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Idea by

Madlen Anipsitaki & Simon Riedler

MASI Collective

https://reddehilos.wordpress.com/

18, Stael street, Paris, France
Young duo of a Greek architect and a French sociologist, MASI aims to strengthen social bonds on a local scale through an urban scenography changing everyday life. Every actor can appropriate their installations, sometimes strange, often playful, but always unexpected. In 2018-2019, they are implementing in various cities the project "A Thread Network in the Urban Fabric". Their results contribute to a "tactile architecture" and a "human sized" urban planning.

A Thread Network in the Urban Fabric


Co-creating a new materialized social network

A Thread Network in the Urban Fabric


Co-creating a new materialized social network
Connecting local actors of a neglected site through the collective creation and appropriation of a network they make with threads.
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Type of project
  • New areas of operation

Today, with virtual social networks, we can easily be connected with people from the other side of the world. Yet, sometimes we do not know our own neighbors and live in highly segregated cities. How can we materialize and reinforce the network of social bonds?

Our answer is a "Thread network" co-created by local actors. In a problematic (neglected, dangerous, isolated...) site, we install sculptures-bobbins of threads that the people unroll to create connexions among them and with urban elements, in a spontaneous manner. The results prove that this urban scenography reveals the needs of the site and of its users, therefore it is a tool for urban planning. The "Thread network" empowers the users of the site to be not only participants but actors of the analysis, activation, revalorization stages of urban planning.

The thread network has already supported formal or informal urban plannings in Guatemala City, San José (CR), Lima, Valparaíso, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.



Imaginary projection of the "thread source", Paris, March 2018

Alejandro O. Cano dancing with the threads, Barrio Amon, San José (Costa Rica), 3 august 2018

1st day of the Thread network during the FIETPO Festival, Lima, 12 august 2018

3rd day of the Thread network in Plaza Echaurren, Valparaíso, 5 october 2018

7th day of the Thread network in Jardim Damasceno, São Paulo, 5 november 2018

A Thread Network in the Urban Fabric


Co-creating a new materialized social network

A Thread Network in the Urban Fabric


Co-creating a new materialized social network
Connecting local actors of a neglected site through the collective creation and appropriation of a network they make with threads.
File under
Type of project
  • New areas of operation

Today, with virtual social networks, we can easily be connected with people from the other side of the world. Yet, sometimes we do not know our own neighbors and live in highly segregated cities. How can we materialize and reinforce the network of social bonds?

Our answer is a "Thread network" co-created by local actors. In a problematic (neglected, dangerous, isolated...) site, we install sculptures-bobbins of threads that the people unroll to create connexions among them and with urban elements, in a spontaneous manner. The results prove that this urban scenography reveals the needs of the site and of its users, therefore it is a tool for urban planning. The "Thread network" empowers the users of the site to be not only participants but actors of the analysis, activation, revalorization stages of urban planning.

The thread network has already supported formal or informal urban plannings in Guatemala City, San José (CR), Lima, Valparaíso, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.



Imaginary projection of the "thread source", Paris, March 2018

Alejandro O. Cano dancing with the threads, Barrio Amon, San José (Costa Rica), 3 august 2018

1st day of the Thread network during the FIETPO Festival, Lima, 12 august 2018

3rd day of the Thread network in Plaza Echaurren, Valparaíso, 5 october 2018

7th day of the Thread network in Jardim Damasceno, São Paulo, 5 november 2018


Idea by

Madlen Anipsitaki & Simon Riedler
MASI Collective
18, Stael street
Paris
France
Young duo of a Greek architect and a French sociologist, MASI aims to strengthen social bonds on a local scale through an urban scenography changing everyday life. Every actor can appropriate their installations, sometimes strange, often playful, but always unexpected. In 2018-2019, they are implementing in various cities the project "A Thread Network in the Urban Fabric". Their results contribute to a "tactile architecture" and a "human sized" urban planning.