We believe that spatial justice is always performed collectively rather than obtained once and for all; that including voices is useless without enacting the expression of existing capacities; that everyone has the right to access a dignified living environment and social welfare, no matter hir legal status, gender, ethnicity, creed or economic backgrounds; that the 'empowerment' discourse has greatly weakend the citizen control on the city as it has been used to enable the privatization and commodification of public spaces, as well social marginalisation; in the need of monitoring and denouncing human rights violations as the right to the city.
We see the powerful, the have-nots and the ones that have been silenced; potentials of resistance in a joint struggle for our urban spaces and for more just societies; social mobilization initiatives as the ultimate form of participation; the importance to listen each other.
We can help to fundamentally challenge existing relations of power and structural urban inequalities; recognize that knowledge is not always rational but emotional; review the way we produce our theories by including perspective from the many souths of this world; see design as a statement of change; start the change with small but structural interventions; start profound conversations about knowledge production and decolonization; design stronger together; promote equal participation in our projects, positions, approaches; promote the agency of undercover designers.
We pledge to start our work by taking a positionality on a personal and collective level; to open our eyes and see colours all around (racism permeates everything!); to colour our environment by bringing our own worldviews and experiences; to embrace plurality and pluriversality; to denounce any kind of oppressive hegemony; to design for joy and freedom; to embrace conflict rather than prescribing universal consensus; to reframe spatial hierachies.
We recognize that we are not neutral, but politically and emotionally engaged.