The project aims to develop, as a group, an intervention plan for the outside space at Matadero Madrid to resolve its habitability and comfort conditions via proposals based on nature that also participate in a strategy of adaptation to climate change.
Mutant Action is a project curated by Matadero Madrid and elii [architecture office]. In a process that will span over at least two years, it will involve an international group of artists, the Technology Innovation Centre for Human Development at the Madrid Polytechnic University (itdUPM) via Living – Lab (with the Madrid City Council and MIT Center for Collective Intelligence). It will bring together sociologists, anthropologists, architects, geologists, botanists, engineers, designers and a long etcetera at the Madrid Town Hall through the Deputy Directorate General of Energy and Climate Change, and the Directorate General of Intervention in the Urban Landscape and Cultural Heritage.
The grounds of Matadero Madrid, with vast spaces without plants or shade, suffers enormously from extreme temperatures, particularly the heat waves that are occurring increasingly more frequently in Madrid. Matadero Madrid will be the case study for applying nature– based solutions, to thus test adaptation responses to climate change (which may also be used as prototypes applicable to other spaces), in parallel transforming it into a much more pleasant and cooler place.
Via its multiple actions, Acción Mutante aims to investigate how art and design generate types of intelligence that can be shared and let us create more ecological cities. Understanding other ways of conceiving the public space via design, being able to test projects that facilitate the replication of the resulting prototypes and that improve the habitability of the place, are some of the fundamental requirements for building a mutant and hybrid, and perhaps even cyborgs, garden for the 21st century among all agents involved.