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Episode 5 | Flirting with Illegality

Santiago Cirugeda - Spain’s 'Guerrilla Architect’ - explains how he challenges urban authority and makes neighborhoods work for everyone.

Episode 5 | Flirting with Illegality

About Recetas Urbanas
Santiago Cirugeda is the founder and principal of Recetas Urbanas (Urban Recipes), a design & advocacy collective of architects, lawyers and social workers based in Seville, Spain.

Recetas Urbanas was founded in 2004 to promote the well-being of city residents against a bureaucratic framework that favored investment and development over community life. The group’s activities include building cheap ‘condos’ on rooftops, attaching micro-apartments to scaffolding or placing them on stilts in alleyways, and disassembling buildings slated for demolition and reassembling them into arts centers.

Recetas Urbanas is a Curry Stone Foundation Social Design Circle Honoree. Read more about it here.


Social Design Insights would like to thank all those who make our weekly show possible: Baruch Zeichner, our sound engineer, Donna Read, for producing our video content, and Taryn Turner, Director of the Curry Stone Foundation, for pulling everything together.