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Ecosistema urbano selected for the second round of the Voronezh Sea Closed Competition

Category : competitions + ecosistema urbano + eu:live + news + ⚐ EN

Voronezh and the reservoir - image via - click to visit source

Voronezh—which became popular in the late 80s because of a controversial UFO incident—is a city of over 1 million inhabitants, situated 500 km south of Moscow. It is located on the banks of the Voronezh River, which in 1972 was transformed into the Voronezh Reservoir or “the Voronezh Sea” as it is called by the inhabitants —a huge lake, 30 km long and 2 km wide. You can read more about the history of the reservoir here.

During the following decades the population enjoyed the cool water during the hot Voronezh summer, but in 1992 the authorities labelled it as “not fit for swimming” as a result of the increasingly polluted water.

Click on the image to see some cool panoramas of the Voronezh Sea

Click on the image to see some cool panoramas of the Voronezh Sea!

The Department of Natural Resources and Ecology of the Voronezh region recently decided to organize a competition in order to develop a strategy for the future of the Voronezh Reservoir. The competition consists of two parts:

  • An Open Ideas competition meant to gather ideas that show the potential of the lake for urban and nature development.
  • A Closed Competition for teams of landscape architects, urbanists and ecologists that should combine ideas about possible future uses of the lake with technologies for cleaning it up. The strategy should include both a project and proposals for implementation.

We are glad to communicate that we have been selected among the four finalists of the closed competition. Over the following weeks we will be working hard on putting together a creative approach and a comprehensive strategy in a great presentation. More news soon!

Related link: Report of the jury

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Travelling Ideas of Open Space Design and Planning | Ecosistema Urbano lecturing in Copenhagen

Category : events + news + ⚐ EN

World in Denmark 2014

Next June 12 Belinda Tato will be lecturing in Copenhagen at the 10th International ‘World in Denmark’ Conference, which is hosted by the University of Copenhagen and carries the title ‘Nordic Encounters Travelling Ideas of Open Space Design and Planning’.

The lecture, entitled ‘From ego-design, to eco-design towards network design’ fits among the proposed topics of liveability, welfare and democracy. Belinda will explain the office’s approach and experiences based on the projects we have developed in the Scandinavian countries and many other places across the globe.

Here is a brief description of the topic of the conference:

Landscape architects and urban designers from Denmark and the other Nordic countries have increasingly become exporters of design solutions to places like Beijing, New York and Christchurch, while Copenhagen repeatedly receives awards for its liveability. Nordic planning is often promoted as particularly human, ecologically sustainable and democratic.

However, looking beyond the immediate branding effect, what themes and values, methods and challenges are current in Nordic urban space design and planning in these years? Where are the gaps between imaginary and reality? How does the  nordicness relate to what is going on in other regions and cultures and what does it potentially have to offer? Which movements, paradoxes, conflicts and challenges exist? Where are the blind alleys? And how do these current trends reflect traditions of design and placemaking?

The issue goes beyond Denmark and the Nordic countries. It concerns what it means to intervene in cities and landscapes in a global era. What happens when western designers work in places whose local languages are new to them? How do general ideas about improving cities migrate and mutate, synergize and conflict in the encounter with specific contexts? What are the potentials and losses of producing traditions – such as the Danish or Nordic – in open space design and planning?

Interested? Check the official site and the programme (PDF)

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Empoderamiento y TICs | Entrevista a ecosistema urbano en

Category : colaboraciones + cultura abierta + ecosistema urbano + internet + open culture + publicaciones + publications + social software + social toolbox + software social + ⚐ EN + ⚐ ES por Ecosistema Urbano por Ecosistema Urbano

Hoy publicamos una entrevista que nos realizaron desde, una plataforma de impulso para personas e iniciativas que utilizan las tecnologías desde un punto de vista social e innovador para hacer una sociedad más inclusiva y empoderada.

“Ecosistema Urbano: diseñando lugares para mejorar la auto organización de los ciudadanos, la interacción comunitaria y su relación con el medio ambiente”

Acceder a la entrevista en

La entrevista se incluyó en la publicación Ciberoptimismo: Conectados a una actitud (pág. 287), una selección de entrevistas y experiencias sobre cómo las tecnologías han cambiado definitivamente nuestra interacción con diferentes temas (procomún, nuevas formas de economía, plataformas abiertas para todos, educación, software libre, transparencia, open government, participación ciudadana, sostenibilidad, etc.).

Aquí podéis descargar el libro español-inglés bajo licencia Creative Commons:
Ciberoptimismo: Conectados a una actitud – Ciberoptimism: connected to an attitude es una iniciativa de la Fundación Cibervoluntarios.

¡Que lo disfrutéis!

The launch of - photo: Christoffer Horsfjord Nilsen

The launch of by Ecosistema Urbano – Photo: Christoffer Horsfjord Nilsen

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Conferencia “Ciudad open source” | Ecosistema Urbano y Zuloark en Valencia

Category : cultura abierta + eventos + noticias + ⚐ ES

Ilustración por Jonathan Reyes y Mar Albiol de Carpe Via

Ilustración por Jonathan Reyes y Mar Albiol de Carpe Via

Este jueves 20 de febrero Ecosistema Urbano estará junto a Zuloark en el Aula Magna de la ETSA de Valencia para contar, respectivamente, dos proyectos que abordan prácticamente el mismo asunto desde perspectivas, contextos, medios y formas de trabajar bastante diferentes: dreamhamar y El Campo de Cebada.

Como nos comentaban desde el colectivo Carpe Via, que colabora en su organización, esta jornada se debatirá en torno al inspirador aunque todavía poco definido concepto de urbanismo open source, así como sobre el nuevo papel del arquitecto en los procesos de creación y transformación colectiva que están adquiriendo cada vez mayor importancia. Se planteará el necesario cambio de actitud desde la arquitectura para abordar este tipo de procesos, y su profesionalización e incorporación a la figura tradicional del arquitecto  o urbanista.

Estamos deseando unirnos al prometedor debate con nuestras propias experiencias y reflexiones.

El evento se podrá seguir en streaming desde

Fecha y hora: 20/02/2014 | 12.30 h
Lugar: Aula Magna | ETSA – UPV

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Get a Bike! | Ecosistema Urbano awarded at international cycle-friendly ideas competition in Oslo

Category : concursos + espacio público + nuevas tecnologías + ⚐ EN

Illustrasjon Get a bike

You are not stuck in traffic. You are traffic. Get a bike. Break free!

Under that motto, originally created for a commercial campaign and adbusted by Lisbon Cycle Chic, was presented Get a Bike, an international competition organized by Future Built in Oslo aiming to collect ideas about how to develop a growing cycling culture in and nearby the capital city of Norway. How to make the Oslo Region one of the best cycling regions in Europe?

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ecosistema urbano lecturing in Canada

Category : events + news + ⚐ EN

University of Toronto - Photo by bobistraveling on Flickr

University of Toronto – Photo by bobistraveling on Flickr

Next 28th and 29th October Belinda Tato will be giving two lectures in Winnipeg and Toronto, Canada.

Belinda will talk about past and current works of ecosistema urbano including the Energy Carousel in Dordrecht, the dreamhamar network design project for Hamar, and the design of the new experimental Educational Centre for the Reggio Children Foundation in Reggio Emilia.

Two days, two lectures

Two days, two lectures

So if you happen to be around those days, you’re invited to come by and meet Belinda!

More information:

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Fun as building material | Marielyst STRAND, competition proposal by Kristine Jensen and Ecosistema Urbano

Category : colaboraciones + competitions + creativity + design + ecosistema urbano + landscape + urbanism + ⚐ EN

Marielyst is a small town in the south of Denmark well known for being one of the most popular holiday locations on the Baltic Sea. Since the beginning of XX century its 20 km of white sand beaches attracted an increasing number of seasonal tourists, up to host nowadays 6000 summer houses in its area. The spatial configuration of Marielyst appears chaotic and it’s lacking of a recognisable identity; the main element of the urban structure is the principal street, a traffic vein that allows people to reach the heart of the small town, and from which secondary narrow streets start connecting every single wooden house. The subject of Marielyst competition was finding and providing a spatial organization to this place in order to structure an urban articulation among its parts. Moreover, an important feature to be considered in this site’s revitalization was the “beachy” atmosphere of Marielyst, its main character.

As usual, we worked with a multidisciplinary and international team, with the Danish landscape Office Kristine Jensen, after being chosen among 4 other finalists.



Our proposition started from the identification of the land’s shape, which changed its configuration many times until the present. In the past, the island of Falster -where Marielyst is located- was composed by three smaller islands and was crossed by water; the area had been also flooded and remained swampy for many years, until the late 1800, when it was drained. Inspired by this ancient situation, we conceived the idea of   “Delta“, a sinuous and porous path that connects the dynamic activities of urban space with the relaxed atmosphere of a beach context.

Summer time

Summer time

The landscape project focuses on the valorization of the great quality of the natural elements that characterize the site -pines, sea, sand dunes, dike, grass- making them stand out very clearly. The concept of  “Delta” appears with the intention of spreading many accesses to these natural landmarks, connecting them through physical and conceptual paths. The Delta structure allows to pull the beach ambience in the urban space, both melted in a fluid unity; the achievement of this atmosphere is possible by choosing very soft and discreet materials to create paths and furniture elements, by substituting the current asphalt with tracks, marks and signs that simplify integration between the two ‘souls’ of the place.

winter time

Witer time

We elaborated one of the main aspects of Marielyst STRAND proposition, the activity plan. “Let it be fun!” is the motto we’ve chosen to summarize our idea to regenerate this area, being certain that the requalification of an urban space could not disregard the involvement of people in making the place alive.

The activity plan during daytime

The activity plan during daytime

Activity plan for the night

Activity plan for the night

We’ve developed a series of entertaining and bizarre urban objects and we have settled them in the Marielyst area in order to provide several activities aimed to reinvigorate the site during summer as well as winter time. We have tried to get inspired by the surrounding environment to elaborate ideas that allow people to appreciate the visible and the invisible natural local elements.



Our proposition for Marielyst urban contest mainly consisted in designing urban objects strictly connected with natural elements that characterize the site, like rich vegetation, long beaches, fresh water and strong wind. The objective of our urban design strategy for Marielyst was to transform this ordinary beach on the Danish coast in a unique and very attractive site that could easily become a reference point for people who want to spend funny holidays in sustainable way.



The catalogue includes elements to enjoy the view of landscape from above (the watching tower, the balloon in the sky); elements integrated in the vegetation that allow to take advantage of its amenity in an unconventional way (the hammocks, the spider net, the hanging chairs, the fireplace); objects that transform the beach in a big playground (the playful tower, the oversized playground); objects that use wind to catch its power and transform it into energy (the windmill lamp) or just exploit its strength to create ephemeral landmarks (the wind fish, the wind parade).



Other elements are mobile and contribute to constantly change the configuration of the place, like the rolling cabins -temporary supports for sport activities or refreshment bars-, or the vehicles on wheels, a kind of elaborated bikes that could be used to move along the city and create temporary stages, movable slides, or on the road benches. Moreover a big attention is given to the socializing areas, as the rooftop terrace of an existing building along the main street, the picnic area or the water cloud, a playful object very useful to refresh atmosphere during sunny days of Baltic summer.



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Ecosistema Urbano at the IE Master in Architectural Design

Category : ecosistema urbano + news + ⚐ EN

ie master in architectural design - click to visit official page

Jose Luis Vallejo and Belinda Tato will be taking part in the IE Master in Architectural Design kicking off this Autum in Madrid.

The IE Master in Architectural Design seeks to bridge the gap between the existing fragmented post-professional architecture courses and the ever shifting reality of the professional practice. This will lead to a strengthening of two fundamental foundations of the profession: scientific-technological knowledge and an awareness of the underlying contemporary cultural base. This knowledge, combined with entrepreneurial and management skills, clearly plays a key role in understanding the complexity and scope of the profession when it comes to preparing architects to lead interdisciplinary professional teams.

You can read more about the program, faculty, facilities and admissions at the Official website

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Ecosistema Urbano en Málaga

Category : ecosistema urbano + eventos + noticias + ⚐ ES

La Ciudad Amable - Málaga

El próximo viernes 14 de junio, Belinda Tato participará en el ciclo de Conferencias La Ciudad Amable, organizado por la Consejería de Fomento y Vivienda de la Junta de Andalucía.

Este programa tiene por objetivo incidir en la mejora de la calidad del espacio urbano y su activación social y cultural. Durante el presente año La Ciudad Amable está llevando a cabo acciones de sensibilización, formación e intervención sobre la ciudad, el espacio público y la movilidad sostenible.

La Ciudad Amable - Málaga

La conferencia es abierta al público y tendrá lugar en la Escuela de Arquitectura de Málaga. Tras la conferencia habrá un mesa redonda que contará con la participación de Manuel Calvo —Biólogo y Especialista en movilidad y sostenibilidad—, Ciro de la Torre —Profesor de Proyectos de la ETSAM— y Juana Sánchez —Profesora de la Urbanística de la ETSAM—.

Más información

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ecosistema urbano al Festival Leggendo Metropolitano

Category : ecosistema urbano + eventi + ⚐ IT

leggendo metropolitano

Sabato 8 giugno Belinda Tato parteciperá al Festival Leggendo Metropolitano, un evento annuale sulla letteratura, incentrato su aspetti sociali ed urbani.

L’incontro avrá luogo nella cittá di Cagliari, in Sardegna. Belinda Tato perteciperá alla tavola rotonda Abitare e costruire insieme mondi migliori, con Raul Pantaleo, Ilene Steingut; la conversazione sará moderata dall’architetto, editore e commissari Luca Molinari.

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ecosistema urbano at Master Class ‘The public space along the channel. The water and the city’ | Brussels 5-7 June

Category : ecosistema urbano + events + urbanism + ⚐ EN

Masterclass at Pyblik

This week I will take part as an international expert at the Master Class ‘The public space along the channel. The water and the city’.

The master Class is organized by ]pyblik[ (, an initiative of the Brussels Capital Region in collaboration with 2 schools of architecture in Brussels,  LUCA School of Arts- Department of Architecture and the Faculty of Architecture of the University of ULB. Its aim is to centralize the knowhow and expertise in public spaces.

As part of the course, masterclasses are organized for professionals, designers and project managers, who will reflect together on a specific case. During the 3day masterclasses the focus will be the public space around the canal district in Brussels. I will be joining local experts Dirk van Peijpe, Guy Vanbeeck and Thierry Kandjee for a discussion.

Within this framework, I will offer a lecture presenting the most recent woks of ecosistema urbano. The lecture will take place on Wednesday June the 5th at 8 pm at the Faculty of Architecture Luca-arts in Brussels.

For more info in NL/FR.

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ecosistema urbano in Sarajevo, Bosnia

Category : events + news + ⚐ EN


Next Saturday May 18th, Belinda Tato will be giving a lecture at the Dani Arhitekture, Days of Architecture 2013 in Sarajevo, Bosnia, presenting the most recent works of ecosistema urbano, among which is dreamhamar from Norway.

This year’s event title is Common space, inviting participants to reflect about the meaning of the common:

What is a common space on a city scale?
How do we create a positive interaction and encourage more citizens to an active use and participation in creating these areas?
What is the role of architects, urbanists, politicians?
Are architects simply creators, removed from the users, or are they mediators in this process, where every user himself becomes the creator of space?

These are some of the questions around which the different participants will discuss and share their experiences.

Other lecturers will be: Raumlabor, Atelier d’Architecture Autogérée, Glamourmanifest, Archipelagos and many others.

For more info:
About the lecture: Belinda Tato at Daniarhitekture

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Ecosistema Urbano en el Master del Paisaje Juana de Vega

Category : eventos + noticias + ⚐ ES

Ciclo de Conferencias de Paisaje

Este Jueves 14 de Marzo, Belinda Tato participará en el Máster en Arquitectura del Paisaje Juana de Vega, presentando el trabajo de Ecosistema Urbano dentro del módulo Diseño del Paisaje II.

La conferencia es abierta al público y tendrá lugar en la Fundación Juana de Vega, Rúa Salvador Allende nº 92  - San Pedro de Nos, Oleiros, A Coruña – España

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ecosistema urbano at the Master in Work Space Design

Category : design + ecosistema urbano + events + news + ⚐ EN

Roundtable: What's next in workspaces? Designing with change - clic para ver invitación

Belinda Tato and Jose Luis Vallejo will be teaching at the Master in Work Space Design organized by the IE School of Architecture and Design, which will take place next year. They will be conducting the Design and Technology Lab with attended sessions in London and Madrid and on line sessions during winter 2013.

‘The Master in Work Space Design is a pioneering program based on analyses, skills and strategies for understanding and proposing creative ideas for the changing work place. The complex issues affecting the work environment, business and the individual today must take into account changes in technology, new forms of communication, increasing globalization, sustainability and of course, stakeholders’ expectations. Within the Master of Work Space Design all these issues will be explored and the most innovative solutions will be developed’.

Next you can see the prospectus of the Master:

There will be a roundtable next November 23 at RIBA, London, with the topic ‘What’s next in workspaces; designing with change‘.

More information:

Master in Work Space Design: Official site
Roundtable:  Registration

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ecosistema urbano lecturing at GSD Harvard

Category : ecosistema urbano + events + ⚐ EN

dreamhamar - Ecosistema Urbano

Tomorrow October 16 José Luis Vallejo and Belinda Tato –Harvard GSD Design Critics in Urban Planning and Design– will be speaking on the design of environments, spaces and dynamics in order to improve the self-organization of citizens, social interaction within communities and their relationship with the environment.

Looking forward to meeting you there!

Tuesday, October 16, from 12:00 pm to 02:00 pm
ecosistema urbano lecture – Harvard GSD website

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ecosistema urbano en GSD Harvard | ¡Lanzando #networkedurbanism!

Category : arquitectura + diseño + ecosistema urbano + educación + urban social design + urbanismo + ⚐ EN + ⚐ ES

¡Ya hemos comenzado el curso en Harvard! @jlvmateo y @belindatato somos este cuatrimestre de otoño profesores invitados en el máster del GSD de Harvard. Nuestro studio se llama “Networked Urbanism“.

El pasado día 30 de agosto fue la presentación del curso, el llamado “lottery day” donde todos los estudiantes de la escuela asisten a las presentaciones de los profesores invitados cada cuatrimestre y después eligen su grupo favorito. Esta vez, compitiendo por el favor de los estudiantes, podíamos encontrarnos con estrellas del firmamento arquitectónico de las últimas décadas (Nathalie de Vries de MVRDV, Christian Kerez, Ben van Berkel, …).

Esta es una foto del momento de la presentación del curso #networkedurbanism que nos hizo Blanca Abramek (@tendrebarbare) desde el auditorio:

Jose y Belinda en el "lottery day" -  GSD Harvard

Finalmente nos eligieron un grupo de estudiantes con perfiles muy distintos e interesantes, una mezcla de arquitectos, landscape architects y planners.

Group photo #networkedurbanism

Si queréis estar al tanto de la producción de los estudiantes podéis seguir el curso en el blog del studio donde estamos compartiendo enlaces y referencias. En Twitter podéis seguir #networkedurbanism donde estamos compartiendo información permanentemente.

Os dejamos con el brief del curso y la presentación. Enjoy it!

Course Description

The boundary between public and private is shifting. The one between personal and professional is becoming increasingly blurred. This rapid evolution has led us to conceive and experience physical space differently than in the past. Real-time connectivity, ubiquity, unlimited access to large flows of information and knowledge, have also altered the way we relate to and work with each other. However, despite those rapid social and technological changes, city planning processes worldwide remain dull, bureaucratic and insensitive to how humans experience the city.

This studio will bring an alternative to the traditional way of designing cities from a bird’s eye view, and a single designer’s perspective. It will not only examine the physical dimension of the city, but also its social processes and fluxes.

Students will be encouraged to use this data to develop individual and collective initiatives that generate spontaneous transformations and set up conditions for change instead of delivering a completely finished product.

In a connected world, an urban design should be the result of an open and multilayered network of creative designers, technical experts, citizens and stakeholders. The studio will challenge the students to develop designs that reconcile the existing physical conditions—that respond to lifestyles from the past—with the emerging needs of the citizens through network design thinking.

We will also explore the new role of a designer as an activator, mediator and curator of social processes in a networked reality in which citizens have shifted from being passive receivers or consumers to active producers or prosumers.

Main topics will include: communication and information technology, open data, mobility, open source, transparency/mapping, activism, design thinking and environment awareness.

La presentación original consta de una serie de GIFs animados que se reproducen en bucle mientras se explica cada apartado. Aquí, por facilidad de comprensión, hemos puesto cada animación por separado, acompañada del texto correspondiente de la presentación (en inglés).

00 #networkedurbanism
We are presenting our option studio called Networked Urbanism:

01 What?
Urbanism is the mirror where other aspects of society and layers of information reflect. Architects, Sociologists, economists, geographers, seem to be cloistered in their specificconceptual worlds and focus on developing only certain aspects of the problem linked to their interests and profession:

We believe that in today’s connected world, an urban design should be the result of an openand multilayered network of creative designers, technical experts, citizens andstakeholders, combining design with data, needs, inputs. As David Harvey states in his article The Right to the City:

“The right to the city is not merely a right of access to what already exists, but a right tochange it after our heart’s desire”

Within this new context, it is necessary to explore the new role of the designer as an activator,mediator and curator of social processes in a networked reality in which citizens haveshifted from being passive receivers or consumers to active producers or prosumers:

In addition, Internet is the “space” where the most successful models of collective creationand self-organization are taking place. Internet is the most democratic space, the platformwhere every citizen can express him/herself freely and horizontally, the space where ideasflow in every direction.This studio will bring an alternative to the traditional way of designing cities from a bird’s eyeview, and a single designer’s perspective. It will, not only examine the physical dimension of the city, but also its social processes.Students will be challenged to develop designs that reconcile the existing physical conditions-that respond to lifestyles from the past- with the emerging needs of the citizens throughnetwork design thinking.

02 How?
In contrast with a more traditional way of teaching in which information goes unidirectionally from ‘knowledge-owners’ to ‘knowledge receivers’. We do apply the concepts of active learning, which focuses the responsibility of learning, on learners; learning by doing, an active constructive learning process, and networked learning, a process of developing and maintaining connections with people, information and communicating in such a way so as to support one another’s learning. The central term in this definition is connections. Connections among students as well as connections between students and information:

We will become a networked group using a studio Twitter network for sharing knowledge,experiences, references and comments throughout the whole process.

This course is for active, curious, versatile, open minded and creative people regardless their previous background, experience or computer skills.

We understand our role as designers is challenging since one has to overcome all kind of obstacles. So we want to make of this studio a training experience.

You could either be a MacGyver type of personality, being able to implement amazing devices from a piece of cardboard, a chip and chewing gum; or a computer geeky updated version of NEO in the movie Matrix, working on his own individually in a room but actively connected to the network community. You are all welcome.

From all the possible /fascinating cities worldwide, we decided to explore the city that surrounds us: Boston.

04 Where?
Students will be encouraged to explore and discover its community, economy, social networks, environmental challenges, digital layer, physical infrastructure, public space, and more. Creating connections and links between existing initiatives and their own projects.

Instead of experiencing just the physical sphere of the city, we will arrange an anthropological tour to meet interesting professionals who are dealing with urban issues in different ways and by different means. This will give us a different perception of Boston, revealing layers which are currently invisible to us.

05 When?
Instead of air-commuting, parachuting and landing every two weeks, we decided to camp this time.
We will be based in Boston to share the experience with you and make the most out of it, so we will be available every week with studio meetings on Tuesdays and Thursdays. There will be both collective and individual sessions.

In addition the group will be real-time connected with Twitter.

06 So what?
Outcomes from our different teaching experiences are diverse: from socially engaged projects working with the community to designing a responsive interactive façade and building a prototype of it. From working with Arduino electronics, to instantly transforming a deprived corner of the city by hand work getting new reactions from people.

From creating a digital interface to enhance community networking to building a mobile kitchen as a catalyst for the activation of a central city square.Spain, Norway, Denmark, France, Italy, Bahrein, US … different environments and different cultures but always a lot of shared energy and enthusiasm. We are very happy to say that some of these projects developed within the studios grew beyond the academic boundaries becoming professional investigations and businesses:

ecosistema urbano is a Madrid based group of architects and urban designers operating within the fields of urbanism, architecture, engineering and sociology. We define our approach as urban social design by which we understand the design of environments, spaces and dynamics in order to improve self-organization of citizens, social interaction within communities and their relationship with the environment. We have used this philosophy to design and implement projects in Norway, Denmark, Spain, Italy, France and China.We have a background in architecture and urban design and we build buildings, we organize demonstrations, we design urban strategies, working in both the physical and digital spheres. We are currently exploring new ways of engaging citizens into urban design matters.

DREAM YOUR CITY is our latest project, developed for the city of Hamar in Norway. It was officially presented short before at the opening of the Biennale of Architecture in Venice:

We hope you enjoy it and get some inspiration for the Fall! We are thrilled to be back here at the GSD and we are looking forward to start!

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Dream Your City | Ecosistema Urbano at Venice Biennale of Architecture 2012

Category : design + dreamhamar + ecosistema urbano + events + network design + social toolbox + urban social design + ⚐ EN

Dream Your City - Ecosistema Urbano at the Venice Biennale of Architecture 2012

Dream Your City - Ecosistema Urbano at the Venice Biennale of Architecture 2012

Dream Your City - Ecosistema Urbano at the Venice Biennale of Architecture 2012

From past August 27th to November 25th, the Venice Biennale of Architecture, titled “Common Ground”, is open to visitors; and so is SpainLab, the Spanish pavilion, in which we were invited to take part for this edition.

The curators Antón García-Abril and Débora Mesa proposed us to show the way we work, according to the “lab” approach of the pavilion. We decided to do this with a single project, Dreamhamar, which incorporates many of the concepts, objectives and means that Ecosistema Urbano has been working on and is currently experimenting with: urban development, advocacy, citizen participation, workshops, digital tools, design, open culture, network learning, urban actions, network design…

We understand the role of the architect and urban planner is undergoing a huge transformation according to the new needs of contemporary society. This forces us to redevelop a whole “set of tools” to be able to meet these new needs and challenges. Under the title of DREAM YOUR CITY we explain these new tools or methods we are dealing with and the way we think network design can be applied to socially engaged designs for the creation of city spaces. This 90 seconds movie illustrates how we understand network design and how we specifically implemented it in Hamar or how it could be applied somewhere else.

Video by ecosistema urbano +

Considering the ephemeral nature of the exhibition, we chose to make it a simple, lightweight installation, consistent with the way we are used to work in this kind of projects: trying to get the most out of minimal resources and low-cost means. Almost all materials needed for the installation were taken to Venice by ourselves, as checked-in luggage.

The paint that covers the floor and the walls, made by urban artists Boamistura, transforms the perception and character of the space with a single intervention, bringing to the hall the look and feel of the previous PaintHamar urban action in Stortorget, the main square of Hamar. The natural light, the seats integrated on the floor and the trampoline all recall that outdoor public space and invite visitors to occupy it with their minds and bodies.

Seven small screens show videos telling different aspects of the network design process we deployed in Hamar, giving the visitor some brief glimpses of the variety and complexity of the project without trying to explain it thoroughly –which will be done soon in a more suitable format.

A series of real-scale pictures of various day-to-day objects that were used during Dreamhamar, some of them being physically on display, show the variety of work/life situations that the team had to cope with while working in this project both remotely from Madrid and locally in Norway. From the more disciplinary tools to objects related to social life or cultural events, they evoke the changing role of the urban professional.

Here are some quick photos we shot during the process, taken from the Flickr gallery.

Created with flickr slideshow.
We invite you to visit the installation, have some fun jumping on the trampoline and imagining you are in Stortorget, and share your thoughts –and your photos!– with us on Twitter, Facebook or just down here in the comments.

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ecosistema urbano ganador del concurso para el centro experimental Reggio Children

Category : arquitectura + concursos + ecosistema urbano + noticias + sostenibilidad + ⚐ ES

Centro educativo experimental Reggio Children

El pasado mes de junio compartíamos en nuestro blog que habíamos sido invitados a participar en el concurso para el diseño de un centro experimental de educación infantil en Reggio Emilia (Italia).

A lo largo de estos meses hemos trabajado desarrollando la propuesta, una escuela-laboratorio donde experimentar nuevas aproximaciones a la educación infantil, intentando ofrecer una respuesta que potenciara el espíritu de la Fundación Reggio Children, su método de trabajo y su filosofía, abordando a su vez temas de eficiencia energética, sostenibilidad, participación, etc. Ha sido apasionante profundizar en el “Reggio approach” y su método de aprendizaje, y experimentar con el papel que juega el entorno espacial y urbano en el contexto educativo.

Es un honor para nosotros saber que hemos resultado ganadores del concurso, compitiendo con extraordinarios equipos de toda Europa. El desarrollo de la propuesta y la materialización de las soluciones se plantean como un reto que estamos deseando afrontar.

¡Enhorabuena, Ecosistema!

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Os dejamos con un extracto (en inglés) de las consideraciones del jurado del concurso.

“The proposed solution is the best suited to represent the new school concept, making the new building a new collective experiment. The building itself becomes an opportunity for comparison, on issues of sustainability and eco-backwards compatibility, making the children themselves active participants. The construction techniques proposed include a development which can be implemented over time, according to needs for teaching-learning related to the school’s teaching plan, which makes the construction of the building itself a community project, seen as a process rather than a point of arrival”.

Escuela en Reggio Emilia - vista general

Centro educativo experimental en Reggio Emilia - vistas generales

Escuela en Reggio Emilia - funcionamiento climático - clic para ampliar

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Ecosistema Urbano en Harvard GSD: Urban Social Design II

Category : ecosistema urbano + eu:live + urban social design + ⚐ ES

El próximo otoño, Jose Luis Vallejo y yo, Belinda Tato, de ecosistema urbano nos unimos una vez más al equipo de GSD Harvard comoVisiting Professors dentro del departamento de Urban Design, que dirige Rahul Mehrotra.

El título del option studio es Urban Social Design II, una continuación del taller que realizamos en 2010, donde exploramos la construcción de un nuevo espacio público aumentado fruto de una nueva relación entre lo físico, el espacio digital y el ámbito social. Los estudiantes trabajarán en el desarrollo de nuevas herramientas que posibiliten una mayor y mejor participación democrática en la vida urbana como una respuesta más eficiente a los nuevos problemas urbanos contemporáneos. Y como caso de estudio… la ciudad de Boston.

A continuación os mostramos uno de los proyectos más interesantes realizados en el Taller que allí realizamos en 2010.

Actual Air en funcionamiento

Mike Styczynski -estudiante del GSD Harvard- crea con Actual Air un proyecto híbrido entre instrumento de medición, base de datos y red social. Detectando altos niveles de asma en un barrio de Boston, se plantea profundizar en este fenómeno, sus causas y consecuencias. Para visualizar, registrar y denunciar los alarmantes niveles de contaminación, elige un elemento de uso cotidiano en la ciudad, la bicicleta. Actual Air es un dispositivo plug in que se acopla fácilmente a cualquier rueda de bicicleta, monitorizando la calidad del aire a través de distintos sensores. Un piloto de iluminación LED varía de color en función del grado de contaminación y dicha información recogida en tiempo real, es volcada a una base de datos en la web, mapeando los niveles de contaminación urbana, y visibilizando un problema hasta entonces ignorado. La información, así accesible, es un instrumento al servicio de la comunidad para potenciar la controversia.

Por acción o por omisión, cualquier iniciativa ciudadana tiene significado político. El geógrafo y teórico social David Harvey habla de la necesidad de acostumbrarnos al conflicto continuo que promueva el consenso para generar entornos urbanos saludables. Por ello, debemos percibir como positivas las iniciativas de carácter reivindicativo que activando a los ciudadanos generan ese clima de debate.

Prototipo de Actual Air

Mike ha continuado con el desarrollo de su proyecto más allá de GSD, lo cual responde a la actitud proactiva que intentamos potenciar en los estudiantes, con el desarrollo de nuevas herramientas que les capaciten y conecten con nuevas posibilidades de desarrollo profesional.

Estamos entusiasmados con esta nueva etapa en Harvard. Y si estás por Boston el próximo otoño, ¡te esperamos en el GSD!

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Fotos cortesía de Mike Styczynski

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Ecosistema Urbano prequalifies for a planning competition in Kiruna, Sweden

Category : competitions + ecosistema urbano + news + urbanism + ⚐ EN

Ecosistema Urbano has, together with the Norwegian architecture office 70°N arkitektur, the Danish landscape studio Kristine Jensen, the Swedish lighting firm Ljusarkitektur and Atkins engineers, been prequalified for the planning competition in Kiruna, Sweden.

Kiruna kommune has shortlisted 10 international teams —out of 56 that were applying— for the next phase of the competition.

Kiruna Center from the southwest, with the LKAB facilities in the foreground

It’s an unusual, but very interesting challenge the Municipality of Kiruna is facing after more than a century of mining by the LKAB company. The ground is becoming unstable as some of the main tunnels are localised right underneath the city, so the city centre and all other areas affected will have to be relocated. In a time frame of approximately 20 to 25 years, some 400,000 sq. m. of housing and non-housing development will need to be replaced within the forecasting line of LKAB’s next main level, 1,365 metres below ground.

Map of Kiruna

The aim for the competition is to create a sustainable, distinctive and pleasant urban environment, a city centre linking together surrounding housing and industrial areas with the whole city and constituting the natural hub of the new Kiruna. This is an opportunity for creating something completely new, emanating from Kiruna’s unique history, to accommodate future needs and the desire for good living in an Arctic climate.

Kiruna, view of the city centre

We are very excited to start working with the other firms in our team in this competition, and we look forward to develop the future Kiruna during autumn 2012.

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Ecosistema Urbano invitado a diseñar un centro experimental de educación infantil en Reggio Emilia

Category : arquitectura + concursos + work in progress + ⚐ ES

Hace unas semanas nos contactaron de la Fundación Reggio Children invitándonos a participar en un concurso restringido para diseñar un nuevo centro experimental de educación infantil junto con otras 6 oficinas internacionales: Raumlabor (Alemania), Carlo Ratti (Italia), 70ºN (Noruega), Francesco Librizzi (italia), ZPZ (italia) y Giancarlo Mazzanti (Colombia).

Reggio school

La semana pasada tuvimos la oportunidad de encontrarnos todos los participantes en Reggio Emilia con las personas responsables de la Fundación para recoger información y experimentar directamente el mundo pedagógico de Reggio Children. Un sistema educativo público, financiado por la ciudad de Reggio Emilia, que comenzó en los años 70 y que actualmente está formado por una extensa red de centros municipales de educación infantil repartidos por la ciudad. El pedagogo italiano Loris Malaguzzi es el impulsor de esta nueva forma más libre y creativa de potenciar las capacidades infantiles, fomentando la  escucha como actitud contrapuesta a la atávica incapacidad del hombre de poner atención y consideración a las palabras, y a las acciones de los niños.

Reggio school

Otros hallazgos de este sistema pedagógico en palabras de Sergio Spaggiari (director de las escuelas municipales infantiles de Reggio Emilia):

El redescubrimiento de la creatividad no como una facultad mental distinta, sino como una forma de ser y de pensar de todas las personas. La participación de las familias y la gestión social, que, abiertamente, han destruido la idea de separación de la escuela, de la familia y de la sociedad. La pedagogía de las relaciones, que ha exaltado la colectividad y la cooperación entre los niños y adultos, superando la idea de la escuela como lugar de aislamientos individualistas, tanto para quien enseña como para quien aprende…”

Reggio school

Después de recorrer algunos de los centros más representativos de esta red pública de escuelas infantiles, muchos de los visitantes quedamos impresionados con algunas de las escenas que pudimos experimentar en directo, viendo a los niños en un ambiente absolutamente creativo interactuando a la vez con herramientas analógicas y digitales incorporadas como un elemento cotidiano en el paisaje del aula. Dibujos, maquetas, proyecciones, webcams, photoshop… todo un entorno que promueve un aprendizaje experiencial. Niños y niñas de entre 3 y 11 años compartiendo conocimiento en un entorno sin discontinuidades espaciales ni compartimentaciones convencionales, llegando incluso a participar de la preparación de los alimentos que ellos mismos consumen y convirtiendo las cocinas de los distintos centros en aulas que forman parte de la experiencia educativa de Reggio Children. La visita terminó con un almuerzo en el comedor de uno de los centros, compartiendo mesa y alimentos con los niños de Reggio Emilia.

Reggio school

Más tarde, leyendo la documentación del concurso y la historia del “reggio approach”, comprendimos algunas otras cosas importantes. Vivimos rodeados de palabras que han perdido parte de sus significados gracias a una carrera absurda de marketing urbano (sostenible, smart, green, eficiente…), donde siempre hay mucha gente hablando pero muy poca practicando. A esto se suma la reciente oleada de recortes en sectores públicos fundamentales (educación, sanidad…)  que afectan seriamente a la vida en nuestras ciudades. En Reggio Emilia parece que tienen alguna idea clara al respecto y la ponen en práctica: ¡¡un tercio del presupuesto municipal se destina a educación!!

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Ecosistema Urbano in the winning team for Albertslund Syd

Category : colaboraciones + competitions + ecosistema urbano + ⚐ EN

Last year, 2011, when we moved to Hamar and started working for the new Stortorget, we had the opportunity to meet Vandkunsten, the danish office responsible for the design of the new Culture house in Hamar. We then started to know more about their work and different and interesting projects.Albertslund Syd recreationFrom this encounter, we cooperated together for the competition of Albertslund Syd, an intervention for the renovation of 1.000 courtyard houses in Copenhagen. The team also included other companies and professionals as Wissenberg, Transolar, Lise Gamst, Imagine Envelope, etc. The task was to develop the best suggestion for the renovation of the houses and to provide ideas for the urban architectural vision for improving Albertslund Syd.

Albertslund Syd diagrams

Last week we found out we have won the competition. We are very excited about this, and we are looking forward to start this new cooperation!

Albertslund Syd diagrams 2

The full report with jury evaluations is available at and at the website of the Albertslund Kommune.

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Ecosistema Urbano lecture in Tromsø

Category : ecosistema urbano + events + news + ⚐ EN

Ecosistema Urbano will lecture next Thursday in Tromsø, a city located 1.643 km north from Oslo. The lecture is hosted by the North Norwegian Architects Association and will take place at Drivloftet, starting at 8.30 pm on Thursday,  14th.

I will present Ecosistema Urbano latest works, including dreamhamar, the project we are currently developing for the main public space of Hamar, Norway.

Tromsø in the North

By the way, this is the further north I have ever been to… I guess their summer is different from ours.

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Appstorming: un taller de ecosistema urbano en el IED

Category : ecosistema urbano + talleres + ⚐ ES


Durante esta semana (17-21 octubre) ecosistema urbano dirigirá el taller Appstorming en el Istituto Europeo di Design de Madrid con la participación de José Luis Vallejo (@jlvmateo) y Jaime Eizaguirre (@eiza)

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Ecosistema Urbano busca colaboradores para el proyecto @eu_tec

Category : ecosistema urbano + ⚐ ES

Recientemente, Ecosistema Urbano ha inaugurado el proyecto EU-TEC, un trabajo de investigación para crear una base de datos de materiales, tecnologías, sistemas y equipos de trabajo innovadores para la arquitectura, el diseño y la construcción de entornos urbanos.

EU-TEC es una plataforma digital para dar a conocer productos y tecnologías que comparten la visión de Ecosistema Urbano en torno a términos como sostenibilidad, innovación, diseño con criterios de calidad y responsabilidad medioambiental.

Además de los contenidos producidos por Ecosistema Urbano, EU-TEC ofrece la posibilidad de presentar productos y servicios de empresas como forma de patrocinio. Los espacios patrocinados tendrán una mayor visibilidad en una página especial de “destacados” y en el blog donde se publicarán post periódicos con las últimas novedades.

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Ecosistema urbano at 2011 international week – Nancy School of architecture

Category : ecosistema urbano + events + ⚐ EN

Ecosistema urbano (@ecosistema) has been invited to lead a workshop at the School of architecture of Nancy – France.
Jose Luis Vallejo (@jlvmateo) will be empowering a group of students to experience the urban complexity of Nancy and will try to introduce them into bottom-up participatory processes.
Other professionals invited together with Jose Luis Vallejo are:
Saija HOLLMEN, Architect – Finland (
Pierre HEBBELINCK, Architect – Belgium (
Beniamino SERVINO, Architect – Italy ( )
Tilman LATZ, Landscape architect – Germany (

The presentation of results will be during the morning of Friday 24th June 2011 (8.30 – 12.00)

more info:

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Ecosistema urbano in Israel

Category : ecosistema urbano + events + ⚐ EN

The Department of Architecture at Bezalel is seeking to promote an updated and high-quality discourse on architectural thinking and practice. For that end, as part of its series of events and programs, it is planning a central event that will take place at the end of the academic year. During that event, the department will invite leading architects and designers from around the world to discuss their work through a shared theme with both the students and the wider public. The guests are planned to stay for several days in Israel and will take part, as critics, in final student reviews at the department.

This central event, scheduled for the end of June, will provide an opportunity not only to expose the public to the oeuvre of some of the world’s leading practitioners in their professional prime, but also to question and define the boundaries and characteristics of architectural culture in Israel vis-א-vis other geographies.


The programme is built as a two-day event, in which the first day (June 23) is dedicated to reviews at the department in Jerusalem and the second day (June 24) in the morning hours, will be organized around a public panel in which participants will discuss their works in relation to this year’s theme, “realism”.

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Ecosistema Urbano presenta EU-TEC

Category : investigaciones + sostenibilidad + ⚐ ES

Ecosistema Urbano presenta el proyecto EU-TEC, una base de datos que reúne materiales, tecnologías, sistemas y equipos de trabajo innovadores relacionados con el diseño de entornos urbanos.

El resultado es una plataforma dinámica que establece enlaces entre construcción, arquitectura, ingeniería, diseño, urbanismo y tecnología; todo ello con una continua difusión a través del blog

EU-TEC pone a disposición del usuario información actualizada de forma continua. Cada ficha, con datos básicos sobre un producto específico, contendrá el enlace de la empresa fabricante o comercializadora.

EU-TEC ofrece además la posibilidad de publicar artículos técnicos a aquellas empresas interesadas en difundir de una manera extensa y profesional alguno de sus productos, que tendrán una importante visibilidad a través del blog y los canales y redes sociales asociadas.

La base de datos EU-TEC irá creciendo cada semana con nuevas entradas. Estamos a vuestra disposición para aclarar dudas y recoger sugerencias.

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Ecosistema Urbano busca diseñador web

Category : ecosistema urbano + internet + ⚐ ES

Ecosistema Urbano está buscando un diseñador web para una colaboración de 3 meses. Buscamos alguien familiarizado con la plataforma wordpress y con conocimientos de php y programación web.

Su labor será diseñar una web dedicada a la publicación de contenidos aprovechando todas las funcionalidades que ofrece wordpress con su plugin baddypress. Se requieren habilidades gráficas y conocimientos SEO para mejorar el posicionamiento de la pagina.

Es imprescindible tener experiencia y mostrar ejemplos de trabajos ya desarrollados.

Los interesados pueden contactarnos utilizando nuestro formulario de contacto o a través de nuestros canales en Facebook  (Ecosistema Urbano) y en Twitter (@ecosistema).

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Ecosistema Urbano a Cairano 7x | Microcosmi Eccellenti

Category : ecosistema urbano + eventi + ⚐ IT

Sabato 28 maggio Ecosistema Urbano partecipa all’evento Cairano 7x nella sezione: microcosmi eccellenti.

Si parlerá di:

comunità, trasformazione, sviluppo locale

L’edizione 2011 di Cairano 7x si apre il 27 maggio con l’incontro di architettura naturale Microcosmi eccellenti _comunità, trasformazione, sviluppo locale_ promosso da ANAB associazione nazionale architettura bioecologica


Un incontro di architettura per parlare di un’idea, l’architettura naturale, forte e giusta ma non compresa dal comune sentire, non praticata, anzi osteggiata, contrastata, per promuoverla perché venga accolta, riconosciuta e applicata, un’idea appassionante….

Un incontro di architettura per comprendere, condividere, partecipare le rapidissime trasformazioni dell’ambiente costruito, questa incontrollata accelerazione: costruiamo sempre, ovunque e comunque, produciamo qualsiasi inutile cosa, consumiamo, scartiamo, abbandoniamo…


Un incontro di architettura per fare movimento di resistenza alla sovra crescita urbana e alla sovra produzione edilizia contro un’aggressione non percepita ma più devastante di una guerra che distrugge suolo fertile costato fatiche millenarie all’uomo e alla natura.

Un incontro di architettura per discutere di progetto militante, nuovo monachesimo di sobrietà per riscrivere lo spartito contemporaneo della musica del territorio dell’uomo contro la crisi culturale / economica che produce appiattimento e acquiescenza invece che opportunità, rinnovamento, nuove idee.

Un incontro di architettura per applicare la cura della natura a un ambiente / territorio / città che ha perso equilibrio e salute, per dare sostanza all’architettura naturale per decifrarne il codice genetico, per interpretare informazioni, capire relazioni, leggere emozioni, indagare cambiamenti, codificare usi, modi, tempi.

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Category : architecture + ecosistema urbano + events

Ecosistema Urbano has been invited to lead a workshop (FESTARCH-LAB) at the international architectural event, curated by Stefano Boeri, FESTARCH 2011 ( to be held at various locations in the Italian region of Umbria (Terni, Perugia and Assisi) between May 26th and June 5th 2011.

Jose Luis Vallejo (@jlvmateo) and Domenico Di Siena (@urbanohumano) from ecosistema urbano will be guiding a group of 30 young european architects, students, artist and local citizens to experience the complexity of the city.

Weeks ago through this post (COME WITH US TO FESTARCH-LAB 2011 !!!!!!! ), we launched a call for participants and thanks to our blog followers the response has been very succesful. The selected people will be granted with free registration and accomodation.

The workshop will take place in Terni (100km north of Rome), from May 27th to June 1st  2011.
Next Saturday 28th of May 19.30 there will be an open lecture around ecosistema urbano work at CAOS center Terni.
We’ll be glad to meet some of ecosistema urbano blog readers.

See you in Terni!!!!

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Ecosistema Urbano + KOZ | Les nouveaux équipements, une exposition à Paris

Category : architecture + urban social design + ⚐ FR

Ecosistema Urbano participe avec KOZ Architectes à l’exposition “Nouveaux équipements à Paris” qui ouvrira le 19 mai au Pavillon de l’Arsenal à Paris. L’exposition présente en plans, images de synthèse et maquettes, les propositions de 30 équipes d’architectes pour imaginer six nouveaux équipements à Paris.

Parmi les projets présentés, nous profitons pour partager avec nos lecteurs celui que nous avons développé, en collaboration avec KOZ, dans le cadre d’un concours pour la construction d’un centre d’animation et aménagement de terrains sportifs à rue Mouraud dans le 20ème arrondissement.