[RE]CLAIM [UN]USED LAND
Rural Strategy / Mapping / Advocacy
Parsons The New School of Design
De Justicia and the support of La Universidad Nacional de Colombia
2017 - In course
See the kit in issuu here
Physical and political action to appropriate a space.
Retrieve or recover (something previously lost)
·un·used · land
\ ˌən-ˈyüzd \ ˈland \
Contested public rural property that, even though, according to law should be adjudicated to peasants with little or no land, have been appropriated violently by more powerful groups.
* Use of brackets indicates that is not unused.
Systemic strategy to [re]claim [un]used land and
collectively re-purpose it to strengthen peasant
economies fostering participation by co-designing and co-govern rural commons.
*Commons is understood as collective pool of
This project explores strategies of co-governance to strengthen collaborative peasant communities in the Colombian post-conflict.
Today Colombia faces a political momentum. The peace agreement between the government and FARC-EP (the biggest guerrilla group) was signed in 2016 and intends to amend the socio-economic disparities that caused the conflict. Within its guide lines it tries to increase administrative power and ensure political participation of disenfranchised peasant communities.
Exploring the model of Community Land Trusts, this thesis proposed a strategy to:
Identify national land that can be transfered to peasant groups;
Identify which peasant groups are already working on the right to the territory and how governmental agencies can include them in decision making; and
Develop participatory strategies to collectively design collaborative economies.
This work is the result of a collective work with DeJusticia a Colombia-based NGO that focuses on strengthening the rule of law and promoting human rights.
As a result of a one year work we developed a methodology to analyze which plots have been irregularly given to rich land owners and which ones could potentially become CTLs. Additionally I developed a participatory design kit to guide a conversation on how peasant economies can be supported in the Colombian post-conflict.
LINKING WITH EXISTING NETWORKS
Within the Peace agreement signed in 2016 between the Colombian Government and FARC-EP in the upcoming years a land bank will be created with the purpose of redistribute land.
Taking into account that more than 60% of the land in Colombia is private,