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Ecosistema Urbano, first prize in the Voronezh Sea Closed Competition

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

Aerial view of the "Leisure Island"

Aerial view of the “Leisure Island”, one of the proposals

The Department of Natural Resources and Ecology of the Voronezh region decided recently to organize a closed competition in order to develop a strategy for the future of the Voronezh Sea, a currently contaminated reservoir. The aim was to gather ideas on the use of the reservoir so it can be more attractive for the population and be a resource for the development of the city once the water is clean.

Today we are pleased to announce that our proposal has been awarded the first prize!

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 proposal developed by Ecosistema Urbano after being selected for the second round of the competition works at different levels, addressing both the diverse sources of contamination and the potential uses of the existing reservoir. Our vision combines various solutions bringing new opportunities for leisure and activities for people to enjoy and experience the lake.

Our proposal

Addressing the different sources of pollution by providing customised solutions for each of them. These actions are framed as Phase 0. Among the actions we propose to place macrophytes on the surface of the water treatment plant tanks. This action can improve the performance of the Plant up to 40% and it is more efficient not only in the short term, but also in the long run as it reduces energy consumption and requires low maintenance.

Working with floating macrophytes which can absorb many different contaminants. They would be located in the shallowest areas of the lake to stop algae from blooming and emitting a specific smell that comes from the reservoir in summer.

Floating macrophytes in action

Floating macrophytes in action

Creation of bathing areas both in the urban and at the natural environment of the lake, incorporating the macrophytes as part of the water purification system.

A series of floating mobile cleaning infrastructures. These barges help to control water eutrophication as it is important to reduce the amount of phosphorus. They have tanks filled with alum for phosphor sedimentation at the bottom and incorporate various leisure programs and possibilities on the top, so they can be used in different areas of the city during the summer season. At the same time, these floating barges include sampling and analysing systems so that real time information about the water conditions and quality is made available for everyone through the web platforms and mobile app, specifically developed for this purpose.

Floating mobile cleaning infrastructures

Floating mobile cleaning infrastructures

Two areas are proposed to be developed through Public-Private Partnership. These new developments will help to shape a new identity for Voronezh and a new relationship of the city with the water.

The first is a mixed-use zone including housing, offices, retail, public and cultural buildings etc. This new development must be a pilot experience incorporating all the current sustainable technologies, as well as incorporating good practices in water management. Rainwater and surface water runoff is collected and purified through small ponds with floating macrophytes for being used afterwards for irrigation. Pump system for ponds and aeration fountains receive energy from micro wind turbines located on the shore.

New development of a mixed-use zones at the lakefront

New development of a mixed-use zones at the lakefront

As a second development opportunity, ecosistema urbano proposes turning the existing Pridachenskaya dam into a Leisure Island with different activities, becoming a new infrastructure for the city incorporating clean water areas available for swimming and bathing. The island also includes bicycle and jogging paths, boat station for water-sports, urban beach, gardens and parks, playgrounds and sport facilities.

Typologies of cleaning and activity-hosting infrastructures

Typologies of cleaning and activity-hosting infrastructures

Next you can see some more images of the proposal, showing how water treatment and environmental regeneration could work together with social reactivation of the reservoir along the day and through the seasons.

Swimming-pools

Leasure-Island-Day

Leasure-Island-Night

Eco-path

Related links (in Russian):

EU project ideas
Results of the competition
Voronezh news

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Juan Carlos Cristaldo, socio local de Ecosistema Urbano en Asunción

Category : ⚐ ES + colaboradores + Plan CHA + urban social design + urbanismo

Juan Carlos Cristaldo

Juan Carlos Cristaldo

Hoy tenemos el placer de presentaros a Juan Carlos (Juanca) Cristaldo, un joven arquitecto y diseñador urbano de Paraguay que es ahora nuestro socio local en Asunción y con quien estamos trabajando en el Plan Maestro del CHA.

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Ecosistema Urbano en Teckids: Tecnología para Ciudades Family Welcome | eu:KIDS

Category : ⚐ ES + eu:kids + Uncategorized

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Os invitamos a dar una vuelta por alguno de los muchos eventos que habrá los próximos 26, 27 y 28 de septiembre con motivo del festival Malakids!

Un festival urbano para familias que convierte durante varios días el centro de Madrid en un gran y bullicioso escenario para niños y mayores. Lugares como la Plaza del 2 de Mayo, el auditorio de Conde Duque, Comendadoras y San Ildefonso se llenarán de conciertos y actividades para todas las edades.

LASEDE del COAM acogerá el nuevo market de Malakids! y el evento Teckids, donde Mammaproof organiza una mesa redonda sobre la tecnología ligada a los niños y la forma de habitar las ciudades. Han invitado a Ecosistema Urbano y tendré el placer de acudir el domingo 28 para mostrar de forma breve nuestro Carrusel de la Energía de Holanda.

“En el contexto de una ciudad cada vez más densa y deshumanizada, brotan propuestas desde el activismo cívico de participación, inclusión, humanismo y sostenibilidad. Queremos dar la palabra a las personas que haciendo uso de la tecnología, de la pasión y de su capacidad comunicativa para mover comunidades, están haciendo el cambio en la calidad de vida de nuestras ciudades. Empezando por pensar en las necesidades de los más pequeños. Hablaremos de viandantes, de camino escolar, de disfrutar los espacios públicos, de la progresiva adaptación de los privados, de movilidad y de cómo conseguir traer la naturaleza al asfalto. Os invitamos a sumar vuestras propuestas a esta mesa participativa.”

Habrá más de 130 actividades en un solo fin de semana. Como una mini Noche en Blanco pero durante el día, así que no os lo perdáis y consultad el calendario porque hay mucho donde elegir.

Malakids! es un festival organizado por Kideoo, la web de planes no convencionales para padres y niños, Somos Malasaña, el periódico del barrio y el Ayuntamiento de Madrid, con la ayuda de empresas y comercios.

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Post por Luisa Zancada, arquitecta en Ecosistema Urbano y redactora de Mammaproof.

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Norway: Next Version | Lecture in Bergen by Ecosistema Urbano

Category : ⚐ EN + events + news + urbanism

Belinda Tato will be lecturing next Thursday,  September 11 at the USF Verftet cultural centre in Bergen, Norway, together with 8 other speakers.

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The conference, organized by the National Association of Norwegian Architects, will explore the relations between the cities, the suburbs and the rural areas, trying to gather insights on how to make them more productive, locally driven and sustainable while preserving Norway’s own character and exploring new lifestyles.

More info (in Norwegian): www.arkitektur.no/kurs6

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Ecosistema Urbano Wins the Master Plan Competition for the Historic Downtown of Asunción

Category : ⚐ EN + Plan CHA + sustainability + urban social design + urbanism

We are very pleased to announce that our Master Plan proposal for the revitalization of the Historic Downtown District of Asunción, Paraguay (Plan Maestro del Centro Histórico de Asunción), in an international open competition held in the past months. We are surprised and thrilled with the great reception that the project has had, and eager to continue its development side by side with the people, the organizations and the institutions in the city.

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Ecosistema Urbano gana el concurso para el Plan Maestro del Centro Histórico de Asunción

Category : ⚐ ES + Plan CHA + sostenibilidad + urban social design + urbanismo

Estamos encantados de poder anunciar aquí que nuestra propuesta para el Plan Maestro del Centro Histórico de Asunción (Paraguay) ha sido seleccionada como ganadora en el concurso internacional celebrado durante las últimas semanas. Estamos sorprendidos y emocionados con la recepción que ha tenido el proyecto, y deseosos de continuar su desarrollo mano a mano con las personas, organizaciones e instituciones de la ciudad.

La propuesta tiene como objetivo abordar la regeneración integral del centro de la ciudad de una forma inclusiva y convertir el proceso en una referencia, en un momento en que muchas ciudades del mundo están empezando a buscar otras formas de enfocar su futuro.

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

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

Voronezh and the reservoir - image via prorus.net - 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 : ⚐ EN + events + news

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 empodera.org

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

dreamhamar.app por Ecosistema Urbano

dreamhamar.app por Ecosistema Urbano

Hoy publicamos una entrevista que nos realizaron desde empodera.org, 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 empodera.org

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
empodera.org es una iniciativa de la Fundación Cibervoluntarios.

¡Que lo disfrutéis!

The launch of dreamhamar.app. - photo: Christoffer Horsfjord Nilsen

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

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

Category : ⚐ ES + cultura abierta + eventos + noticias

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 www.upv.es/endirecto/arq

Fecha y hora: 20/02/2014 | 12.30 h
Lugar: Aula Magna | ETSA – UPV
Convocatoria: cultura.arq.upv.es