Inteligencias Colectivas is a Spain based nonprofit collective that focuses on what it calls the ‘fringe’ of construction practice. Although based in Spain, the Collective draws members and executes projects all over the world. Between the highly mechanized construction of the developed world, and the ancient methods used in less developed societies, there exists an infinite array of blended practices that have their own wisdom. Inteligencias Colectivas, through its online platform, seeks to collect, collate and share these practices that exist between the fully formal and the informal.
Through this information sharing, the group seeks to create a kind of ‘horizontal’ learning system, where practitioners across the world can learn from the improvisation being conducted by their peers in other contexts.
Their work operates at all scales; depending on the context, the group works with furniture, installations, public infrastructure, and architectural scale projects. Projects are usually self initiated by members of the collective, thus ensuring that each project is rooted in a significant local context. The use of found objects and waste streams is heavily emphasized, not only as a budgetary consideration but also as a formative ethos of the group.
The projects are then featured on the collective website, with plans, instructions, narratives and diagrams, so that the strategies involved can be recycled into new projects in other contexts. Their work is perfectly captured by their name: their efforts are done to capture the collective intelligence of a world full of social designers, all working at the grassroots. Learn more at the links below.