Street games

Street games

Architect
LIGA DE LA PARTIDA URBANA (LPU)
Location
Venezuela, Jordan, Italy
Project Year
2010
Category
Exhibitions

Street games

LIGA DE LA PARTIDA URBANA (LPU) as Architects

LPU is a multidisciplinary young collective set up in Caracas in 2010. Its background is related to Architecture, Sociology and Audio-visual communication, reason why the collective is always in search of generating hands-on projects with a positive impact not only seen spatially but socially, facilitating tools to local residents to become active change makers.


LPU’s mission is to reclaim public space, to support vulnerable communities in reasserting their right to the city, and to spur creativity by taking cues from the model of informal street games seen in the barrios of Venezuela and beyond. The technique used is a series of cheap, spontaneous urban interventions made with paint and geometric shapes that look beyond the rules imposed by the city to construct space and identity as an outgrowth of play and community, creating social cohesion at the street level.


LPU empowers individuals and community groups to make a positive change to their surroundings; Both the player and the viewer are converted into urban actors, being the action of playing part of the intervention, as well as the appropriation of the space and the socialisation among children and teenagers from different backgrounds.


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