36. I want to swim in my river, The Machangara Beach

Location: La Alameda Park

The project will set up a beach on the shore of Laguna La Alameda Park, with reference to the main river of Quito: the Machángara River. Like almost all the rivers of the cities, these waters are densely polluted refraining most of the citizens to enjoy again the pleasure to swim its waters. With typical Brazilian parasols and beach chairs, this event will propose playful open public space to the citizens to rescue a long forgotten dream. In addition to this, the place will be equipped with inflatable bubbles that will make experience the water feeling without getting wet, and a projection space with images about the appropriation of urban rivers will be also showcased. This project advocates for the citizens’ appropriation of natural urban and public spaces promoting sustainable urban development with irony and participation.