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We’ve Got the Mayor!!! Einar Busterud and Writer Knut Faldbakken On Hamar Experience

Category: dreamhamar+⚐ EN

Hamar Experience Knut Faldbakken
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After the amusing – and sometimes amazing – Hamar Experience Session 6 with the Digital LAB team, we are ready to bring you a more serious and quite intellectual Hamar Experience.
We are proud to announce that today, at 18:00h (Madrid, Norway time), Hamar Experience will have two very special guests. We will be meeting Einar Busterud, Mayor of Hamar since 1999 and former general manager of the advertisement agency Ord & Jord. He will share with us his dreams for Hamar and Stortorget, and the wisdom of a long time Mayor.
As it is becoming customary, he is bringing friend along for the Experience.
And he is not just a friend, he is the novelist Knut Faldbakken. He was born in Hamar and lives there, too. His books have been published in 21 countries, translated to 18 languages and have sold two million copies worldwide.
Sorry, with guests likes this, you just can’t miss it. Can’t you?
Looking forward to see you on www.livestream.com/dreamhamar , today 5th of September, at 18:00 (Madrid, Norway time), just 12 days before the Opening Event of September the 17th!!

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POLITECNICO DI MILANO to participate in dreamhamar

Category: dreamhamar+⚐ EN

Yesterday Noa  (@dolceoblio) described in this excellent post – please read it to fully understand network design – the different participation profiles. The great thing about newtwork design is that allows both individuals and collectives to participate. That is why we also invite schools and universities from all over the world to take part into this collective dream to redesign the city center of Hamar.

Today, I am very glad to offically announce that Politecnico di Milano will take part in dreamhamar.

Every year, in architecture school, we use to have a design course where we developed a design for a specific case study…so why not work on Stortorget Square in Hamar? From Ecosistema Urbano we believe there are a lot of talented students and professors out there that could share their ideas about how a 21st century public space should be and how to apply those ideas to Stortorget Square.

Probably, prof. Fabrizio Zanni was thinking something similar when, during the very first session of HAMAR EXPERIENCE put forward – via the chat – the idea of participating into dreamhamar with his students of the course Architectural Design 3 of Politecnico di Milano.

Here are more details from prof. Fabrizio Zanni:

TITLE OF THE COURSE
The contemporary urban public space has been invested in recent decades, by substantial modification processes and trivialization of the form, social use, materials and construction technologies.
It is to reconfigure the role and form of new public urban spaces “hybrid”, built and unbuilt, artificial and “natural”, placed between the soil, underground and above-ground, inserted in the “Core” of the city or lost in urban sprawl .
The overall intention is to move from their typological definition to a more complex phase of materials, equipment, scenery, so you rethink the urban space as a hybrid generating nucleus of a new and more contaminated Forma Urbis.
The laboratory will develop the project of an interesting case of urban public space (built or not), the scale urban master plans, architectural scale to the definition of a sort of his “inner landscape”, with a focus on the use combination of materials and techniques bio-eco-friendly and environmentally sustainable.

Students will develop a series of transformation and revitalization proposals for the square.

I want to add that Fabrizio Zanni and his students will especially focus their work on  TACTICAL URBANISM online workshopsdirected by Ethel Baraona Pohl and Paco Gonzalez. It’s still not confirmed if Politecnico di Milano is taking part into this workshop as a special guest or if they will just develop a special process from the distance. By the way, if you want to participate in dreamhamar too, registration is still open for ONLINE WORKSHOPS to take part on October 2011 (fee reduction until 31st of August 2011)

If you want to have a more precise idea about Prof. Fabrizio Zanni and his Urban Hybridization research program, please visit ecosistemaurbano.org/urbanhybridization or have a look at the presentation below. We did it for the first Urban Hybridization conference in Milan (Domenico Di SienaManu FernandezPaco GonzalezCesar Reyes Najeraand Ethel Baraona PohlFrancesco Cingolani):

URBAN APERTURES >< POROSITY AS A NEW MODEL FOR HYBRID PUBLIC SPACE.

Click here to read it in full screen.

 

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Hamar Experience Without Ads

Category: dreamhamar+internet+⚐ EN

Yesterday’s Hamar Experience was all about Technology. We were lucky to have to exceptional guests, Bjarte Ytre-Arne and his friend Terje Berg. The first will be the community activator of the onsite Technology workshop. As a homage to them, we are going to show you how to skip the ads when watching the Experience (hurray!).

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How to make pizza, network design style

Category: dreamhamar+urban social design+⚐ EN

 

Image by Seth W. (Flickr)
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Sometimes two simple words combine to create a concept difficult to understand, like network design.

Network design is the methodology Ecosistema Urbano is going to apply in the redesigning process of Storget Square, in Hamar. The name of the project is dreamhamar.

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Architecture in your Hand

Category: architecture+⚐ EN

“Architecture in your Hand” it’s the new dpr-barcelona‘s publishing project. A new approach of how books can take advantage on the use of digital technology, the network organization and the production, distribution and use of knowledge, all together outlining a new suggestive landscape to learn.

The ever growing number of mobile devices, the diffusion of the boundaries between public and private space, the subversion of the traditional publishing structure and the new forms of learning; are somehow the start point of this publishing project for architecture contents.

Considering that the main goal of a book is to store and transmit information added to the potential of networked learning, we have imagined that this concept can be expanded and spreaded. As being transmitted through a new basis, this information should be structured following a different mobile logic: enhancing immediacy, brevity, and simplicity. continue reading

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EU in Hamar | dreamhamar latest news on Hamar Experience

Category: dreamhamar+ecosistema urbano+⚐ EN

Since last Thursday part of Ecosistema Urbano (@ecosistema) is in Hamar for the dreamhamar project.

Belinda Tato and Noa Peer (@belindatato, @dolceoblio) are in Hamar making contacts within Hamar’s social fabric and trying to get as many people involved as possible. Today they will share with us dreamhamar‘s progress on Hamar Experience, at 18:00 (Madrid, Norway time).

There will be five FREE workshops for the Hedmark County residents to participate on. By means of these workshops their ideas will become part of the network design process of dreamhamar.

For those who do not live in Hedmark, the online workshops are the best way to participate in dreamhamar. Registration is open until September 26th. continue reading

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STUDIECYKEL.DK | a social economic undertaker company to help students in Denmark and Africa

Category: sustainability+⚐ EN


Image above by Studiecykel.dk

As I am a student myself I thought it is important to not just talk about architecture and sustainability but also students, society in general and how we can make our world a better place and help others. See how small actions can do big difference to the world.

I will be going back to Denmark in august and it happens that I am in the situation of needing a bike. My old bike did not survive the last Danish winter and believe me when I tell you, that a student living in Copenhagen needs a bike to get around the city, to go the fast and easy way from home to the university and in my case it only takes 30 minutes by bike and not the 60 minutes by bus to get through the city… continue reading

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Online Workshops open to participants & Hamar Experience Session 2

Category: dreamhamar+⚐ EN

dreamhamar is Ecosistema Urbano’s latest project and besides collaboratively designing the new Stortorget square in Hamar, aims to generate the conditions for interaction and self-organization between people and their environment.

Two online workshops will allow anyone to be part of an international network of professionals and talented people. The aim is to develop and share ideas about the design of a public space: Stortorget Square in Hamar, Norway.

Registration is open and they will take place in October 2011: continue reading

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TACTICAL URBANISM online workshop | CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS

Category: dreamhamar+urban social design+⚐ EN



image based on a photo by Paolo Tonon (Flickr)

We have already announced a few days ago a CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS for the online workshop PUBLIC SPACE AND PEOPLE directed by sociologist Andres Walliser and today we want to give you all the details about the second dreamhamar online workshop scheduled for October 2011: we invite students, designers and creatives from all over the world to register for TACTICAL URBANISM, a workshop directed by Ethel Baraona Pohl and Paco Gonzalez.

The workshop focus on network learning and network design applied to a specific case study – the design of a public space: Stortorget Square in Hamar, Norway. Via the workshop, participants will be able to be part of an international network of professionals and talented people. The aim is to develop and share ideas about the design of the square.
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PUBLIC SPACE AND PEOPLE online workshop | CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS

Category: dreamhamar+urban social design+⚐ EN

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image based on a photo by Gunnar Bothner-By (Flickr)

We would like to invite students, designers and creatives from all over the world to participate in dreamhamar online workshops.

The workshops focus on network learning and network design applied to a specific case study – the design of a public space: Stortorget Square in Hamar, Norway.

Via the workshops, participants will be able to be part of an international network of professionals and talented people. The aim is to develop and share ideas about the design of the square.

Please find below the details of the first of dreamhamar online workshops:

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DYRK Nørrebro | an urban agricultural initiative in Copenhagen, Denmark

Category: urban social design+urbanism+⚐ EN

picture of the roofgarden at Blågård School by DYRK Nørrebro

 

DYRK Nørrebro |  an urban agricultural initiative in Copenhagen, Denmark

Urban agriculture, or agriculture in the city, is an ‘umbrella term’ that covers activities related to production of food in or on the outskirts of cities. A definition used by UN, UN-Habitat, FAO and other important international research institutions explains it as following: continue reading

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EU collaborators | Gitte Larsen

Category: colaboradores+ecosistema urbano+⚐ EN

Ecosistema urbano is always searching for talented people, but many times it works the other way around and we feel very lucky to be directly contacted by them. Today I want to introduce you to another person who has joined us at ecosistema urbano. We are very pleased with Gitte and with all collaborators that want to join us and share their unique backgrounds, that brings a fresh approach to our work.

 

Here is the profile of Gitte Håhr Larsen:

_BA, Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, Denmark. 2007-2010
_Stud.arch MAA at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, Denmark. 2010-

gittelarsen.tumblr.com | upcoming website: gittehaahrlarsen.wordpress.com

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launching dreamhamar | LIVE NEXT MONDAY at 6pm

Category: dreamhamar+urbanism+⚐ EN

After few months of intensive work at Ecosistema Urbano, we are pleased to announce the launch of dreamhamar, a network design process around Stortorget square in Hamar, Norway.

Network Design is a process of open and transparent design allowing both local and international contributors to work and propose solutions for the same project. For more information about dreamhamar and network design process you can visit the ABOUT page.

Since one of the main purposes of dreamhamar is to encourage people’s participation in the project, please don’t hesitate to share with us your opinions and ideas by commenting this post or just through the CONTACT page.

One of the tools we will be using to communicate the progress of the project is the HAMAR EXPERIENCE, a weekly video broadcasting in which the Local Lab Team and Ecosistema Urbano will describe the project in progress. We will share reports about activities, challenges encountered during the process along with the every day life of the Local Lab Team. HAMAR EXPERIENCE aims to make the process a shared and learning architecture experience.

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WORKSHOP FESTARCH-LAB 2011 TERNI

Category: ecosistema urbano+urban social design+⚐ EN

Last May Ecosistema Urbano was leading a workshop at the international architectural event, curated by Stefano Boeri, FESTARCH 2011 (festarch.it). It was held at Terni in the Italian region of Umbria.
Jose Luis Vallejo
(@jlvmateo) and Domenico Di Siena (@urbanohumano) from Ecosistema Urbano (@ecosistema) were working with a group of young european architects, students and local citizens experiencing the complexity of the city.

These are the different strategies followed during the workshop to activate aspects of the city of Terni: (Our special thanks to Pier Francesco Duranti, the most creative Terni citizen, who helped all of us during our days in Terni) continue reading

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Smallness

Category: architecture+⚐ EN

At the edge of contemporary civilization, few meters from corporate offices, airports that allow you to physically reach all parts of the world, connections that let people to reach virtually anyone, anywhere; in the middle of an international monetary market and large system of financial transactions, there is a parallel world who lives in a much more local dimension and deals with much more real and pressing problems. This dimension has strong relationships with the international part but often it absorbs and reworks status symbols, attitudes, vices and fashions. In parallel, the image and the characteristic features of smallness is spreading and now needs the proper theoretical framework that supports it. Fundamental part of this system is to understand the existence of this phenomenon, the consolidation of its constituent elements, the determination and characterization of the main actors of the process and to produce a schedule of materials (always in evolutions). The first step to enter in this world is to realize that the smallness is all around us and often contaminates our everyday lives without us even realize it. A series of examples and reflections on the theme will make this concept more explicit.

RULES:

1 S has always existed / B comes from the modern city. S is a constant process / B is a variable trend process.
2 S belongs and refers to a local area / B works on a global scale.
3 S access to limited and local resources / B has the ability to access a much wider range of products at global levels.
4 S is creative and unconventional / B is schematic and conventional and uses standard resources
5 S has an horizontal creative process in wich all the factors (economical, social and technological) have equal importance / B has a vertical creative process starting from an economical input and reaching a standardized output.
6 S and B have a mutual relationship: S gives ideas and creativity to B, while B gives resources and waste products that are reprocessed from S.
7 S and B use different professionists: S professionists are locally adapted to the characteristics of the project, while B research international professionists.

EXAMPLES:


REMIDA The project is part of the consolidation of the “Garibaldi 2” complex in Calderara di Reno (Bo). Key factors such the fight against crime and illegal activities have been used for urban regeneration and planning. The interior design is made only with recycled materials, bringing them to be the real protagonist of the project.

ECOLE DEL RUSCO For the fourth edition of the exhibition of art and recycling of Bologna. An artistic and sensory journey through the squares of the city, with five installations by young designers, dedicated to the touch, sight, taste, hearing and smell.

PEACOCK STORE Interior design and supervision for the new Peacock Store, 80 sqm cloathing store located in the city centre of Bologna. The concept design is based on a low cost profile using recycled and industrial materials. The mix of pipes, osb wood and tanks gives to the store an underground style that match with the style of the clothes sell in the shop.

B – CITY Re-writing urban tissue, political strategy, raids in the areas of dysfunction of the network of cycle tracks, plug-in for the bike are just some of the mechanisms of self-generating of urban
consciousness.

PANICO COLLETTIVO Participatory planning for the renovation of San Lorenzo di Panico. Sponsored by National Institute of Urban Planning (INU) department Emilia-Romagna, in collaboration with Municipality of Marzabotto and supervision of bologna district

CREDITS:
CODE: 012
ARCHITECTS: CICLOSTILE ARCHITETTURA
(Giacomo Beccari + Gaia Calamosca + Alessandro Miti)
ALIAS: SMALLNESS
YEAR: 2011
PROJECT: Research
COLLABORATORS: Alberto Giancani

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IAAC Special Scholarships to Spanish and Portuguese Architects

Category: architecture+⚐ EN

Since its creation 10 years ago, the IAAC Master in Advanced Architecture with alumni from over 30 different countries, has become the most international post-graduate architecture program offered in Barcelona. To celebrate its 10th anniversary, and reinforce the presence of the Institute in the Iberian Peninsula, IAAC has initiated a special Scholarship Program in order to foster a wider reach of our educational programs in the local architectural community.

Beginning the following academic year, 2011-12, IAAC will offer special scholarships for Spanish and Portuguese Architects, covering 50% of tuition fees. Enclosed you will find a poster for the scholarship program. The IAAC professional Masters in Advanced Architecture and Urbanism program is accredited by the UPC School of Professional & Executive Development and can be completed over one or two years.

IAAC is dedicated to the next generation of architectural development with students and researchers from around the world. This year the MAA program includes 60 students from 25 different countries. The official language of the Institute is English. continue reading

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ATLAS ON DENSITY summer school 8-15 July

Category: architecture+ecosistema urbano+⚐ EN

In July 2011 two leading independent schools of architecture, the Illinois Institute of Technology College of Architecture, Chicago, and IE School of Architecture, Madrid/Segovia, will join forces to launch the IE/IIT Summer School in Madrid, one of Europe’s most dynamic capital cities. The intensive 8-day studio-based design workshop is open to enthusiastic Architecture undergraduate and master students worlwide. Using Madrid as a laboratory, participants will explore the architectural, urban, and environmental implications of density. Tutors from Chicago, Madrid, and Singapore, will use their own metropolitan backgrounds to enrich the potential evolution of Spain’s capital. continue reading

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whatif | 2.0 beta version and new official site

Category: open culture+social software+⚐ EN

Some weeks ago we announced here the coming release of the Whatif web application and commented on its main features. Today we are pleased to be launching the new Whatif 2.0 version and the official website of the project, Whatif.es.

Next you can watch (in spanish) a short video presentation we recorded at the office:

At Whatif.es you will find the following content:

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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 (www.hollmenreutersandman.com)
Pierre HEBBELINCK, Architect – Belgium (www.pierrehebbelinck.net)
Beniamino SERVINO, Architect – Italy (ec2.it/beniaminoservino )
Tilman LATZ, Landscape architect – Germany (www.latzundpartner.de)

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

more info: http://www.nancy.archi.fr/

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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.

Format

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”. continue reading

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Downsview Park Toronto: Frameworks as Design

Category: eu:abierto+landscape+⚐ EN


Downsview Park proposal by James Corner and Stan Allen

The Downsview Park Toronto competition was held in 1999 to select an urban park design for a former military base in Toronto. However, the competition exceeded its objectives as it introduced a turning point in the design of urban public parks. As Julia Czerniak points out in her book Case: Downsview Park Toronto, the five selected designs shared a common theme: the configuration of frameworks that structure the site but also allow the growth over time. Landscape becomes the main tool to model the city, and objects lose importance in favor of fields.

The design of frameworks consists in offering guidelines as an approach to designing the park during the fifteen-year implementation process. Thus, the designers recommend flexibility to accommodate the different programs and participatory processes included in the design process. The schemes were not only flexible in the programmatic sense, but they allowed different political and economic conditions, and even the paths to change depending on the vegetation growth, establishing diverse patterns over the surface. Complex processes such as erosion or plants succession were related to these frameworks too. continue reading

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Looking for a Norwegian young architect

Category: ecosistema urbano+eu:calls+⚐ EN

Ecosistema Urbano is looking for a Norwegian young architect for a position at our office in Madrid. The main task will be collaborating on the project Hamar-onethousandsquare, from June 2011 till May 2012.

If you are interested, please contact info@ecosistemaurbano for further details.

More info about the project:
http://onethousandsquare.org/
More info about ecosistema urbano:
http://ecosistemaurbano.com/
http://ecosistemaurbano.org/
twitter: @ecosistema

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Patricia Martin del Guayo | New blog contributor

Category: #followweb+architecture+⚐ EN

Patricia Martin del Guayo is an architect and PhD Candidate in Urbanism and Sustainability at the Architectural Association’s School in London as a Gobierno Vasco scholar. Her research interests focus on the relationship between urban design and environmental perception including issues of design, use, and experience of public open space. She has recently graduated from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University with a Master’s of Architecture in Urban Design. She previously obtained his Degree in Architecture from the ETSA San Sebastian (Spain), having studied as an Erasmus Scholar at TU-Wien, Austria. She worked as an architect in several offices across Europe collaborating in a variety of projects of architecture, landscape architecture, and urban planning, and currently maintains her own design practice.

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ecosistema urbano leading MASTER CLASS METROPOLIS 2011 | CCCB

Category: ecosistema urbano+urban social design+⚐ EN

Jose Luis Vallejo (@jlvmateo) from ecosistema urbano will lead the MASTER CLASS METROPOLIS 2011 organized by the Centre for Contemporary Culture in Barcelona and the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, between the dates 16-20 June 2011.
Around  Urban Social Design (@urbsocialdesign), the Master Class will also include the presence of the sociologist Andres Walliser (@andreswalliser) and Belinda Tato (@belindatato).

As part of the workshop, it is scheduled a lecture by Jose Luis Vallejo together with Andrés Walliser on Wednesday May 18, 2011 at 19:30.

Place: CCCB of Barcelona.
More info: www.metropolis-bcn.org/

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Gunter Pauli – The Blue Economy: Flow Based Architecture

Category: architecture+sustainability+⚐ EN

 

Next Thursday May the 12th Gunter Pauli will be lecturing at IAAC from 12.00- 13.00

Dr. Gunter Pauli graduated with a degree in economics from Loyola’s University in Belgium and obtained his masters in business administration from INSEAD in France. He is an entrepreneur and founder of ZERI Foundation (Zero Emissions Research and Initiatives). The Blue Economy is an international community of companies, innovators and scientists, providing open source access to develop, implement and share prosperous business models that strive to improve natural ecosystems and the quality of life for all.

Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia
Carrer de Pujades, 102, Barcelona,
IAAC Auditorium, Free Admission

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Appropedia | sharing sustainability

Category: sustainability+⚐ EN

 

For those of you who are not yet familiar with it, Appropedia is an appropriate technology wiki entirely dedicated to sustainability, poverty reduction and international development. Containing an encyclopedia, discussion forums and numerous links, Appropedia is a user generated open platform tool for empowering and informing. Anyone can add, remove or edit content. continue reading

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URBACT | From macro to micro-urbanism

Category: urbact+urbanism+⚐ EN

Any analysis of today’s reality of European or Spanish cities and their current urban trends will entail placing them in a context of crisis that globally implies, among other structural issues to be taken into account: climate change –with unforeseeable characteristics and demanding modifications to be made to energy and consumption models- or the enormous concerns for the collapse of world economy and the crisis of financial systems and their direct or indirect impact on urban ways of life. This very complex moment forces us to be more conscious of our limits and announces the end of an era of apparent safety and the beginning of another that ranges between the unforeseen and the uncertain.

The current crisis is particularly serious in Spain due to the economic model of preceding years, strongly based on building construction and exploitation of resources, in particular the resource of land. In this context of required change it is necessary to try to focus on a fixed reference point or frame where the basic axis for urban interventions can be set. The current scenario is a complex one, there are few certainties and time and processes are key characters. However, this crisis, like any other crisis, is not only useful for correcting trends but mainly for detecting opportunities. A time of large changes and few certainties is probably when the greatest demand for creativity, innovation and prospecting for opportunities for the future should occur, as well as when time should be taken for thinking before acting, making the most of a moment of lesser economic acceleration. continue reading

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COME WITH US TO FESTARCH-LAB 2011 !!!!!!!

Category: architecture+ecosistema urbano+⚐ EN

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

The workshop will focus on experiencing the urban complexity while interacting with the city and its citizens. At the same time we’ll try to approach the contemporary urban environment by creative and participatory solutions.

The workshop will take place in Terni (100km north of Rome), from May 27th to June 1st  2011. continue reading

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CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS | Shanghai — Urbain, trop urbain

Category: urbanism+⚐ EN

We are pleased to announce the first Call for Paper for the first issue of Urbain trop Urbain magazine: a “No City Guide for Shanghai”.

The main idea is to develop a digital “no city guide” for the pleasure of the “flâneur urbain”. The review is edited in French language, but English and Spanish Papers are allowed, so most authors will be able to write in their mother tongue. You can find more details (in French) on our web page continue reading

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11 Blogs for Urbanists

Category: urbanism+⚐ EN

These 11 blogs will help you keep on top of news and views about various aspects of urbanism and city life in 2011.

Planetizen.com: An urban planning news website, featuring articles, op-eds, jobs, courses and information for the urban planning, design and development. (@Planetizen)

PriceTags: Gordon Price is a former Vancouver city councillor and the Director of the City Program at Simon Fraser University. His blog gives readers an insider’s perspective of urban issues. While it with a focus on Vancouver, he cover topics of interest to anybody interested in urbanism.

Urbanophile: Aaron M. Renn’s blog focusing on helping America’s cities thrive and find success in the 21st century. He offers unique perspectives and innovative strategies for cities and their residents. (@Urbanophile). continue reading

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URBACT | The city of our dreams

Category: creativity+urbact+⚐ EN

Chaos unceasingly invents lives never imagined
Boris Cyrulnik

Let’s accept the crisis. Personally, I accept it convinced that it has an important systemic character and that it urges us to act because we are still far from seeing signs of the crisis bottoming out.

As a society, we have neglected all the signs that forecasted the collapse of the economic system for decades, and we have insisted in pursuing till the end a development model that, besides being deeply unfair and unbalanced, has shown itself to be exquisitely hypocritical, in particular for those of us who have tasted it to a greater extent.

The population of the so called developed countries have placidly flown with the tide of the promise of individual happiness, of the illusion of personal fulfilment, of the glare of the American dream….

The blindness caused by the flashes of the consumer society has driven us to an individualized existence, to the point that we have forgotten every social or environmental compromise with our environment. Meanwhile, we were begging to establish economic links with external powers we don’t even know, nor understand, and, of course we don’t control. These links have made us accomplices of this human devastation and environmental pillaging our mortgaged planet is suffering. continue reading

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‘city civic movements in a global world’ – Saskia Sassen in Lisbon (18th April)

Category: events+sustainability+⚐ EN

Next monday (April 18) Saskia Sassen will be in Lisbon for an evening conference on ‘city civic movements in a global world’ at the presentation of the ‘GLOBAL CITY 2.0′ NETWORK (see document below ).

The Portuguese CIDADES PELA RETOMA movement is now challenging partnersworldwide to create a global network called GLOBAL CITY 2.0, an open invitation toindividuals, groups and institutions who wish to think about the role of URBAN CIVICMOVEMENTS and its potential to transform cities and beyond, specially in this hardeconomic times (http://globalcity.blogs.sapo.pt/). continue reading

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ecosistema urbano lecturing at the EKODesign Conference, Istanbul April 14th

Category: ecosistema urbano+sustainability+⚐ EN

ecosistema urbano lecturing at the EKODesign Conference, Istanbul April 14th


The fourth of EKODesign Conferences organized by Yapı-Endüstri Merkezi, the information centre of the building sector on ecology, sustainability, environment-friendly buildings and practices at the architecture and building sectors shall be held on 14 April 2011, Thursday at YEM Events Hall, Istanbul Turkey.

ecosistema urbano will be lecturing, presenting thir most recent works under the title of URBAN SOCIAL DESIGN as keynote speech. continue reading

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Dordrecht Energy Carousel: Exploring playground potential

Category: competitions+ecosistema urbano+⚐ EN

Ecosistema Urbano’s energy carousel, created for the Carve design contest for the Dordecht space, Governeurs Plein, has been designed to serve as meeting place for different age groups. As a forest of revolving rope swings that hang at different lengths, the hanging rope seats towards the center of the structure accommodate smaller, younger children, while taller, older children may grab onto the shorter ropes on the outside.  the kinetic energy that is released by the children’s hanging and turning on the ropes is captured via carousel structure and stored in a battery underneath the play site. "> When the park begins to lose light, the carousel’s battery supplies energy  to light up the structure. When the speed of play increases, the lamps will light up brighter. The color of the lights also change according to how much energy has been generated for the battery on any particular day. Over the past year, the design for the Carousel was developed with three phases. You may view the planning documents here: continue reading