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

Category: ⚐ EN+architecture+sustainability+urbanism

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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Ecosistema Urbano en el Master del Paisaje Juana de Vega

Category: ⚐ ES+eventos+noticias

Ciclo de Conferencias de Paisaje

Este Jueves 14 de Marzo, Belinda Tato participará en el Máster en Arquitectura del Paisaje Juana de Vega, presentando el trabajo de Ecosistema Urbano dentro del módulo Diseño del Paisaje II.

La conferencia es abierta al público y tendrá lugar en la Fundación Juana de Vega, Rúa Salvador Allende nº 92  – San Pedro de Nos, Oleiros, A Coruña – España

Más información: Posts en escolagalegadapaisaxe.org + etsa.udc.es

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Se busca “arquitecto catalizador” | “catalyst architect” wanted

Category: ⚐ EN+⚐ ES+convocatorias+ecosistema urbano+eu:calls

Explosion 1965-6 by Roy Lichtenstein 1923-1997

Explosion 1965-6 Roy Lichtenstein 1923-1997- Museum of Modern Art, New York 1976

[ES] Ecosistema Urbano lleva varios años trabajando principalmente para instituciones y administraciones en el extranjero (Noruega, Italia, Dinamarca, Francia…), de manera independiente o en colaboración con otras oficinas. A medida que conocemos más otros países y trabajamos con otros equipos, nos damos cuenta de que todavía nos quedan por explorar muchas posibilidades profesionales, lo que requiere una dedicación intensa en tareas de prospección, establecimiento de contactos y comunicación.

Por este motivo, buscamos una persona de acción, creativa y con iniciativa que se quiera incorporar a nuestro equipo (a tiempo completo) y contribuir a la creación y desarrollo de nuevas oportunidades.
Por la naturaleza del trabajo es imprescindible tener habilidades de comunicación y un dominio del inglés hablado y escrito a nivel profesional. También es valorable tener cierta experiencia internacional, habiendo estudiado o trabajado fuera de España.

Algunas características del perfil que estamos buscando:

Arquitecto/a o profesional próximo al mundo de la arquitectura / urbanismo / paisajismo con formación en españa o en el extranjero
Inglés/español: Imprescindible gran dominio hablado y escrito
Habilidades de comunicación, facilidad y afición por la escritura en distintos idiomas
Diseño gráfico y familiaridad con herramientas digitales en general
Soltura en rastreo de webs y bases de datos online
Persona activa y creativa
Preferible experiencia internacional previa (académica o profesional)

Si estáis interesados enviadnos (antes del 20 de marzo) un breve mensaje de interés (el mismo texto del correo) y muestras de vuestro trabajo+experiencia mediante enlaces (Dropbox, Scribd, Wetransfer, web…). Por favor, evitad los archivos adjuntos o carpetas compartidas, sólo un link de descarga al final del mensaje.

Contacto

Diagrama de proyectos de Ecosistema Urbano

Diagrama de proyectos de Ecosistema Urbano

[EN] Over the last few years, Ecosistema Urbano has been mainly working for foreign public and private institutions (in Norway, Italy, Denmark, France, …), either independently or in collaboration with other offices. The more we get to know other countries and work with different teams, the more we realize that we still have many professional possibilities to explore. This requires an intense dedication to prospecting, networking and communication tasks.

For this reason, we are currently searching for an active, creative and resourceful person who wants to join our team (full time), contributing to the creation and development of new opportunities.
Because of the nature of the work, good communication skills and mastery of written and spoken English at a professional level are a must. It is also valuable to have some international experience, having studied or worked outside Spain.

Some hints on the profile we are looking for:

Architect or professional familiar with the world of architecture / urban design / landscape, educated in Spain or abroad
English / Spanish: spoken and written (professional level)
Communication and writing skills, as well as enjoying writing in different languages
Graphic design skills and familiarity with digital tools in general
Familiar with web and online database research
Active and creative person
Highly appreciated international experience (academic or professional)

If you are interested please send (before March 20th) a brief text expressing your interest (the very same text of the email) and samples of your work + experience through links (Dropbox, Scribd, Wetransfer, web…). Please, avoid attachments or shared folders, just a link included at the end of the email will be perfect!

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EU ABOUT… ¡por fin!

Category: ⚐ ES+ecosistema urbano+internet+noticias

ecosistema urbano . agency homepage

Uno de los retos más importantes a lo largo de los 13 años que llevamos trabajando como Ecosistema Urbano es comunicar lo que hacemos de una manera legible y atractiva. Sin embargo, en el trabajo del día a día lo prioritario ha sido siempre lo urgente, lo inmediato, quedando siempre pospuesto el momento de hacer una presentación estructurada de nuestra actividad profesional.

Este “EU about”, como venimos llamándolo desde hace mucho, se había convertido en una tarea presente en todas las reuniones internas de trabajo, que finalmente quedaba siempre al final de la lista. Pero eso se acabó.

El “EU ABOUT”

Esta vez –por fin– nos hemos puesto a la tarea con intensidad y tenemos el placer de presentaros nuestro porfolio, una agrupación de nuestros proyectos e iniciativas con documentos gráficos y enlaces a publicaciones, etc… Una selección que, aunque aún no está completa, ordena el trabajo por categorías, etiquetas y años, permitiendo una navegación más eficaz.

A partir de ahora, desde nuestra página de inicio www.ecosistemaurbano.com o desde el encabezado de este blog, podréis acceder a www.ecosistemaurbano.com/portfolio, y esto es más o menos lo que os encontraréis:

ecosistema urbano . portfolio

Diseño y estructura

La página está compuesta por una retícula de proyectos que se adapta al ancho de cada pantalla, y una barra lateral fija que contiene los elementos de navegación. En esta barra lateral, debajo del logo y del buscador –que funciona bastante bien y es la mejor manera de encontrar rápidamente cualquier proyecto–, encontramos de arriba a abajo:

– Una serie de enlaces a páginas con diferentes contenidos de presentación y CV de Ecosistema Urbano.
– Una clasificación básica según el tipo de proyecto, usando categorías bastante generalizadas en nuestro entorno profesional y por tanto fácilmente reconocibles.
– Una clasificación más particularizada, usando etiquetas que resumen los temas que más nos interesan o los distintos enfoques desde los que abordamos los proyectos.
– Una sencilla clasificación temporal, por años.

En “beta”

La estructura de la página es muy sencilla, lo que nos permitirá actualizar nuestro “escaparate” fácilmente. Como presentar una página perfectamente pulida con todos los proyectos adecuadamente revisados corría peligro de seguir siendo algo “siempre en proyecto”, hemos decidido asumir completamente esta característica y publicarlo en beta, por lo que es posible que encontréis pequeños errores o cosas a medio desarrollar. Está bien. Sabemos que, ignorando al perfeccionista que algunos llevamos dentro, podremos vivir con ello.

Además de presentar hoy una primera versión del diseño y la estructura de la página, que iremos mejorando, hemos comenzado con una selección básica de doce proyectos, que iremos actualizando y completando a lo largo de las próximas semanas.

Concursos, ganados y no ganados, proyectos que se materializan y aquellos que nunca serán realizados… es interesante lo que se encuentra y lo que se piensa en el proceso de desenterrar ese trabajo y compartirlo.

De ahora en adelante…

… os iremos comentando por aquí las mejoras que vayamos haciendo o los proyectos que vayamos incorporando, prevemos que a bastante buen ritmo ahora que tenemos la base montada y en marcha.

Esperamos que os resulte interesante, estaremos encantados de recibir vuestros comentarios y sugerencias.

EU ABOUT – ecosistema urbano . portfolio

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Importing Architecture | Photos from the exhibition in Oslo

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

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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Identidades personales e identidades colectivas | cRTweet, gestión colaborativa de cuentas de Twitter

Category: ⚐ ES+cultura abierta+eu:live+investigaciones+tecnologías

cRTweet - ilustración Jorge Toledo

A continuación reproducimos un artículo de  Alfonso Sánchez Uzábal (@skotperez) presentando cRTweet, una aplicación web para Twitter que llevamos probando con @ecosistema desde que salió la primera alpha que nos contaba Francesco Cingolani en un post anterior. Esta sencilla pero potente aplicación nos parece que abre una vía práctica de solución en medio de un debate sobre el encuentro, la interacción y a veces el conflicto entre la identidad personal y la colectiva, tema que nos hemos planteado bastantes veces en Ecosistema Urbano y que recientemente comentaba Domenico di Siena en su post Creatividad Horizontal: Redes, Conectores y Plataformas, cuando hablaba de “los colectivos y la red”.

Os dejamos con el artículo de Alfonso, que lo explica perfectamente, y os animamos a experimentar esa forma de gestionar las cuentas que propone la aplicación.

Hace cerca de un año, Francesco Cingolani me contó las contradicciones que encontraba en las cuentas colectivas de Twitter, las cuentas de una marca, de un proyecto o de un evento, y las incomodidades a la hora de gestionarlas.

Francesco, que gestiona un número elevado de cuentas de identidades de marca o colectivas, me explicó que es tedioso solo decidir en qué cuenta publicas una determinada información encontrada, y en el caso de que encaje en varias, es tedioso retuitear.

Otro inconveniente de las cuentas colectivas es que un interlocutor no sabe con cual de las identidades que están detrás está hablando, ya que los proyectos o las marcas no hablan por si solas.

Por último, estaba el tema de la coherencia, la línea editorial que una cuenta gestionada colectivamente, ha de tener. Ambos, que estamos en más de un proyecto colectivo, hemos vivido esas largas discusiones sobre lo que es lícito decir por boca de nuestros proyectos: es difícil llegar a un consenso al respecto, y en la mayor parte de los casos, se consigue un acuerdo de mínimos que limita enormemente la capacidad de expresión de cada parte, empobreciendo la identidad colectiva.

Más adelante, junto con Domenico Di Siena, influidos por las reflexiones en torno al proyecto sentientID, nos convencimos de que una identidad colectiva no es otra cosa que la suma de las identidades personales que la construyen, en ningún caso una supraidentidad que condiciona o limita a cada uno de los integrantes.

Bajo esta premisa no solo nos hemos ahorrado muchas discusiones, también hemos conseguido trabajar bajo identidades colectivas en permanente construcción. Así, si una persona abandona un proyecto, la identidad de éste cambia forzosamente, liberando a los miembros que permanecen de mantener algo con lo que no se sienten identificados. En el caso de que una persona se sume a la iniciativa, hay espacio para la nueva aportación al no tener a prioris, y se beneficia rápidamente de la nueva aportación.

En la práctica, lo hemos llevado a cabo cuidando mucho el reconocimiento personal, muy en la línea del sistema meritocrático de las comunidades hacker. Esto permite que nadie sienta que está aportando más que el resto, o que alguien se está provechando de una identidad colectiva sin trabajo: el que más aporta es el que más se beneficia. Por otro lado, al estar cada aportación perfectamente reconocida, los errores también lo están, con lo que hay mucha más tolerancia a la hora de dejar hacer al otro.

Para lidiar con esta situación, Francesco ideó una herramienta que le permitía publicar desde su cuenta personal de twitter en las demás cuentas que gestionaba. La desarrolló usando Yahoo Pipes. Cuando hablamos, decidimos desarrollarla de manera autónoma, para no tener las limitaciones de aplicaciones de terceros. El resultado fue cRTweet.

cRTweet - ir a la página

Así, cRTweet permite una gestión colaborativa de cuentas de twitter. La idea que tiene detrás es fortalecer una marca, un proyecto, una identidad colectiva en definitiva, a través de su cuenta de twitter, mediante las aportaciones de sus integrantes.

Una de las aplicaciones que tiene es alimentar la cuenta de un evento durante el tiempo que dura, de manera que la cuenta se convierta en una documentación colectiva del evento, llevada a cabo por las personas que asisten a él, ya sea presencial o digitalmente.

Con cRTweet se puede conceder permiso de publicación en una cuenta de twitter colectiva, a cuentas personales. De esta manera la cuenta colectiva está alimentada por todas las personas habilitadas.

El funcionamiento es sencillo:

  1. Se concede permiso a una cuenta, digamos @usuario, para publicar en la cuenta colectiva, digamos @colectiva, a través del panel de administración de crtweet.com
  2. El usuario habilitado recibe un direct message en su cuenta de twitter a modo de notificación, con un enlace a las instrucciones de uso.
  3. Para publicar en la cuenta colectiva el usuario, al tuitear en su propia cuenta, tiene que incluir el código cRT @colectiva, donde colectiva es el nombre de la cuenta colectiva. Por ejemplo: Este tuit se también se publicará en mi cuenta colectiva cRT @colectiva
  4. En la cuenta colectiva aparecerá el tweet del usuario con el siguiente formato,RT @usuario: Este tuit se también se publicará en mi cuenta colectiva, quedando acreditado perfectamente el mensaje.

cRTweet envía los mensajes a las cuentas colectivas cada media hora, a las horas en punto y a las y media. Lo he desarrollado junto a Pablo Rey Mazón.

Visita el artículo original en voragine.net
Sigue a @skotperez en Twitter

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Importing Architecture | Exhibition in Oslo

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

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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ecosistema urbano lecturing at GSD Harvard

Category: ⚐ EN+ecosistema urbano+events

dreamhamar - Ecosistema Urbano

Tomorrow October 16 José Luis Vallejo and Belinda Tato –Harvard GSD Design Critics in Urban Planning and Design– will be speaking on the design of environments, spaces and dynamics in order to improve the self-organization of citizens, social interaction within communities and their relationship with the environment.

Looking forward to meeting you there!

Tuesday, October 16, from 12:00 pm to 02:00 pm
ecosistema urbano lecture – Harvard GSD website

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ecosistema urbano en GSD Harvard | ¡Lanzando #networkedurbanism!

Category: ⚐ EN+⚐ ES+arquitectura+diseño+ecosistema urbano+educación+urban social design+urbanismo

¡Ya hemos comenzado el curso en Harvard! @jlvmateo y @belindatato somos este cuatrimestre de otoño profesores invitados en el máster del GSD de Harvard. Nuestro studio se llama “Networked Urbanism“.

El pasado día 30 de agosto fue la presentación del curso, el llamado “lottery day” donde todos los estudiantes de la escuela asisten a las presentaciones de los profesores invitados cada cuatrimestre y después eligen su grupo favorito. Esta vez, compitiendo por el favor de los estudiantes, podíamos encontrarnos con estrellas del firmamento arquitectónico de las últimas décadas (Nathalie de Vries de MVRDV, Christian Kerez, Ben van Berkel, …).

Esta es una foto del momento de la presentación del curso #networkedurbanism que nos hizo Blanca Abramek (@tendrebarbare) desde el auditorio:

Jose y Belinda en el "lottery day" -  GSD Harvard

Finalmente nos eligieron un grupo de estudiantes con perfiles muy distintos e interesantes, una mezcla de arquitectos, landscape architects y planners.

Group photo #networkedurbanism

Si queréis estar al tanto de la producción de los estudiantes podéis seguir el curso en el blog del studio www.networkedurbanism.com donde estamos compartiendo enlaces y referencias. En Twitter podéis seguir #networkedurbanism donde estamos compartiendo información permanentemente.

Os dejamos con el brief del curso y la presentación. Enjoy it!

Course Description

The boundary between public and private is shifting. The one between personal and professional is becoming increasingly blurred. This rapid evolution has led us to conceive and experience physical space differently than in the past. Real-time connectivity, ubiquity, unlimited access to large flows of information and knowledge, have also altered the way we relate to and work with each other. However, despite those rapid social and technological changes, city planning processes worldwide remain dull, bureaucratic and insensitive to how humans experience the city.

This studio will bring an alternative to the traditional way of designing cities from a bird’s eye view, and a single designer’s perspective. It will not only examine the physical dimension of the city, but also its social processes and fluxes.

Students will be encouraged to use this data to develop individual and collective initiatives that generate spontaneous transformations and set up conditions for change instead of delivering a completely finished product.

In a connected world, an urban design should be the result of an open and multilayered network of creative designers, technical experts, citizens and stakeholders. The studio will challenge the students to develop designs that reconcile the existing physical conditions—that respond to lifestyles from the past—with the emerging needs of the citizens through network design thinking.

We will also explore the new role of a designer as an activator, mediator and curator of social processes in a networked reality in which citizens have shifted from being passive receivers or consumers to active producers or prosumers.

Main topics will include: communication and information technology, open data, mobility, open source, transparency/mapping, activism, design thinking and environment awareness.

La presentación original consta de una serie de GIFs animados que se reproducen en bucle mientras se explica cada apartado. Aquí, por facilidad de comprensión, hemos puesto cada animación por separado, acompañada del texto correspondiente de la presentación (en inglés).

00 #networkedurbanism
We are presenting our option studio called Networked Urbanism:

01 What?
Urbanism is the mirror where other aspects of society and layers of information reflect. Architects, Sociologists, economists, geographers, seem to be cloistered in their specificconceptual worlds and focus on developing only certain aspects of the problem linked to their interests and profession:

We believe that in today’s connected world, an urban design should be the result of an openand multilayered network of creative designers, technical experts, citizens andstakeholders, combining design with data, needs, inputs. As David Harvey states in his article The Right to the City:

“The right to the city is not merely a right of access to what already exists, but a right tochange it after our heart’s desire”

Within this new context, it is necessary to explore the new role of the designer as an activator,mediator and curator of social processes in a networked reality in which citizens haveshifted from being passive receivers or consumers to active producers or prosumers:

In addition, Internet is the “space” where the most successful models of collective creationand self-organization are taking place. Internet is the most democratic space, the platformwhere every citizen can express him/herself freely and horizontally, the space where ideasflow in every direction.This studio will bring an alternative to the traditional way of designing cities from a bird’s eyeview, and a single designer’s perspective. It will, not only examine the physical dimension of the city, but also its social processes.Students will be challenged to develop designs that reconcile the existing physical conditions-that respond to lifestyles from the past- with the emerging needs of the citizens throughnetwork design thinking.

02 How?
In contrast with a more traditional way of teaching in which information goes unidirectionally from ‘knowledge-owners’ to ‘knowledge receivers’. We do apply the concepts of active learning, which focuses the responsibility of learning, on learners; learning by doing, an active constructive learning process, and networked learning, a process of developing and maintaining connections with people, information and communicating in such a way so as to support one another’s learning. The central term in this definition is connections. Connections among students as well as connections between students and information:

We will become a networked group using a studio Twitter network for sharing knowledge,experiences, references and comments throughout the whole process.

This course is for active, curious, versatile, open minded and creative people regardless their previous background, experience or computer skills.

We understand our role as designers is challenging since one has to overcome all kind of obstacles. So we want to make of this studio a training experience.

You could either be a MacGyver type of personality, being able to implement amazing devices from a piece of cardboard, a chip and chewing gum; or a computer geeky updated version of NEO in the movie Matrix, working on his own individually in a room but actively connected to the network community. You are all welcome.

From all the possible /fascinating cities worldwide, we decided to explore the city that surrounds us: Boston.

04 Where?
Students will be encouraged to explore and discover its community, economy, social networks, environmental challenges, digital layer, physical infrastructure, public space, and more. Creating connections and links between existing initiatives and their own projects.

Instead of experiencing just the physical sphere of the city, we will arrange an anthropological tour to meet interesting professionals who are dealing with urban issues in different ways and by different means. This will give us a different perception of Boston, revealing layers which are currently invisible to us.

05 When?
Instead of air-commuting, parachuting and landing every two weeks, we decided to camp this time.
We will be based in Boston to share the experience with you and make the most out of it, so we will be available every week with studio meetings on Tuesdays and Thursdays. There will be both collective and individual sessions.

In addition the group will be real-time connected with Twitter.

06 So what?
Outcomes from our different teaching experiences are diverse: from socially engaged projects working with the community to designing a responsive interactive façade and building a prototype of it. From working with Arduino electronics, to instantly transforming a deprived corner of the city by hand work getting new reactions from people.

From creating a digital interface to enhance community networking to building a mobile kitchen as a catalyst for the activation of a central city square.Spain, Norway, Denmark, France, Italy, Bahrein, US … different environments and different cultures but always a lot of shared energy and enthusiasm. We are very happy to say that some of these projects developed within the studios grew beyond the academic boundaries becoming professional investigations and businesses:

ecosistema urbano is a Madrid based group of architects and urban designers operating within the fields of urbanism, architecture, engineering and sociology. We define our approach as urban social design by which we understand the design of environments, spaces and dynamics in order to improve self-organization of citizens, social interaction within communities and their relationship with the environment. We have used this philosophy to design and implement projects in Norway, Denmark, Spain, Italy, France and China.We have a background in architecture and urban design and we build buildings, we organize demonstrations, we design urban strategies, working in both the physical and digital spheres. We are currently exploring new ways of engaging citizens into urban design matters.

DREAM YOUR CITY is our latest project, developed for the city of Hamar in Norway. It was officially presented short before at the opening of the Biennale of Architecture in Venice:

We hope you enjoy it and get some inspiration for the Fall! We are thrilled to be back here at the GSD and we are looking forward to start!