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[ecosistemaurbano] seleccionado por el Ayuntamiento de Roma

Category : proyectos

[ecosistema urbano] ha sido seleccionado por el Ayuntamiento de Roma para presentar una propuesta al concurso restringido Rimesse in gioco/Depositi di idee junto con el equipo italiano Studio d’archittetura Via Brunetti.

El proyecto plantea la reutilización de un área urbana de Roma (Porta Maggiore) actualmente usada como aparcamiento de tranvías.

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Arquigrama tv visita ecosistemaurbano

Category : ⚐ ES

Arquigrama tv está editando una colección de documentales sobre arquitectura española contemporánea que saldrá a la venta el próximo otoño. El eco-bulevar de Vallecas ha sido seleccionado y en los próximos días (si no llueve) grabarán imágenes en nuestra oficina y en vallecas.

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El viejo y el nuevo URBACT, ambos llenos de novedades

Category : urbact + urbanismo + ⚐ ES

Fotografía: Pierre Andrews

Fotografía: Pierre Andrews

Este boletín lo hemos dedicado principalmente a hacer una recopilación de las últimas noticias sobre el programa. URBACT II está aún en pleno cierre ¡y los engranajes de URBACT III ya empiezan a moverse a gran velocidad!

La próxima edición, que por un baile de fechas saldrá dentro de unos pocos días, se centrará en varios artículos más desarrollados y traducidos al español, sobre temas que merecen ser revisados en profundidad.

Si tenéis noticias de vuestras redes o queréis compartir con la red española vuestras actividades, mandadnos algo durante esta semana y lo incluimos en el próximo boletín.

Ver el boletín online de URBACT en español

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Ri.Qua Venecia: bancos, camisetas y flores de papel en busca de la identidad local

Category : urbanismo + ⚐ ES

Hace unos meses nos contactaron unos amigos de Venecia para informarnos de que querían utilizar la idea de las “flores” de papel de Exuma en un experimento de placemaking que iban a desarrollar en un gran complejo de viviendas construido en los años 1980 en Marghera. El proyecto se llama RI.QUA (Ricerca Identitá di Quartiere) que se puede traducir como “búsqueda de la identidad de barrio” o como “aquí otra vez en este lugar”. Su primera parte se llevó a cabo en diciembre y hoy os presentamos los primeros resultados.

Ri.Qua Niños

Ri.Qua nació de una idea de LaMe (Laboratorio Mestre) como parte de un programa más extenso de mapeo e investigación sobre la parte continental de la ciudad de Venecia. Los talleres fueron el resultado del esfuerzo conjunto de 6 asociaciones, 2 oficinas del ayuntamiento y sobre todo de 30 niños y niñas de Via del Bosco, una calle de la periferia más problemática de Marghera ubicada a lado de un autopista.

Durante dos días los participantes al taller se juntaron en Via del Bosco para encontrarse y pensar o re-pensar esta parte de ciudad, reflexionando sobre el espacio del barrio y su significado para sus habitantes, especialmente los niños. Ri.Qua fue una primera intervención para regenerar una identidad de barrio a través de happenings, talleres, creatividad y cultura en un barrio donde a las dificultades sociales se suman los problemas espaciales y de segregación de los bloques de vivienda social construidos en las periferias de las ciudades italianas.

Los Edificios de Via del Bosco

El primer día los niños lo pasaron construyéndose sus propios bancos de trabajo. Bajo la guía de los organizadores, los jóvenes carpinteros montaron cada uno su pequeño banco y lo personalizaron con dibujos, plantillas y juegos.

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El segundo día se montó un pequeño laboratorio de serigrafía donde los niños realizaron sus camisetas con el dibujo de los edificios donde viven… esta vez no en tonos grises como en la realidad, sino llenos de color y vida.

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En la segunda parte del sábado los niños se dedicaron al paciente arte de la papiroflexia y, basándose en las plantillas que hicimos para Exuma, recrearon las flores de papel para usarlas como símbolo y soporte. Con estas flores en la mano salieron a la calle y eligieron los espacios más bonitos y agradables donde hacerse fotografiar, empezando así la segunda parte del proyecto, todavía en curso, de mapeo emocional del barrio y de reapropiación del espacio público.

Ri.Qua Flores

Ri.Qua volverá esta primavera en el mismo sitio con un proyecto de Guerrilla Gardening para que los jóvenes puedan mejorar también el lugar donde viven a través de una acción urbana, concreta y al mismo tiempo simbólica, alrededor de un deseo de identidad que ya tienen.

Las asociaciones que participaron en el taller bajo la coordinación de LaMe son:
Angolazioni urbane
ComuniCare
OéhDesign
Rigenerazioni Urbane
Small Caps
Spiazzi Verdi

Todas las fotos han sido sacadas de: www.pinterest.com/lamevez

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Networked Urbanism – Ecosistema Urbano workshop at Hong Kong Design Institute

Category : city + creativity + ecosistema urbano + networkedurbanism + social software + ⚐ EN

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Last January Ecosistema Urbano was invited to Hong Kong to take part in activities at two different events. We were invited to give a lecture and run a workshop at Hong Kong Design Institute and also be part of the MaD ASIA FORUM 2015 program.

Hong Kong Design Institute is an educational institution that adopts a “Think and Do” approach through contemporary curriculum and active collaborations with industry. HKDI brings together the strengths of the Design departments and offers programmes spanning across Foundation Studies, Communication Design and Digital Media, Fashion and Image Design, and Product and Interior Design.

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Our workshop aimed, not only at examining the physical dimension of the city, but also its social processes and fluxes, focusing in the quality of HK public spaces.

We believe that the reactivation of a public space cannot be addressed only by a conventional piece of art or urban design. A lively public space is a complex balance of overlapping layers which should also allow for improvisation and interaction; it is the platform for conversation and socialization and it should respond to the demands, desires and expectations of an increasingly plural society.

The transformation of a public space is not only about physically implementing a new creative urban environment, but also, and far more important, it is about building a community to support it, to care for it, to use it – before, during, and after its materialization. A designer’s role is not only to deliver high quality public spaces, but also to reflect on the many ways public space can contribute to foster or discourage social interaction. It is interesting to understand how the physical configuration of a space can condition our personal and social behaviour.

At ecosistema urbano we believe we have to work at different levels in order to achieve a healthy and sustainable public space. Our methodology focuses on three key factors:

Society. We believe it is necessary to empower communities to drive the projects that affect them, and therefore involve social layer in the design process, so social relevance can be guaranteed. It is necessary to invite citizens to take an active role in urban transformation.

Technology. We embrace technology as a means to enhance citizens’ interaction with each other and with the environment around them. As the digital-physical divide narrows and the possibilities multiply, technology becomes an increasingly significant element in urban social life.

Environment. Sustainability is not only an option anymore, but a must. Our work promotes the comprehension of the city as an open environmental classroom to raise awareness about ecological issues among citizens.

Within this framework, Jose Luis Vallejo and I led a 3-day workshop at Hong Kong Design Institute with students from the landscape program. The purpose of the workshop was to encourage students to reflect on the public space surrounding the school.

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The workshop consisted of three different actions:

FIRST ACTION

During the first task students had to explore the area, identifying both challenges and opportunities in the public space of this part of the city: East Kowloon, a newly built area with a lack of attractive public spaces. They had not only to observe and experience the space themselves but also to gather inputs and fresh ideas from other users and passersby.
In order to communicate and express their learnings and findings, they were expected to elaborate their ideas by producing a video.

WORKSHOP 2

Today’s strong culture in the use of new media pushes us, designers, to find innovative ways of communicating our ideas beyond the conventional disciplinary tools. The easiness of spreading information through social media, reaching out a larger audience, presents new opportunities of raising awareness about urban issues, increasing social interest, and building up a stronger urban culture.

The definition and the testing of these tools is a fertile creative space where students and future designers can find new opportunities for development and innovation, where not only the very concept is important, but also the skills of storytelling and narration.

We believe Design Schools should explore these new ways of communicating and transferring ideas and knowledge to bridge the distances between disciplinary language and society’s interests. It is necessary to develop the appropriate tools and to establish a creative and efficient conversation between us, designers, and the citizens, as we no longer can think about creating a healthy and sustainable city without their engagement.

Many topics emerged from this explorative approach: the space for the visually impaired, the lack of activities and programs, the monotony of the current design and existing solutions, etc.

You can watch the videos produced here.

 

SECOND ACTION

The second purpose of the workshop was to launch the Hong Kong version of the local_in platform, an online platform designed to publish geolocated messages: users write their ideas, opinions, proposals or concerns in 140 characters and classify them by category, tags and location so that they can be viewed, rated and shared in real time.

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The digital platform enables users to work at two different levels:

Mapping: situations, problems, opportunities through images, video, descriptions, etc.
Getting into action: posting their designs, strategies, and solutions to reactivate and dynamize the existing spaces.

There is a color code in which RED stands for problems or challenges and BLUE for ideas and solutions.

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The interface is very intuitive and allows the user to visualize the information by topics and interests in any given area of the city. Students directly uploaded their findings and reflections to the online platform. The application is open source, designed and developed by Ecosistema Urbano and released under GNU GPL license.

The platform hongkong.localin.eu will remain online and open for further use by citizens.

 

THIRD ACTION

As a final and symbolic act representing the result of this reflection, a temporary balloon installation was implemented in the main public space at HKDI, the boulevar.

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A series of 500 balloons were put into place, red balloons standing for problems and blue for ideas, recalling the color classification used in the local_in platform.
The installation is a symbolic representation of the digital platform and the ideas shown were a selection of the many gathered by students during the neighbourhood exploration. The ideas written in the balloons drew the attention of other students and passersby, and many of them also became engaged in the process and decided to contribute with their own thoughts. This simple mechanism became a social catalyst, sparking conversations along the space, connecting people and encouraging the reflection about the space we live in, and finally also the ideal background for many selfies, instantly shared on the social networks.

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MaD ASIA FORUM 2015

In addition to this activity we also took part in the MaD ASIA FORUM 2015, a platform cultivating creativity and global vision among young people in Asia.

Founded in 2009, MaD (Make a Difference) inspires and empowers young people all over Asia to come up with creative responses to our time’s challenges. It has evolved as a collaborative platform of creative changemakers that works at the intersection of creativity, entrepreneurship, innovation and discovery to bring about positive changes in Asia.

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Jose Luis and I gave a lecture within the program and led two workshops titled “Designing Human Cities for the Digital Age” in which participants were challenged to interact and collectively think about ways of improving cities.

WORKSHOP MAD

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Here you can find an interview (in chinese) published in NHET magazine.

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Guillermo Aroca | eu collaborators

Category : colaboradores + ecosistema urbano + Uncategorized + ⚐ EN

Dear all! Today we introduce Guillermo Aroca, a young architect who is collaborating with us from September 2014. He is bringing a critical fresh view of urbanism and architecture. A sharp observer who gives the perfect touch to our reports. Below, in his own words:

 

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I was born in Madrid in 1989 and I have always had a special interest for design, society and politics. I developed my passion for politics through my participation in the Model European Parliament (MEP), a debate program organized by the European Union.

I have learned architecture at the Architecture School of Valladolid and I have studied the fifth year of my career at the University of Technology and Economics of Budapest (BME). I have presented a selection of freehand drawings, photographs and collages that I have made during my career to the Association of Architects of this city (FUGA).

I began to practice as an architect at the architecture firms M57 and ODImasP, the former is based in Granada and the latter in Valladolid. I have also worked in the gallery of contemporary art Álvaro Alcázar, where I got in touch with the most active professionals in the Spanish creative scene.

In 2013, after volunteering in a Spanish NGO and submerging myself into the Spanish crisis, I conducted a final thesis project of a social nature, with the desire to serve the most disadvantaged part of the population.

During my stay in Ecosistema Urbano, I have developed an interest for urban social planning with citizen collaboration. These past months I have focused in the execution of a Master Plan for Asunción (Paraguay), I have also been working in the preliminary phase of the development of a Master Plan for Encarnacion (Paraguay) and a group working space in Barcelona. This commission has allowed me to mentally travel to South America without moving from my own city. Apart from learning how to trace a Master Plan full of content and without losing any attention to its design and appearance, I have also enjoyed an extraordinary work environment, full of great energy and fellowship.

In the future I look forward to further developing my passion for architecture, fashion, photography and writing. I have been able to cultivate these interests through various collaborations in many magazines, such as Curador, Doze and Metal Magazine.

More information at:
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The Bicycle as a Tool to Understand the City

Category : city + mobility + movilidad + sustainability + urbanism + ⚐ EN

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Bicycle parking in Copenhagen, photo gently borrowed from Olmofin on Flickr

All the arguments are known. All the benefits of using a bicycle as a means of transportation have been discussed, on words, speeches, infographics, funny drawings, and all other sorts of communication. We all know it is an efficient vehicle, with zero fuel consumptions and pollutant gases emission, requires less space, eases traffic congestion and is good for one’s wallet and health.

However, the most valuable and meaningful aspect of this two-wheeled vehicle has not yet been discussed. Cycling is a really intimate way of blending with the landscape, urban or rural. The bicycle is, therefore, an instrument for understanding the city, being this a key factor for the future of urban areas.

In a car, the world is reduced. The driver is inside a box, focused on getting rapidly from A to B. He moves through sections of asphalt roads and highways. Everything that surrounds him is a secondary plan. The environment, the architecture, the landscape, the life. All part of a canvas blurred by the circulating speed.

In the city, the bicycle it’s not just a ride, it is also a tool, a device for understanding the city and experiencing the true meaning of urbanism.

Being on the side of those who believe cities should be (much) more human centered, more livable, attractive and sustainable is certainly not easy, especially if you’re living in a car-centered society. Have you tried to talk with your friends or family about these problems? Have you tried to talk about how much space in a street is reserved for the cars, compared to the little sidewalk? They won’t understand, most of them drive a car, they want their space, their parking spot. They still believe more and wider car lanes will ease urban congestion.

I cannot approach them, or any random citizen, about energy efficiency in cities, about air pollution; I cannot tell them that part of the solution is a system based on walking, cycling and on public transport. I cannot tell them that the key for urban sustainability relies on density or about how the highways had fragmented the landscapes (and this is clear in Lisbon).

It doesn’t matter how eloquent we are, nobody wants to change their lifestyle when they understand it as life quality.

And this is why the bicycle is such an important tool, as a way to experience urbanism. Go for a bike ride along the city with someone who’s driving a car on a daily basis and even the best sustainable cities presentation will fall short of this exercise.

They’ll see the world with different eyes. There’s so many cars here and they’re going too fast, he’ll say. This cycling track should be larger, but generally there should be more in this part of town. I never noticed this building before. Oh, this cafe looks very nice, let’s stop, thank god they got bike racks. And, all of a sudden, those problems are not that far away from their reality.

Here’s the deal, everybody was already liking to ride a bicycle since they were kids. We don’t need to sell it. It’s cool, it’s fun, easy and economical. It’s just a matter of trying, becoming thrilled about it, and maybe they’ll see the benefits of a car-less or even car-free living. It’s all about experiencing it.

And this elevates the importance of pilot projects in the city, the importance of giving the opportunity for citizens to enjoy and feel the city as their own. It doesn’t matter what it is, as long as it’s enlightened with life: a car-free saturday, a naked bike ride, some parklets or occupying a street for a month. Personally, I love when the traffic is cut in some random street, I instantly jump from the tiny sidewalk to the car lane. People will love it and the city will benefit from it, short and long-term.

This is what we need, less talk and more action.

A do-it-yourself bike lane in Asunción, Paraguay

A do-it-yourself bike lane in Asunción, Paraguay

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Ecosistema Urbano en Diálogos 2015 | EASD, Valencia

Category : eventos + noticias + ⚐ ES

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La Escuela de Arte y Superior de Diseño de Valencia (EASD) invita esta semana a Ecosistema Urbano a la duodécima edición de Diálogos. Unas jornadas de diseño que reúnen a  profesionales de las seis disciplinas que posee la Escuela (diseño de moda, diseño de producto, diseño de interiores, diseño gráfico, Fotografía y Creación Audiovisual y Joyería y Objeto).

Las charlas tendrán lugar del 27 al 30 de enero. Irán acompañadas de tres eventos como la exposición “Lo verás cerca de casa” de Chaumont, Francia; el proyecto sobre espacio expositivo del arte sonoro de el Espacioaudible; y la proyección del cortometraje “El último abrazo” de Sergi Pitarch.

Luisa Zancada, miembro de Ecosistema Urbano, asistirá a la presentación analizando varios de los trabajos del estudio en torno al tema de diseño social y colaborativo. Será un recorrido a través de las metodología y las diversas acciones, eventos o herramientas digitales, que contribuyen a involucrar a la comunidad en el diseño del espacio urbano que ellos mismos disfrutarán.

Nos vemos el jueves 29 de enero a las 17:40 h.

 

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Un kit de herramientas para la colaboración institucional-ciudadana

Category : noticias + participación + urbact + urbanismo + ⚐ ES

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¿Cómo configurar, desde el gobierno local, un grupo de trabajo en el que puedan hablar por igual iniciativas ciudadanas y técnicos municipales o representantes políticos? — ¿Cómo horizontalizar la relación entre partes implicadas o al menos aproximar lo top-down y lo bottom-up? — ¿Cómo coordinar un proyecto político con los proyectos ciudadanos existentes? — ¿Cómo desarrollar un plan de acción participativo sin caer en el mero formulismo? — ¿Qué capacidades es necesario desarrollar en sus integrantes para que este tipo de participación funcione? — ¿Cómo sacarle partido, trabajando en una red transnacional, a la experiencia de otros ayuntamientos europeos? — ¿De qué herramientas me puedo servir a lo largo de todo este proceso?

Si trabajas en un ayuntamiento o institución pública y te has hecho alguna de estas preguntas, puede que te interese echar un vistazo al Kit de Herramientas para Grupos de Apoyo Local de URBACT. Si tu ciudad forma parte de la red URBACT, con más motivo, dado que está especialmente pensado en el marco de ese programa. Si, en cambio, formas parte de una iniciativa ciudadana, tampoco está de más saber qué metodologías y herramientas se están proponiendo desde la esfera política para el desarrollo urbano sostenible e integrado. Es posible que si cada parte entiende el modo de hacer de las otras, estén todas mucho más capacitadas para trabajar juntas.

Aunque está dirigido especialmente a los Grupos de Apoyo Local, que son una estructura participativa propia de los proyectos URBACT, encontraréis métodos y herramientas que pueden ser interesantes para otros procesos participativos.

Páginas de ejemplo

Páginas de ejemplo

El manual incluye algunos conceptos teóricos, pero principalmente consejos y ejemplos de buenas prácticas recogidos de ediciones anteriores del programa, orientado todo ello a facilitar respuestas a preguntas como las planteadas más arriba.

Además, fiel a su espíritu práctico, incluye enlaces a modelos de herramientas útiles para este tipo de procesos: El modelo de planificación cíclica, la tabla de análisis de los actores, la matriz de importancia/influencia de los actores, la herramienta de autoevaluación del Grupo de Apoyo Local, el árbol de problemas, la tabla de acciones, la herramienta de autoevaluación del Plan de Acción Local y una sección con referencias útiles.

Ejemplo de diagrama de autoevaluación

Ejemplo de diagrama de autoevaluación

Es destacable, por lo acertado, el énfasis de URBACT en formar a personas más que en rediseñar estructuras o proponer complicadas metodologías. En ese sentido, este manual viene a complementar a otras acciones como la Universidad de Verano o los seminarios de formación para políticos o miembros de los Grupos de apoyo Local.

Visualiza y descarga el kit de herramientas en PDF

Muchos nos habéis pedido este material u otros similares. Aquí está, por fin, en formato descargable y completamente en español. ¡Esperamos que os sea útil!

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Ecosistema Urbano at MaD Asia forum 2015

Category : ecosistema urbano + events + news + ⚐ EN

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Next week Ecosistema Urbano members Jose Luis Vallejo and Belinda Tato will be attending the MaD ASIA FORUM 2015, a platform cultivating creativity and global vision among young people in Asia.

Founded in 2009, MaD (Make a Difference) inspires and empowers young people all over Asia to come up with creative responses to our time’s challenges. It has evolved as a collaborative platform of creative changemakers that works at the intersection of creativity, entrepreneurship, innovation and discovery to bring about positive changes in Asia.

Tato & Vallejo will be running the #networkedurbanism workshop “Designing Human Cities for the Digital Age” on Jan. 31st and presenting their work on Feb. 1st.

We are excited to be back in Hong Kong and looking forward to knowing more about the city and its creative community!

More about the event 
The schedule