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Appstorming: un taller de ecosistema urbano en el IED

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Durante esta semana (17-21 octubre) ecosistema urbano dirigirá el taller Appstorming en el Istituto Europeo di Design de Madrid con la participación de José Luis Vallejo (@jlvmateo) y Jaime Eizaguirre (@eiza) continue reading

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Downsview Park Toronto: Frameworks as Design

Category: ⚐ EN+eu:abierto+landscape

Downsview Park proposal by James Corner and Stan Allen

The Downsview Park Toronto competition was held in 1999 to select an urban park design for a former military base in Toronto. However, the competition exceeded its objectives as it introduced a turning point in the design of urban public parks. As Julia Czerniak points out in her book Case: Downsview Park Toronto, the five selected designs shared a common theme: the configuration of frameworks that structure the site but also allow the growth over time. Landscape becomes the main tool to model the city, and objects lose importance in favor of fields.

The design of frameworks consists in offering guidelines as an approach to designing the park during the fifteen-year implementation process. Thus, the designers recommend flexibility to accommodate the different programs and participatory processes included in the design process. The schemes were not only flexible in the programmatic sense, but they allowed different political and economic conditions, and even the paths to change depending on the vegetation growth, establishing diverse patterns over the surface. Complex processes such as erosion or plants succession were related to these frameworks too. continue reading

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URBAN PROTOTYPE PLAZA ECOPOLIS to Compete for the 2011 Buckminster Fuller Challenge

Category: ⚐ EN+ecosistema urbano+sustainability

Madrid, Feb. 14th

WASTE TO RESOURCES- URBAN PROTOTYPE PLAZA ECOPOLIS led by ecosistema urbano is proud to announce our submission to the Buckminster Fuller Challenge. Named “Socially-Responsible Design’s Highest Award” by Metropolis Magazine, the Challenge is an annual international prize program that awards $100,000 to support the development and implementation of a solution that has significant potential to solve humanity’s most pressing problems.

We are thrilled to be a part of the Buckminster Fuller Challenge review process, which brings together influential design science leaders such as Josè Zaglul, Vandana Shiva, Danny Hillis, William McDonough, John Thackara and Hunter Lovins.

We entered this competition because of its reputation as the most prestigious Prize concerning social issues. continue reading

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Urban Social Design – "Arquitectura en Beta"

Category: ⚐ ES+urban social design

En Ecosistema Urbano desde hace unos meses estamos trabajando a la puesta en marcha de un nuevo ilusionante proyecto. Se trata de la asociación Urban Social Design cuyo objetivo es la investigación y promoción de un nuevo ámbito profesional, situádo en un punto intermedio entre arquitectura, ingeniería, urbanismo, geografía, política, sociología, informática, economía.

La asociación Urban Social Design promueve un nuevo marco de referencia basado en los entornos de trabajo en red, la cultura libre, el uso de las nuevas tecnologías, el procomún, las licencias creative commons, la creación colectiva, la inteligencia colectiva y la innovación social.

En 2011 la asociación pondrá en marcha lo que provisionalmente hemos llamado “Urban Social Design Institute”: una serie de cursos (on-line, de momento) que pretenden presentar enfoques y lineas de trabajo innovadoras en el campo de la Arquitectura y la Gestión Urbana.

En estos próximos dos meses Ethel Baraona y Paco González impartirán el módulo “Arquitectura en beta” para testar, aprender, compartir y facilitar el desarrollo de los futuros cursos de Urban Social Design Institute. Tenemos que agradecer públicamente a las personas que se han prestado desinteresadamente a participar en esta primera fase con el compromiso de que sus proyectos se vean mejorados en el transcurso de estos dos próximos meses. continue reading

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ecosistema ubano joins Harvard- GSD (Graduate School of Design)

Category: ⚐ EN+ecosistema urbano+urban social design

This semester, ecosistema urbano is teaching at one of the option design studios of the Urban Planning and Design Department at Harvard GSD. Under the title urban social design, the studio will explore Boston looking for new possibilities and connections between people, technology, public space, virtual space and interaction. The studio meets physically and virtually every week alternatively. Final presentations are scheduled to be held October 28th and December 7th and several critics and guests are being invited. You can now download the presentation which was used for the launch of the semester last August 31st. We will soon inform you about some network initiatives we are developing to communicate the content and material produced during the term. continue reading

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Category: ⚐ EN+architecture

On August 29th, Van Alen Institute and Environmental Defense Fund will host a roundtable discussion at the Venice Biennale US Pavilion to explore the environmental challenges faced by coastal cities throughout the world.

Titled Project Eco-Delta, the initiative is part of VAI and EDF’s ongoing collaboration in developing design strategies for the landscape surrounding New Orleans—the Mississippi River’s coastal delta. The forum will feature leading experts from the fields of design, engineering, public policy and environmental science, who will discuss innovative ways with which we can address the needs of fragile deltas and the communities living in them. continue reading

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Reclaiming the Street design competition

Category: ⚐ EN+architecture

As part of its ongoing multimedia exhibition project ‘Endless City’, MAMA is launching an open-submission competition: ‘Reclaiming the Street’. ‘Endless City’ is a multi-part project, initiated in the summer of 2009, in which MAMA explores the relationships between skateboard culture, the public realm and (visual) art, with a wink to the heritage of the Situationist International.

‘Reclaiming the Street’ is an open-submission competition aimed at established and emerging artists, architects and skateboarders who have or wish to establish a relationship with skateboard culture. We are looking for unpublished and unrealised concepts for the (re)organisation of urban public spaces in order to create a place for multiple user groups including skateboarders. Whereas in the past skateboarders were driven away from public spaces and then ‘caged up’ in purpose-built skateparks, we envisage a new phase in which youth culture and skateboard culture will be integrated within the public realm. In addition to our wish to provide a valid place for skateboard culture, we see skateboard culture as an instrument for improving the quality of certain public spaces.
‘Reclaiming the Street’ takes the idea of skateboard culture as ‘homo ludens’ as its starting point for building bridges between the all those who make use of the public realm. continue reading

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#followarch HDA | Hugh Dutton Associés

Category: #follow+#followarch+architecture

Twitter’s users have got into the habit of selecting and suggesting someone interesting to follow. This action has become a weekly international event and it is called #followfriday.

As you probably already know, [Ecosistema Urbano] has been inspired by the Twitter #followfriday to create a new section known as #followarch focused on recommending interesting and innovative architecture offices.

Today we are glad to present the work of the French firm based in Paris HDA | Hugh Dutton Associés that we have been recently following trough their blog and through their twitter @HDA_Paris.

We especially appreciate their approach that focus on an intelligent and poetic combination of architecture and engineering.

In the last months, due to a big “network effect”, some of their projects have been widely published, as well as their recently inaugurated footbridge design in La Roche-sur-Yon, France in collaboration with Bernard Tschumi.

photo by © Christian Richters/VIEW continue reading

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Sensible scape – La performatività del design alla scala urbana e territoriale

Category: ⚐ IT+ecosistema urbano+eventi

Sensible scape – La performatività del design alla scala urbana e territoriale” è il titolo dell’iniziativa, a cura della Facoltà di Architettura della Seconda Università degli Studi di Napoli. L’appuntamento è in programma il 13 gennaio dalle ore 9.30 nella sala conferenze del Belvedere di San Leucio e rientra nel progetto “Le luci e la pietra. San Leucio Design Lab 2009”.

Il Convegno è organizzato in due sessioni. In mattinata è previsto l’intervento di relatori di fama internazionale che illustreranno il loro approccio al progetto di design. Tra gli ospiti, insieme a Pascal Amphoux (Università di Nantes), Jurgen Bey (NL), Andrea Branzi, Stefano Mirti (Id-Lab) ci sará anche Jose Luis Vallejo (ore 12:00) in rappresentanza del nostro studio. continue reading

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open peer to peer

Category: ⚐ ES+creatividad+cultura abierta


El pasado mes de octubre participé en el citilab de Cornellà (Barcelona) al urbanlabs, unas jornadas para presentar, compartir e incluso crear proyectos de acción ciudadana, innovación, comunicación, aprendizaje, con un fuerte componente social y tecnológico. Entre las personas que conocí se encuentra Massimo Menichinelli: un chico italiano con el que había tomado contacto a través de twitter. continue reading