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PICO Colectivo

PICO is a multi-disciplinary design collective co-founded in 2011. Their work focuses on political interventions in popular neighborhood gathering spaces, with the belief that architecture—and the resulting structures, is not an end it in itself. The process of thinking through how people will interact with a space is just as important.

PICO focuses on projects that promote social empowerment through a democratic process for decision-making, one that allows communities to create their own urban policies and local norms through popular assembly.

They begin their process by connecting with neighborhood groups interested in development. Sites chosen for intervention are often oddly-shaped or on hillsides; areas that are neglected by conventional development schemes. Through their community-based process, PICO challenges assumptions about what can be done with territory, and what can be transformed through existing community assets.

Their practice is also heavily focused on the creative use of reclaimed materials from a variety of industries; critically examining how extraordinary spaces can be created with the ordinary.

Active members of PICO include Karina Domínguez, José Bastidas, Ana Karina Vielma, Adriano Pastorino, Bárbara Saman, Emanuel Bueno, María Isabel Ramírez, Manuel Coronel and Stevenson Piña.