I imagine cities in which urban spaces and city-making processes are truly accessible to citizens. Building on the experience of public space occupations, open-source planning and critical urban design methodologies, such as pattern languages, placemaking and community charrettes, I developed the participatory methods, planning-in-situ (i.e. planning the space from the space and in real time) and open planning (i.e. the planning process is potentially open to anyone who wants to participate). To achieve this, we need to create platforms to collaborate, brainstorm and think out loud about the democratization of citymaking and the (applied) right to the city.
Silvano is an architect, urbanist and educator. He teaches at Concordia University, after having taught at Cornell University, and universities of Tamaulipas and Anahuac in Mexico. For 15 years, his research has focused on public space and the study of alternative uses, such as street vending, graffiti, public assembly and protest, as design/planning agents. As a result of this research, he went on to study a PhD at Cornell University, and wrote his dissertation on alternative planning processes in the context of protest encampments in horizontal social movements. He did research and participated in the Indignados mobilizations in Barcelona, Occupy Wall Street and other social movements in 2011 and 2012. Building on this experience he founded CitiesXCitizens. Additionally, he coordinates brainstorming/ reading circles on critical theory, philosophy and cinema to develop strategies to democratize everyday life in the city.