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Matthieu Darcourt | eu collaborators

Category: colaboradores+ecosistema urbano+⚐ EN

Today we introduce Matthieu Darcourt, an architecture student who has been doing a short internship with us, bringing the French language back to the office after a couple of years… Here is what he tells us:

Matthieu Darcourt

Matthieu Darcourt

I’m a student in architecture at the National Institute of Applied Sciences (INSA) of Strasbourg in France, and I will graduate in October 2014. I had the opportunity to travel a lot especially during my Erasmus in Budapest and my internship here at ecositema urbano in Madrid. I believe there is no such thing as losing yourself in an unknown city in order to discover it’s deeper essence, culture and personality. As an architect and as a person, I am really interested in this balance between big cities and traditional culture, and Madrid is a beautiful example of it: a 21st century city with a village atmosphere.

Matthieu Darcourt in Budapest

Matthieu Darcourt in Budapest

During my internship at ecosistema urbano, I had the chance to think about it when writting an article about situationist theories and urban participation. Indeed, thanks to their blog, they take some time to think and research concerning urban social design, so it creates a stimulating and creative atmosphere and projects. I found really interesting the original project approach they have, including social networks, technologies, and creative commons, questioning urban landscape and social life. Finally, I enjoyed the nice atmosphere of the studio, especially during cooking time! Thanks again.

Occupation: Architecture student
Interests: Architecture, Anthropology, Sculpture, Cities
City/country: Strasbourg, FR
Web: Portfolio

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Claudio Marras | eu collaborators

Category: colaboradores+ecosistema urbano+⚐ EN

Today we introduce Claudio Marras, a young architect who is doing an internship with us, taking part in various aspects of our work… and also bringing a great Italian touch to our lunchbreak! Let him tell us a couple of things about himself:

A young dreamer architect.

Passion, Curiosity and Perseverance: I want to travel, I want to see, I want to know.

Architect evolution

Architect evolution

Hello everybody, I am Claudio Marras a 30 years old italian architect come from Sardinia, Italy. I will try to synthesize my life with 3 simple keywords.

Passione (passion)

From from child to young adult

Once upon a time

A life lived wrapped by passion. Food, travel, sport, people, ART… Born in a creative and art-loving family, I was easily able to discover and explore different worlds. Living in a island I had, from the beginning, the pleasure (and necessity) to go abroad.
I lived in Croatia, Usa, Spain and Germany and I traveled throughout most of Europe.

Curiositá (curiosity)

From external world to myself

From Praha with love

From Praha with love

Each place/person could teach you something. It’s up to you understand the way to acquire knowledge from it. Every place can be different for everyone, it’s the culture and meaning behind it that matters and makes it special and unique for every one. It is not only the place, it is also the experience.

As an architect I have to design the space in relation with local dynamics and needs, trying to involve those who will use that space into the process.

Determinazione (perseverance)

From Valencia to Punto d’Incontro

Different forms of urban attraction. The Turia’s park of Valencia for a cultural conversion of spare time

Different forms of urban attraction.
The Turia’s park of Valencia for a cultural conversion of spare time

Social Architect

My architecture thesis project (2007) was the synthesis of my mindset and my professional way of seeing urbanism and architecture: bottom up architecture, social approach, participatory process. The project’s AIM was to find a social and cultural way to convert the spare time of the people. The idea was to give to everyone the opportunity to know and exchange skills and competencies in a public space coordinated by the Time-based currency system. The project was studied for the river park of Valencia, Spain.

Starting from these theoretical input, I’m developing it in a practical way trough Punto d’incontro (Meeting point) project. It is a box that contains active and creative groups or people who work for the re-appropriation of public space through a participatory process. Artists, professionals, and experts interact with the local population to involve people in a urban renewal.

Claudio

Claudio

RESUME

Education
Bachelor Degree of Territorial, Urban and Environmental Planning in 2005.
Master Degree on Architecture in 2007.
Freelance architect from 2009 with a Certificate of Site Safety Coordinators (2012).

Currently a Post-Master student of Urban Research Lab Sardinia – Environmental Design in the University of Sassari (Sardinia) in partnership with Dessau Institute of Architecture (DIA) of Anhalt University of Applied Sciences where I spend the first part of the Master (5 moths).

more information on LinkedIn profile

In times like these, escape is the only way to stay alive and keep dreaming.

In times like these, escape is the only way to stay alive and keep dreaming.

In tempi come questi la fuga è l’unico mezzo per mantenersi vivi e continuare a sognare.

In times like these, escape is the only way to stay alive and keep dreaming.

Henry Laborit, from the italian movie: Mediterraneo

Here is a short summary about Claudio:

cla 2Occupation: Freelance Architect
Interests: urbanism, architecture, design, social, community
City/country: Sassari, Italy
Web: Punto d’Incontro
Online profiles: Facebook, LinkedIn

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Ecosistema Urbano at the IE Master in Architectural Design

Category: ecosistema urbano+news+⚐ EN

ie master in architectural design - click to visit official page

Jose Luis Vallejo and Belinda Tato will be taking part in the IE Master in Architectural Design kicking off this Autum in Madrid.

The IE Master in Architectural Design seeks to bridge the gap between the existing fragmented post-professional architecture courses and the ever shifting reality of the professional practice. This will lead to a strengthening of two fundamental foundations of the profession: scientific-technological knowledge and an awareness of the underlying contemporary cultural base. This knowledge, combined with entrepreneurial and management skills, clearly plays a key role in understanding the complexity and scope of the profession when it comes to preparing architects to lead interdisciplinary professional teams.

You can read more about the program, faculty, facilities and admissions at the Official website

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Last days for registration | International Summer School in Sardinia

Category: ecosistema urbano+events+sustainability+urbanism+⚐ EN

Solanas from Capo Boi hillsummer university

Next Thursday June 20th registration will be closed for the International Summer School, in which more than 20 teachers and 40 students will develop new forms of architecture, particularly related to tourism, in the valley of Solanas and in the coastal area in the south-eastern part of Sardinia.

Did you miss that call? Here is the original post about it: Coastal Landscape Architectures | International Summer School in Sardinia

Visiting Solanas

Important information:

Registration is closing on June 20th!
Save the dates: July 3rd – July 13th
Special deal for European students: 50 € fee + 100 € for 10 days lodging
Learn more about this experience: coastal-landscape-architectures.blogspot.it

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Coastal Landscape Architectures | International Summer School in Sardinia

Category: ecosistema urbano+events+sustainability+urbanism+⚐ EN

Solanas from Capo Boi hillsummer university

Starting July 3rd, Jose Luis Vallejo and Belinda Tato from ecosistema urbano will be joining more than 20 teachers and 40 studens in an International Summer School organized in the valley of Solanas (Sardinia) by Department of Architecture, Design and Urban Planning at the University of Sassari in collaboration with the Municipality of Sinnai.

Where is Solanas?

The objective of the Summer school is to develop new forms of architecture, particularly related to tourism, in the valley of Solanas and in the coastal area in the south-eastern part of Sardinia. The development of new forms of architecture in coastal areas requires alternative approaches to the traditional scenarios of seasonal tourism. Teachers, students and public servants will be working together to face challenges related to the economically instable and unfavourable conditions created by seasonal tourism. The environmental contexts studied are sensitive and fragile, yet, at the same time, they are sites of great potential for developing innovative solutions and new uses. The activities of the workshop will aim at enhancing this potential by using the specific qualities and resources of the various contexts presented in the area.

If you are studying in Europe, you will get a special deal: Students coming from European universities only have to pay 50 euros for fee + 100 euros for 10 days for lodging + travel (there are cheap low cost flights to Cagliari).

And you’ll get to spend those 10 days learning, collaborating, walking and bathing in front of this great landscape… so don’t think for too long, registration is closing in 10 days!

Visiting Solanas

Important information:

Registration is closing on June 15th! Edit: June 20th.
Save the dates: July 3rd – July 13th
Cost for European students: 50 € fee + 100 € for 10 days lodging
Learn more about this experience: coastal-landscape-architectures.blogspot.it

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International summer course (update) | Urban design and sustainable architecture

Category: architecture+sustainability+urbanism+⚐ EN

Architecture in Alicante

The international summer course in Alicante we presented a couple of months ago is finally going to happen!

So far, 14 international – from quite diverse places like the US, Ucrania, Lebanon or South Corea – and 8 local students have already registered, and the University of Alicante just extended the registration period over June, so you still have a chance to join!

More Than Green international summer course

Sustainability is not just an environmental issue but, and above all, a social, cultural and economic one. This course about URBAN DESIGN and SUSTAINABLE ARCHITECTURE proposes a complex incursion within the subject of sustainability understood not only as a problem but as an opportunity to meet new approaches to the city in a creative, innovative, playful and unprejudiced way.

Sustainability in an international environment: Experts in sustainability, teaching and design from all around the world meet in Alicante.
Learning by the sea: Meet friends from all around the world and enjoy the Mediterranean culture, a different way of understanding architecture, the city and life.
Challenging yourself: A fresh and playful approach to sustainable design.
Finding your way: We offer a wide variety of thematic contents as well as plenty of activities for your free time.

Faculty

We will be taking part with PLAYstudio – the organizers –, Transsolar and Urban Think Tank. Looking forward to meet you there!

Place and date: University of Alicante, Alicante, Spain. 15-26th July 2013
Learn more: International summer course (by the sea)Versión en español
Official website: summercourse.morethangreen.es

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ecosistema urbano in Sarajevo, Bosnia

Category: events+news+⚐ EN

Daniarhitekture

Next Saturday May 18th, Belinda Tato will be giving a lecture at the Dani Arhitekture, Days of Architecture 2013 in Sarajevo, Bosnia, presenting the most recent works of ecosistema urbano, among which is dreamhamar from Norway.

This year’s event title is Common space, inviting participants to reflect about the meaning of the common:

What is a common space on a city scale?
How do we create a positive interaction and encourage more citizens to an active use and participation in creating these areas?
What is the role of architects, urbanists, politicians?
Are architects simply creators, removed from the users, or are they mediators in this process, where every user himself becomes the creator of space?

These are some of the questions around which the different participants will discuss and share their experiences.

Other lecturers will be: Raumlabor, Atelier d’Architecture Autogérée, Glamourmanifest, Archipelagos and many others.

For more info: www.daniarhitekture.ba
About the lecture: Belinda Tato at Daniarhitekture

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International summer course (by the sea) | Urban design and sustainable architecture

Category: architecture+sustainability+urbanism+⚐ EN

More Than Green international summer course

The people behind More Than Green have organized a great summer course on July 15-26, 2013 in the mediterranean city of Alicante (Spain), where we will also be taking part together with PLAYstudio, Transsolar and Urban Think Tank.

Sustainability is not just an environmental issue but, and above all, a social, cultural and economic one. This course about URBAN DESIGN and SUSTAINABLE ARCHITECTURE proposes a complex incursion within the subject of sustainability understood not only as a problem but as an opportunity to meet new approaches to the city in a creative, innovative, playful and unprejudiced way.

More Than Green

Contents + Objectives

Architecture in Alicante

Improve your design skills: based on an open criticism of the “only green” approach for the construction of our future sustainable cities, this course offers a much wider, complex and playful perspective at the same time. Students will combine the design of a team project –about an specific case‐ with the supervision of guest experts and their master classes.

Build a knowledge frame –examples of good practices told by guest experts‐ where students take consciousness of the importance of broadening their understanding of sustainability according to the new world policies.

Create a typical multicultural situation of an international course where students coming from different places exchange their various backgrounds and modes of undertaking the sustainable urban project. The diversity of the faculties contributes to enrich this situation.

Methodology + Course Structure

Architecture in Alicante

Master classes, teamwork and project reviews within the context of four different ways of understanding sustainability: ENVIRONMENTALLY, SOCIALLY, ECONOMICALLY and CULTURALLY.

Faculty

Faculty

DIRECTOR: José Luis Oliver Ramírez  (University of Alicante) + TRANSSOLAR: Matthias Schuler (Harvard GSD) + URBAN-THINK TANK: Alfredo Brillembourg (ETH Zurich) + ECOSISTEMA URBANO: Belinda Tato y Jose Luis Vallejo (Harvard GSD) + PLAYstudio: Iván Capdevila y Vicente Iborra (University of Alicante)

Alicante + Free time

Lively Alicante at dusk

It’s summer, you’re by the coast… who would dare to keep you away from having fun?  Within the course structure, it is programmed a considerable amount of free time so the students can visit other cities or some interesting spots on the surroundings, enjoy the sun and the beach, or take part in different summer activities organized by the University of Alicante.

Acommodation

University of Alicante

The University of Alicante offers you a wide range of facilities and affordable accommodation in several lovely locations from the historic city centre to the university campus surroundings.

You can download the brochure here: MTG International Summer Course  - PDF
For a more information on fees, acommodation, organization, etc. check the official website: summercourse.morethangreen.es

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Christian Jøhnk Hess | eu collaborators

Category: colaboradores+⚐ EN

Today we introduce Christian, an architecture student who recently did an internship with us, getting involved in our latest projects… and giving us some more hints on Scandinavian culture! Here are his kind words about his stay with us:

Christian

Shortly about myself, I’m from Denmark. I have just started on my last year of my master at the architecture in Copenhagen, after having spent five months with Ecosistema.

Before going into the final stages of my education, I decided to take advantage of the opportunity of making an internship, being introduced to different ideas and ways of working and at the same to a different culture by moving to Spain for five months.

Christian

Ecosistema is very good at working in a socially responsible way and with those layers of architecture that are related to the process and networks. They take into account the humans involved, and at the same time make their dreams and ideas turn into very nice buildings. They master all the layers of architecture today and they have fun at the same time. Their way of thinking supplements my knowledge from the school in Copenhagen very well.

During my stay I was working with ecosistema on the competition about the new city centre of Kiruna. It was a very complicated issue which combined with the other things we have been working on have given me a lot to take with me back to my school and think about.

To me architecture is an opportunity to get into a wide range of knowledge and putting it to use. Hopefully giving something back, which will be helpful, inspiring and relevant.

Before coming I had only heard good things about Ecosistema. It’s all true and I feel privileged to have been able to make my Internship here. So thank you for this time, I wish you the best for the future.

Short profile:

Occupation: Student at The Royal Danish Acadamy of Fine Arts. School of Architecture.
Interests: Architecture and lots of other stuff
City/country: Copenhagen, Denmark
Online profiles: facebook.com/christianjhess

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Designing learning spaces | Lectures and exhibition in Reggio Emilia

Category: architecture+architettura+events+⚐ EN+⚐ IT

Next Friday we will be in Reggio Emilia at the presentation of the Reggio Children educational project “A school as a learning community”, together with Graziano Delrio, Luca Molinari, Carla Rinaldi and Maddalena Tedeschi. We will talk about our proposal for the Reggio Children experimental learning centre, and after that an exhibition will be opened, showing the projects submitted to the competition.

Progettare Spazi per l’Apprendimento

Progettare Spazi per l’Apprendimento

Summary:

Progettare Spazi per l’Apprendimento
Friday, February 15 2013 at 16.30
Centro Internazionale Loris Malaguzzi – Sala Kuwait

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Importing Architecture | Photos from the exhibition in Oslo

Category: architecture+ecosistema urbano+events+urbanism+⚐ EN

Arkitektur Import - entrance

Today we are sharing with you some pictures of the impressive exhibition Importing Architecture which is on right now at the Nasjonalmuseet (National Museum for Art and Architecture) in Oslo.

We had the pleasure to be included in the selection and it was a great opportunity to attend the opening last November and get a chance to know more about the different projects which are under construction or have been just finished as well as the international offices who are behind them.

Åpning Arkitekturimport - exhibition opening

Åpning Arkitekturimport - exhibition opening

The exhibition raises the question of Norwegian identity in architecture and how ‘imported architects’ respond to it:

Are foreign architects reinforcing the trend toward a type of globalization that is dissolving national and cultural differences? Or are they even more concerned with formulating a Nordic or Norwegian identity than their Norwegian counterparts? Is it possible for an architect to create exceptional architecture in Norway without first-hand experience of Norwegian society, building traditions, climate or the natural environment? Or on the contrary, do foreign architects bring new ideas and ways of thinking that enrich the quality of Norwegian architecture?

Arkitektur Import - general view

Our installation is located by the ramp at the entrance of the exhibition. We tried to take advantage of the windows to display images of the Dreamhamar project, along with four screens showing videos from the process. The physical-digital scale model of Stortorget (Main Square) was also brought from Hamar and installed on top of a vinyl that covers the floor resembling the pattern painted by Boamistura on the asphalt of the real square.

Arkitektur Import - windows

Arkitektur Import - general view

Arkitektur Import - looking towards the entrance

If you are in Oslo sometime between now and April, don’t miss it!

Photographers: Andreas Harvik and Børre Høstland.
Related post: Importing architecture | Exhibition in Oslo 

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Francesca Rotundo | eu collaborators

Category: colaboradores+⚐ EN

Today we introduce Francesca Rotundo, a young architect who is doing an internship with us, being mainly involved in our proposal for the competition in Kiruna and the Reggio Children experimental centre.

Francesca

As she tells us:

I’m a quite curious person, careful observer of what is happening around me. My interests are many, but somehow the architecture field seems to contain or connect to a lot of them, giving me everyday something different to think over.
I’ve studied architecture at the University of Ferrara, graduating at the end of 2012, and, as Erasmus student, at Chalmers University in Göteborg, Sweden, a great experience that made me fall in love with the nordic atmosphere, and made me more passionate about my work, in particular about investigating the relation between citizens and the design of the city.
As I wanted to keep widening my horizons, I was especially excited about gaining a Leonardo-program grant and having the chance to join EU, here in Madrid. Participating with them in a university-workshop about the regeneration of borderline areas, organized by Ri-Generazione Urbana, I had the possibility to know them more and I found their way of working very inspiring. I think it’s awesome to collaborate with such a great studio, matching my interests.
Apart from the complexity of the city, which I enjoy so much, in my quite small home town I take part in a cultural association called Primola together with architects and artists, working to make vital the local territory and preserving its landscape. We organize events and activities related to culture, entertaining, designing and realize sets and installations using lights and “poor” building materials, like straw bales.
Trying to conceive design in a playful way, I always keep in mind the social impact of architecture and, as we never stop learning, I keep looking for answers and new questions as well.

Francesca

Here is a short summary about Francesca:

Occupation: Architect
Interests: Architecture-landscape-city, urban safaris, travelling, Illustration, fashion & industrial design
City/country: Cotignola-Ravenna, Italy
Web: Portfolio
Online profiles: Facebook, LinkedIn

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Blanca Abramek | eu collaborators

Category: colaboradores+⚐ EN

Today we introduce Blanca Abramek, an architecture student who did an internship with us last spring/summer. She did a great work actively helping us with the design and selection of contents for a book about Dreamhamar that we are now (finally!) finishing.

Blanca Abramek -  by Emilio P. Doiztúa

In her own words:

I’m in my final year of Architecture and Graphic Design at University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, USA. As researcher at the Positive Psychology Center, I am investigating the relationship between urban design and well- being.

Because of my interest in fine arts, cultural anthropology, psychology and film I like to look at design from a holistic perspective. In my opinion architecture relies on an interdisciplinary exchange in which lies the opportunity for architects to seek broader strategies for impact. I believe that in today’s world we, architects and urban designers, need to seek radical new channels of influence that move design away from focusing only on providing professional services and toward a more ambitious role of cultural leadership in the built and social environments.

Blanca Abramek at Ecosistema Urbano

Here is a short summary about Blanca:

Occupation: Student
Interests: Dance, travel
City/country: Warsaw, PL
Social profiles: @tendrebarbare
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Both photos were taken at our office in Madrid. The first –amazing– one is by Emilio P. Doiztúa.

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Importing Architecture | Exhibition in Oslo

Category: architecture+ecosistema urbano+events+news+⚐ EN

Arkitekturimport

Today, Thursday Nov. 22nd is the official opening of the exhibition Importing Architecture at the NasjonalMuseet of Art, Architecture and Design in Oslo. The exhibition will be open to the public from tomorrow until April 2013.

Ecosistema Urbano team is pleased to be part of this exhibition with Dreamhamar project, a collective dream to redesign Hamar’s main public space, Stortorget. Other architecture offices included in the selection are: Steven Holl, MVDRV, Peter Zumthor, Renzo Piano, Vandkunsten, JDS, etc…

Here is the introduction by the curator of the exhibition, Eva Elisabeth Madshus:

An increasing number of foreign architects are winning competitions or receiving commissions in Norway. The exhibition takes up this relatively new and interesting development, which is primarily due to the introduction of the EU directive on competitions and more building activity in Norway than the rest of Europe.

This exhibition presents a selection of foreign architectural firms with projects in Norway. It also provides the basis for examining what this increasing internationalization means for Norwegian architecture’s identity and quality.

– Are foreign architects reinforcing the trend toward a type of globalization that is dissolving national and cultural differences? Or are they even more concerned with formulating a Nordic or Norwegian identity than their Norwegian counterparts?

– Is it possible for an architect to create exceptional architecture in Norway without firsthand experience of Norwegian society, building traditions, climate or the natural environment? Or on the contrary, do foreign architects bring new ideas and ways of thinking that enrich the quality of Norwegian architecture?

– Do the EU’s competition regulations, with their criteria for participation and ranking, ensure that the best architectural projects win? Or are foreign architects displacing their Norwegian counterparts in today’s highly competitive building market?

Debate about foreign influences on architecture is not entirely new. Craftsmen from the continent were involved in building Norwegian mediaeval churches, and after the dissolution of the union in 1814 the country’s new institutions were by and large designed by Danish and German architects. But since the beginning of the 1900s, once architecture was an established course of study at NTH (Norwegian Institute of Technology; today the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim), Norwegian architects have been responsible for the vast majority of building works in the country. It was not until the EU competition regulations were adopted in 1994 that foreign architects began to make inroads in the Norwegian market, and the trend has been sustained by the country’s strong oil-driven economy and numerous public sector building projects. In 2012 the results of these factors are striking: a dozen public building projects designed by foreign architects are either in preparation, under construction, or completed.

The architects included in this exhibition are consummate professionals. Their projects reflect exceptional quality at every stage – planning, design, choice of materials, execution – and many of them will become important sources of inspiration. Norwegian architecture is well served by intensified international competition. Every good architect can acquire competence about the particular context that a building project is always a part of, regardless of national origin. Thus, increasing globalization need not lead to uniformity in architecture.

More info about the exhibition: Oslo Nasjonalmuseet
Photos and details of the projects: Nasjonalmuseet at MyNewsDesk

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EU collaborators | Julie Kaalby Bjerre

Category: colaboradores+⚐ EN

Today we are happy to introduce you to Julie, one of our most recent collaborators. Welcome to Ecosistema Urbano!

Julie Bjerre

In her own words:

I am currently a master student of architecture at the Aarhus School of Architecture, from where I also completed my BA of Arts in Architecture. During the past years I have found a lot of inspiration from travelling and through my camera I try to take notion of every-thing that wonders my Nordic eye.

One late evening at the Aarhus School of Architecture I found myself caught in a post about the parallelism between pizzamaking and a concept called network design. When I was to discover that the Madrid based studio Ecosistema Urbano was the pizzachef, I realized that to learn more about this intriguing idea of network design and how to profoundly activate the citizen as a integrated ingredient in architecture, I had to head south. I had for a while been interested in the relation between citizens and architecture and I found Ecosistema Urbano’s mindset very inspiring.

With strong predilection for a sensible architecture I usually try to work with the mechanisms of the urban landscape to create durable concepts that can make us even more aware of the beauty of our constantly evolving environment. During my studies I developed a strong interest for an architecture of process –and I encountered the idea that the process is in fact the project. By working with Ecosistema Urbano I am hoping to explore another layer in the field of architecture in process, that I have not yet been able to fully explore during my studies.

So here I am. Lets bake!

And here is Julie’s short profile and related links:

Occupation: master student, Aarhus School of Architecture
Interests: People/city/landscape, travel, photography, food, friends, family, hygge
City, country: Aarhus, Denmark
Web: juliekaalbybjerre.dk
Social profiles: facebook.com/julie.bjerre

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Learn for Life | book by Gestalten

Category: news+publications

Gestalten has recently published Learn for life, a book about new spaces for new learning —not just in kindergartens, schools, and universities. It features, among other examples, our project Plaza Ecópolis.

Learn for life

Learn for Life is a diverse collection of inspiring architecture and interiors that support progressive models of acquiring knowledge. New interpretations of kindergartens, schools, universities, and libraries are featured along with architecturally innovative offices and conference rooms. These examples are rounded out by more experimental projects that offer further perspectives on the rapidly evolving topic of how best to learn in the new millennium.

The groundbreaking spaces promote learning by inspiring us, providing us with helpful tools, and facilitating opportunities for productive cooperation and the exchange of ideas within groups. In short, the work makes clear that the creative use of architecture and interior design not only provides a new physical framework for acquiring knowledge, but also revitalizes and advances the process of learning as a whole.

You can learn more about it here: Learn for life | gestalten

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EU lectures | Oslo & Copenhagen

Category: news+⚐ EN

Next week we will be giving a lecture in Oslo and Copenhagen about our work, including the latest projects like dreamhamar.

 

Norwegian Centre for Design and Architecture

 

Oslo | 15.02.2012 | 19:00 h | learn more

Organizer: Architects Association of Oslo
Host: Norwegian Centre for Design and Architecture

 

Living Copenhaguen

 

Copenhagen | 17.02.2012 | 19:00 h | learn more

Organizer: Living Copenhagen project
Host: PB43 / The Tower

http://www.livingcopenhagen.org/about-php/

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Shanghai Air Tree | Le premier projet d’architecture Creative Commons

Category: air tree commons+parametric+⚐ FR

Nous reproduisons par la suite un article du blog français complexitys qui présente notre projet Air Tree Commons:

Nous avons le plaisir d’annoncer la publication du premier projet d’architecture entièrement Creative Commons par l’agence espagnole Ecosistema Urbano: il s’agit de l’Air Tree (Arbre d’Air) dessiné pour le pavillon de la ville de Madrid à l’Expo Shanghai 2010.

Cela signifie que désormais n’importe quel architecte, agence d’architecture, mairie ou institution, pourra librement télécharger tout les dessins d’exécutions de l’Arbre d’Air et ensuite modifier le projet, le construire et, bien sur, le revendre.
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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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dreamhamar online workshops | inscriptions ouvertes

Category: dreamhamar+urban social design+⚐ FR

Nous invitons les étudiants, les architectes et les créatifs de tout le monde à participer au processus de création collective dreamhamar, en s’inscrivant aux workshops en ligne que nous décrivons par la suite.
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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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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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Norden Fund Travel/Study Grants

Category: competitions+educación+⚐ EN


Norden Fund Travel/Study Grants:  An opportunity for students and recent graduates:

The Norden Fund, offered by the Architectural League of New York, annually awards students and recent graduates up to $5,000  in travel/study grants to pursue projects in the field of architecture, architectural history, or urban studies. continue reading

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Looking through ecosistema urbano eyes | Exhibition in Berlin

Category: daz+events+⚐ EN

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

From the press-release:

+++ ecosistema urbano combine architecture, urbanism, engineering and sociology to strive
for a “creative urban sustainability”. The focus of their work is on the complex phenomenon
of the city, which they react to through innovative, creative and holistic interventions. They
catalyse urban processes that help citizens to change their own environment. At the DAZ ecosistema
urbano will visualize, through a classical 3D optical system, the process and strategies
for a selection of recent works. It will be the second exhibition of the DAZ series FORMULA_X,
presenting the facets of sustainable ideas and visions of the up-and-coming architects` generation.
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Exhibition will include some of our recent works, such as Plaza Ecopolis and Air Tree for EXPO 2010 Shanghai that we have recently shared under a creative commons license.

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| Looking through ecosistema urbano eyes |

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

more info at daz.de

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Master’s Programme Relational Barcelona

Category: architecture+⚐ EN

Barcelona has always been a place of transfer and exchange, as well as a permanent laboratory for urban proposals that reflect the reality of many cities.

Today’s new, plural, intelligent cities not only work in traditional areas affecting urban environments, such as infrastructure, land, networks, etc., but they are now also focusing on other factors that affect their growth and development. These factors include sustainability criteria, creating balanced communities, making use of new technologies in the areas of transport, energy and communications, and cultural and geographic matters that can help the city develop a unique personality.

The Master’s Programme RELATIONAL BARCELONA, organized by the ESARQ School of Architecture and the Faculty of Humanities at the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya, provides students with a deeper understanding of the identity of cities, their origins and future developments, and how a critical, multidisciplinary approach can be taken to resolve unknowns regarding the projection, development and management of the cities of tomorrow. In particular, the Master’s programme is aimed at holders of undergraduate degrees who are interested in the growth, development and management of cities from the social, cultural, economic and urban perspectives. Candidates for enrolment in the programme include analysts, cultural managers, communicators, technical managers, technicians, environmental experts, political analysts and journalists. continue reading

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AMUSEMENT is in context

Category: architecture+⚐ EN


AMUSEMENT is in context. That seems imperfectly meta and self-referential, but to find something funny or entertaining relies entirely on perspective and circumstance. Enjoyment is found in the heart of the beholder. It’s personal. And the person creating the event, the statement, the idea, the passage will, like any artist with an eye, see what he or she can get away with. J’amuse? You muse.

web: www.mascontext.com

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ANCB Re-act Lab Research Workshop

Category: architecture+⚐ EN

ANCB Re-act Lab Research Workshop
Call for Participants: São Paulo Architecture Experiment

informal realities shaping futures – mobility, housing and micro infrastructures

initiated with Elisabete França and the Secretaria Municipal de Habitação of the city of São Paulo (Sehab), S.L.U.M. Lab Columbia University and ANCB continue reading

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Win Tickets To Open Source 2010 In Porto!

Category: architecture+⚐ EN


Attention all Porto-dwellers and beyond! In collaboration with cirdodeideas, Arkinet are giving away two tickets to the Open Source 2010 seminar featuring renowned engineer and architect Cecil Balmond, taking place on June 12 from 2:30pm to 8pm at Porto’s spectacular Koolhaas-designed Casa da Musica. The seminar focuses on the concept of “open source” in relation to the exploration of architecture through diverse perspectives and professions, and includes speakers from artistic to scientific fields, such as TED speaker andethno-mathematician Ron Eglash, and Argentine artist Tomás Saraceno. continue reading

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International Dialogues: Architecture and Climate Change

Category: sustainability+⚐ EN

Climate change is an urgent global challenge. In response to the Stern Report, the RIBA Trust launched “International Dialogues: Architecture and Climate Change|”, a major programme of symposia exploring climate change, ecology, architecture, design and urbanism. Inaugurated by Nobel Laureate Wangari Maathai, Founder of the Green Belt Movement, the series brings together visionary thinkers and practitioners from a range of disciplines to consider new possibilities, design innovation, technologies and partnerships in the global effort to mitigate and adapt to climate change.

Curated by Tamara Horbacka, RIBA Trust.

View videos of International Dialogues online:

http://www.architecture.com/WhatsOn/Talks/VideoArchive/VideoArchive.aspx

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#followarch studioUAP

Category: #followarch+architecture+⚐ EN

Twitter’s users have got into the habit of selecting and suggesting someone interesting to follow. This action has become a weekly international event and it is called #followfriday.

As you probably already know, [Ecosistema Urbano] has been inspired by the Twitter #followfriday to create a new section known as #followarch focused on recommending interesting and innovative architecture offices.

Today we are glad to present the work of the Italian firm based in Rome StudioUAP.

studioUAP, in Rome, founded by Silvia Cioli, Luca D’Eusebio and Andrea Mangoni, works mostly on public spaces and participation.

Urban projects, architecture and landscape design are the occasions for experimenting models for the introduction of social interaction especially with children and low tech architecture. studioUAP, works as an independent office, consultant or together with other architecture firms. Research field on Rome, through Microcities (1999), Romalab (2005) and the Bilancio Partecipato (2009) together with architecture competitions focused mainly on the design of public space (1st prizes Parco Radicelli and Paesaggi Mirati, 2008) has offered the opportunity to investigate themes applied to public works such as the kindergarten in Quarticciolo, the youth center in Corviale (innovation and urban quality prize EuroPA 2009) and the prototype design for a sustainable low cost kindergarten for Bracciano and other sites. continue reading

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eucomics: nanoarch #1

Category: eu:comic+⚐ ES

¿Alguien recuerda los nanopops? Para los que no, se trataba de unos minidibujos, hechos con unos pocos pixels, en los que se podía reconocer a músicos y artistas famosos, aunque con cierta dificultad (de hecho la gracia consistía en adivinar qué personajes se ocultaban tras esos pixels).

He intentado hacer algo similar, pero con el mundo de la arquitectura. Lo sé, suena muy “friki”, pero creo que puede estar divertido. A ver qué os parece, y quién lo adivina antes!

En esta ocasión se trata de 5 edificios muy famosos.He dibujado cada uno en 20×20 pixels.

Buena suerte.

Jaime Eizaguirre

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#followarch HDA | Hugh Dutton Associés

Category: #followarch+architecture

Twitter’s users have got into the habit of selecting and suggesting someone interesting to follow. This action has become a weekly international event and it is called #followfriday.

As you probably already know, [Ecosistema Urbano] has been inspired by the Twitter #followfriday to create a new section known as #followarch focused on recommending interesting and innovative architecture offices.

Today we are glad to present the work of the French firm based in Paris HDA | Hugh Dutton Associés that we have been recently following trough their blog and through their twitter @HDA_Paris.

We especially appreciate their approach that focus on an intelligent and poetic combination of architecture and engineering.

In the last months, due to a big “network effect”, some of their projects have been widely published, as well as their recently inaugurated footbridge design in La Roche-sur-Yon, France in collaboration with Bernard Tschumi.

photo by © Christian Richters/VIEW continue reading

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Rome City Vision Architecture Competition

Category: architecture+⚐ EN

CITYVISION/ROME is a competition of ideas which challenges students, architects, engineers, designers and creative people to present their project proposals with the purpose of stimulating, joining and supporting the contemporary city, in this case Rome, through innovative ideas which can improve their connection between the historical and future fabric aimed to a correct evolution of the architectural historiography. continue reading