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Juan Freire at Medialab Prado

Category: ⚐ EN+architecture+internet+technologies

It is difficult to summarise the interesting, fun and educational conference given by Juan Freire last week at Medialab Prado. Our attempt to do so comes in “tags” format:

Juan Freire talked about:

The tragedy of the common, the tragedy of the anti-common, sheep in Scotland, Sao Paulo without publicity, Burning Man VS Fallas de Valencia, Quartzsite Arizona, virtual reality VS physical reality, physical reality and hybrid reality, hybrid public spaces, knowledge chefs, knowledge like water or electricity, [ecosistema urbano] (thanks, Juan!), recetas urbanas, open code architecture, Sociopolis, information layer on the ground, hiper-local networks, google maps VS open street maps, real time rome, technology isn’t important – applications are.

I hope to get through the idea of the complexity and relevance of the topics covered at the conference (I want to thank our Domenico for getting us into this 2.0 world, without his help I probably wouldn’t understand much about some of these issues).

Thanks, Juan Freire, we hope to see you in Madrid again soon.

P.S. I have added links to as many concepts as I have been able to, to make this post into a hiperpost ; )

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PKMN – interesting interactive exhibition – Toledo creates Toledo

Category: ⚐ EN+architecture+eu:abierto+events+technologies

Toledo creates Toledo” is an interactive exhibition aiming to connect art, architecture and public action and to make citizens see themselves as active parts, conscious of their critical and creative capacity.

Toledo creates Toledo” is the first event-exhibition of a line of action through which we want to link architecture, action and city, bringing citizens closer to the physical and mental space where they can be conscious (doing-acting) of their critical and creative abilities as active builders of their city… parallel to the project they have set up a blog ( and a meipi (wikimap meipi) that help it stay active and accessible. The exhibition is set up as a lab where the visitor can watch the works at the same time as it can take part in the creative process throughout 10 days full of events.

Toledo crea Toledo” has been organised around 6 actions concerned with different architectural scales and concepts (#01. Intercambios de Identidad –identity exchanges-, #02. Safari fotográfico –safari in photos-, #03. Atmósferas de jabón –soap atmospheres-, #04. Casa de Toledo –house in Toledo-, #05. Atlas, #06. Paraísos personales –personal paradise-).

PKMN [pac-man] is a team of architects developing in Madrid since 2006 as an open group for the production and widening of architectural/interdisciplinary ideas, tools and projects, developing theoretical/practical studies of concepts and realities such as action, city, body, identity, trace and memory []

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Architects/bloggers/architecture & construction blog readers

Category: ⚐ EN+architecture+events+internet

Alvaro Carnicero is organising “ENCUENTRO 1“: a meeting for architects / bloggers / architecture & construction blog readers.

“A chance to share not only an interest or a profession, but also for joining forces, spreading ideas, cultivating friendships and even designing together what we can’t do on our own.”

Cordoba (Spain), Patio de la Mezquita-Córdoba catedral
Saturday 17th November 2007

For more information click here.

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New Blog Paisaje Transversal (Transverse Landscape)

Category: ⚐ EN+architecture+eu:abierto+internet

We are a group of students from the School of Architecture of Madrid (ETSAM) who have just created a blog about Landscape. The aim of this post is to publicise the blog and invite you to visit it and take part in it. You will find it at

The blog is aimed for promoting a workshop part of the program for Eurau 08 ( that will take place at ETSAM in January.

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Category: ⚐ EN+architecture+ecosistema urbano+events

We attach a picture of the workshops that are taking place in Gliwice (Silesia), organised by the association of architecture students in Poland. ecosistema urbano is taking part as the tutor of one of the work groups.
Silesia is a region located in the southwest of Poland where a number of cities have sprung around the numerous coal mines, with a total population of approximately 2 million people. Currently, most of the mines and heavy industry associated with them have been dismantled and abandoned.
These workshops are an opportunity for thinking about the future of the region, the development possibilities given by the huge industrial heritage and the options for organising the urban centres in the area to function as a single regional megalopolis in Silesia.

If you took part in the workshops, we want to hear your comments!!

ossa workshop

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Visit to Ecobulevar in Vallecas

Category: ⚐ EN+architecture+ecosistema urbano+events

Some weeks ago Domenico had the pleasure to guide Luca Brunelli (from bogwog office) and his students in a visit to the Eco-Bulevar in Vallecas. We want to take this opportunity to say hello to Luca and the students of the course Proyectos 1, 1st semester, School of Architecture of the CEU-Cardenal Herrera Univresity (Moncada, Valencia). Here is a photo of the group…

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Sustainable Construction International Conference – CICS

Category: ⚐ EN+architecture+sustainability

Logo CICS We want to remind you that there are only a few days left for registering for the Sustainable Architecture International Conference that will take place in Seville during November. Some very interesting names will take part in the Conference: Jaime Lerner, Salvador Rueda, Jean-Philippe Vassal, José Antonio Marina, Saskia Sassen, Paul Hyett…. More information at

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Sustainability & Architecture Workshop Summary (Seville)

Category: ⚐ EN+architecture+ecosistema urbano+sustainability

A few days ago, Ecosistema Urbano run one of the three workshops on Architecture & Sustainability organised by the Holcim professorship at the Architecture School in Seville.

Belinda and Domenico were very impressed by the enthusiasm and quality of the work carried out by the students, bearing in mind the workshop was only two days long. We have been surrounded by fantastic people, from Ramón Queiro de Holcim, who was a wonderful host, to: José Pérez de Lama, whom we already knew and was a pleasure to see again, José Ramón Moreno and Félix de la Iglesia, both very nice, and the sin|studio team (Paula, Ana, José María and Elena) whom we joined for some great tapas & cañas and with whom we have shared some of the best moments.

Here is the link to the blog where you can find a summary of the workshops and a photograph of the group of students who took part in the one we run.

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China consuma/consumes its future

Category: ⚐ EN+architecture+eu:abierto

We attach 5 images showing the present state of 3 megaprojects currently being built in China (estadio H&dM / piscina PTW / CCTV Koolhas) and the comments by the author of the photos , who has kindly let us use them (Rubén Palacios):
“When you get tired walking for kilometres and kilometres in a city that is out of scale, you rapidly understand how easily a society so fascinated with the future can forget about the detail, and how it desperately looks for images that represent it as it would like to be.”

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solar arquitecture – eu:abierto

Category: ⚐ EN+architecture+eu:abierto

We want to introduce to you Francesco Tomasi, a new member of ecosistemaurbano:abierto.

My name is Francesco, I am an Italian architect but have lived in Madrid for a long time. Right now I live and work in Viena, in Reinberg’s studio, where all the projects we develop are based on an ecological basis and pursue optimising energy efficiency. Reinberg is a prestigious architect “working” on solar architecture. He works on the complete construction process, from the design to the completion of the project. He has obtained very good results on the construction site in terms of minimising CO2 emissions and energy consumption, as well as reducing the volume of waste. Here it is common to study and use materials such as earth and straw and their possible applications. However, the key idea tends to be making good use of the sun in all possible ways, active solar and passive solar. Reinberg has been one of the initiators and promoters of green houses in architecture, private and public. After finishing a master on eco-sustainable architecture, my interest on this topic has vastly grown and I am aiming to create a website focusing on the subject.