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Kits para niños: involucrando a la ciudadanía más joven en el planeamiento participativo

Category: ⚐ ES+Centro Histórico Abierto+Cuenca Red+ecosistema urbano+educación+participación+Plan CHA+Plan Encarnación Más


Como probablemente hayáis notado, hace unos meses este post fue publicado en nuestro blog en inglés.  Con razón de la publicación de este articulo en la Carpeta Informativa de Abril del CENEAM, Centro Nacional de Educación Ambiental del Ministerio de Agricultura y Pesca, Alimentación y Medio Ambiente, se ha recientemente traducido el texto al castellano. Por lo tanto, os dejamos a continuación esta lectura para hispanohablantes.

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La Academia norteamericana: un atributo de la arquitectura española

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

El próximo lunes 18 de septiembre Ecosistema Urbano participará en el curso “La Academia norteamericana: un atributo de la arquitectura española” en la Universidad Internacional de Andalucía.

El evento tiene como objetivo reflexionar sobre la influencia que ha tenido la academia norteamericana en el desarrollo académico y profesional de varios arquitectos españoles. Así, se pretende evidenciar el valor de la internacionalización y del intercambio, tanto en el contexto universitario como profesional, siendo éstos espacios necesarios para el desarrollo creativo y profesional.

En 1953 y, tras huir de la dictadura española, el arquitecto José Luis Sert fue nombrado decano de la Escuela de Diseño de la Universidad Harvard, cargo que ejerció hasta 1969. Así comienza el recorrido de una serie de figuras fuertemente influyentes de la arquitectura española en la academia norteamericana, que se releva con el liderazgo de Rafael Moneo en la Universidad de Harvard y se continúa con otras figuras más contemporáneas, como Iñaki Ábalos. Todos estos arquitectos, tras pasar por cargos de prestigio e influencia en Estados Unidos, regresarán posteriormente a España, donde revisitarán y reconducirán su profesión tras la experiencia vivida. Esto supondrá una significativa transformación para la arquitectura española.

El seminario incluirá conferencias por parte de Iñaki Ábalos (Ábalos+Sentkiewicz), Víctor Navarro (Langarita Navarro), José Luis Vallejo (Ecosistema Urbano), Luis Rojo (Rojo/Fernández-Shaw), Ricardo Devesa (Actar Publishers), Marina Otero (After Belonging Agency), Ángel Martínez García-Posada, y los fundadores de PRÁCTICA Jaime Daroca, José Mayoral y José Ramón Sierra.

La matriculación esta ya abierta y se puede completar desde el siguiente enlace:


Fechas: 18, 19 y 20 de septiembre de 2017
Lugar: Monasterio de la Cartuja de Sevilla, España.
Aforo limitado.

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Smart… ¿qué? Tecnología y ciudad en las jornadas #CityFollowers 4

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Jornada #CityFolowers #4 - Tecnología y ciudad

¿A qué nos referimos cuando añadimos el término “smart” a la ciudad? ¿Qué es lo que puede aportar la tecnología a la gestión del desarrollo urbano? ¿Cuánto podemos confiar a los sistemas y los datos, y cuánto a las personas? ¿Cuáles son los “para qués” y los “cómos” necesarios tras la tecnología?

Estas son algunas de las preguntas que motivan la organización de las próximas jornadas de debate de la serie #cityfollowers, el próximo martes 27 de junio a las 18:30h en la Universidad Camilo José Cela, en la que participarán destacados expertos en el tema y en las que el objetivo último es expandir el debate y revisar las cuestiones más relevantes del momento en torno al tema.
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Cityfollowers Talks: Jornadas de Innovación y Gestión Urbana #3

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CityFollowers 3: Movilidad

El próximo martes 30 de mayo a las 18:30h tendrá lugar la segunda sesión-encuentro de las Jornadas de Innovación y Gestión Urbana como parte del ciclo #Cityfollowers Talks de la UCJC. continue reading

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Ruralism: The Future of Villages and Small Towns in an Urbanizing World | Book and Interview

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Ruralism: The Future of Villages and Small Towns in an Urbanizing World book

Last year we were contacted by Vanessa Miriam Carlow from the Institute for Sustainable Urbanism to make an interview for the book Ruralism: The Future of Villages and Small Towns in an Urbanizing World. This book is dedicated to the significance of rural spaces ‘as a starting point for transformation’. Different international experts were asked to reflect on rural spaces from an architectural, cultural, gender-oriented, ecological, and political perspective and ask how a (new) vision of the rural can be formulated. As the introduction states:

In an urbanizing world, the city is considered the ultimate model and the measure of all things. The attention of architects and planners has been almost entirely focused on the city for many years, while rural spaces are all too often associated with visions of economic decline, stagnation and resignation. However, rural spaces are transforming almost as radically as cities. Furthermore, rural spaces play a decisive role in the sustainable development of our living environment—inextricably interlinked with the city as a resource or reservoir. The formerly segregated countryside is now traversed by global and regional flows of people, goods, waste, energy, and information, linking it to urban systems and enabling them to function in the first place.

Today we are publishing the interview, answered by Belinda Tato. If you find it interesting, there is much more in the book! We recommend you to get a printed copy here. Here is the full transcript of the interview:

Q: Your office name, ecosistema urbano, brings with it a certain tension that somehow combines unexpected contrasts. How did you come to this name and what do you want to express with it?

A: It took us a while to choose a name or concept that communicated our interests and the complex reality of urban issues we face. We found the idea of ‘ecosystem’ an appealing one, its definition implies a group of interconnected elements formed by the interaction of a community with their environment. This relationship between the natural and the artificial aims for a balance between these two worlds, and reflects the issues we care about when designing architecture and practicing territorial and urban planning.

Q: In your presentation, you said that during your studies the planning approach mainly focused on infrastructure and the physical environment. How would you describe the situation today?

A: I believe there is a clear shift between the object-focused educational approach from the nineties towards a more polyhedral approach and understanding of cities and design that is happening today. There is a growing interest in considering processes and interactions and taking the social, cultural, or economic aspects into account leading to more comprehensive and ambitious proposals to transform reality.

Q: Which approach does your office have today? How would you describe the current role of the architect and planner?

A: That is not an easy question to answer briefly! We recently made an effort to try to summarize our approach and the result is a kind of manifesto in ten points.

Urban. Social. Design. Three words that describe our dedication: the urban context, the social approach, and the design understood as an action, an interaction, and a tool for transformation. Understanding types of behaviour and processes at different levels is crucial.

Creativity is a network. In a globalized world, creativity is the capacity to connect things innovatively and thus we understand that the protagonist of the creative process is not just a team but an open and multi-layered design network.

Community first. Cities are created and maintained by people for people, and urban development only makes sense when the community cares about it. We work to empower the communities to drive the projects that affect them, so social relevance is guaranteed.

Going glocal. Just as cities have residents and visitors, and planning is made at different scales, every urban project is born in a constant movement between the direct experience and specificity of the local context, and the global, shared flow of information and knowledge.

Accepting –and managing– conflict. Participation, like conversation, means letting all the points of view be raised and listened to. Public debate only makes sense if all the stakeholders are involved. Every project affecting the city has to deal with both opposition and support, consensus and contradiction.

Assuming complexity. Encompassing the complexity of the urban environment requires simplifying it. Instead, we prefer to admit its vast character and understand our work as a thin layer –with limited and, at times, unpredictable effects– carefully inserted into that complexity.

Learning by doing. Our experience grows through practice. We know what we can do, and we challenge ourselves to do what we think we should be doing. We solve the unexpected issues as we move, and then we take our lesson from the process and the results.

Planning… and being flexible. Urban development is what happens in the city while others try to plan it. We think ahead, make our dispositions, but we are always ready for reality to change our plans… mostly for the better. Rigidity kills opportunity, participation and urban life.

Embracing transdisciplinarity: We assume that our role as professionals is evolving, disciplinary bonds are loosening, urban projects are complex, and circumstances are continuously changing. This requires open-minded professionals, flexible enough to adapt their roles and skills and to use unusual tools.

Technology as a social tool: Today’s technology enables us to better relate and interact with each other and with the surrounding environment. As the digital-physical divide narrows and the possibilities multiply, it becomes an increasingly significant element in urban social life.

Keeping it open: Open means transparent, accessible, inclusive, collaborative, modifiable, reproducible. Open means more people can be part of it and benefit from it. These are the attributes that define a project made for the common good.

Ruralism: The Future of Villages and Small Towns in an Urbanizing World book

Q: From your presentation, it emerged that the integration of the local conditions—as a climatic and social issue—represent an important focus of your work. How do you rate the relationship between global-local influence in relation to the architectural or urban design?

A: This is a very interesting question, and one we have asked ourselves several times. We have worked mostly abroad during the last years, and over and over we find the same situation where we have to balance the local and the global dimensions of design and planning. Local conditions are always the main terms of reference for our work. They give accuracy and pertinence to our proposals. They not only determine the boundaries we have to respect, the resources we have available, or the particularities we have to take into account, but also the potential for improvement that each particular place has. Local context is a source of invaluable site-specific knowledge, even if that knowledge is not always conscious or apparent, especially to locals. Opening a project to participation is a great way to make local values stand out and locals become self-aware… if you are able to ask the right questions and then read between the lines, of course. But relying solely on local conditions rarely provides the best solutions. You usually find situations that have become stagnant precisely by the lack of confrontation and external feedback. Then you need to confront the local ‘ways,’ often loaded with prejudices or relative narrowness, or with something else. And that is where global influence comes into play: the contrast, the opposition that clears concepts, breaks groupthink and gives a relative measure to local values. Global is the mirror that local can use to become self-conscious. We could speak of bringing knowledge from the global to the local, or even generating local knowledge by confronting it with the global. But it is also creativity that is being created or transferred. The ability to connect, articulate, and interpret different contexts is crucial whenever a new approach is needed and local conditions have proven insufficient to deliver it.

Q: You showed us some practical examples of your current work, which pursues sustainable approaches in terms of water recycling systems for the kindergarten in Madrid or climatic adaptations for the Expo pavilion in Shanghai. What opportunities do you see for the implementation of sustainable planning tools or strategies in larger, urban scale projects?

A: Urban planning and urban design have a great impact on people’s lives, shaping the way we live, move, relate, consume, etc… In addition to this, its impact will be of a long term as it is less ephemeral than architecture. For these reasons, it is important to design integrating with nature, its cycles and processes, taking advantage of the environment and optimizing interventions.

Q: Let us take a closer look at the countryside: in the current city-centered discourse, rural spaces are often dismissed as declining or stagnating. However, rural spaces also play a critical role in sustainable development, as an inextricably linked counterpart, but also as a complement to the growing city, as extraction sites, natural reservoirs for food, fresh water and air, or as leisure spaces. Do we need to formulate a (new) vision of ‘ruralism’? What would be your definition of the future rural? What new concepts for the rural exist in Spain?

A: When talking about ecosystems, it is crucial to understand the interwoven connections between the urban and the rural, and how they relate and affect each other in a critical balance. Although the urban expansion has some environmental consequences, there are also some interesting phenomena happening. As today’s IT keeps us connected and allows us to work remotely, this neoruralism enables us to have a renewed vision of the territory and its possibilities, offering development opportunities in towns that have been abandoned for decades, for instance in Spain. This new trend is transforming these abandoned towns into new activity hubs, creating a new migration flux from cities. It will be possible to measure the socioeconomic impact of this activity in a few years.

Ruralism: The Future of Villages and Small Towns in an Urbanizing World book

Q: The once remote and quiet countryside is now traversed by global and regional flows of people, goods, waste, energy, and information, interrelating it with the larger urban system. Is a new set of criteria for understanding and appreciating the rural required? How would you measure what is rural and what is urban?

A: In a globalized world with an unprecedented ongoing process of urbanization, and under the impact of climate change and global warming, it is becoming more and more difficult to precisely define the limits between the rural and the urban as the urban footprint is somehow atomizing and gobbling the rural. Cities are the combination and result of the simultaneous interaction between nature and artificial technology, and their ecological footprint expansion forces the extraction of natural resources from even further sources, with obvious environmental consequences. At the local scale, it is necessary to point out the close relationship between the way a city relates to its environment, the way it manages its natural resources, and the quality of life it can provide to its inhabitants. This could be summarized as: the more sustainable a city/territory is, the better its inhabitants will live.

Q: What role do villages and smaller towns have in a world in which the majority live in cities? Could you comment on and describe a bit about the situation in Spain or the other countries you have been working in?

A: In cities, innovation and creativity concentrate and emerge naturally. The rural environment also requires people willing to create, to innovate, to connect, etc…. This creative ruralism could lead to the creation of eco-techno-rural environments, which would provide some of the features of the rural combined with specific services of the urban…the perfect setting for innovation to take place!

Q: Which role could the rural play at the frontlines of regional transformation and sustainability? What are the existing and potential connections between urban and rural spaces?

A: The rural could provide a complementary lifestyle for people fleeing from the city to re-connect or re-localize. At the same time, we would need to explore and expand technology’s possibilities, pushing its actual limits, and foreseeing potential new services that could enhance life in the rural by making it more diverse, fulfilling, and even… more global.

Q: And what role can urban design play in preparing rural life and space for the future? Is the rural an arena for ‘urban’ design at all?

A: I think the challenge would be to create the conditions for social life and interaction. We do have the conditions for that activity to happen digitally, but how can we foster social activity in low-density environments? Would it be necessary to create small urban nodes in the rural? These issues are interesting challenges we have to face conceptually and design-wise.

Are you interested in this topic? You can get the book here…

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Cityfollowers Talks: Jornadas de Innovación y Gestión Urbana #1

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#Cityfollowers Talks: Jornadas de Innovación y Gestión Urbana #1 - innovación y espacios para hacer ciudad

El próximo martes 24 de enero a las 18:30h tendrá lugar la primera sesión-encuentro de las Jornadas de Innovación y Gestión Urbana como parte del ciclo Cityfollowers Talks de la UCJC.

¿Qué es #Cityfollowers?

La Escuela de Arquitectura y Tecnología de la UCJC está en pleno proceso de transformación, buscando un acercamiento holístico y complejo a la ciudad y preparándose para formar a los nuevos actores que son cada día más necesarios para su desarrollo. El concepto-etiqueta #Cityfollowers aglutina toda la reflexión y comunicación de la escuela en torno a esa búsqueda.

Así, en el contexto de la puesta en marcha de nuevas líneas formativas como el grado en Diseño y Gestión Urbana y el máster en Movilidad Urbana, Tecnología y Eco-Transporte, la UCJC pone en marcha unas jornadas formadas por cuatro foros de encuentro y debate, a través de los cuales busca acercarse a algunas de las temáticas más relevantes y a las personas interesadas en ellas.

Cityfollowers Talks: jornadas de innovación y gestión urbana

Estas jornadas buscan generar un debate local y en red sobre algunos de los ámbitos en los que la complejidad de la ciudad se hace especialmente visible: desde el impulso de la innovación a través de espacios de experimentación urbana hasta los “para qués” de la tecnología aplicada a la ciudad, pasando por la gestión de los procesos de renovación del patrimonio y los cambiantes modelos de movilidad.

#1 Innovación: espacios para hacer ciudad – 24 de enero

#2 Patrimonio: co-gestión y revitalización – 28 de marzo

#3 Movilidad: acceder, conectar y compartir – 30 de mayo

#4 Tecnología: smart… ¿qué? – 27 de junio

A través de estos foros de debate se busca también un contacto directo con profesionales, docentes, estudiantes y otras personas que desde distintos ámbitos están contribuyendo con su conocimiento y experiencia a ampliar la mirada sobre la ciudad. Buscamos establecer un diálogo cercano en el que la Universidad y su entorno puedan ir construyendo una red de colaboración y generando capacidades, nuevos agentes, enfoques y proyectos capaces de actuar en el cambiante entorno urbano.

#Cityfollowers Talks: Jornadas de Innovación y Gestión Urbana #1 - innovación y espacios para hacer ciudad

Jornada #1 – Innovación: espacios para hacer ciudad

El desarrollo urbano es un proceso de evolución continua, en el cual la búsqueda de la sostenibilidad, la revisión crítica y la innovación son claves. ¿Cómo podemos hacer que las capacidades y posibilidades del entorno institucional, el ámbito empresarial y el quehacer ciudadano funcionen juntas, aportando lo mejor de cada una?

La primera sesión busca acercarse a algunas experiencias que abordan la gestión continua del desarrollo urbano desde la colaboración entre diversos actores y la creación de experiencias transformadoras: urban centres, mesas de encuentro, laboratorios urbanos, oficinas de barrio, espacios de innovación ciudadana…

Este encuentro, como los siguientes, estará presentado por Miguel Ángel Díaz Camacho, actual director de la Escuela de Arquitectura y Tecnología de la UCJC, y moderado por Jorge Toledo, de Ecosistema Urbano.

Con el doble objetivo de tener una aproximación al tema a varias voces y empezar a crear una red en torno a la docencia, se ha invitado a personas que con su trabajo y reflexión se han aproximado de diferentes maneras a los “laboratorios urbanos” o a enfoques similares.

Experiencias desde Madrid:

Las Mesas de Citykitchen (Aurora Adalid, Zuloark)
Experimenta Distrito + Medialab (Marcos García y Lorena Ruiz, Medialab)
Marinalab (Mauro Gil-Fournier, de VIC y EstudioSIC)

Experiencias desde otras ciudades:

Open Urban Lab de Zaragoza (Ana Jiménez)
Civic Factory Fest de Valencia (varios, Civic Wise)
Laboratorio para la Ciudad de México (Gabriella Gómez-Mont)
Urban Center de Bolonia (Giovanni Ginocchini)

La primera parte del encuentro consistirá en una serie de breves presentaciones que nos permitirán situar cada una de estas iniciativas dentro (o fuera) del amplio y difuso campo semántico de los “labs urbanos”. La segunda parte estará dedicada enteramente al debate, en el que participarán también otros invitados, como Andrés Walliser, Juan Freire o Jorge Arévalo, que también llevan un tiempo reflexionando sobre el tema.

Día: Martes 24 de enero
Hora: 18:30 a 20:30h
Lugar: Campus Almagro UCJC, c/Almagro, 5, Madrid – ver mapa

Streaming en directo:

Hashtag: #cityfollowers
Twitter: @_city_followers
Instagram: @city_followers

Más información sobre la escuela:
918 153 131, ext 16370

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El Plan CHA de Asunción, finalista en el Premio Internacional de Guangzhou

Category: ⚐ ES+noticias+Plan CHA+urbanismo+video

El Plan Maestro del Centro Histórico de Asunción, o Plan CHA, fue presentado al público en mayo de 2015, y ahora está en sus primeras fases de implementación. Hace poco os hablábamos del primer festival de arte urbano, Latido Americano, y hay otras acciones en marcha gracias al equipo técnico del Plan CHA (que está trabajando en la creación de AsuLAB, un laboratorio urbano para el Centro Histórico) y a la recientemente creada Oficina del Centro Histórico de la Municipalidad de Asunción.

Gracias a este Plan (o proceso de revitalización, como preferimos entenderlo), Asunción fue recientemente seleccionada para el Premio Internacional de Guangzhou para la Innovación Urbana.

Aprovechamos la presentación a este premio como una oportunidad de contar de forma muy breve un proyecto largo y complejo. El resultado es el vídeo que podéis ver a continuación, realizado con materiales de Christian Núñez, de Dronepy, de Juan Carlos Meza de Fotociclo, del festival Latido Americano y de la excelente publicación Kurtural, y animado con la música de Chancha Via Circuito.

Este premio bienal busca identificar el proyecto urbano que mejor refleje la necesidad de la sostenibilidad social, económica y ambiental de las ciudades en el mundo. Está organizado por la Red Mundial de Ciudades y Gobiernos Locales y Regionales (CGLU), la organización Metropolis y la ciudad de Guangzhou, ubicada al sur de China Continental, en el corazón de la rica región industrial y comercial del Delta del Río Perla.

Esta tercera edición ha atraído a 171 ciudades, con un total de 301 iniciativas aprobadas por el Comité Técnico, de las que sólo 15 quedaron seleccionadas. Una de ellas, Asunción con su Plan CHA, lo que supone un reconocimiento importante para un proyecto que apenas acaba de comenzar su andadura.

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CUENCA RED en el libro “La participación en la construcción de la ciudad”

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La Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura y Edificación de Cartagena publica el libro “La participación en la construcción de la ciudad”, y Ecosistema Urbano ha sido invitado a contribuir en el mismo, compartiendo alguno de nuestros últimos proyectos. Hemos decidido narrar el proceso de trabajo, los resultados y la experiencia adquirida en el proyecto CUENCA RED, un proyecto que finalizamos la pasada primavera, después de un intenso proceso de trabajo que culminó en la definición de 6 propuestas urbanas para la transformación de espacios públicos de la ciudad.

El libro ilustra este proceso en más de diez páginas de contenido exclusivo, por lo que agradecemos a los editores y coordinadores Jaume Blancafort y Patricia Reus, la oportunidad que nos han brindado.

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Lecture at UdK Tuesday, Berlin

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Next Tuesday, December 13th, José Luis Vallejo from Ecosistema Urbano will be giving a lecture at the Universität der Küste Berlin, as part of the UdK Tuesday series of talks.

If you are in Berlin and didn’t know about these activities, you should also have a look at the the rest of the impressive programme. And these are only the last of a series of more than 158 lectures!


If you happen to be around by that date, we hope to meet you there!

Day: December 13th, 2016
Time: 19 h.
Address: UdK Berlin, Raum 310, Hardenbergstr. 33, 10623 Berlin
Free entrance!

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Ecosistema Urbano, design finalist of ‘Shore to Core’ competition in West Palm Beach

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Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach waterfront

West Palm Beach waterfront – Photo by Ecosistema Urbano

Today we are excited to share with you that we have been selected as finalists for the ‘Shore to Core‘ design competition in West Palm Beach, Florida.

This competition, commissioned by the West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency and organized by the Van Alen Institute, was launched in order to gather innovative visions and develop forward-looking proposals for the future of the city’s downtown and waterfront area. Participants were asked to address in their projects, general issues that affect the area, from social transformation to rising sea levels, but also to deliver site-specific proposals for several locations: Flagler Drive —the waterfront—, some of the narrow alleyways, the Great Lawn and the city’s Banyan parking garage building.

We are to be one of the 2 teams selected among 41 teams —comprising 159 participants from 13 countries— to further develop our proposals. For us this is another great opportunity to rethink the way urban environment is connected —and responds— to society, culture, economy and the environment.

You can read other news about it and have a look at the official website:

Shore to Core | Van Alen Institute

We are now focused and working for the second stage of the competition, looking deeper into the urban challenges the city faces and transforming them into unique opportunities of improvement of public space and social life.