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Zaha Hadid estrena su propio blog

Category : ⚐ ES + arquitectura + hallazgos


Parece que esto de los blog crece, crece y crece. Descubro hoy que desde unos pocos dias Zaha Hadid se ha apuntado al carro de la web 2.0 estrenando su propio blog: www.zahahadidblog.com.
Los contenidos de su blog son en realidad de los autores de la rivista digital de design: dezeen.

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El blog entra en technorati

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El blog de [ecosistema urbano] entra en Technorati, probablemente el agregador de blogs mas importante de toda la blogsferra.
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Nueva sección de enlaces a blogs de interés

Category : ⚐ ES + hallazgos

Hoy estrenamos dos nuevos enlaces. Se trata de los blogs de dos personas que nos parecen muy interesantes.
El primero es el blog epulare de Jorge García de la Cámara, responsable del Área de Culturas y Tecnologías Emergentes de EsArq. Desde su pagina llegamos al blog de Juan Freire un biologo con una interesante discurso critico sobre la ciudad contemporánea y las nuevas tecnologías.

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Ecosistema Urbano’s proposal for West Palm Beach… now published!

Category : ⚐ EN + architecture + city + competitions + design + landscape + sustainability + technologies + urbanism

We are very excited to share with all of you the final document of our proposal for West Palm Beach, Florida, U.S.A.

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Laboratorios de innovación ciudadana: reseña de las jornadas CityFollowers #1

Category : ⚐ ES + ciudad + colaboraciones + colaboradores + ecosistema urbano + educación + espacio público + laboratorios urbanos + networkedurbanism + participación + Uncategorized + urban social design + urbanismo

Miguel Ángel Díaz Camacho,  director de la UCJC; presenta las jornadas

El pasado 24 de enero del 2017 moderamos la primera jornada del ciclo  “City Followers Talks”, que tuvo lugar en la Escuela de Arquitectura y Tecnología de la UCJC (Universidad Camilo José Cela), en el campus de Almagro. Esta fue la primera de una serie de cuatro jornadas que buscan acercarse a los procesos de transformación urbana desde la innovación y la gestión, y que fueron presentadas por Miguel Ángel Díaz Camacho, director de la escuela.

La temática elegida para esta primera jornada fue la de los “laboratorios urbanos” como espacios de innovación y gestión urbana.  Invitamos a colaborar a los protagonistas de diferentes experiencias que se acercan de una u otra forma al concepto de “lab”.

Proyectos que tienen en común la innovación y co-gestión en el desarrollo del espacio urbano: Medialab-Prado Madrid (Marcos Díaz) y Experimenta Distrito (Lorena Ruiz), varios proyectos de [VIC] vivero de iniciativas ciudadanas (Mauro Gil-Fournier), la Civic Factory Fest Valencia (Civic Wise), el LCDMX – Laboratorio para la ciudad de México (Gabriella Gómez-Mont), el Open Urban Lab de Zaragoza (Ana Jiménez) y City Kitchen de Zuroark (Aurora Adalid).

Durante el debate surgieron temas como la necesidad de llevar los laboratorios ciudadanos a los distritos, que comentó Lorena Ruiz. Desde Experimenta Distrito planteó su preocupación por la necesidad de imaginar otros formas de vinculación a las instituciones o cómo recuperar oficios perdidos como la figura del pregonero.

Marcos García visibilizó la esencia de Medialab-Prado como un espacio donde conviven “[…] personas diferentes en proyectos comunes, diferentes saberes en un mismo prototipo”. Algo que conecta con la visión de la ciudad como un espacio colaborativo donde actúan agentes diversos, que nos transmitió Ana Jiménez desde el Open Urban Lab Zaragoza.

Para VIC la ciudad está llena de iniciativas con las que conectar, como su trabajo en Open Lab en el TEC de Monterrey, México, una de las universidades que están tratando de incorporar la idea de laboratorio. Mauro Gil-Fournier nos habló además de uno de sus últimos proyectos, Marinalab en el Parque de La Marina en San Sebastián de los Reyes.

Aurora Adalid de Zuloark nos dejó con un buen sabor de boca con el proyecto City Kitchen, que gira entorno a las búsqueda de nuevas metologías colectivas “aplicables y replicables por las diferentes iniciativas ciudadanas”. Una forma de crear espacios de innovación desde la sociedad civil.

El debate fue retransmitido en vivo vía Twitter a través del hashtag #cityfollowers, donde podéis encontrar algunas de las aportaciones de los asistentes. Para los que no pudisteis participar o seguirlo en directo, aquí os dejamos el vídeo de la sesión:

Vídeo de la primera jornada #cityfollowers

Si no queréis ver todo el vídeo, podéis pasar directamente a las presentaciones de MedialabExperimenta Distrito, VIC, La Mesa, Open Urban Lab, Factoría Cívica y LCDMX. Y el punto en el que comenzó el debate.

También podéis consultar esta charla (desde otro punto de vista) y otras realizadas en la UCJC a través del canal CityFollowers en Periscope, y revisar esta otra reseña de las jornadas realizada por Francisco Camino.

Compartiendo opiniones durante el debate

¡Os esperamos en las próximas jornadas!

#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

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ecosistema urbano: call for collaboration for a research project

Category : ⚐ EN + ⚐ ES + colaboraciones + convocatorias + ecosistema urbano + news

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As we mentioned in our previous post, Ecosistema Urbano is working with the Joint Research Center of the European Commission in Seville for a research project focused on the topic of maintenance of public space, aiming to define the EU Green Public Procurement (GPP) Criteria for Public Space Maintenance.

In this framework we are currently seeking a civil engineer, construction engineer, building engineer or  architect, with proven expertise in the field of construction and maintenance of public space to start a collaboration in this research project. Chosen candidate will work on the topic of maintenance of public space side by side with ecosistema urbano. The official language of the project is English and all the documents to be produced should be in English.      

Requirements:

Graduate in civil or construction engineering 

+ Professional proficiency of written and spoken English and Spanish

+ Expertise in the sector of public works and maintenance of public space  

+ Well organised person and proven research methodology

+ Basic knowledge of European Union green policies

+ Strong understanding of environmental issues

+ High capacity to work independently and respect deadlines

 

Candidates should submit their cv to am@ecosistemaurbano.com.

 

Ecosistema Urbano está buscando un ingeniero civil o de construcción, arquitecto o arquitecto técnico con experiencia probada en el campo de la construcción y mantenimiento del espacio público para iniciar una colaboración en un proyecto de investigación que se está desarrollando dentro del marco de políticas públicas sostenibles de la Comisión Europea. El candidato elegido trabajará sobre el tema del mantenimiento del espacio público junto con ecosistema urbano. El idioma oficial del proyecto es el inglés y todos los documentos de proyecto se producirán en inglés.

Requisitos:

+ Licenciado en ingeniería civil o de construcción o arquitectura técnica

+ Máxima competencia profesional de inglés y español

+ Experiencia en el sector de obras públicas y mantenimiento del espacio público

+ Persona bien organizada y control de metodología de investigación probada

+ Conocimientos básicos de las políticas sostenibles de la Unión Europea

+ Fuerte comprensión de las cuestiones ambientales

+ Alta capacidad para trabajar independientemente y respetar los plazos

 

Los interesados pueden enviar su cv  am@ecosistemaurbano.com

Las entrevistas serán en inglés.

 

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Ecosistema Urbano is working with the European Commission in EU GPP Criteria for Public Space Maintenance

Category : ⚐ EN + ecosistema urbano + news + research + sustainability + work in progress

We are glad to announce our recent collaboration with the Joint Research Center of the European Commission in Seville for a research project focused on the topic of maintenance of public space. The project aims to define the EU Green Public Procurement (GPP) Criteria for Public Space Maintenance.

But.. what is exactly EU GPP? Here there is a short description coming directly from the European Commission official webpage.

Green Public Procurement (GPP) is defined in the Communication (COM (2008) 400) “Public procurement for a better environment” as “a process whereby public authorities seek to procure goods, services and works with a reduced environmental impact throughout their life cycle when compared to goods, services and works with the same primary function that would otherwise be procured.”  GPP is a voluntary instrument, which means that Member States and public authorities can determine the extent to which they implement it.

Public authorities are major consumers in Europe: they spend approximately 1.8 trillion euro annually, representing around 14 % of the EU’s gross domestic product. By using their purchasing power to choose goods and services with lower impacts on the environment, they can make an important contribution to sustainable consumption and production.

Green purchasing is also about influencing the market. By promoting and using GPP, public authorities can provide industry with real incentives for developing green technologies and products. In some sectors, public purchasers command a significant share of the market (e.g. public transport and construction, health services and education) and so their decisions have considerable impact. EU GPP is an important tool as it can contribute to the stimulation of the market for environmentally-friendly goods, works and services and to contribute to the development of a more resource-efficient economy in the EU. The Commission has developed EU GPP criteria for around 20 different product groups.

Here the complete list of 20 product groups considered for EU GPP Criteria, and as you may notice the range is really wide, from Office Building Design, Construction and Management, to Transport or Computer and monitors, to mention a few.

We are now working on the first phase of the project for the development of the EU GPP Criteria for Public Space Maintenance. One of the very first document produced is a Stakeholder Questionnaire aiming to define the scope. The questionnaire has been sent to several identified stakeholders from the supply side (Providers of maintenance services, equipment, public furniture, etc), demand side (public and non-public procurers) and other stakeholders, such as national or local policy makers, environmental organizations, urban planners and designers, citizens organizations, etc.

The scoping questionnaire is available at the following link for all interested parties to contribute:

http://susproc.jrc.ec.europa.eu/Public_space_maintenance/documents.html

If you are interested in participating please express your opinion through the questionnaire, and submit it to the email address

JRC-PUBLIC-SPACE-MAINTENANCE@ec.europa.eu before the 17th March 2017.

Further questions or registration by sending an email to JRC-PUBLIC-SPACE-MAINTENANCE@ec.europa.eu

 

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Cityfollowers Talks: Jornadas de Innovación y Gestión Urbana #2

Category : ⚐ ES + ciudad + colaboraciones + creatividad + educación + eventos + urbanismo

El próximo martes 28 de marzo 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.

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Making the Collective City: Reflections on Participatory Processes | Conference in Lisbon

Category : ⚐ EN + city + news

Participatory Workshop by Ecosistema Urbano

Next June 8-9th the conference “Making the Collective City: Reflections on Participatory Processes” will be held at the University of Lisbon, with João Ferrão and José Luis Vallejo as keynote speakers.

In contemporary society, a time marked by globalisation, social and economic instability, a weakening of administrative “capacities” and increasingly complex social dynamics, new actors are emerging to support the development of community initiatives. Within this context, the conference aims to promote debate and reflection on methodological approaches applied in Participatory Projects in Architecture, Urbanism and Design.

This international conference will be an opportunity to discuss participation in architecture and urbanism and its role in defining common practices, policy measures and urban management strategies, in order to respond to issues of urban governance and the social needs of inhabitants.

The conference will focus on two central themes: the theoretical perspectives on the co-production of cities, and new approaches and challenges for participatory processes. To add a practical note, José Luis Vallejo will be sharing our experience and approach, and the activities we developed during the last participatory projects we have taken part in.

Save the date! You can submit an send an abstract before February 28th 2017, or register until May 22th 2017. We recommment you to check the website, as some discounts may be available for early registrations.

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

Category : ⚐ EN + publications + sustainability + urbanism

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…