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launching dreamhamar | LIVE NEXT MONDAY at 6pm

Category : ⚐ EN + dreamhamar + urbanism

After few months of intensive work at Ecosistema Urbano, we are pleased to announce the launch of dreamhamar, a network design process around Stortorget square in Hamar, Norway.

Network Design is a process of open and transparent design allowing both local and international contributors to work and propose solutions for the same project. For more information about dreamhamar and network design process you can visit the ABOUT page.

Since one of the main purposes of dreamhamar is to encourage people’s participation in the project, please don’t hesitate to share with us your opinions and ideas by commenting this post or just through the CONTACT page.

One of the tools we will be using to communicate the progress of the project is the HAMAR EXPERIENCE, a weekly video broadcasting in which the Local Lab Team and Ecosistema Urbano will describe the project in progress. We will share reports about activities, challenges encountered during the process along with the every day life of the Local Lab Team. HAMAR EXPERIENCE aims to make the process a shared and learning architecture experience.

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Category : ⚐ EN + ecosistema urbano + urban social design

Last May Ecosistema Urbano was leading a workshop at the international architectural event, curated by Stefano Boeri, FESTARCH 2011 ( It was held at Terni in the Italian region of Umbria.
Jose Luis Vallejo
(@jlvmateo) and Domenico Di Siena (@urbanohumano) from Ecosistema Urbano (@ecosistema) were working with a group of young european architects, students and local citizens experiencing the complexity of the city.

These are the different strategies followed during the workshop to activate aspects of the city of Terni: (Our special thanks to Pier Francesco Duranti, the most creative Terni citizen, who helped all of us during our days in Terni)

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#followcreative @chiquitectos: Talleres de arquitectura para niños

Category : #follow + #followcreative + ⚐ ES + arquitectura

Chiquitectos es un proyecto lúdico y educativo para despertar en los niños el interés por la arquitectura, el entorno, la ciudad y el desarrollo sostenible.

Los niños aprenderán que hacer arquitectura no es sólo construir edificios, es soñar, explorar, pensar, imaginar, investigar, dibujar…pero también es calcular, medir, resolver, representar y construir.

Chiquitectos es un proyecto de la arquitecta madrileña Almudena de Benito que decidió materializar esta idea que reúne su interés por la arquitectura y la educación de los niños.

Estos talleres de arquitectura nacen como consecuencia de la necesidad existente de educar a los más pequeños en un área de gran importancia, que no suele formar parte de los programas de los centros educativos españoles y que, sin embargo, ya existe en otros países: el conocimiento de aquello que nos rodea, el entorno construido y el medio ambiente. Ciudades como Nueva York, San Francisco y Helsinki, entre otras, ya cuentan con programas educativos de arquitectura para niños.

Chiquitectos lleva a cabo una tarea de sensibilización, que podría extenderse a toda la sociedad, valorar la  importancia que tienen el diseño y la ordenación del medio en la vida de las personas y sobre todo, cómo influyen en la calidad de la misma. El análisis y la comprensión del entorno que se promueve desde los talleres, implica el respeto por lo existente, pero también  despierta el sentido crítico de los niños gracias al conocimiento de otros medios, de otras alternativas.

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Category : ⚐ EN + architecture

At the edge of contemporary civilization, few meters from corporate offices, airports that allow you to physically reach all parts of the world, connections that let people to reach virtually anyone, anywhere; in the middle of an international monetary market and large system of financial transactions, there is a parallel world who lives in a much more local dimension and deals with much more real and pressing problems. This dimension has strong relationships with the international part but often it absorbs and reworks status symbols, attitudes, vices and fashions. In parallel, the image and the characteristic features of smallness is spreading and now needs the proper theoretical framework that supports it. Fundamental part of this system is to understand the existence of this phenomenon, the consolidation of its constituent elements, the determination and characterization of the main actors of the process and to produce a schedule of materials (always in evolutions). The first step to enter in this world is to realize that the smallness is all around us and often contaminates our everyday lives without us even realize it. A series of examples and reflections on the theme will make this concept more explicit.


1 S has always existed / B comes from the modern city. S is a constant process / B is a variable trend process.
2 S belongs and refers to a local area / B works on a global scale.
3 S access to limited and local resources / B has the ability to access a much wider range of products at global levels.
4 S is creative and unconventional / B is schematic and conventional and uses standard resources
5 S has an horizontal creative process in wich all the factors (economical, social and technological) have equal importance / B has a vertical creative process starting from an economical input and reaching a standardized output.
6 S and B have a mutual relationship: S gives ideas and creativity to B, while B gives resources and waste products that are reprocessed from S.
7 S and B use different professionists: S professionists are locally adapted to the characteristics of the project, while B research international professionists.


REMIDA The project is part of the consolidation of the “Garibaldi 2” complex in Calderara di Reno (Bo). Key factors such the fight against crime and illegal activities have been used for urban regeneration and planning. The interior design is made only with recycled materials, bringing them to be the real protagonist of the project.

ECOLE DEL RUSCO For the fourth edition of the exhibition of art and recycling of Bologna. An artistic and sensory journey through the squares of the city, with five installations by young designers, dedicated to the touch, sight, taste, hearing and smell.

PEACOCK STORE Interior design and supervision for the new Peacock Store, 80 sqm cloathing store located in the city centre of Bologna. The concept design is based on a low cost profile using recycled and industrial materials. The mix of pipes, osb wood and tanks gives to the store an underground style that match with the style of the clothes sell in the shop.

B – CITY Re-writing urban tissue, political strategy, raids in the areas of dysfunction of the network of cycle tracks, plug-in for the bike are just some of the mechanisms of self-generating of urban

PANICO COLLETTIVO Participatory planning for the renovation of San Lorenzo di Panico. Sponsored by National Institute of Urban Planning (INU) department Emilia-Romagna, in collaboration with Municipality of Marzabotto and supervision of bologna district

CODE: 012
(Giacomo Beccari + Gaia Calamosca + Alessandro Miti)
YEAR: 2011
PROJECT: Research
COLLABORATORS: Alberto Giancani

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IAAC Special Scholarships to Spanish and Portuguese Architects

Category : ⚐ EN + architecture

Since its creation 10 years ago, the with alumni from over 30 different countries, has become the most international post-graduate architecture program offered in Barcelona. To celebrate its 10th anniversary, and reinforce the presence of the Institute in the Iberian Peninsula, IAAC has initiated a special Scholarship Program in order to foster a wider reach of our educational programs in the local architectural community.

Beginning the following academic year, 2011-12, IAAC will offer special scholarships for Spanish and Portuguese Architects, covering 50% of tuition fees. Enclosed you will find a poster for the scholarship program. The IAAC professional Masters in Advanced Architecture and Urbanism program is accredited by the UPC School of Professional & Executive Development and can be completed over one or two years.

IAAC is dedicated to the next generation of architectural development with students and researchers from around the world. This year the MAA program includes 60 students from 25 different countries. The official language of the Institute is English.

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PREMIOS SOMBRA 2011 | promovidos por @ecologistas

Category : ⚐ ES + comunicación

Por cuarto año consecutivo y coincidiendo con los Premios Sol de publicidad de San Sebastián, llegan los Premios Sombra 2011 con la tarea de señalar los anuncios que han destacado en estos últimos meses por transmitir valores machistas, discriminatorios, irresponsables, insolidarios o consumistas.

Es frecuente recalcar el papel comercial, informativo o de entretenimiento de la publicidad, pero ¿y su papel como transmisor de valores o incluso como lobby ideológico? Vivimos en un escenario de saturación publicitaria donde los anunciantes se han especializado en crear vínculos emocionales con sus clientes, 1700 millones de consumidores y consumidoras que participan en una competitiva guerra comercial de percepciones. Reducida al mínimo la función informativa de la publicidad y aprovechando las posibilidades del lenguaje audiovisual y los nuevos canales de comunicación, los anunciantes han volcado sus esfuerzos en incrementar el valor de sus marcas dentro del mercado de intangibles, hasta el punto de convertir el producto en sólo un elemento más de un amplio proceso comunicativo.

En un mundo cada vez más globalizado, la inversión se ha ido dirigiendo a la creación de la marca global antes que a la engorrosa fabricación de los productos y el control de su calidad, a base de deslocalizar la industria y externalizar la producción en países del Sur, disminuyendo hasta lo irrisorio los costes de producción. El resultado es que el consumo ha adquirido un papel tan central como paradójico: un tercio de los consumidores europeos presenta un nivel alto de adicción al consumo, problemas graves de compra impulsiva, o una clara falta de autocontrol en sus gastos. Y mientras crece a 350 millones el número de obesos en lo países del Norte y se constata que la injusta distribución de los recursos no se soluciona simplemente con un mayor crecimiento económico, recibimos cada vez más pruebas de que el actual modelo de consumo está basado en el despilfarro: cuando 800 millones de personas viven en la pobreza más severa, cerca del 40% de los alimentos que se producen se pierden sin ser consumidos.

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Category : ⚐ ES + educación + urban social design

VdB PROYECTO PARTICIPATIVO PARA LA REGENERACIÓN INTEGRAL DEL BARRIO VIRGEN DE BEGOÑA es un proyecto desarrollado por @paistransversal en el marco del experience Entorno Digital y Aprendizaje Urbano, dirigido por Paco González y Enric Senabre Hidalgo.

La intervención en la periferia de nuestras ciudades es uno de los principales retos a los que se enfrenta el urbanismo contemporáneo. La oportunidad que supone acometer estos proyectos desde la dimensión ambiental, social y económica supone un gran paso para emprender el cambio global desde lo local. Esta realidad tan de actualidad entre profesionales, requiere de un compromiso político y ciudadano que no acaba de eclosionar, pero que tienen visos de suceder.

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Architetti italiani in Spagna Oggi | Presentazione del Libro

Category : ⚐ IT + architettura + ecosistema urbano

L’Istituto Cervantes di Roma, Mancosu Architectural Book, l’Associazione Italiana di Architettura e Critica_presS/Tfactory, le riviste presS/Tletter e presS/Tmagazine presentano:

tavola rotonda + presentazione libro + mostra

Roma, 21 giugno 2011
Istituto Cervantes di Roma
Sala Mostre, Piazza Navona 91

Una iniziativa di Graziella Trovato (E.T.S.A.M. Universidad Politecnica de Madrid) e dell’Associazione Italiana di Architettura e Critica (AIAC)

Il libro e la mostra ARCHITETTI ITALIANI IN SPAGNA OGGI evidenziano il contributo degli architetti italiani alla produzione architettonica spagnola contemporanea.
Sono stati scelti 19 studi di architettura che hanno prodotto opere significative nel panorama architettonico internazionale: Claudia Bonollo, Ciszak Dalmas, Daria De Seta, Estudio Barozzi Veiga, Ecosistema Urbano (Domenico Di Siena), EMBT (Benedetta Tagliabue), Patrizia Falcone, Elena Farini, FondaRIUS, Emanuela Gambini, gravalosdimonte arquitectos, L.O.L.A. (local office for large architecture), MAB Arquitectura, Enrica Mosciaro, myrA (arquitectos), Nábito Architects, PiSaA, Teresa Sapey, Solinas + Vert. Sono architetti di generazioni diverse che vivono in Spagna da un diverso numero di anni e che hanno per questo prodotto architetture di svariata scala, definizione e tendenza. Se i più veterani si sono affermati soprattutto grazie agli incarichi diretti, pubblici e privati, e al prestigio acquisito in un campo determinato, i giovani emergono attraverso i concorsi, a cui si dedicano con grandissimo sforzo e precisione.

Il libro, che è il secondo di una serie di iniziative editoriali nate dalla collaborazione tra l’editore Carlo Mancosu e l’AIAC, finalizzate alla promozione dell’architettura italiana realizzata anche all’estero, è stato curato da Graziella Trovato che è anche la curatrice della mostra.

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Territorios inteligentes para ciudadanías emergentes | Per Tarragona

Category : ⚐ ES + espacios sensibles | sentient city + urbanismo

Mañana jueves 16 de junio Ecosistema Urbano tiene una cita muy esperada en la ciudad de Tarragona. Domenico Di Siena (@urbanohumano) protagonizará la seconda charla del ciclo de conferencias “per Tarragona“.

El objetivo de este ciclo es reflexionar sobre el futuro de las ciudades. En esta ocasión Domenico presentará una charla que tiene por  titulo “Territorios inteligentes para ciudadanías emergentes”.

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#followarch CONTROPROGETTO | diffondendo senso di appartenenza

Category : #follow + #followarch + ⚐ IT + Intervista

Nella nostra sezione #followarch, oggi abbiamo il piacere di aggiungere una fantastica chiacchierata con lo studio “Controprogetto: la cultura del fare per diffondere senso di appartenenza“.

Controprogetto è nato nel 2003, quando i suoi 4 componenti ancora studenti, entrarono a far parte del popolo di associazioni, artisti ed artigiani che dagli anni 80 animava la Stecca degli Artigiani,  ex fabbrica del Quartiere Insula di Milano. Destinata alla demolizione da un grande progetto urbanistico, nel 2003 La stecca degli Artigiani divenne il luogo di riferimento per coloro che sperimentando una riqualificazione urbana partecipata, sognavano un contro progetto per il quartiere.