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eu:tv logo

Category: ⚐ EN+design+eutv

eu:tv goes ahead and we are delighted to present its new logo. Of course, we want to hear your comments.

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How to get to the ecobulevar?

Category: ⚐ EN

If you want to visit the ecobulevar in Madrid, the address is: Bulevar de la Naturaleza, Ensanche de Vallecas, Madrid. This map will make it clearer.
The best way to reach the spot is probably to go on Metro to Sierra de Guadalupe station, Line 1. There is a 15min walk from there.

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“Green” cars

Category: ⚐ EN+sustainability+technologies+the environment

We bring you more opinions about biodiesel. Now is the turn for an published in the newly born Spanish paper Público: “green cars pollute too”. It talks, for instance, about the ban implemented in Norway to use the word “ecologic” in automobile publicity. Another interesting aspect is the debate that has started in the Spanish version of the blog following the previous article on this topic: bloggers’ comments, related news, etc.

On the same topic, check his link to flickr.

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wiki:eutv

Category: ⚐ EN+ecosistema urbano+eutv+sustainability

More on the sustainability website for expo Zaragoza2008: We decided to use a wiki site as the collective working tool. We had only to choose a wiki site. After analysing various sites, I have chosen pbwiki. It feels pretty intuitive and graphically attractive.
The address is www.eutv.pbwiki.com, we invite you to visit the site and take part in the construction of this new project.
For those who don’t yet know what we are talking about, there is more info here.

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Sustainability interactive site

Category: ⚐ EN+ecosistema urbano+internet+sustainability

[ecosistema urbano] has been invited to take part in the exhibition “Zaragoza-Kioto architectures for a sustainable planet”, to be held in the Spanish Pavillion at Expo Zaragoza2008, together with twelve other international teams.

We have tried to find the way to make the best use of this opportunity for reaching the public, and we think it would be very interesting to let everybody express their opinions on sustainability: we want to offer our bloggers and readers the opportunity to be part of this exhibition. The idea is to develop and then “present” a new website about sustainability where experts and passionate people can share their knowledge.

It is going to be the first site about sustainability managed in web2.0 style, with inputs from anyone. On top of this, the site will be presented at the expo Zaragoza2008, a true international showcase.

It is our aim to increase participation levels, starting from the very first step of brainstorming and developing the website. We want bloggers to give their opinion, telling us how we can create a website as interactive as possible.

We have been trying to develop a system that enables an effective way for us to receive all sorts of advice, comments and critiques about this project. We will of course keep you up to date! For now, we want to ask you to post your comments through this blog.

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In English!

Category: ⚐ EN+⚐ ES+ecosistema urbano

We are pleased to say that the English version of the blog is back alive – we invite all of you English speakers to check it out using the link at the top of this site and send us your comments.

La versión en inglés del blog vuelve a la vida – invitamos a todos los angloparlantes a que la visitéis usando el link que aparece arriba y nos mandéis vuestros comentarios.

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Come with us to the “XI POLISH ARCHITECTURAL WORKSHOPS”!!

Category: ⚐ EN+ecosistema urbano+eu:calls

Following our first call for applicants, thanks to which three Spanish students joined us at the Dubrovnik workshop, we are announcing new calls. We are presenting a new section in our blog called eu:calls. The next one is looking for applicants to take part in the OSSA urban workshops SILESIA MEGAPOLIS en Gliwice en Polonia. You can download the pdf with all the information here.

The workshop will take place from the 21st to the 28th of October 2007. There is a 50€ fee that also includes accommodation, meals, excursions and presents. We can take a maximum of 4 students.

To apply, send your c.v. and portfolio to info@ecosistemaurbano.com before the 12th of October (attachments not to be greater than 2 MB).

The names of those selected will be published the following day.

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www.agenda21-local.net

Category: ⚐ EN+sustainability+urbanism

We have opened up our own media channel at www.agenda21-local.net. We are given the chance to communicate our innovative products for implementing the objectives of the local “agendas21”. We offer a range of high-quality services that can be used to improve the relationship between neighbours and the public space. We have started a new site inside our blog, next to the projects site, called products. In this space you will shortly find a list of specific services aimed for sustainable towns and cities. Some of the services, including rehabilitation of neighbourhoods, workshops for the future involving the participation of the neighbours or the eco-pack, will be carried out together with fundación CIREM foundation, an expert on this matter. We hope these services are what Spanish towns are looking for. We will watch out for your comments to improve our proposals throughout the process.

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urbanaccion

Category: ⚐ EN

On the 19th of October we will open the workshops URBANACCION with a lecture by Jaime Lerner. The workshops, which will take place in Casa Encendida, Madrid, will be run by Carlos Teixeira, Lara Almarcegui and Raumlabor. We want to open a space for debate and learning about new ways of understanding public space, in contrast to the currently established rules and ways of thinking and developing such spaces. A city like Madrid should reflect its special character through the energies coming from its citizens, the general comfort and the quality of its urban proposals. Not only do we understand that the streets must be periodically cleaned and guarded, but also that they must be the scene for the interaction between its inhabitants. This fact is even bigger in large cities where public space is in general the scene of the conflict.
The aim of the workshops is to reflect upon the urban environment, its needs, opportunities, agents and actors involved, proposition and capacity for acting. The goal is to create proposals that can be implemented. We want to give opportunities for urban projects sprung from urban communities, proposals for the improvement of their environment and collaboration with government bodies. Providing communities with tools for analysis and positive proposing action in terms of quality urban public space. Implementing the solutions created at the workshops on public spaces around Madrid city centre. To take part in the workshops send your c.v. urban accion is an event run by malashierbas, In-Constant and [ecosistema urbano].

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Sustainable cities ranking

Category: ⚐ EN+eutv+sustainability+the environment

eutv” (Ecosistema Urbano TV) goes ahead. At the office we are working on the design of a logo that will shortly be ready. Meanwhile, the collective task involved in defining the project goes on on the internet. So far, at the project website eutv.pbwiki.com we have registered a proposal by juan freire, which we find particularly interesting. Juan proposes developing a Ranking of cities to help publicising the project: Over the last few months a number of initiatives for comparing cities have come up, based on rankings that use different indices to quantify the degree in which cities are creative, green, sustainable, innovative… Despite these exercises being very criticisable for the methodology used as well as often for their consequences (sometimes they lead to a “city race” in which all cities want to be like each other), they generate great interest amongst politicians and the public, and they can have positive applications (they can point out weaknesses and define routes for change). In this project, work could be done with sustainability indices for Spanish cities, for example. A number of variables could be defined and the results could be compiled in a cooperative manner. These results could be published broadly and could be an instrument for making the project better known within the media, amongst politicians or the public. In a few days I will publish in Ciudades enredadas, a blog in ADN.es, a post with the analysis of different international city indices that have lately appeared in the media. It can be useful as a guide.

What do you think these indices could be?