Uses and contradictions of urban infrastructure

The public spaces and public infrastructure that we inhabit and transit as scenarios of territorial and symbolic disputes.

All human beings have a spatial dimension. This condition is intimately linked to the collective ways of thinking, feeling and acting in the world; it is for this reason that the public spaces we inhabit and transit as part of everyday life constantly become scenarios in dispute, not only in their territorial but also in their symbolic dimensions. It can be said that the act of intervening in a public space is, in turn, a struggle to win a place in collective thought.


Inaccessibilities

How infrastructure excludes certain bodies and urban practices in everyday uses.

Urban reliefs

Jessica TrejoMexico City, Mexico. July 21, 2022.

Balderas Street in Mexico City, Cuauhtémoc district. 


Urban Palimpsest

Oscar Molina PalestineMexico City, Mexico. March 1, 2020

Near Paseo de la Reforma, on Sundays, antique vendors offer their products at the La Lagunilla flea market. Customers and merchants take the lateral and the bicycle lane as parking, hindering the mobility of cyclists.


Reforms

Oscar Molina PalestineMexico City, Mexico. January 24, 2021

The investment in Paseo de la Reforma to provide safe mobility routes for cyclists has been great. However, the sidewalks continue to be dangerous terrain for wheelchair users, who prefer to use the deserted bike lanes.


Crosswalk elementary school

Carlos Jesús Martínez LópezZapopan, Jalisco, Mexico. June 21, 2022.

On Antiguo Camino a Tesistan Avenue, not even the warnings and adjustments to the façade of this elementary school can stop the fast pace of the cars.


Parallels

Miriam Guadalupe Jiménez CabreraGuadalajara, Mexico. November 2015.


Minimal benches

Juan Carlos Rojo CarrascalMazatlan, Mexico. April 23rd, 2021

The sidewalks in Mazatlan are shrinking almost to the point of disappearing, making it difficult for people to walk on them.


Railing or ladder?

Priscilla Alexa Macias MojicaTijuana, Mexico. July 17, 2022.

Residents of a peripheral neighborhood adapted the fence with holes that serve as steps to cross an alley that leads them quickly to the nearby shopping mall.

Road Vulnerabilities

Forms of vulnerability associated with daily traffic, understanding the relationship between bodies, vehicles and roads.

Brazil and the "Future Solutions" projects: Uses and contradictions of the urban structure

Fábio Lopes AlvesCascavel - Paraná, Brazil. July 6, 2020.

The image shows how "future solutions" projects exclude certain people.


Daily vulnerabilities

Fábio Lopes AlvesCascavel - Paraná, Brazil. August 22, 2018.

Image shows a child's willingness to interact with an unknown homeless person


Jumping the puddle

Fernanda Ramirez EspinosaMexico City, Mexico. June 28, 2022.

Photograph taken on the way back from training. We were near the young man's house. It had rained and the roads became steep and difficult to ride on.


Gambling

Leonardo Mora LomelíMexico City, Mexico. September 14, 2021.

In the daily comings and goings, the pedestrian seems to enter into a game between earning a living and keeping it by crossing the roads. At each step, depending on his skill, he gains points or loses life.


 The rules of the game

Leonardo Mora LomelíMexico City, Mexico. September 14, 2021.

The most complex part of this game of mobility is to know how to avoid the vicissitudes of the urban board: players who do not follow the rules, cars that invade turns, instructions that become inaccessible to the neophyte. Vulnerability is the constant. 


Web of danger

Thania Susana Ochoa ArmentaMexico City, Mexico. March 30, 2022.

In the heart of Mexico City's Historic Center, a spider's web of yellow ribbons warns of the danger of a hole in the ground.


Improvised assistants

Victor Hugo GutierrezMexico City, Mexico. December 2019.

Lupita and her companion's journey through the Pantitlán station of the Metro. There are several stairs and no elevator along the transfer between Line 1 and Line A, which makes the infrastructure inaccessible for people with reduced mobility and people with disabilities. Given the lack of accessibility, the solidarity of users is important for Lupita's displacement. 


Accessible in dry

Laura Paniagua ArguedasMexico City, Mexico. May 13, 2021.

Rain is denied in our cities designed and built "dry". Infrastructures stifle the possibilities of movement for people with disabilities.


Heartbeats

Laura Paniagua Arguedas, Cartago, Costa Rica, October 19, 2019.

Cognitive disability presents for the person moments of strong emotions in an enabling world, which generates fears, isolation and discrimination.


Everyday vulnerability

Juan Carlos Rojo CarrascalCuliacán Sinaloa, Mexico. January 23rd, 2009.

This is how children have to cross the street to go to school. Even holding their mother's hand, they run the risk every day to attend a public elementary school in Culiacán.


Warning

Hugo Jose SuarezLa Paz, Bolivia. February 2021.

Faced with an increase in robberies and the inefficiency of the authorities, neighbors are turning to their own law.

Adequacies

Interventions by people with respect to public or vehicular infrastructure, in order to better adapt the practices and services performed or to meet other needs.

Waiting

Reyna Lizeth Hernández Millán, Mexico City, Mexico. March 06, 2022.

At the edge of the periphery, a swing is located at the foot of the railroad tracks.


The king of sound

Reyna Lizeth Hernández Millán, Mexico City, Mexico. November 28, 2021.

In the San Juan market, the statue of a lion watches over the local merchants.


Adaptation

Eduardo Lucio García MendozaOaxaca, Mexico. July 31, 2022.

The young man spinning is a parkour practitioner in Oaxaca, he adapts to the space where he is practicing.

Sneaky reviews

Critical look of passersby on public space, from graffiti, stencils, stickers, always considering that the message is directed to the practice of transit.

Unity is strength

 Frances Paola GarnicaSan Luis Potosi, Mexico. July 2022.

Faced with the threat of the removal of 867 trees, neighbors and activists spoke out against the project, informing about the benefits of the trees.

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