What tools do you think you have to offer the community and which other tools do you need? What aspects of the public space where we live do you think need to be changed? Would it make sense to make a map of "citizen priorities"? Do models exist for all of this? Could they be applied to our current context? How can we make the contradictions serve as seeds of change instead of paralyzing us?

In sum: how can we facilitate the transfer of social innovation to the public space?

#Greenvia is a project that aims to reconsider and work on urban space as shared space for citizens. It aims to serve as an incentive for the transfer of social innovation processes, generated by practices related to citizen initiatives, to the public space. The work process will be applied to possibilities for carrying out these initiatives along Madrid's river.

The project begun with the workshop Transfers of social innovation to the public space. Its goal is to foster consultation and participation processes that listen to and assist physician forms of organization and self-organization, highlighting knowledge production and community experience in decision-making processes that configure the public sphere. A digital publication will collect the workshop results and the taxonomies of participating initiatives and a viral, transversal documentation space on the entire project will lend visibility to the work results and processes.

A project by

Vivero de iniciativas ciudadanas




Alba Balmaseda
Guadalupe Hernández
Arántzazu Luzárraga
Carlos Ruíz
Mauro Gil-Fournier
Miguel Jaenicke
Esaú Acosta

Image credits

Creative Commons


Photo by Philip Mak


Born in La Coruña, Spain, in 1985. Graduated as an architect from the Polytechnic University of Madrid in 2010. Granted with the Erasmus program in La Sapienza University of Rome in 2007. Diploma Thesis rated as outstanding and winner of a National Prize in 2011. Secured a Master’s Degree in Advanced Architectural Projects at the Polytechnic University of Madrid in September 2011. 

Combines the practice of architecture with academic research and teaching. Collaborated actively with Irisarri+Piñera Architects, Vivero de Iniciativas Ciudadanas (VIC) and Anupama Kundoo Architects. Developed academic research and teaching at Vastu Shilpa Foundation in Amhedabad, University of Nairobi, Tokyo Wonder Site, University IUAV Venice, KAKD Copenhagen or TU Berlin.

Co-founder of the BarrioBalmaseda studio which ran from 2014 to 2020. Since 2020 she has started a new architectural practice focused on design, teaching and research. Currently Guest Assistant Professor at Stuttgart School of Architecture and Planning and PhD candidate at Roma Tre University Department of Architecture. 


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