YO♥M30. I LOVE M30


M-30 works: The stage is unique, unexplainable and majetic. It deserves an in-depth recognition. The pharaonic idea of chaging a city almost completely constitutes a good portrait of the current urban policies. The progress of the works, more and more catastrofic, expensive and pharaonic, as open wounds in the land, deserve to be documented before they are forgotten. However, is not only about critizing the proper works as well as focusing on the reform of M-30. When the project to be carried out has sense the works are unavoidable and a lesser evil, but the project in which we are on is probably the most representative example of a stake in the use of private vehicles in Madrid.

Due to these reasons, the only method we found to approach the nonsense of the most popular ring road of the city, like characters of aFellini movie in an apocalyptic movie set, areaciega andBasurama organized a visit in a turistic cabriolet bus around the M-30 works. We got on it with many other people that wanted to check out the great black hole of the mayor Gallardón, looking for that treasure, candy of the big construction companies of the country. From a height of 4 meters, looking over the fence, the works showed as its maximus splendor.

The objective was not other than to make people think with a performatic and carnival-like attitude regarding a surrealist project (it´s not obvious that the reasons behind the project are purely urbanistic or in the interest of the citizens). And of course, to get ahead of the FUTURE and to be the first tourist that visit which in a few years will be the most visited touristic attraction of Europe. Among such peculiar tourists were famous scholars, local activist, environmental engineers, architects aware of the project of the park (the green mat) that will cover the tunnels, a representative from the political party Izquierda Unida that accompained the MEPs when they came to evaluate the project, as well as many other people from multiple fields, plus two musicians that entertained playing live jazz.

The tour started at the entrance of the south by-passin Méndez Álvaro street, and finished in Plaza Castilla, including the towers over Ciudad Deportiva of Real Madrid as an exclusive view courtesy of our travel agency. The tour highlighted the most hardest hit area, between Puente de Praga and Puente de Segovia, authentic battlegrounds. Along the tour were mentioned the construction companies that won the public bids to carry out the works, as well as the theoretical cost of their contracts. When the bus got closer, the workers happily gret the tourists, which celebrated overjoyed the  reception offered by the inhabitants of the works, which were denominated by José Luis Córdoba as an “system with a life of its own”. Like in every great tour, the hostess signalled to the tourists the best places to take pictures as souvenirs and there was a stop to buy typical products.

The touristic trip to the M30 works in Madrid took place on September, 17th of 2006 in a cabriolet double-decker bus M-30 and organized byareaciega and Basurama. Production by SauroPixels.

A preview was made in 2006 in Ladinamo. The 2.0 version was released on internet on January, 22nd of 2007.

Many years later, we wrote a text about M-30 that can be read in the text section.

Aditional information.

The following links give additional information about M-30 thatBasuramaAreaciega have used:

Other related links

A list of links related to the topic.

  • Video of Gallardón visiting the tunnels of M-30(elmundo.es) with the engineer Manolo Melis.
  • comwhere the aereal pictures of the original M-30 can be compared with (YahooMaps) the M-30 current ones (Google Maps).
  • Plataforma M-30del Foro por la Movilidad sostenible de Madrid many other people before us, have documented in greater depth the problems of the works, such as the platform  M30 No más coches (cars no more).
  • The project in the webpage of Madrid City Council munimadrid.es.
  • Article by Ramón López de Lucio: M-30 reform: ¿What is the green ideology hiding?.
  • In the following webpage all kind of details abou procedures, budgets and other technical details about “La locura de la M-30” (“The Madness of M-30” can be found carreteros.org.

Ice Breaker

Action developed for Antipodes Café in Oslo, Norway

In order to celebrate the bicentennial of “Instructions of the Year XIII“, the mandate brought by the representatives from the Oriental Province to the Assembly of the Year XIII of the United Provinces of the River Plate, that got together in 1813, Felipe Ridao, uruguayan artist migrated to Norway, proposed himself as the executor of the instructions that some friends send him over by mail.

We send him the instructions to make an ice semisphere, draw a map of the Arctic Ccean in the wall of their home- gallery and invite some friends over to “break the ice”. It was one of the first public actions happening in Antipodes Café, and norwegians are known to be cold. For both reasons, it seemed like a good idea in that time, try to break the ice. On those dates, Norway and Russia were signing a treaty to divide the uses and explotation of uses of the Arctic Ocean.

On April 3rd, from 20h., a few brave men and women drank the Arctic Ocean together with Vodka and Akvavit.

a Dress for Lady Gaga

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The idea was born after loading Raquel’s car with thousands of earphones assigned by Renfe (Spanish Railway Company) to carry out a reuse workshop coordinated by basurama and entupunto.

We were astonished when we realized that the amount of earphones we got was only collected on a single day and was only corresponding with one train route. How many not reusable headphones end up in the trash daily?

The workshop never took place, but during the experimentation with the earphones and the workshop design, searching for references… Lady Gaga as an icon for new attires…#adressforladygaga.

Our goal was Lady Gaga to get the dress. After a social media campaign (mainly through twitter @VestidoLadyGaga) we finally get close enough. The dress have been sent to Brandon Maxwell (Lady Gaga stylist) … will Lady Gaga wear it?

All the earphones used to weave the dress are single-use, non-recyclable and almost never reused. Their usable time does not exceed three hours (the time it takes for the route Madrid to Barcelona by train). The price of each earphone in the market is between 0.1 and 0.3 USD. The enterprises that manufacture them have the ability to supply 1 million earphones a month and the shipping time is of only 15 days to anywhere in the world.

For knitting the dress we used 235 earphones, each of which measures extended 2.15 m, which means that the ball of headphones used measured 535.8 meters. The result is a dress of 78 cm long, 45 cm hip, that weighs 2,720 kg and that corresponds to a size 36-38.

The dress it is not only a dress, but a musical instrument, and a loudspeaker of more than two hundred of loudspeakers … a dress for Lady Gaga.

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Yo ♥ Guindalera. Urban Action with Bicinecleta.

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On the occasion of the Cultural Days of Madrid’s neighborhood La Guidalera, Basurama made a first action with Bicinecleta, a modified bicicle with a proyector to project videos and images in public spaces.

Throughs, desires and images taken by the neighbors were projected on multiple abandon spaces of the neighborhood. The intended was to make visible the existence of a large number of non-accessible spaces that could be converted temporarily in public spaces.





Ciclos Locos

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Proyecto de construcción de ciclos a partir de desechos de bicis. Durante una semana realizamos un taller de experimentación y construcción dirigido por Mara Berkhout. Durante la Semana Naranja se realizaron diferentes acciones en el espacio público.

Construcción de bicis.

Las bicis salen a la calle.

Acción en la plaza del Reina Sofía.

USW Asuncion: We do not play with the serious things

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The project aims was to find new utilities for deserted places in the city of Asunción. The main objective was the enrichment of these places trough the reutilization of waste. Trash was modified and converted in an urban playground. Thanks to this intervention the neglected public spaces turned into a place for leisure activities, where people could enjoy. Hence there is no need for a high amount of investment to recover spaces that belong to citizens.

RUS Buenos Aires: Everyone is a cardboard collector

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In Buenos Aires we found an essential phenomenon that helps us to understand the trash´s reality, and also a key to comprehend some of the social conflicts of Latin-American society. This fact is about sorting waste out on an informal way, mainly cardboard. This issue has been tackled from multiple approaches. In this project we worked with the cardboard collectors not as an “object” but as an action platform.


Milan sobre ruedas (Milan on wheels)

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During the Milan Design Festival, Basurama worked in a public outdoor parking, Cavalcavia Bussa, situated on an elevated via located in the north of Milan.

The goal of the intervention was to activate the space through small home devices made with lightweight tools and discarted furniture.
25 urban devices were built and available for one week.


Milán on wheels 10 PUBLIC

Milán on wheels 09 PIXEL

Milán on wheels 08 CREAM

Milán on wheels 07

Milán on wheels 06 TIRES

Milán on wheels 05 USATI

Milán on wheels 04 TOOLS

Milán on wheels 03 DUOMO

Milán on wheels 02 SITE

Milán on wheels 01 OPERA


RUS Cordoba: Urban weavers

Urban Solid Waste in Cordoba. Argentina. Marzo 19th to 28th 2009.

During the MercoRus tour, the convoy stopped in Córdoba where we meet some urban weavers and worked with them in a collective urban installation.
This project related the traditional basketwork with palm leafs from Cordoba mountain range together with the plastic PET that picks up the cirujas (informal waste collectors).





RUS México. Make your own cart

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The objective of this project was to highlight the ecological, social and urban importance of the work that the informal trashpickers do. They are the ones showing the different elements that define the cycle of garbage in Mexico City. Our aim was to make visible the contrast between the carts that scavengers and street traders used for their daily work with the widespread use of private transport, which becomes the epitome of pollution air in the city.