The Common House
Last March we left the streets to lock ourselves at home for a common good. As the days and weeks went by, we saw in each of our homes the inconveniences and possibilities, not only of the space we inhabited but also of the life we led. Without realizing it, we started a journey towards a new future of the public. What was previously a private space, now became a public space, materialized in video calls and virtual meetings from a home that until now had remained in the privacy of each person.
Public space has to do, in part, with the classic definition of a public agora, “space where very different people try to deal with the common” according to curator Ingrid Guardiola. A traditionally physical space that has exponentially moved into the virtual in recent months, giving relationships a new dimension.
From our homes and through a screen we have celebrated, remembered, and taken care of ourselves. In short, we have built a new space between all and every one in which to live differently the common. And it is that public space is also about that, of building in the community, equally.
In April we asked ourselves: can you imagine a common house built with the sum of all our homes? From there the project “La Casa Común” was born, through which we invited all interested people to send a drawing of the floor plan of the space where they were spending more time these days. We have received more than 120 (thank you), and with the sum of all the homes, we have created a common home.
From Madrid, Bilbao, Bordeaux, Barcelona, Niamey, Rascafría, Dakar, Villazón, Puerto de Santa María, Cangas del Narcea, Tiznit, Douala, Brussels, Tetouan, Panama, El Salvador, Sheffield, Cassis, Maputo, Guatemala, Lima, Seoul, Atenas, Tours, Nouakchott, Pobla del Segur, Washington DC, etc. We have built a new public space, born from the hospitality of the home to share our common problems, from which to design other practices that re-enchant and re-symbolize the public spaces of the common.
A common house that is presented as a reflection of the future that we want to live, in which the possibilities of other worlds are reflected, not only possible but urgent and necessary. A house in which the importance of the public, of the community, and, of course, of the ability to imagine together for a common good is manifested.
Welcome to a shared future.
Marina P. Villarreal
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Design and layout of the poster for La Casa Común: Kalina Virovska
This Common House is made with the houses of David y Susana , Carmen , Ángel, Marta y Nico, Laura y César, Carmen , Ali, Elena, Pablo, Xabi, Stephanie, Adrián, Conchi, Lorwana, Alberto, Ricardo, Marina, Meryem, Jara, Ana, Oihana, Elise, Friki, Ismael, Jeanne+Baptiste+Marius, Amanda, Icar, Carmen, M’barek , María, Henry, Ismael y Vanessa, Lucas, Kalina, Daniel y Ana, Julia, Agustina, María, Marimar, Marta (M’tita), Clara y Martina, Sol y Martina, Lis, Isabel, Bea, Nerys, África, Claudia, Elisa, Eloisa, Ane, Ana, Ana, Maria, Candela, Andre, Matteo, Ana Raquel, Maria, Rosa, Sofía, Luna y Rafael, Ana, Ary, Irene y Aitor, Ane , Enrique, Tina, Fatoumata, Ana y Alex, Monza, Jimena, Laura, Amadou, Txelu, Asier, Mbaye, Daniela, Amelie, Gabriela, Paco, Iris, Elia, ArtsFemmes, Mauro, Adrián, Lara, Raia, Aida, Virginia + Giovanni, Sandy, CK, Fernanda, Marta, Carlos , Elysia, Grace, Nicole, Ruben, Artemi, Katya+Ivan+Lua+Nina, Peter Cook, Aritz, Arme, Mamadou, Karine+Philippine+Olimpie, Julia, Claudia, Marina, Natou, Marina, Adrian, Fernando, Majo, Yoana, Diego, Socorro, Sara, Gilbert, Yoly, Anahi, Ana and Kiara.
The Common House is located in Madrid, Bilbao, Bourdeau, Barcelona, Niamey, Rascafría, Dakar, Villazón, Puerto de Santa María, Bamako, Cangas del Narcea, Tiznit, Douala, Bruselas, Tetouan, Panamá, El Salvador, Limés, Sheffield, Cassis, Maputo, Guatemala, Lima, Seúl, Atenas, Tours, Nouakchott, Pobla del Segur, Washington DC, Oviedo, Nyom, México, Gandiol, Bergara, Sofía, Seúl, Trubia, Londres, Burdeos, Sestao, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Clisson, Sant Cugat del Vallès, San Juan de Lurigancho, Montbrun-Bocage, Lagos, A Coruña, Segovia, Manila, Leganés, Sao Paulo….