The museum of protest was my thesis project. It was a project that took us one year to develop. The first six months were urban development with a team of 24 people. We were given a 350-hectare space to develop a master plan to create new parks, roads, public and private buildings. The intention was to reactivate a site in the town of San Miguel de Allende.
After the first six months, we got to choose a partner, and each pair had to choose a space to develop fully. My partner and I wanted the museum. We thought it has a flexible program with a stretch relation with the city. By becoming a public space, we consider it could become a force of change, generating social impact.
The 350-hectare polygon is located in the town of San Miguel de Allende, inside of the state of Guanajuato. It is in the heart of the country, and it has been awarded as the most beautiful town in Mexico.
The project intends to rehabilitate an area. A 350-hectare polygon was divided into 50 different spaces — each space with a specific function for the master plan.
We proposed to build more schools in the intended space; universities, high schools, and kindergartens. We created housing next to schools to promote education — a grid for public transport that goes into the city and to the outskirts.
In the original landscape, there was a landing pit for small planes; we decided to keep the landing pit to function as an extension of a medical center next to the place we intervene. However, we also use the longitude of the landing pit to create a park. This park connects the museum with the library and with the universities. It is next to the central plaza that connects a market and the Bibliothek.
To protest is not to be conceived as a manifestation of violence, but rather as the courageous act of confronting ideas that oppress the development of the people.
Museum of protest arises from a San Miguel de Allende, which was part of a Mexican fight for independence. It emerges from a city whose people sought to defend their rights 200 years ago. A city that today has a social inequality index higher than the average in Mexico
By generating public space, the Museum of Protest provides a social platform that triggers dialogue that would usually remain unspoken. it is a democratic place that strengthens social bonds by raising critical issues that foster the growth of the community
We live in a regeneration cycle of growth as the result of constant fights. From every resolution, new catalysts arrive, and in this permanent revolution of stages, it is essential the protest.
We can divide the action to protest in 4 different stages. The first one detonates something in the people, the second one involves a conspiracy, the third one is the actual protest, and the last one is the resolution.
The red color of the museum resembles violence and war, but also, it is related to love and passion. We found both traits in the act of protest itself.
The columns around the museum act as entrance and as a shield from the outside world. It welcomes everyone that wants to have a stand for their beliefs, in a place where they can feel safe.
The museum is divided into four different spaces; each space represents a stage of the protest.
To detonate is something that can trigger an action or process, that’s the definition, that is our goal. To make the artist feel uncomfortable in the space by letting a critical amount of natural into the white space, mixed with the overwhelming hight.
The conspiracy is a process in which you know what is happening in the world around you, but the world does not know what you are plotting, and that is our intention. To make the artist feel secure and cozy in low sealings and dark spaces, but as you walk through, you see everything that is happening outside without compromising your secrecy.
The Protest is an open act for the world to see and hear. The artist is shouting to the world what they are fighting for in a high space in the center of the central plaza without any protection to the adversities of the weather — only their will to stand for what they believe.
After the protest, the user starts a walk down deep into the layers of the protest itself emerging right beneath it, in a peaceful place with a ray of light in the center. This is the resolution after the protest itself, here lies the achievement and the promise of a better world.
The museum stands for social justice, its architecture shelters a nucleus of innovative notions that protest against ideas that hinder development and growth. To protest is understood as a fundamental part of human evolution, it redefines the status quo.
The central plaza of the museum acts as a space to express. It can work as a plaza to celebrate civic duty, to expose art, or to relax a Sunday morning.