One of those days: A bamboo bridge in Davao City, Philippines

Four community associations from Davao City, in Barangay 74-A, make up a collective network called the Matina Crossing Communities Federation Inc (BMFCI). Mainly, they live along the Pangi River, which floods regularly destroying locally made bridges and blocking people’s way to get around their neighbourhood and access the rest of the city, more importantly schools, hospitals and often, their workplace.

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Chess, Life & the City: from Bogotá to Geneva

Do you know how to play chess? Some people would classify it as an ‘intellectual’ game. Apparently chess is very much like life, it teaches you to think, plan, organise your thoughts, and take action. “The modern game—essentially unchanged now for about 500 years—is perfectly designed to stretch the human mind to its outermost limits,…

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The memory is on the walls: Bogotá, Colombia

“Bogotá is a city that speaks through its walls. A city were silenced voices speak…” says an article in El Tiempo. IDARTES, the District Institute of the Arts, supports mural painting and graffiti collectives through an innovative approach to remember the country’s turbulent history, recognising the terrible realities that many were and continue to be forced…

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Re-imagining spaces in the city: Clear out or collaborate?

(Leer en Español….) Somewhere today, on the streets of northern Bogotá, Jhonatan sells what Colombians know as ‘arepas’. They are delicious maize pancake-like things that are split through the middle and stuffed with cheese, ham and scrambled eggs, at your command. They are usually quite cheap, no more than $3,000 COL ($1.00 USD), depending on what…

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