El Pinto. equity through collective empowerment
Querétaro, Mexico
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Location:
Querétaro, Mexico
Category:
meeting place
Phase:
design development
Updated:
26 August 2021
The contemporary city does not offer the same opportunities to all, with a lack of support from the government nor the market, we advocate for a model of development that may be applicable in various geographies since it is defined by ´” the power of community participation” which has proved to transform simple common goals into a more equalitarian territory.
"Taller Activo", has new faces, same goals, and new territory to work at: El Pinto. 
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Introduction
Reflecting on how an architect can contribute to more favorable development in our cities, in 2009 the Taller Activo was born as an academic initiative that questioned and reflected about the challenges and urgencies of the contemporary city and worked in many communities for over 6 years

The evidence of this work demonstrates that when a high participative community is empowered with even small projects that can only be achieved in collaboration with others, participation grows not only in the main group but in the community groups around, With a successful first intervention, the following interventions are led by the desire of new members to participate. The attached image illustrates the first territorial exercise developed in Altos de San Pablo in the City of Queretaro. The document includes the main tree intervention, with all the actors, a the general methodology and strategy, that will be applied in el Pinto.
El Pinto was chosen because of its participatory capacity and because of the size of the community, similar to “Altos de San Pablo “, however, El Pinto remains further and less connected to the infrastructure and main services of the city.
Document illustrates our previous territorial intervention: "Altos de San Pablo"

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Impact
EL Pinto is a small settlement in the north of the city of Querétaro, linked to an industrial Park. With less than 2000 inhabitants, the community faces important challenges with water pollution and basic infrastructure. 

Rather than a specific intervention, we expect to insert a methodology that may represent a way to develop small territories by recuperating the power of collectiveness. Which was in our understanding, the founding engine of the first cities and somehow has been lost in recent times.

In this sense, after a series of interventions, we expect to have a more participative territory, in which small projects can complement de needs of different groups, mutual help can be found in between groups, and possible bigger interventions could be achieved by the collaboration of different groups.

We understand that when the state nor the market have few possibilities or will to contribute with marginal stakeholders, participative action for the commonwealth may not be able to solve all necessities, but it may start a path to empowerment which may alleviate some needs.

 

El pinto is a work in progress. Participative workshops have led to defining possible first interventions, which include the “Pinto Entrance and Bus Stop”, “soccer field bleachers and restrooms” and “crypts for the cemetery”
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Core team
El Pinto, is a new challenge for the group o initiators of the Taller Activo, working now as an Independent Agency and powered by new collaborators; 

The original group of professionals and educators are:
Stafania Biondi, Edmundo Palacios and Alfonso Garduño. They worked in the community of “Altos de San Pablo” represented by Alejandra Campbell. Later on Alejandra moved to “el Pinto”, where she started working with that community and eventually contacted us for help. The main reason to work in el Pinto is that we have witnessed the capacity of Alejandra and her communities “to work for the commonwealth, both in “Altos de San Pablo” and in “El Pinto”.

New collaboration for this project are; Alfonso Jimenez from “Anonimous”, Axel Becerra form “IDEAS”, and Elena Tudela From “ORU”.
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Entrance and Bus Stop

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Crypts for the cementery

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workshop. defining priorities

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workshop. defining priorities

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workshop. defining priorities

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workshop. defining priorities

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workshop. defining priorities

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workshop. defining priorities

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previous experience: Altos de San Pablo

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previous experience: Altos de San Pablo

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previous experience: Altos de San Pablo

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previous experience: Altos de San Pablo

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previous experience: Altos de San Pablo

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Where are we now
our team already has expertise in this type of intervention but is always open to learning and complement habilities.
our bigger stregnts are:
1. participatory processes
2. design built with scarce resources
We would be glad if we could find financial support. our work is pro-bono. we need mainly to buy or receive building materials and to pay for construction labor
An indication of our team’s capacity:
85% expertise already found
25% builders already found
Finance: € 23,000
we expect to build in between of 3 to 5 interventions:
1. town entrance and bus stop
2. soccer field bleachers and restrooms
3.crypts for the cemetery
  • Cemet
8,000
  • steel
10,000
  • masonry labor
5,000
Stuff: Materials
Any type of building materials will direct the design process. we design and built with what we have. basic materials that may be sold in local stores such as cement,  steel, wood, stone
Hands
we need mainly  masons and blacksmiths
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