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In Berlin: Reclaiming Dark Spaces

Category: ⚐ EN+creativity+urbanism

Artists in Berlin utilize a forgotten beer cellar, an old soviet bunker and an abandoned power station.

Berlin is well known for it’s population’s frequent reclamation of abandoned tenement buildings, but the past couple of years have seen an even more impressive trend of the reuse of seemingly uninhabitable dark spaces for art showings and cultural gatherings.

Galerie Unter Berlin
Eight meters below ground, Galerie unter Berlin exists in the cellar of a former brewery. The 500 square meter space recently opened to the public in fall 2010 and serves as a venue for gallery art and performance pieces. continue reading

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You are where you live

Category: ⚐ EN+city+research

Researcher looks for link between people’s health and where they live
We know that smoking causes cancer, yet we still light up. We know that overeating causes obesity and diabetes, yet we still overeat. We know that exercise makes us healthier, yet we can’t resist the couch’s siren song.

We all want to be healthier, and we know how to become so. Yet we just don’t do it.

S.V. Subramanian, associate professor of society, human development, and health at the Harvard School of Public Health and a researcher at the Center for Population and Development Studies, has heard all of the theories explaining why living a healthy lifestyle is so difficult. We’re predisposed to pack on pounds to survive the famine that, in olden days, was certainly coming. We’re addicted to the nicotine in cigarettes and the fat in burgers, which get their hooks into us. Convenience is key: Who can drag themselves to the gym every day and cook healthy meals of nuts, fruits, and vegetables when the golden arches beckon? continue reading

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#followresearch: Marta Guerra Pastrián

Category: #follow+#followresearch+⚐ ES+paisaje+research

Hoy iniciamos una nueva sección #followresearch donde publicaremos trabajos de investigación que consideramos relevantes. Presentamos el trabajo de Marta Guerra, arquitecta a la que conocí el pasado mes de Agosto  en nuestro primer viaje a Boston por el inicio del curso en Harvard.

Marta Guerra Pastrián es Arquitecta por la Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid y Urban Designer por la Universidad de Columbia de Nueva York, donde estudió gracias a una Beca de la Fundación Cajamadrid. Ha vivido y trabajado en Madrid, Nueva York y Boston. Trabaja junto a Pablo Pérez Ramos, y ambos centran su interés en la intersección de las disciplinas de la Arquitectura, el Urban Design y el Paisaje, y especialmente en los espacios [ sub]urbanos en procesos de transición y semi-abandono. Actualmente trabajan y estudian en Cambridge, Massachussetts. continue reading

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Sustainability in motion. Aarhus Nov. 5th

Category: ⚐ EN+ecosistema urbano+sustainability

ecosistema urbano will be present at the conference  Sustainability in Motion, taking place in Aarhus next November 5th hosted by the Danish Architects’ Association.  Other speakers will be Lia Ghilardi from Noema Research and Planning (England) and Patricia Patkau from Patkau Architects (Canada). Related to the event they have interviewed us. The interview is available in their webpage.

More info on the workshop and lecture here

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EDUCATION+ECOLOGY: CENTER FOR ECOLITERACY

Category: ⚐ EN+sustainability


The Center for Ecoliteracy supports and advances education for sustainable living.

We believe that schools play a pivotal role in moving us beyond our growing environmental crises and toward a sustainable society. We recognize schooling for sustainability as a process that fosters abundant living on a finite planet and makes teaching and learning come alive.

We bring a passion to our work that stems from our conviction that the best hope for learning to live sustainably lies in schooling that returns to the real basics: engaging with the natural world; understanding how nature sustains life; nurturing healthy communities; exploring the consequences of how we feed and provision ourselves; caring about the places where we live and the people and creatures in them. continue reading

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rifiuto con affetto

Category: ⚐ EN+creativity+sustainability


Objective
The aim of this project is to make people aware of the increasing amount of rubbish we throw away and choices for its disposal. How many times have we thought to ourselves “What a pity to throw this away!”. It just shows how often people throw away items which can still be used. RCA wants to change our attitude towards these objects and offer them a second life: if we throw away something “with love”, then someone else may “love it again”. What has become useless to someone, can become useful to someone else.
RCA enables the public to think twice before getting rid of unnecessary belongings and points out the importance of “wasting” in a critical and conscious way. continue reading

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International Dialogues: Architecture and Climate Change

Category: ⚐ EN+sustainability

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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The Open Source House Competition

Category: ⚐ EN+competitions

The OPEN SOURCE HOUSE design competition started on January 15th, 2010 and is open for team or individual participation. The challenge is to design a sustainable, flexible and locally embedded one family house for a specific location in Ghana. The modular construction should be suitable for local implementation and affordable for its future owners. The winning design(s) will be built in Ghana.

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Architecture and Entropy

Category: ⚐ EN+architecture+sustainability

What do we think or talk when we refer to Sustain and Develop in the last years and for the forthcoming future? How can architects confront their work and ideas within the paradox that any new building, any new city will inevitably disrupt the natural ecology? continue reading

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Sustainability After Zero

Category: ⚐ EN+architecture+sustainability

volume #18

In its newest edition Volume #18, published by an international think-tank including AMO, Archis and C-LAB, is raising questions about the condition of sustainability in a world that seems to have yet accepted its importance, but still searches for its meaning. continue reading