Gonzalo Herrero Delicado, cofounder with Maria Jose Marcos of the consultancy dot agency for architectural affairs, examines the recession’s effect on architecture in Spain, where small-scale interventions, community action and ‘disobedience’ are giving the discipline a political edge
In 2011 the Occupy movement catalysed unrest and the will for change in locations from Seattle to South East Asia while across the sea from Spain, northern African countries experienced the upheaval and resulting political and social changes commonly labelled the Arab Spring. Despite their intricate and contested narratives, the Arab Spring and Occupy can be crudely categorised as collective movements of large-scale social protest. The primary goal of Occupy seems to have been one of flattening hierarchies, and building towards a more evenly distributed social culture. Its first expression on any real scale in Europe was in Spain, when the so-called Indignados took over some of the most iconic public spaces in the country and created loci in which to vocalize collective dissent.