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ecological reconfiguration | philadelphia urban voids

Category: ⚐ EN+daz+ecosistema urbano

Ecosistema Urbano believes that the revitalization of urban life is not obtained merely by architecture alone, but by focusing on solutions which encompass all aspects of the city system.  Regenerating the networks of social, environmental, and physical elements plants the seed for flourishing, liveable urban communities.  The ecological reconfiguration of Philadelphia uses the city’s strong history of citizen participation to develop a sustainable and economically-viable landscape.

The new Philadelphia will be built over itself by its citizens. Our proposal intends to generate the strategical mechanisms as a starting point for the self reparation of the urban tissue. continue reading

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city as a playground | plaza ecopolis

Category: ⚐ EN+daz+ecosistema urbano

Is it an utopia turning the city into a field of experimentation and play? Is it possible to integrate the different areas of the public space by avoiding fragmentation affecting contemporary cities?

From our point of view the contemporary city should be rethought as a transformation of reality around us rather than a new reality starting from scratch. We understand that this transformation should operate mainly from the public space, the place of the collective expression of social and cultural diversity. Public space should be reconquered  by those who make a freer use of it, those not responding to specific patterns and rules: children. Just through the point of view of a child we will be able to rediscover the city and transform it structurally and not in a merely cosmetic way. continue reading

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urban actions | think big – start small – act now

Category: ⚐ EN+daz+ecosistema urbano

In contrast to traditional problem-solving methods for reactivating degraded public spaces, we believe another form of intervention is possible – one without spending vast amounts of money, time, and energy.  We focus on low-cost actions capable of generating responses from residents, in effect  obtaining a system of self-produced revitalization where the citizen plays an active role in the creation of public space. continue reading

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physical + digital | what if cities…?

Category: ⚐ EN+daz+ecosistema urbano

What if cities project is an ambitious urban social design project. Its aim is to bring citizenship to the design and management of their physical and social environment.

Social solidarity and quality urban space together with efficient public services are the main factors to ensure that a city provides a good quality of life. To achieve this, it is necessary to leave aside the conventional schemes which consider citizens as mere users without any possibility to participate in the design and management of their city beyond voting every four years. continue reading

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open source future | shanghai urban interface

Category: ⚐ EN+daz+ecosistema urbano

Alongside the latest expressions of art. From this perspective, the Air Tree emerges as an experimental prototype of intervention in contemporary urban public space, capable of reactivating sites and creating the conditions to empower the use of the collective space. It is conceived as a technological urban furniture, a self-sufficient climatic comfort generator, that is being used not only as a breathing space but as well interactively. continue reading

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ecosistema urbano lecturing at Daz

Category: ⚐ EN+ecosistema urbano

Tomorrow Thursday 18th, Belinda Tato and Jaime Eizaguirre will be holding a lecture on ecosistema urbano work at Daz, just before the opening of the exhibition looking through ecosistema urbano eyes, included in the FORMEL_ X architecture series, curated by Kristien Ring.

The exhibition will be open to the public from Nov19th to Jan 16th. The lecture will start at 19.00.

Don’t forget to bring your 3d glasses…

For more info: ecosistemaurbano.org/daz

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Looking through ecosistema urbano eyes | Exhibition in Berlin

Category: ⚐ EN+daz+events

We are glad to announce the opening of “Looking through ecosistema urbano eyes” exhibition at Daz Architecture Center in Berlin on 18th November at 7.00 pm.

From the press-release:

+++ ecosistema urbano combine architecture, urbanism, engineering and sociology to strive
for a “creative urban sustainability”. The focus of their work is on the complex phenomenon
of the city, which they react to through innovative, creative and holistic interventions. They
catalyse urban processes that help citizens to change their own environment. At the DAZ ecosistema
urbano will visualize, through a classical 3D optical system, the process and strategies
for a selection of recent works. It will be the second exhibition of the DAZ series FORMULA_X,
presenting the facets of sustainable ideas and visions of the up-and-coming architects` generation.
+++

Exhibition will include some of our recent works, such as Plaza Ecopolis and Air Tree for EXPO 2010 Shanghai that we have recently shared under a creative commons license.

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| Looking through ecosistema urbano eyes |

EXHIBITION: 19.11.2010 – 16.01.2011 // DAZ Scharoun Saal
Tue to Fri 12.00 am – 7.00 pm, Sat + Sun 2.00 pm – 7.00 pm
Admission: 3,00 EUR / reduced 1,50 EUR
Free admission on the 1st Sunday of every month and during events.
PRESS- + VIP-PREVIEW: 18.11.2010, 6.00pm // DAZ Scharoun Saal
OPENING: 18.11.2010
7.00 pm, Lecture // DAZ Taut Saal
ECOSISTEMA URBANO Urban Social Design
Introduction: Kristien Ring, Director DAZ, Curator FORMULA_X
8.00 pm, Opening Party // DAZ Scharoun Saal

more info at daz.de

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URBACT ANNUAL CONFERENCE. LIEGE Nov30th- Dec1st

Category: ⚐ EN+urbact

This year the URBACT Annual Conference will take place in Liege in Belgium, from Tuesday 30 November noon to Wednesday 1 December noon in Liege Conference Centre. The event will bring together URBACT partners and urban actors coming from all over Europe. Interactivity will be the keyword: each participant will have the opportunity to coproduce the conference outputs. The Conference will be introduced by Johannes Hahn, European Commissioner responsible for Regional Policy, Charles Picqué, Minister-President of the Brussels Capital-Region and Mercedes Caballero, Chairwoman of the URBACT Monitoring Committee.

All participants will discuss the urban challenges and innovative, integrated and sustainable solutions during the URBACT conference. Each interactive workshop will involve a panel of speakers and time will be equally divided: 50% for speakers – 50% for discussions with the participants. Fringe workshops will be organised by URBACT Projects themselves. continue reading

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Small Scale, Big Change: New Architectures of Social Engagement

Category: ⚐ EN+architecture+sustainability


This exhibition presents eleven architectural projects on five continents that respond to localized needs in underserved communities. These innovative designs signal a renewed sense of commitment, shared by many of today’s practitioners, to the social responsibilities of architecture. Though this stance echoes socially engaged movements of the past, the architects highlighted here are not interested in grand manifestos or utopian theories. Instead, their commitment to a radical pragmatism can be seen in the projects they have realized, from a handmade school in Bangladesh to a reconsideration of a modernist housing project in Paris, from an apartheid museum in South Africa to a cable car that connects a single hillside barrio in Caracas to the city at large. These works reveal an exciting shift in the longstanding dialogue between architecture and society, in which the architect’s methods and approaches are being dramatically reevaluated. They also propose an expanded definition of sustainability that moves beyond experimentation with new materials and technologies to include such concepts as social and economic stewardship. Together, these undertakings not only offer practical solutions to known needs, but also aim to have a broader effect on the communities in which they work, using design as a tool. continue reading

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Sustainability in motion. Aarhus Nov. 5th

Category: ⚐ EN+ecosistema urbano+sustainability

ecosistema urbano will be present at the conference  Sustainability in Motion, taking place in Aarhus next November 5th hosted by the Danish Architects’ Association.  Other speakers will be Lia Ghilardi from Noema Research and Planning (England) and Patricia Patkau from Patkau Architects (Canada). Related to the event they have interviewed us. The interview is available in their webpage.

More info on the workshop and lecture here