Cierzo is a strong wind, characteristic of the city of Zaragoza, that is formed by the difference in temperature between two local air masses - warm and cold. These materialize in the shapes and colors of the logo. They also represent two pockets of water, in memory of the geological origin of the Las Fuentes neighborhood. This area received its name from the lagoons that formed with the floods of the meandering Ebro river.

In MEDS Cierzo this wind will be made up of young artists from all over the world, who will tour the streets, squares, and places of the neighborhood for two weeks to renew the airs of the past.

The urban and architectural context of Las Fuentes neighborhood is highly marked by its industrial origin and service to the core of the city. Both characteristics led to the rise little by little of a neighborhood in which factories coexisted with social housing complexes. These aspects are still present today as the cover of a neighborhood that wants to redefine and update itself, taking advantage of its enormous potential. It is these intentions that encourage us to propose different states of air, of winds, of gales.

MEDS Cierzo has several premises, which aim to help the regeneration of the neighborhood through collaborative projects of architecture, art and design. The common themes are sustainability, aid to local commerce and regeneration of urban spaces among others.

Why Las Fuentes? The average age of the population is very high, since it has always been one of the most populated working-class neighborhoods in the city, but this does not mean that it is not ruled out to reactivate its collaborative and entrepreneurial impetus. It is a neighborhood very involved with social initiatives that try to keep the community and its social ties alive. For all this, MEDS Cierzo has the task of fostering a link between the identity of its people, and young talent, creativity and innovation.
 

 
Zaragoza
 

 
The city of Zaragoza has more than two thousand years of history. The oldest documented population dates from the 7th century BC. There are also the remains of some towns from the end of the Bronze Age, through which Iberians, Romans, Visigoths and Muslims would have passed.

Zaragoza is the capital of Aragon, one of the autonomous communities in the northeast of Spain. To the north of the community are the Pyrenees, a mountain range that acts as a natural border between Spain and France.

Currently, Zaragoza is the fifth largest city in Spain with around 700,000 inhabitants. Traditionally it has been a crossroads and, therefore, a strategic point in the transport of goods and people between the main Spanish cities of Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia and Bilbao.

Geographically Zaragoza is located in the center of the Ebro river valley, in a semi-arid and basically flat area.

In 2008, Zaragoza hosted the International Exhibition (EXPO) whose thematic axis was 'Water and sustainable development' and which attracted a large number of visitors to the capital of the Ebro. This also meant that the river received special attention to improve the condition of the river banks and various areas of the city.

Among the attractions include the experience of going for tapas in the Tubo old town after discovering unique places like the Basilica del Pilar, the Mudejar palace of the Aljafería, or the museums of the ancient Roman city.

 
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Tutors
WHO ARE WE LOOKING FOR-03
WHO ARE WE LOOKING FOR

We are looking for tutors to give their creative vision for the proposed projects and guide the realisation of their project with the participants at the workshop! Check our tutor pack to get the briefing and find some inspiration!
8 PROJECTS-03
8 PROJECTS

A project is a collaboration guided by the tutor but opens for the input of the participants. In this edition of MEDS we are aiming to build 8 projects throughout the neighborhood of Las Fuentes in Zaragoza.The main topic of the individual workshop depends on its location, but they all revolve around the concept of wind as renovation tool.
TUTOR CALL-03
TUTOR CALL

The Tutor Call is open!!! We are waiting for your applications. Apply and send us your application form!
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TUTOR PACK

Download the pdf:Tutor Pack with all important info about MEDS Cierzo workshops, locations, and projects themes. Check info about the Tutor Call calendar and design criteria!
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