The absense of the state. Privatisation of the public domain is a big thing in Peru. The metropolitan area of Lima has dealt with massive invasions on the edges of the town. The edges are pushed higher up the hills and further away from the centre. Most of the time it is public space that is invaded for this large and massive process of rapid urbanization, also know as spontaneous city making. The last forty years Lima has changed dramatically in shape and seize but also in type of residents. A massive migration took place from rural parts in Peru, the jungle and the Andes bringing countryside people in the megapolis. In the existing town we can see another phenomena, the privatisation of public spaces for commercial purposses. In this case we focus on the coastalzone/ seadike (Barranco) of the district Barranco. Many old type of buildings have been replaced by enormous appartment complexes separating the ocean from the common people. White and shiny architecture for 'La Gente Nice'. The whole cliff is private and a good view on the ocean is rare. There is hardly any good quality public space left, to enjoy place and view. Accept for some steep terraces near the walkway the 'Puente de los Suspiros', or Bridge of Sighs.
There are some green fields being municipality property but currently invaded by greedy restaurant owners like 'Javier'. They took the land and planted trees and flowers. Now he think it is his property. We make a plan and a facebook page, with local citizens. We call the action Invasion Civica because with a cultural 'Picnic Abierto' we program the space like a public space and are to confront the current caretaker that it is not HIS land but OURS. The case is very clear but...Will the authorities be on our side??