Maria del Carmen Mota Utanda


The city is primarily a public space as it is both a condition and an expression of its citizens. It is the environment where citizens can and should feel as such: free, equal and different. It is where society is performed, where it represents itself and is shown as a community that cohabitates and shows its contradictions, disputes and differences.
The city is where collective memory is created and where all the different identities emerge. For this reason, this is the ideal location for Humanae. The faces of thousands of citizens crowding halls and museums to conquer the squares. From the streets of a marginalized neighborhood in Málaga - Spain, or the Rotary Praça in São Paulo - Brazil,  to a building at United Nations Habitat III and the entrance of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Humanae uses public space to involve citizens from all over the planet in a global dialogue.


How to Cite
Mota Utanda, M. del C. (2018) “From sidewalk ballet to defending the city”, The Journal of Public Space, 3(2), pp. 97–114. doi: 10.32891/jps.v3i2.1111.
Art and Activism
Author Biography

Maria del Carmen Mota Utanda, Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha

Carmena Mota graduated in the Higher Technical School of Architecture (Madrid 2002) and she got her PhD in Territory, Infrastructures and Environment with International Honours (2013). Her activity focuses on urban planning, continuing with her work performed as an intern of the Professional Association of Architects of Madrid at “Ezquiaga, Arquitectura, Sociedad y Territorio”, and as an employee thereof until 2005. She works now as a freelancer and participates in a series of prestigious projects such as the “Strategic Plan of the Island of Menorca” (Spanish Prize for Urban Planning and EU Prize for Planning) or the “Madrid Landscape Plan”, commissioned by the City Council.
She is a professor at the School of Architecture of Toledo and stayed in other universities (Basilicata, Cantabria...). She participates in a large number of international seminars, she has been a member of the Scientific Committee and chaired several international seminars. She coordinates the Cuenca Urban Observatory -the UN recognised it as a collaborating entity- and has also published a large number of research papers. She participates as an “expert” of the Urban Planning Commission of the Regional Government and in of the Cultural Heritage Commission. She participates in commissions of experts of the Professional Association of Architects on Housing Plans and the amendment of the Law on Territory Planning.