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Ahora puedes contribuir al libro “Civic Practices” | Un proyecto de CivicWise

Category : ⚐ ES + ciudad + co- + convocatorias + eventos + investigaciones + publicaciones + urbanismo

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A principio del 2015, en Londres, nació CivicWise, una comunidad que se juntó con el objetivo de promover proyectos de inteligencia colectiva aplicada al territorio y procesos de urbanismo colaborativo.

CivicWise es una comunidad abierta en la que todos pueden participar e intercambiar experiencias y conocimiento, creando nuevas sinergias y oportunidades. En pocos meses esta comunidad ha alcanzado dimensión internacional con presencia en España, Francia, Reino Unido, Italia, Bélgica, Holanda, Brasil, Grecia y Argentina.

Uno de sus principales objetivos es crear un archivo y un mapeo de proyectos, acciones, espacios e investigaciones existentes que puedan considerarse como referencia en el ámbito de la capacidad de acción de la ciudadanía, el urbanismo colaborativo y la innovación cívica.

El primer paso para construir este archivo es la edición de un libro titulado “Civic Practices”, y hay varias formas en las que tú puedes contribuir a su creación.

Por un lado, para financiarlo está activa una campaña de crowdfunding en la plataforma Goteo. Si quieres ser de los primeros en tener una copia de este nuevo libro, lo primero que tienes que hacer es visitar esta web y contribuir en la campaña. Antes de final de año recibirás una copia nueva y flamante directamente en tu casa. Además si vives en España, el envío es completamente gratuito.

APOYA EL PROYECTO Y HAZTE CON TU LIBRO AQUÍ

Pero no acaban ahí las posibilidades de formar parte de esta publicación. Los promotores de la iniciativa también han abierto espacio a otras formas de colaboración, por ejemplo contribuyendo con contenidos (hasta el 21 de junio) en torno a tres temas: espacios físicos, proyectos alrededor del mundo que llevan a cabo iniciativas para fomentar estas prácticas, e investigaciones sobre el tema. Además, si quieres echar una mano con la propia edición, puedes contribuir con el diseño gráfico o con la revisión de los textos en varios idiomas.

Por otro lado…

Civic Marathon

Si te interesa este proyecto y quieres descubrir un poco más, la comunidad CivicWise ha organizado para este domingo 5 de junio un maratón en streaming de 12:00 a 16:00h, en el que se presentarán proyectos que optan a ser incluidos en el libro. El maratón será en directo y en videoconferencia. Cualquier personas podrá asistir directamente desde la página de Youtube o, si lo prefiere, entrar en directo y dialogar con los organizadores. Es un evento muy especial que conectará personas desde diferentes países del mundo. Una oportunidad única para conocer la comunidad CivicWise y el proyecto del libro Civic Practices.

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VII Edición del Máster en Arquitectura y Energía_ Entrevista al director Miguel Ángel Díaz Camacho

Category : ⚐ ES + arquitectura + colaboraciones + ecosistema urbano + networkedurbanism + Plan Encarnación Más


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Hoy publicamos una entrevista, la primera de una serie de tres, que han realizado stepienybarno para su blog, sobre el Máster en Arquitectura y Energía de la Universidad Camilo José Cela (UCJC), en el cual Belinda Tato dirige el curso de especialización Networked Urbanism.

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ecosistema urbano at recoded city : co-creating urban futures | book launch

Category : ⚐ EN + city + ecosistema urbano + events + news + publications + urbanism

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We are very glad to announce that next Monday 11 January 2016 there will be the official launch of the book Recoded City : Co-Creating Urban Futures, written by Thomas Ermacora (@termacora) and Lucy Bullivant Routledge (@Urbanista_org), where some of ecosistema urbano recent projects are featured.

Recoded City is a global survey of participatory placemaking and distributed urbanism, burgeoning movements engaging citizens in advancing visions for their cities and towns, and supporting their well-being through localised design and self-governance.

Co-authored by regeneration architect and impact entrepreneur Thomas Ermacora and writer and curator Lucy Bullivant, Recoded City examines the potential of citizen-led collaborative neighbourhood renewal strategies emerging in the interstices of rigid, top-down masterplanning, which has seen identity stamped out of place. During the years 2010-13 the number of city dwellers increased by 200,000 per day. In our urbanised world it is vital that we make cities which are more resilient, future proofing neighbourhoods by making them relevant to and reflective of the people who live there.

But the top-down city has alienated people. In the modern globalised world extreme forms of capitalism overshadow human rights, and government resources are increasingly depleted. Whether by repairing the damage of natural disaster or healing the pains of uninspired planning, communities are starting to work proactively to pursue a localised placemaking which is more responsive, resource-efficient and holistic in its approach. At the same time architecture has been expanding as a multidisciplinary field.

The authors advocate architecture and urban design which is socially engaged and motivated by a civic duty to help the 90%, not the privileged 10%. In the Recoded City architects are enablers and facilitators, working with citizens for a better future.

See more at www.clairecurtrice.co.uk

The lauch event will take place at House of St Barnabas in London from 6.30 to 9.00 pm.

Limited availability – mail@clairecurtrice.co.uk

If you are in London, don’t miss it!

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UCJC | Encarnación y el Máster en Arquitectura y Energía 2015

Category : ⚐ EN + ⚐ ES + architecture + arquitectura + colaboraciones + educación + encarnacion más + sostenibilidad + sustainability

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⚐ ES – Como ya comentamos anteriormente, desde el pasado mes de Octubre nos hemos incorporado como docentes en el Máster en Arquitectura y Energía (MAE) en la Escuela de Arquitectura y Tecnología UCJC.  

El MAE, en su VI edición, profundiza en la nueva suma de conocimientos para la gestión de los recursos, la reducción de la demanda energética y el aprovechamiento de las fuentes renovables en el actual contexto global de crecimiento asimétrico y agotamiento de los recursos, que supone un 40% de la energía consumida en el mundo.

En este contexto, se ha optado por trabajar en una ciudad con una vocación por diminuir su gasto energético como es la ciudad de Encarnación, Paraguay, a través de su Plan de Desarrollo Sustentable en el que llevamos trabajando varios meses. Todos los departamentos del Máster y sus diferentes asignaturas trabajarán en esta ciudad investigando soluciones bioclimáticas para viviendas sostenibles, sistemas constructivos pasivos, un urbanismo en red o fuentes de energía alternativa, con las que encontrar soluciones extrapolables a otras partes del mundo.

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⚐ EN – Last October we joined as faculty at the Master in Architecture and Energy (MAE) at the School of Architecture and Technology UCJC.  

In the current global context of uneven growth and the depletion of resources, the construction sector accounts for 40 per cent of the energy consumed worldwide. Any work carried out on the land, be it urban, architectural, infrastructural or landscaping, should include strategies for resource management, the reduction of energy demand and the use of renewable sources. The sixth edition of MAE looks in depth at this new body of urgent and essential knowledge, identifying the tools needed to create a development model that is compatible with environmental balance.

We have chosen to work in an emblematic city in terms of energy consumption and new sustainable policies: Encarnación, Paraguay. For the last few months we have been working on the Urban and Territorial Planning and Sustainability Plan for the city, making of Encarnacion a pioneer case study in sustainable urban development.

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CUENCA RED | comenzando el proceso de socialización

Category : ⚐ ES + arquitectura red + ciudad + comunicación + creatividad + Cuenca Red + ecosistema urbano + educación + espacio público + eventos + participación + proyectos + urbanismo + video + work in progress

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Como adelantamos en la presentación del proyecto CUENCA RED: Red de Espacios Dinámicos” en la ciudad de Cuenca, Ecuador, el pasado mes de Octubre dio inicio el proceso de socialización con el objetivo de establecer un diálogo creativo con la ciudadanía que ayude a definir las estrategias para el “Plan de Recuperación y Mejoramiento del espacio público en el Centro Histórico”.

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ecosistema urbano at ISU talks #3: Ruralism | international conference in Braunschweig, Germany

Category : ⚐ EN + landscape + news + sustainability + urbanism

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Next November 18th, Belinda Tato will be keynote speaker at the International Conference, ISU Talks #03: Ruralism organised by the Institute for Sustainable Urbanism. Other speakers include Snøhetta, OMA/AMO, etc…

The institute is located in Braunschweig, Germany and according to their own definition is part think-tank, part design laboratory, committed to promoting research and scholarship on sustainable urbanism in an international and interdisciplinary setting.

Since October 2012, ISU is lead by Prof. Dr. Vanessa Miriam Carlow, within TU Braunschweig’s Department of Architecture, Engineering, and Environmental Sciences. ISU has worked with partners in Africa, Asia, South America, USA, and all over Europe. ISU has four themes under which its teaching and research projects fall: Space as Resource, City in Society, Impossible Sites, and Urban-Rural Relations.

Here is a brief introduction to the Conference:

In the current city-centred 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 and complement to the growing city, as extraction sites, natural reservoirs, providing for ecosystem services or leisure spaces.
The city and the countryside are evermore increasingly mutually reliant. A closer look at the countryside unveils a set of dynamics overlaying and changing rural space, beyond trends of depopulation and shutdown of public facilities. 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, even bringing it to the frontlines of regional transformation and sustainability.

The conference proposes the following questions:
– How can the contemporary rural be conceived of and described?
– What new concepts for rural living currently exist?
– How are urbanisation and ruralisation processes connected?
– Can impulses for the design of urban space be drawn from the imagined and practiced connections between the urban and the rural?
– How can we formulate a (new) vision for ‘ruralism’?

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Ciclo de conferencias abiertas del Máster en Arquitectura y Energía 2015

Category : ⚐ ES + arquitectura + colaboraciones + educación + sostenibilidad

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Mañana viernes arranca el ciclo de conferencias abiertas del Máster en Arquitectura y Energía (MAE) en la Escuela de Arquitectura y Tecnología UCJC. Recientemente nos hemos incorporado como docentes en dicho Master y aquí compartimos el programa de las conferencias, que consideramos de gran interés:

Viernes 6 de Noviembre a las 18:30 horas
Edgar González, arquitecto, profesor, curator, director de EGD, editor jefe de edgargonzalez.com, practica la difusión de la arquitectura compaginada con una constante búsqueda de la innovación de procesos y tecnologías.

Viernes 20 de Noviembre a las 18:00 horas
Servando Álvarez, catedrático del departamento de Ingeniería Energética y Mecánica de Fluidos de la Universidad de Sevilla, especializado en el comportamiento térmico de la piel de los edificios, de los espacios urbanos y de los sistemas de acondicionamiento.

Viernes 27 de Noviembre a las 18:00 horas
Juan Freire, doctor en biología, director de innovación del grupo Barrabés y socio fundador de Barrabés Next, co-fundador de TEAMLABS, especializado en ecosistemas de aprendizaje, emprendimiento e innovación.

Sábado 28 de Noviembre a las 12:00 horas
Zuloark, grupo de arquitectos, diseñadores, constructores y pensadores que operan en los campos de la arquitectura, el urbanismo, el diseño, las pedagogías, la investigación y el desarrollo.

Las conferencias son abiertas al público y tienen lugar en el salón de Actos de la sede de la UCJC en la calle Quintana 21.

Allí os esperamos!

 

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What does it all mean for an architect? Geography, “soil and blood”, I mean. Is it destiny?

Category : ⚐ EN + architecture

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Today we publish an article written by Nathan Romero Muelas, a Spanish architect living in Denmark for more than ten years now. The article has been published in the danish blog arkfo.dk

Immigration is setting Europe in a defensive mode, a state of mind that politically ranges from reluctance to paying lip service to universal solidarity. At the same time, we architects, and not only in Denmark, are busy again with questions of national identity and cultural legacy. Within academia and other architecture institutions, eyes are turning inwards to examine, for instance, all things “Nordic”. There are seminars galore on Nordic urbanism, or for example, on the possibility of a Nordic high-rise.

I’m interested in the timing of these two phenomena. Introspection is important. I guess societies, like human beings, need periodic diving into the oracular “know thyself “ of the Greeks. It usually happens when they feel questioned, or under pressure. I would like to know if this insistence in what we are, (Nordic or whatever), shares this menaced condition.

There have never been so many foreign architects and architecture students, working and living in Denmark. However, how different the situation, the mood, from not yet fifteen years ago, when I first arrived in Denmark. The Europan competition, the Erasmus program: Europe seemed open and enjoying, if I’m not mistaken, a moment of expansive optimism. Today foreigners populate our studios, working as interns mostly, in economic conditions at times worse than their Danish peers. They resemble more the southern immigration of the sixties, a working force that for some threatens the professional establishment, the architectonic version of the very publicised Polish travelling construction workers in Denmark.

COULD THERE BE, I WONDER, A RELATION BETWEEN THIS IMMIGRATION WAVE, MOTIVATED NOT ONLY BY CURIOSITY, BUT ALSO NECESSITY, AND THE URGE OF PROFILING AND BRANDING A NATIONAL OR REGIONAL ARCHITECTURE? BRANDING IN THE COMMERCIAL SENSE (ARCHITECTURE POLITICS) BUT ALSO IN THE ORIGINAL LIVESTOCK SENSE: TO TELL THIS CATTLE FROM THAT CATTLE.

But home is best 

In a refreshing essay, (“Drømmen om de smaa samfund”, 1977), Steen Eiler Rasmussen lucidly demolishes the myth of a well functioning small society. He remembers a priest during the German occupation of Denmark. After having spent some time at the Frøslev concentration camp, this priest praised emphatically the experience in the camp. It was a humane experience he wouldn’t have liked to miss: under a common pressure, facing a common enemy, solidarity, mutual care and….a certain cosiness (“hygge”), flourished!

The Biannual competition Europan, with all its limitations and flaws, is a visionary idea, the perfect antidote to nationalist architecture. In the next edition, Denmark has decided not to participate. I imagine there are well founded motives, and surely unrelated to my reasoning here. But let me propose a perverse motive, for argument´s sake: the outcome of Europan is uncontrollable, in principle everybody can win. There follows a compromise, (sadly a weak compromise, in some countries), to build the winning project. Now, let’s say a Chinese architect wins. Frankly folks, what can a Chinese architect possibly know about the arcane secrets of Nordic light? And more importantly: where do we fit this Chinese in the promotion politics of Danish architecture?

 

Photo: Kim Høltermand

Soil, blood and onions

Ever since I arrived to Denmark I have had the unsettling words of the Spanish architect Jose Antonio Coderch at the back of my mind. In 1960 he wrote an essay-manifesto, which was interesting, coming from the most individualist of architects. Its title was It is not geniuses we need know. In it, he wrote: “Let architects work with a rope tied to one leg, to stop them from staying too far from the earth where they have their roots, and the people they know best”. It made then a lot of sense: facing the all pervasive international style, it was a call for attention to the remainder of local building traditions but also hints at the idea that the artist, the architect, should only talk about what he knows well. And that meant then his origin. Despite of his connections to the Smithson’s, his belonging to Team 10 and winning the Milan Triennale golden medal in 1951, Coderch never really left Barcelona. But today I would argue that the exception is an architect that spends his entire life in the place he was born.

I go back to Altea, the Mediterranean town where I was born. I haven’t been here for a long time.  Instantly upon arrival, I realize I’m home. That is, my body does. It remembers. The pine trees, the agave, the hills. And, yes, the light, different from any other, and very dear to me. But then I realize that I have spent more time in Copenhagen or Madrid than in Altea, which I left at thirteen. What does it all mean for an architect?  Geography, “soil and blood”, I mean. Is it destiny?

I start thinking about notions like Mediterranean, and then Nordic. These are rich, multilayered concepts, and deserving all the scholarly attention they can get…provided we understand that we will not find a single valuable work of architecture that is pure, that isn’t changed, enlivened by the crossing of frontiers. Jacobsen, Aalto, Asplund, Utzon, carry their Mediterranean experience all through their work.  Sota, Fisac, Moneo, (who worked for Utzon), were in turn transformed by the Nordic lesson.

I GUESS I’M HINTING AT THE THOUGHT, FRIGHTENING POSSIBILITY, THAT IN AN INCREASING REFINING AND DEFINING OF A NATIONAL OR REGIONAL ARCHITECTURE, NOT JUST ACADEMICALLY BUT IN ORDER TO SELL IT, EXPORT IT, PROMOTE IT, BE IT BALKAN, TEUTONIC, MEDITERRANEAN, SOUTHERN OR NORDIC, WE MIGHT END UP WITH SOMETHING RATHER STERILE, OR ILL VENTILATED: IN SEARCH OF THE QUINTESSENTIAL IDENTITY, WE MIGHT FIND…REDNECK ARCHITECTURE.

Because despite my beloved Coderch and today’s pushers of national architectures, architects do choose now the soil they live and work on. Unlike onions.

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Nuevos retos analógicos y digitales de la plataforma Local-in

Category : ⚐ ES + Cuenca Red + ecosistema urbano + internet + Plan Encarnación Más + proyectos + software social + tecnologías + work in progress

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El pasado mes de Marzo 2015 en este post os presentamos la nueva y actualizada versión de Local-in (ex What if..?); en aquel momento estábamos optimizando Asumap, la plataforma de participación ciudadana realizada en el marco del proceso de socialización para el Plan Maestro del Centro Histórico de Asunción.

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Centro histórico abierto | Taller de acción urbana con los estudiantes universitarios

Category : ⚐ ES + Centro Histórico Abierto + ciudad + comunicación + ecosistema urbano + educación + espacio público + eventos + participación + proyectos

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Uno de las principales acontecimientos del proceso participativo Centro Histórico Abierto en Distrito Central de Honduras, en el cual se desarrollaron numerosas actividades resumidas en este post anterior; ha sido la realización de un taller con más de 80 estudiantes provenientes de las tres universidades más importantes de la ciudad: Universidad Autónoma de Honduras, UNITEC y la Universidad José Cecilio del Valle.