X for Plataforma 06600

06600 Plataforma ist ein Kollektiv von Anwohnern, das sich als Antwort auf die zunehmende Gentrifizierung im Stadtteil Juarez, Mexiko City zusammengefunden hat. Um dem Kollektiv Sichtbarkeit zu verleihen, wurde an ihrem üblichen Versammlungsort, dem Plaza Giordano Bruno ein auffälliges „Kommunikations-Tool“ errichtet. Ein großes, rotes „X“ wurde aufgestellt und markiert den Treffpunkt der Gruppe. Darüber hinaus dient es auch als Schwarzes Brett um Informationen zu Teilen.

Neighbors in the Mexico City district Juárez formed an incredibly well organized heterogeneous group called 06600 Plataforma y Observartorio Vecinal de la Colonia Juarez several years ago in response to the growing gentrification of the area. They meet regularly at the plaza Giordano Bruno to discuss local issues, to help each other with everyday problems and to organize political and social efforts to resist gentrification. In several meetings the Public Design Support learned about their activities and needs. Among other things they lacked a physical communication tool at the plaza Giordano Bruno even though being intensively connected via social media and through direct interaction with other members of the community. Furthermore, they wanted an object that would materialize their presence at the space without excluding the other users of this dynamic and multifaceted park. The design of the meeting space/ message board is composed of a wooden X marking the plaza, with metal posts and plastic buckets filled with cement to serve as the foundation and a steel grid to hang stuff. It defines the space as a place for neighborhood intervention while making it possible to hang, post or write information in a highly visible space that allows for reaching other members of the community.