Recetas Urbanas is a design and advocacy collective of architects, lawyers and social workers led by Spanish architect Santiago Cirugeda and Alice Attout, who joined in 2008. The collective is based in Seville, Spain and brings to life self-built projects that rely on local participation to realise mobile structures using locally sourced, second and third-hand materials. Their work activates different areas of urban reality globally, from creating temporary sites for community discussion with shipping containers and architectural prostheses, to implementing new social housing models in collaboration with local governments. These projects are highly functional yet legally provocative, often challenging the lawfulness surrounding the occupation of public space.
Since its founding in 2003, Recetas Urbanas has worked internationally with over 2,500 individuals, hailing from different social backgrounds, abilities and ages. They have undertaken collaborative projects around the world including Usted está aquí, Fundación Luis Seoane, A Coruña and MUSAC, León (2018); Basilea, Art Basel with Creative Time (2018); Montaña Verde, Antwerp Baroque Festival (2018); The Right to Illegality, Venice Biennale of Architecture (2016); and HoW – House of Words, Gothenburg International Biennial for Contemporary Arts (2015), amongst others.