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Museum of Childhood, un espacio para los niños en pleno Londres | eu:KIDS

Category: art+city+creativity+design+eu:kids+⚐ ES

Museum of Childhood, London, UK

Museum of Childhood, London, UK

A pocos pasos de la estación de metro de Bethnal Green está la primera sede del Victoria & Albert Museum que hoy alberga el mismo museo dedicado a la infancia: ¡el Museum of Childhood!

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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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Resolution planning and design for peace

Category: city+findings+urbanism+⚐ EN

Is Peace a matter of design? Do designers have a role in it? During our stay at Harvard GSD last Fall semester, we had the pleasure to meet architect Karen Lee Bar-Sinai who is a current Loeb Fellow there. Last January she launched the workshop DESIGNING PEACE, looking into how designers can envision peace for the city of Jerusalem. Below is a description of the course and the links to some of the contents and results. We hope you find them inspiring.

designing peace

Architecture and Planning may seem to be of little relevance to Conflict Resolution. However, territorial conflicts occur in space, and so are their solutions. It is time architects, planners and policy makers approach disputed territories together to plan viable, peaceful futures for disputed areas.

This workshop invites you to join an exploration of how design can aid envisioning peace in conflicted territories. We will explore the possible meaning of Resolution Planning – originally a concept and practice developed by “SAYA/Design for Change” ( . Together we will try to give broaden this term, and find new ways to encourage policy makers to think as architects, and to encourage architects to think as policy makers.

Palestinian and Israeli zones on Jerusalem

The 5 day solution-oriented workshop will focus on Jerusalem as a case study for other contested cities such as Belfast and Nicosia. We will plan, think and design at various scales, and propose innovative ideas for peace. Several sites will serve as case studies (one will encourage a landscape intervention, another an urban design strategy, and a third will call for a more general policy oriented vision for the future Jerusalem seam-line). The workshop is planned to be followed by a publication.

Goals and Outcome:
The goal of the workshop is to develop spatial-based concepts to aid peace. We also plan to gather the various proposals into a publication which will include both the theoretical framework and examples of various tools for planning peace.
Above all, we wish for this effort to truly aid overcoming the stalemate in the peace process, which we believe it is crucial to future of both Israeli and Palestinian. We therefore wish this event to be as interesting, meaningful and involving as possible, in order for its fruits and visions of peacemaking to be of highest impact.

Among the contents and results of the workshop we highlight here an introduction to resolution planning and a lecture by Karen on the topic:

More info:

Results: Gallery of the workshop | Same in slideshow mode
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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.


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.


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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The Bureau of Doing Something About It

Category: critical city+design+⚐ EN

Bruce Mau Design, a design and innovation studio centered on purpose and optimism, set up design exhibition “The Bureau of Doing Something About It”. The exhibition took place in the Propeller Centre in Toronto, Canada.

During the past year over 1000 grievances, gripes, and annoyances were collected from people across the city. The Toronto Complaints Choir transform this complains into “disappointed people’s song”.

BMD studio decided to do something about it.  Studio designers Amanda Happé, Kar Yan Cheung, Chris Braden, Michal Dudek, and Paul Kawai team set up a pop-up studio, working in real-time in the Propeller Centre. They tried to design solutions in response to the complaints. A book of these ideas was also simultaneously designed, and sent throughout the city of Toronto and their citizens.

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Appstorming: un taller de ecosistema urbano en el IED

Category: ecosistema urbano+talleres+⚐ ES


Durante esta semana (17-21 octubre) ecosistema urbano dirigirá el taller Appstorming en el Istituto Europeo di Design de Madrid con la participación de José Luis Vallejo (@jlvmateo) y Jaime Eizaguirre (@eiza) continue reading

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Downsview Park Toronto: Frameworks as Design

Category: eu:abierto+landscape+⚐ EN

Downsview Park proposal by James Corner and Stan Allen

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

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

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URBAN PROTOTYPE PLAZA ECOPOLIS to Compete for the 2011 Buckminster Fuller Challenge

Category: ecosistema urbano+sustainability+⚐ EN

Madrid, Feb. 14th

WASTE TO RESOURCES- URBAN PROTOTYPE PLAZA ECOPOLIS led by ecosistema urbano is proud to announce our submission to the Buckminster Fuller Challenge. Named “Socially-Responsible Design’s Highest Award” by Metropolis Magazine, the Challenge is an annual international prize program that awards $100,000 to support the development and implementation of a solution that has significant potential to solve humanity’s most pressing problems.

We are thrilled to be a part of the Buckminster Fuller Challenge review process, which brings together influential design science leaders such as Josè Zaglul, Vandana Shiva, Danny Hillis, William McDonough, John Thackara and Hunter Lovins.

We entered this competition because of its reputation as the most prestigious Prize concerning social issues. continue reading

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Urban Social Design – "Arquitectura en Beta"

Category: urban social design+⚐ ES

En Ecosistema Urbano desde hace unos meses estamos trabajando a la puesta en marcha de un nuevo ilusionante proyecto. Se trata de la asociación Urban Social Design cuyo objetivo es la investigación y promoción de un nuevo ámbito profesional, situádo en un punto intermedio entre arquitectura, ingeniería, urbanismo, geografía, política, sociología, informática, economía.

La asociación Urban Social Design promueve un nuevo marco de referencia basado en los entornos de trabajo en red, la cultura libre, el uso de las nuevas tecnologías, el procomún, las licencias creative commons, la creación colectiva, la inteligencia colectiva y la innovación social.

En 2011 la asociación pondrá en marcha lo que provisionalmente hemos llamado “Urban Social Design Institute”: una serie de cursos (on-line, de momento) que pretenden presentar enfoques y lineas de trabajo innovadoras en el campo de la Arquitectura y la Gestión Urbana.

En estos próximos dos meses Ethel Baraona y Paco González impartirán el módulo “Arquitectura en beta” para testar, aprender, compartir y facilitar el desarrollo de los futuros cursos de Urban Social Design Institute. Tenemos que agradecer públicamente a las personas que se han prestado desinteresadamente a participar en esta primera fase con el compromiso de que sus proyectos se vean mejorados en el transcurso de estos dos próximos meses. continue reading

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ecosistema ubano joins Harvard- GSD (Graduate School of Design)

Category: ecosistema urbano+urban social design+⚐ EN

This semester, ecosistema urbano is teaching at one of the option design studios of the Urban Planning and Design Department at Harvard GSD. Under the title urban social design, the studio will explore Boston looking for new possibilities and connections between people, technology, public space, virtual space and interaction. The studio meets physically and virtually every week alternatively. Final presentations are scheduled to be held October 28th and December 7th and several critics and guests are being invited. You can now download the presentation which was used for the launch of the semester last August 31st. We will soon inform you about some network initiatives we are developing to communicate the content and material produced during the term. continue reading

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Category: architecture+⚐ EN

On August 29th, Van Alen Institute and Environmental Defense Fund will host a roundtable discussion at the Venice Biennale US Pavilion to explore the environmental challenges faced by coastal cities throughout the world.

Titled Project Eco-Delta, the initiative is part of VAI and EDF’s ongoing collaboration in developing design strategies for the landscape surrounding New Orleans—the Mississippi River’s coastal delta. The forum will feature leading experts from the fields of design, engineering, public policy and environmental science, who will discuss innovative ways with which we can address the needs of fragile deltas and the communities living in them. continue reading

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Reclaiming the Street design competition

Category: architecture+⚐ EN

As part of its ongoing multimedia exhibition project ‘Endless City’, MAMA is launching an open-submission competition: ‘Reclaiming the Street’. ‘Endless City’ is a multi-part project, initiated in the summer of 2009, in which MAMA explores the relationships between skateboard culture, the public realm and (visual) art, with a wink to the heritage of the Situationist International.

‘Reclaiming the Street’ is an open-submission competition aimed at established and emerging artists, architects and skateboarders who have or wish to establish a relationship with skateboard culture. We are looking for unpublished and unrealised concepts for the (re)organisation of urban public spaces in order to create a place for multiple user groups including skateboarders. Whereas in the past skateboarders were driven away from public spaces and then ‘caged up’ in purpose-built skateparks, we envisage a new phase in which youth culture and skateboard culture will be integrated within the public realm. In addition to our wish to provide a valid place for skateboard culture, we see skateboard culture as an instrument for improving the quality of certain public spaces.
‘Reclaiming the Street’ takes the idea of skateboard culture as ‘homo ludens’ as its starting point for building bridges between the all those who make use of the public realm. continue reading

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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.

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Sensible scape – La performatività del design alla scala urbana e territoriale

Category: ecosistema urbano+eventi+⚐ IT

Sensible scape – La performatività del design alla scala urbana e territoriale” è il titolo dell’iniziativa, a cura della Facoltà di Architettura della Seconda Università degli Studi di Napoli. L’appuntamento è in programma il 13 gennaio dalle ore 9.30 nella sala conferenze del Belvedere di San Leucio e rientra nel progetto “Le luci e la pietra. San Leucio Design Lab 2009”.

Il Convegno è organizzato in due sessioni. In mattinata è previsto l’intervento di relatori di fama internazionale che illustreranno il loro approccio al progetto di design. Tra gli ospiti, insieme a Pascal Amphoux (Università di Nantes), Jurgen Bey (NL), Andrea Branzi, Stefano Mirti (Id-Lab) ci sará anche Jose Luis Vallejo (ore 12:00) in rappresentanza del nostro studio. continue reading

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open peer to peer

Category: creatividad+cultura abierta+⚐ ES


El pasado mes de octubre participé en el citilab de Cornellà (Barcelona) al urbanlabs, unas jornadas para presentar, compartir e incluso crear proyectos de acción ciudadana, innovación, comunicación, aprendizaje, con un fuerte componente social y tecnológico. Entre las personas que conocí se encuentra Massimo Menichinelli: un chico italiano con el que había tomado contacto a través de twitter. continue reading

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KULER -explore, create and share color themes-

Category: art+creativity+design+findings+⚐ EN

the web-hosted application for generating color themes that can inspire any project. No matter what you’re creating, with Kuler you can experiment quickly with color variations and browse thousands of themes from the Kuler community…

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Work in progress 26-09-08

Category: architecture+design+⚐ EN


Here we show captures of some graphics we have been working on for the Escuela Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid. It is part of the design we did for a new staircase that is now almost finished. continue reading

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Moving forest in Amsterdam

Category: city+design+paisaje+⚐ EN

Here is a very nice example of Dutch attitude to public space.

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Google Sketchup – Free Energy Modeling

Category: design+sustainability+⚐ EN

Integrated Environmental Solutions (IES) recently revealed a free plug-in for Google SketchUp that will allow anyone to perform energy modeling on projects. continue reading

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Volume – Architecture, City and Visual Culture

Category: architecture+⚐ EN

Volume is an independent quarterly magazine that sets the agenda for design. With going beyond architecture’s definition of ‘making buildings’ it reaches out for global views on designing environments, advocates broader attitudes to social structures, and reclaims the cultural and political significance of architecture. Created as a global idea platform to voice architecture any way, anywhere, anytime, it represents the expansion of architectural territories and the new mandate for design. continue reading

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The Buckminster Fuller Challenge

Category: design+⚐ EN

Greetings Design Revolutionaries!

Bucky had it right. “You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” continue reading

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Pink virus in Rotterdam

Category: architecture+arte+city+design+eu:abierto+the environment+⚐ EN


Pinks dots all over the street. That is project by STUDIO VOLLAERSZWART.  LET’S STICK TOGETHER-812U

a colourful virus of 45.000 stickers was unleashed onto the buildings of the Witte deWith street for annual art festival “World of Witte de With” in Rotterdam, September 2006. continue reading

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Blooming NYC Cabs

Category: city+design+mobility+the environment+⚐ EN

Last year since 2007 September until years end New York City has visually transformed. Taxi, yellow icon, blossomed in all colors and became a mobile artistic canvas, or Garden in Transit. continue reading

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Blooming NYC Cabs

Category: city+design+mobility+the environment+⚐ EN

Last year since 2007 September until years end New York City has visually transformed. Taxi, yellow icon, blossomed in all colors and became a mobile artistic canvas, or Garden in Transit. continue reading

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Playgrounds for kids in The Netherlands

Category: city+design+⚐ EN

Carve is a dutch design firm that focuses on the planning of public space, particularly for use by children and young people. They create innovative and playful playground/park equipment. One of the most amazing projects continue reading

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Leave you car, take a bike, or walk, or do both

Category: design+⚐ EN

Environmentalists will tell you that there are only two proper ways to get around in these days of global warming; bike riding and walking. Why not bound these two transportation methods into one? Max Knight created the Walking Bike from 8 pairs of sneakers and some fancy wheel modifications. The wheels have been replaced with special wheels outfitted with 8 pairs of separate sneakers. continue reading

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Richard Sweeney paper sculptures

Category: design+⚐ EN

Richard Sweeney

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