being, whether this be: physical, mental or otherwise practical. Physical well-being could mean creating an urban garden with parallel capacity building on how to use the fruits and veggies in healthy recipes and cooking classes. Another alternative is creating through innovative engineering, clean drinking-water at the top of a steep edge hill in slopey terrain where mud slides abound and pipes don't give its residents clean drinking water. The topics vary to the geographic area and its respective issues, such as dealing with heat-waves and its damaging effects on homes made from roof tin or other re-used materials.
People. Attitude. Vibrancy
Attitude (positive) is a central topic we deal with through social economics (social capital as a means of production). Urban Elements explores community engagement to create stronger families in informal settlements. A strong society emphasizes activating socialization among all age groups in creative and productive projects that capture social capital dormant within individuals. Both family and capacity building impact the neighborhood by linking stakeholders and actors at all scales for a stroger sense of governance. Finally, vibrancy is activated within unused public spaces, in order to build activity with music, small shops, art, social entrepreneurship, informal shops, active conversation. The purpose is to develop projects that ignite civic action in informal settlements and edge zones of urban spaces to motivate action and social capital.
Nature. Ecology. Space.