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ANCB Re-act Lab Research Workshop

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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

Workshop Description and Background
This 10-day Re-act Lab research workshop will introduce a group of advanced students from across the world to the realities of Brazilian cities and provide the wider public with internal and external perspectives on these. In a series of public lectures and discussions the workshop will: introduce São Paulo’s metropolitan area by revealing the contrasting morphologies and urban tissues produced over time; address the critical role of everyday life in the experience of urban space; question the possibilities created for architecture and urban planning when housing basic municipal services-key structures in improving quality of urban life; and highlight the need to develop partnerships between the city planning authorities and urban pioneers, in order to build liveable cities at the beginning of the 21st century.

Workshop Focus: PARAISÓPOLIS Future City 2020
In parallel to the background lectures and discussions, an intensive design laboratory will explore the potentials of the relationship between existing formal and informal urban realties in cities of the southern hemisphere with Paraisópolis, in the Morumbi neighborhood of São Paulo as a test site. Structured into three modules, the design laboratory will: (1) explore alternatives to vehicle transport and develop scenarios that integrate infrastructures at both macro and micro levels to activate urban life, (2) respond to the urgent demand for new housing and quality urban space and (3) explore the capacity of micro infrastructures to remodel the existing built, real city.

Workshop Aim
The aim of the design laboratory is to generate visions beyond current trends in order to find long-term solutions with the potential to transform cities. It will investigate the process of moving from pilot projects for connected housing and micro-infrastructures to comprehensive design policies and strategic planning. It will consider the possibilities for designing better quality environments through the provision and retrofitting of micro-infrastructures and local-scale interventions, based on cutting-edge technologies for a range of issues including mobility (e.g. cable cars, funiculars and electrical vehicles), public lighting and illumination, public utilities (e.g. garbage collection and disposal), alternative energy production, and the management of traffic flows and parking.

Workshop Dates: Thursday 12th to Sunday 22nd August 2010
Participation Requirements: Academic level 6-8 (Masters) in Architecture or related discipline. Fluent English necessary
Submission Requirements: PDF with maximum four A4 pages containing CV (2 pages) and sample portfolio (2 pages), plus 200 word expression of interest included in body of e-mail
Submission Deadline: Friday 25 June 2010 (5pm CET) to
Cost: Participation is free, with the exception of a nominal administration fee of €150. ANCB will assist participants in organising affordable accommodation in Berlin

A research workshop by Secretaria Municipal de Habitação de São Paulo, S.L.U.M. Lab and GSAPP Columbia University New York and Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism of the Escola da Cidade São Paulo and Technical University Berlin with Academy of Applied Arts Munich and Faculty of Architecture of ETH Zurich
within the framework of the Re-act Lab programme of Aedes Network Campus Berlin

in cooperation with Alfred Herrhausen Society, Doppelmayr, Secretaria Municipal de Habitação de São Paulo, Columbia University, Netherlands Ministry of Spatial Planning, Technical University Vienna, Technical University Delft and ARUP

Studio Directors: Prof. Alfredo Brillembourg & Prof. Hubert Klumpner (Columbia University, N.Y.), Marcos L. Rosa (Technical University Munich and Estúdio Tático) and Dr. Eduard Kögel, (Habitat Unit, Berlin Institute of Technology).
Coordinating Professors: Lindsay Sherman and Michael Contento (GSAPP Columbia University, N.Y.) with the assistance of Katharina Anna Rudolph (Urban Think-Tank)
Guest Lecturers: Ciro Pirondi (Director, Escola da Cidade), Joana Gonçalves (FAUUSP, Technology Department; AA Graduate School, Sustainable Environmental Design. London and São Paulo), Henk Ovink (Director for National Spatial Planning and of Research, Design and Strategy at the Dutch Ministry of Environment Netherlands Ministry of Housing), Andreas Rudolph and Michael Klimmer (Doppelmayr), Steven Dale (Creative urban projects), Trent Lethco (ARUP) and others to be confirmed.

About Re-act Lab
Re-act Lab is a research format of the Aedes Network Campus Berlin. With a potential-focused rather than problem-focused agenda, it confronts the particular challenges of cities or regions throughout the world by facilitating transdisciplinary enquiry into responsible actions in architecture and urbanism.

Aedes Network Campus Berlin in partnership with Axor, bulthaup, and the Friends of ANCB



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