Tracing Public Spaces | TEP

$3,255 of $12,000 goal

Raised by 30 people in 14 months
Created June 8, 2017
 Trazando Espacios is a non-profit organization focused on teaching and building citizenship through participatory design to transform public spaces.

Trazando Espacios has developed a series of educational programs to teach architecture and urban design tools to children and empower them to transform public spaces. Our bet is on younger citizens, children between ten and fifteen years of age, future leaders eager to change things in their communities. Through our workshops, children learn to OBSERVE, IMAGINE and TRANSFORM public spaces. After the workshops, the kids close a transformation cycle, from finding something that can be changed to making it happen.

TEP Methodology
Tracing Public Spaces (Trazando Espacios Públicos | TEP in Spanish) is a new methodology to study, create awareness and inspire future leaders to take action to transform public spaces in low-income communities. It proposes a bottom-up analysis, with innovative tools of representation and design to address the challenges of public spaces.

Trazando Espacios Publicos was founded in Venezuela, in March 2016. However, their work began during the Summer of 2013 when its founder, architect Ana Vargas, was doing her Master’s thesis at MIT. With support from the Tata Center for Technology and Design, Ana conducted field research in India, Venezuela and the USA. Her thesis was awarded Thesis Prize at MIT and Best Practice Award by UN Habitat  a year later. 
The method is based in observation, representation and design using a ‘toolkit’ that enables a two-way learning process between the designer as an ‘outsider’ and children as ‘insiders’.

Program Funding 
The project proposal is to focus the work of Tracing Public  Spaces on one large area of informal settlements in Caracas, capital city of Venezuela.  We want to create a network of people and public spaces that transcends the scale of community impact to urban impact. The selected site is Petare Sur, a 500-acre district of informal settlements on the east side of Caracas, with an estimated population today of 150,000 people. Today, there are almost 70 communities organized by “barrios”, that struggle with three issues daily:
(1) Lack of open spaces for encounter, recreation and culture
(2) Violence, presence of armed bands in several of the communities
(3) Lack of an organized, reliable and public system

Program Impact
Our goal, after one year, will be to teach 350 children citizenship and ownership of their public spaces and create 20 new and safe spaces for encounter. The students will become agents of change, motivating their family members and neighbors to continue to maintain their community and public spaces.
This community in Petare will be the first model of large-scale transformation, with a 500-acre site becoming an example for other similar districts in Caracas and the region

Sponsor our Programs 
Besides our program in Petare, we will continue to support children in other communities.
Help us expand our reach, and empower young citizens through TEP workshops, providing knowledge and tools for them to recover the public spaces. We have the three following types of workshop:

, is a three-month program for children between ten and fifteen years of age, as an after-school workshop. TEP team works with local leaders and sets a place to teach the children. Throughout the workshop, they acquire new skills: mapping their community, creating photographic compositions, presenting ideas to an audience (their community), negotiating their ideas and designs with neighbors, building models using real proportions, and learning construction techniques using recycled materials, among many other tools. 

, is a one week, six-day long workshop, for children between ten and fifteen years of age, as an after-school activity. They go through the transformation cycle but for a shorter period of time, and building a temporary intervention of the space.

III. MICRO, is a one day workshop for all ages, inviting citizens to address one of the three steps of the transformation cycle (observe, imagine & transform). The impact of this program is to create awareness about urban topics and demonstrate that coming together as neighbors can have a big impact.
·      Micro Mural of Patterns: $350
·      Micro Participatory Maps: $400
·      Micro Mural of Vegetables: $450
·      Micro Benches $650

Your support is invaluable for us to continue empowering children and making them agents of change.  Your donation will allow us to expand the work and impact of Tracing Public Spaces, providing youth the tools and motivation to dream of a better future. More importantly, to help them realize that they have the power in their hands to transform their reality.

To learn more about us, visit our social media channels: www.trazandoespacios.org
Instagram: @TrazandoEspacios
Facebook: Trazando Espacios
Twitter: @Tespacios
Vimeo: Trazando Espacios


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Raised by 30 people in 14 months
Created June 8, 2017
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