Mapping Lisbon gentrification processes
Jeux Sans Frontières at Sound Development City Summer Expedition 2013
Together with urban geographers Transições Urbanas and graphic designer Marco Balesteros we worked on the crafting of a map. We wanted to map out the huge transformations the city of Lisbon is currently going trough.
Just in downtown area, the so-called ‘Baixa Pombalina’ around 13 hotels are being made and there is a plan for more than 30 hotels for the entire downtown part of the city. Evicting older inhabitants there is a process of so-called mega gentrification going on, with global corporations acquiring entire blocks for speculative purposes.
The idea of doing this map comes in the continuation of the very core of our own collaboration, as our first work together was a walking tour in New York at the 16Beaver Group inside the 10 days event “The crisis of everything everywhere”, where we mapped out all the different places New York General Assembly thought of occupying before have chosen Zuccoti park. The walk and the elaboration of the map have performative aspects, which we see as instruments to interact/understand better the local context. The map will be included in JFS #2, as topological questions are very important for the theoretical bases of the Magazine and maps were already included in JFS #1. As we saw in New York, a walk to specific places can be a potent instrument to open up the discussion and exchange of information and experiences.