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What we propose is a prototype for the inventive use of available space.

In our view, the cur­rent mech­a­nisms of city mak­ing and man­age­ment sti­fle the poten­tial and pos­si­bil­i­ties for spon­ta­neous appro­pri­a­tion and inven­tion by all those who live or inter­act with these spaces on a dai­ly basis. For both pub­lic and pri­vate urban plan­ners, the city’s users are often sim­ply an inter­face; they are seen as con­sumers or ben­e­fi­cia­ries, but rarely as co-pro­duc­ers.

We are work­ing to help bring about a shift in this atti­tude, to empow­er every­one to become a “local co-pro­duc­er” of the day-to-day urban expe­ri­ence. This means mak­ing bet­ter use of our exist­ing forms of cohab­i­ta­tion, of accept­ing to trust in the pres­ence of oth­ers to cre­ate a nat­ur­al rela­tion­ship of reci­procity between every­one and every­thing.

From urban waste­lands to vacant lots or those in tran­si­tion, Yes We Camp is able to ini­ti­ate a part­ner­ship pro­to­col that allows for these avail­able spaces to become, for a giv­en peri­od of time, places that encour­age exper­i­men­ta­tion and inven­tion in an attempt to respond to a broad range of ambi­tions: local pro­duc­tion, wel­com­ing the most vul­ner­a­ble, cre­at­ing a rela­tion­ship with the liv­ing, the devel­op­ment of appren­tice­ships, artis­tic cre­ation, col­lab­o­ra­tive projects and more.