On July 21st, the first workshop was held with the students of the school 15005. This school is located in front of intervention area. Within the activities of the workshop, the girls identified their emotions regarding different points of the zone. For example, they related their school and the parks that are not in bad condition with emotions of joy, happiness, or affection. Meanwhile, they associated areas that are littered with garbage or where they feel unsafe with sadness, anger, rage or fear. In addition, they expressed their ideas for the park through drawings. The participants emphasized how much they appreciate their school and the desire to have a clean, safe, and playful space in front of it.
To include the younger population is important for the development of the project in order to have a diverse perspective of the users of the space. “If we plan the space considering the younger population, it ensures the continuity of the project because they will be the future citizens in charge of the well-being of their community,” explains Daniela Zavala Salazar, a member of the local City Lab Piura team. By knowing the conflict or safety zones, the MGI team will be able to propose transformation strategies that convert the negative emotions associated with the area into positive ones.