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Un nuevo frente marítimo para Palma de Mallorca

Category: ⚐ ES+espacio público+sostenibilidad+urbanismo

En 2018, la ciudad de Palma de Mallorca se propuso reformar su paseo marítimo frente a la zona portuaria, y convocó un concurso abierto para ello. Hoy os contamos algunos detalles sobre nuestra propuesta, que quedó finalista.

El reto consiste, principalmente, convertir lo que ahora es una barrera, un borde, en un nuevo espacio urbano que conecte la ciudad con el puerto. Nosotros proponemos una transición en la forma de entender ese espacio público, desde concebirlo como un “paseo” lineal a verlo como un “frente” marítimo más amplio, un lugar donde la ciudad pueda expandir sus usos actuales y descubrir otros nuevos.

La propuesta es crear un espacio con nuevas cualidades, un eje cívico donde la ciudad pueda ver reflejada su identidad, aportando representatividad y, sobre todo, añadiendo a ese espacio valor de uso para ciudadanos y visitantes. No se trata, por tanto, solamente de un proyecto de pacificación del tráfico y renaturalización, sino de caracterización y activación.

El enfoque general del proyecto se puede desglosar en una serie de criterios o líneas de actuación. Estas líneas se han agrupado en cuatro “frentes” (integrado, ambiental, activo y conectado) entendidos como capas del frente costero que sintetizan las prioridades de la propuesta e ilustran la visión de la ciudad que la sustenta.


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Los 10 posts más visitados de nuestro blog

Category: ⚐ ES+ciudad+ecosistema urbano+publicaciones

Tras el parón veraniego, en ecosistema urbano hemos vuelto con las pilas cargadas y con un objetivo claro: reactivar este blog. No sólo para seguir contándoos nuestros proyectos, nuestras ideas, historias y curiosidades, sino para continuar promoviendo el debate en torno a un urbanismo más justo y sostenible.

Para abrir boca, hemos realizado una recopilación de los posts más leídos del blog (que lleva activo ¡desde el 2007!) y además hemos agregado unos cuantos posts curiosos y un par de series interesantes. Además de un interesante ejercicio de arqueología digital, esta selección nos ha invitado a reflexionar sobre qué temas tuvieron más relevancia en su momento o han ido acumulando más interés con el tiempo.

Aquí va la “cuenta atrás” de posts destacados:

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Este puesto se lo lleva Presentando local_in, nuestra renovada plataforma de mapeo colectivo. Nuestra aplicación, local_in, es una plataforma de mapeo colectivo en la que los usuarios pueden añadir mensajes, fotos y enlaces geolocalizados, y clasificarlos en categorías y etiquetas completamente adaptadas a cada proyecto. Hace un par de años relanzamos esta herramienta esperando hacerla más accesible y útil a cualquier persona u organización interesada en mapear algo, y últimamente estamos planeando una nueva ronda de desarrollo que la llevará al siguiente nivel. ¡Descarga local_in, úsalo y contribuye con su desarrollo!

Local_In: Online mapping for civic empowerment

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¿Cuál es el papel del arquitecto? Esta reflexión sobre el rol del arquitecto en la sociedad ocupa el puesto 9 en nuestro top 10, y además generó bastante debate. El post transparenta algunas de las dinámicas internas con las que intentamos reflexionar sobre nuestro trabajo y nuestro propio rol en la sociedad, especialmente en un momento de agitación y transformación. Ya intuíamos que no es suficiente producir arquitectura de calidad ni innovar por innovar, sino que debemos entrar en sintonía con las verdaderas necesidades de la sociedad si queremos crear ciudades más democráticas y habitables.

Rol del Arquitecto

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El octavo puesto (pero con el primer puesto absoluto en pico de visitas e interacciones en redes) se lo lleva una de las ciudades temporales más grandes del mundo. Una ciudad que se construye, se mueve, se reinventa y “desaparece” una vez al año como un Fénix de sus cenizas, en medio del desierto. Su planeamiento urbano se organiza en torno de una plaza principal con una escultura o estructura (el Burning Man) que funciona como referencia para orientarse. A su alrededor la ciudad funciona, literalmente, como un reloj: Las calles se forman como sombras de un reloj de sol, de forma radial. ¿Cómo se resuelven las necesidades de su población temporal? Conoce aquí la Black Rock City | La ciudad temporal del Burning Man

Black Rock City | La ciudad temporal del Burning Man

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El proyecto CUENCA RED | red de espacios dinámicos estuvo dentro del “Plan de Recuperación y Mejoramiento del Espacio Público en el Centro Histórico de Cuenca, Ecuador” en el marco de desarrollo del programa ICES (Iniciativa Ciudades Emergentes y Sostenibles), del BID (Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo) y en conjunto con el GAD Municipal de Cuenca. El centro histórico de Cuenca está incluido en la Lista del Patrimonio Mundial de la UNESCO desde 1990, ahora mismo la ciudad se enfrenta a una importante transformación hacia un nuevo modelo de ciudad, más activo, saludable y dinámico. El objetivo fue identificar las oportunidades que residen en el espacio público de esta ciudad para crear reactivar lugares, mejorar la experiencia urbana y mejorar el ambiente del centro histórico.

Cuenca Red | Red de espacios dinámicos

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La posición número 6 de este conteo es el Código de Deontología del Arquitecto, Vemos la ciudad como un organismo vivo en constante transformación. Los arquitectos, y los demás profesionales que actúan sobre la ciudad, deben tener conciencia de cómo inciden en ella. Con el objetivo de escenificar estas buenas intenciones, y utilizando como base el código de deontología del médico, ofrecíamos, allá por 2010, esta versión del código ético del arquitecto, esbozando criterios que hasta hoy día venimos aplicando desde [ecosistema urbano].

Código Deontológico del Arquitecto

Código Deontológico del Arquitecto

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Ecosistema Urbano gana el concurso para el Plan Maestro del Centro Histórico de Asunción. Esta buena noticia ocupa el quinto puesto. La  propuesta tenía como objetivo abordar la regeneración integral del centro de la ciudad de una forma inclusiva y convertir el proceso en una referencia, en un momento en que muchas ciudades del mundo estaban empezando a buscar otras formas de enfocar su futuro. Fue, además, uno de nuestros primeros grandes proyectos en Latinoamérica, en la que a día de hoy seguimos acumulando proyectos, experiencias y amigos.

Diagrama resumen de los distintos ámbitos y líneas de trabajo para la regeneración del CHA

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La ciudad hostil: ángulos y púas contra los ciudadanos habla de cómo en las ciudades se están instalando defensas de diversos tipos contra los “sin techo”. Si decir “defensas” y “contra” os parece exagerado, sólo tenéis que echar un vistazo a algunos de los más comentados y polémicos ejemplos. Las imágenes hablan por sí solas.

La ciudad hostil: ángulos y púas contra los ciudadanos

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Repensando la relación entre la industria y la ciudad (I). Cuando uno camina por ciudades de pasado industrial, suele toparse con antiguos vestigios fabriles, edificios industriales reconvertidos a nuevos usos o simplemente ruinas que esperan a ser derribadas. ¿Se puede llegar a pensar en una integración de los urbano y lo industrial si estas tendencias de incorporar la nueva industria a la ciudad se consolidan?.

Barcelona, ciudad fabril. (fuente 22@ Barcelona)

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En segundo lugar tenemos una reflexión más reciente sobre los POPS y la Trump Tower | Espacios públicos de propiedad privada. Los POPS, o Privately Owned Public Spaces, son espacios exteriores o interiores provistos para uso público por una entidad o propietario privado de un edificio a cambio de una concesión en la edificabilidad del solar. La ciudad de Nueva York, por ejemplo, ha generado entorno a 525 espacios con estas características, generando un área pública total que corresponde a ¼ de Central Park. Pablo Santacana nos explica algunas de las particularidades de estos espacios en esta serie de dos artículos.

Trump Tower Foto: Carlo Allegri/Reuters

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Y por último, el post más visitado de todos los tiempos en este blog: Reinventarse o Morir. Transformación de Centros Comerciales bajo el nuevo paradigma económico/urbano. El concepto de centro comercial, como lo entendemos y experimentamos actualmente, podría tener los días contados. En el post, además de un breve diagnóstico de la situación actual, lanzamos varias propuestas de reconfiguración de centros comerciales a través de la introducción de nuevos programas, en un intento por convertirlos en un espacio mucho más público.

El centro comercial, una tipología que necesita reinventarse.

El centro comercial, una tipología que necesita reinventarse.

Si quieres seguir leyendo algo más, dejamos aquí algunos artículos y series que nos hemos encontrado por el camino y nos han interesado o traído buenos recuerdos:

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Turning alleyways into active pedestrian passages | Open Shore Project

Category: ⚐ EN+architecture+design+ecosistema urbano+urbanism+work in progress

Part of the Open Shore Project was to create a lively urban ecosystem nearby the shore of West Palm Beach, and one of the things that interested us the most was a dark and dirty alleyway near the Banyan Hub. When a city lacks public spaces, every corner, shore or even an alleyway can become a part of the urban ecosystem. These secondary narrow streets are unique opportunities for transformation.

This is how we proposed to activate this space:

The passageways

From Service Alleyways to Surprising Passageways

The alleyways will undergo a rapid activation process ranging from temporary interventions to the development of permanent structures and spaces to host new programs. Walkability, security, and comfort will be the first priorities to be addressed by means of active and passive climatic mitigation, new waste disposal and lighting systems, etc. Activities will disperse later into adjacent public spaces and buildings and these revamped ‘passageways’ will become thematic routes connecting different parts of the city. keep reading about the passageways!

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Banyan Hub: A new urban ecosystem for West Palm Beach | Open Shore Project

Category: ⚐ EN+architecture+design+ecosistema urbano+urbanism+work in progress

The Banyan garage is envisioned as a new beacon for activities in downtown. This hybrid and flexible building will be open to the public all day long and will be an active presence in the city, producing culture, knowledge, and goods, while attracting businesses, talent, and innovation with its attractions.

Its configuration allows many different uses to coexist, which also makes it flexible to permit future changes in use.

It is a permeable building, open, and accessible to all citizens, a true part of the city from the ground floor to the public roof terrace. Its bioclimatic design, based on a green permeable facade and two big thematic courtyards -natural and digital- will provide pleasant internal climate moderation throughout the year while reducing environmental impact and management costs.

The Banyan Hub is, not only tightly connected to the street: it takes the street and its energy inside and makes it one of its core features. Folding, twisting and ramping up towards the open terrace on the roof, this new kind of street provides a unique urban-like experience inside the building, but also retains many of the features of an ordinary street.

Section of Banyan Hub, an Urban Ecosistem in the Heart of West Palm Beach

Areas of the building will be open to the public at anytime. The building may be accessed by many modes of transportation such as pedestrians, cyclists, skaters, and light vehicles. It connects different uses along its path — from businesses to cultural spaces to public plazas.

Prioritizing public accessibility is integral in ensuring that this project has a landmark presence in West Palm Beach. Banyan Hub is envisioned as an urban ecosystem where users can satisfy their wants and needs without ever having to leave the building. Banyan Hub is sure to set the tone for the future of West Palm Beach as a collaborative, sustainable, and creative city.

The Banyan Hub includes a series of public spaces located at different levels connected by a re-envisioned parking ramp which provides access to different spaces and twists around the courtyards.  

+A flexible square at ground level which consists of an open hall connected to the surrounding streets and to the passageway at the back of the building.

+A covered but open air plaza at an intermediate level of the building, right where the two courtyards begin. This space is the heart of the Hub and plays a crucial role in its climatic conditioning and cultural activity. 

+A top terrace, overlooking the lagoon which offers a panoramic view of the natural environment and of the whole downtown. Relaxing and breezy like the decks of a cruise ship, it is and an ideal place to begin a stroll through the building and along the waterfront.

 

One of the most important qualities of a city is the ability to evolve by changing its uses and its physical configuration according to the needs of the society that lives in it. The Banyan Hub materializes these principles as it being conceived in a way in which changeability is the only constant. It will remain open to transformation by its managers and users, embracing evolution as a way to stay useful and relevant. This will be achieved by introducing changeable programs and spaces between fixed elements, and designing movable physical delimitations and reconfigurable technical infrastructure.

Change is the only constant

The rich mix of different uses in close proximity helps create situations where activities can complement and benefit each other. This also gives a special character to each part of the building, enabling interactions that would not take place in a conventional building.

In order to become the everbeating heart of West Palm Beach, Banyan Hub will include a diverse and complementary set of programs, balancing the type of activities, desired level of comfort, need for equipment, and profile of the participants throughout the day. The scale of the Hub allows the coexistence of various uses, bringing together diverse age groups, interests, and communities.

Management & Stakeholders

The Banyan Hub operational model could be developed as a public-private partnership. The main partners could be comprised of the City, private companies, non-profits, athletic associations, and other organizations. This would beg the creation of a managing board which would share the funding, ownership, and decision making responsibilities of the building.

This board would take care of the construction and later lease spaces and equipment to other urban stakeholders. It would also create working committees for logistics and maintenance, programming, communication, and participation. It would serve as a mediation entity between institutions, the general public, entrepreneurs, and other potential partners.

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On Cities Workshop by the Norman Foster Foundation

Category: ⚐ EN+city+events+news

Norman Foster Foundation On Cities Workshop

Belinda Tato and José Luis Vallejo will be participating in the On Cities Workshop, organised by the Norman Foster Foundation, which will take place this week (18 to 22 June 2018) in Madrid. The workshop will focus on Autonomous Innovative Communities, selecting a district in Madrid as a case-study for a research project that will be developed throughout the week. The On Cities Workshop will include seminars, lectures, one-to-one tutoring and urban architectural tours to learn more about the context of Madrid and it’s districts. During the course of the workshops, participants will have the opportunity to engage with the Norman Foster Foundation’s archive and research projects.

Can each community locally produce all of the energy, food, and clean water needed for basic living—requiring no centralised infrastructure? Can humans transition from ownership to sharing, while living and working in compact, agile, supportive environments? This workshop explores the premise that emerging urban innovations can dramatically reduce resources consumed by cities while simultaneously creating more livable, entrepreneurial communities.

‘We are living in an era of extreme urbanisation and rapid global warming’, states workshop mentor Kent Larson. ‘The challenges of both call for more than mere incremental adjustments.’

After reviewing applications submitted by hundreds of candidates from around the world, the selection committee awarded ten scholarships to students from the following universities and institutions: American University of Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Harvard Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, United States; London School of Economics and Political Science, London, United Kingdom; Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago de Chile, Chile; Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen, Denmark; Technische Universiteit Delft, Delft, the Netherlands; Tongji University, Shanghai, China; Tsinghua University, Beijing, China; Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña, Barcelona, Spain and University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.

These ten students will engage with a group of specialists through a series of seminars and lectures culminating in a five day workshop led by the Atelier mentor, Kent Larson, Director of MIT Media Lab City Science Group and Initiative, and his team. Nicholas Negroponte, Co-Founder and former Director of MIT Media Lab, Cambridge, United States will act as the Chief Advisor of the workshop tutoring the students through the research process.

The Academic Body spans a wide range of practitioners working in different fields interrelated with the City, including: Beatriz Colomina, Director of Graduate Studies, School of Architecture, Princeton University, Princeton, United States; Luis Cueto, General Coordinator for the Mayor in Madrid, Madrid City Hall, Madrid, Spain; Anupama Kundoo, Principal, Anupama Kundoo Architects, Madrid, Spain/Auroville, India; Winy Maas, Co-Founder and Director of MVRDV and Director of the Why Factory, Delft, the Netherlands; Tim Stonor, Managing Director of Space Syntax, London, United Kingdom; Leonor Tarrasón, Director of Environmental Solutions, Norwegian Institute for Air Research, Oslo, Norway; Belinda Tato and José Luis Vallejo, Founders and Directors of Ecosistema Urbano, Madrid, Spain/Miami, United States.

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Ecosistema Urbano en el Congreso “Menos arquitectura, más ciudad”

Category: ⚐ ES+eventos+noticias

V Congreso Internacional de Arquitectura y Sociedad "Menos arquitectura, más ciudad"

Belinda Tato participará mañana jueves 14 de junio en el congreso “Menos arquitectura, más ciudad” en Pamplona, en el que también participan con ponencias Eduardo Mendoza, Leonardo Padura, Manuela Carmena, Joan Clos, Iwan Baan, Dominique Perrault, Farshid Moussavi, Salvador Rueda, Deyan Sudjic, Jan Gehl y Jaime Lerner. De la presentación del congreso:

Con esta quinta edición del congreso Congreso Internacional de Arquitectura y Sociedad se inicia un nuevo ciclo centrado en la ciudad. La sesión inaugural correrá a cargo de escritores que examinarán la ciudad como un ámbito de libertad, introduciendo los dilemas del gobierno municipal que centran la segunda sesión, encomendada a alcaldes de grandes ciudades, cerrándose este primer día con una sesión que enfrentará las visiones urbanas de un fotógrafo y un arquitecto. El segundo día del congreso se abrirá con una sesión donde arquitectas en ejercicio presentarán su obra desde una óptica urbana, para seguir con personalidades destacadas de la teoría y la crítica que han prestado en su trabajo atención a la ecología política de la ciudad, cerrándose el evento con una reflexión sobre la movilidad sostenible y el futuro de la ciudad, que será abordada por protagonistas de la transformación urbana contemporánea.

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An Overview to our Latest Projects in Latin America

Category: ⚐ EN+architecture+Centro Histórico Abierto+city+Cuenca Red+ecosistema urbano+Plan CHA+Plan Encarnación Más+sustainability+technologies+urbanism

During the last year we have been busy with several projects and competitions (including the latest Open Shore project for West Palm Beach) which didn’t give us the time to look back and reflect on some of our projects from the last few years.

As maybe some of our readers know, Ecosistema Urbano has been working on several large-scale projects in Latin America since August 2014 when we won a competition to develop the Master Plan of the Historical Center of Asuncion, Paraguay. In 2015, we accomplished another significant project: the participatory process Centro Histórico Abierto for the transformation of the historical center of Distrito Central, capital of Honduras. We also worked on the transformative Cuenca RED project which acted on the Public Space Reactivation Plan of the Historical Center of Cuenca, Ecuador. After the first experience in Paraguay, we had another project in the city of Encarnación, giving origin to the Plan Encarnación Más, composed by an Urban and Territorial Planning and Sustainability Plan.

In these four cases, the urban issues and the peculiar situations that required our intervention were distinct yet shared many common features. More specifically, the enthusiasm and interest shown by the people directly and indirectly involved was apparent throughout all of the projects, but also the opportunities that these experiences have given us as an architecture firm, to test ideas, tools, and methodologies.

CONTEXT

Although they share the same area of origin, each of these cities has developed unique problems and issues. Some of these, such as the ones found in Encarnación, are physical-territorial matters such as the recent loss of the city center because of the controlled rise of the water level in the Yacyretá dam. That event led to the envisioning of a “Sustainable Development Plan” and  “Urban and Territorial Ordering Plan” in order to prepare the city for the future. In the case of Cuenca, the need for a new plan was determined by a series of big changes underway: the definition of a new model of mobility and the progressive emptying of population that afflicts the historical center, World Heritage Site since 1999, and headquarters of most of the commercial, touristic and economic city’s activities. In the case of Asunción and of the capital of Honduras, the project regards the transformation and the regeneration (both physical and social) of their historic centers. The Distrito Central is part of the development framework of the new urban axis “Choluteca River”.

SOCIAL

1 – Participation

The first of the projects’ common keys are connected with the theme of sociability, expressed in the form of participation. The citizens’ involvement, promoted both through a series of organized activities and through online platforms, has been one of the cornerstones of our work in Latin America. We involve citizens because we believe that the citizen is the only force able to achieve a deep and lasting change in the urban environment and so they should not be just a passive receptor of the changes promoted by the city’s institutions. That’s why in some cases, as in that of Asunción with the ASU-LAB, a space was created which could serve as an interface between citizens and institutions: a place for the execution of the city planning but also an open place where each person or group can drive a new regeneration initiative or attend a course.

Organized activities with the citiziens

Organized activities with the citizens

Participatory activities, such as workshops and events, have been geared to address representative members of the city such as children, university students, “active agents”, citizens and institutions. For each of these categories we have developed, project after project, a series of ad hoc initiatives.

Participatory process in Asunción, Encarnación, Cuenca and in Distrito Central

Participatory process in Asunción, Encarnación, Cuenca and in Distrito Central

For the children we created a “toolkit” with which we had them reflect on their perception of the city and with which they could propose their ideal vision for the city. The kit consists of portions of the city map on which they could draw and that, once recomposed, could recreate the overall image.

2 – Urban actions

These activities were followed by a series of urban actions so that the results could be shown tangibly in the city. In the case of Distrito Central, ideas were gathered in a week of workshops with 80 students from the three major universities in the city and have been translated into urban actions like “Las Gradas de la Leona“. The staircases are indispensable spaces in a city with a very distinct topography as Tegucigualpa. But in the city these vertical connections are often perceived as inhospitable, dangerous, and dirty places and therefore they are cut off from any kind of activity. The students’ work was aimed at legitimizing these stairs as a public space through cleanliness,  decor,  lighting, and the organization of a series of activities that achieved resounding success and participation.

Socialization along "Las gradas de la Leona"

Socialization along “Las gradas de la Leona”

In the case of Encarnación, one of the proposals that has distinguished our approach in this project was the inclusion of a series of pilot projects that accompany and translate into concrete proposals within the “Plan de Desarrollo Sustentable” and the “Plan de Ordenamiento”. Among these, one of the most successful pilot projects was the “Proyecto Piloto Bicisienda“, whose purpose is to improve the quality of life of the inhabitants by optimizing the use of alternative mobility and by raising awareness of the value of sports and recreation. Again we have sought the cooperation of citizens by promoting a series of initiatives (such as the construction of bike lanes in the city) in which the citizens could feel protagonistic.

Proyecto Piloto Bicisienda

Proyecto Piloto Bicisienda

3 – Informative events 

The disclosure of the participatory process to the citizenship, promoted both online through the project’s platforms and through open exhibitions, is a recurring phase in all four projects. We felt it important and necessary that each phase of the process was documented and could be easily accessible to all so that the citizens could be informed about the progress made in the project. Among these, the most scenic event, realized in Tegucigualpa, Cuenca and Encarnación, was the creation of a ” mosaico ciudadano“, a wall made of post-it notes with written words, phrases, and ideas about the city.

City mosaic in the several projects

City mosaic in the several projects

SUSTAINABILITY

Another theme of our projects in Latin America is sustainable development expressed in various forms: care and attention to the environment, the introduction of an alternative mobility system, the importance of education to the environment as an engine of sustainability, and the development of the project made in collaboration between private initiatives and institutional management. In the case of Cuenca, for example, our intervention was partly required as a consequence of the municipality’s willingness to define a new model of mobility for the historical center of the city consisting of ceasing car traffic in the center and building a new tramway system. This new model of mobility has direct implications for the current urban dynamics, as well as on the public space, as it tries to reduce the vehicular load of the city, giving priority to pedestrians and cyclists. This, and the creation of quality public space, led to strengthen the social, economic, and cultural role of the city’s historical center making it more pleasant for residents and locals. Our aim is to activate a historical center that promotes social, economic, and environmental development, as well as a more livable, habitable, and inhabited historical center.

Cuenca’s plan is divided into four aspects: an urban acupuncture strategy, which proposes small / medium-scale interventions to recover areas with potential; a development of a network of active courtyards, by transforming the typical patios of Cuenca in catalysts capable of generating new synergies, connections, and interactions between residents, visitors and inhabitants; a guide to the historic center re-design, which defines the main lines for the design of the public space; a process of socialization, to define the “acopuntura” and the active patios network strategies. The intervention strategy in the square “Mary Corilè” in conjunction with the creation of “La casa en el árbol” is part of the active patios network strategy. This square is an unused and degraded space, perceived by the residents as an unpleasant and dangerous place.

The square "Mary Corilè"

The square “Mary Corilè”

Among the several interventions proposed, such as the re-furnishing of the square, traffic closure, and the design of activities in collaboration with the municipality, there’s also the creation of “La casa en el árbol“, a space included in the existing trees of the square where educational activities in relation to the theme of the environment can be carried out. “La casa en el árbol” is set up as a space to get in contact and be familiar with the nature, built in harmony with the surroundings. Inside there are several “environmental” classrooms in which one can study natural resources such as sun, wind, and water. More specifically, one can study: a system of photovoltaic panels that generate the energy needed for the lights, rainwater harvesting structures, and urban gardens as environmental and ecological experiences for schools and kindergartens. It is, ultimately, an open classroom in which a new form of pedagogy built on the respect for the environment is proposed, in order to increase awareness of the natural resources and of their use, as well as increase awareness of existing technologies.


In the case of Asunción we proposed a strategic plan with ten actions in order to promote a connection between the several parts of the city through the development of spaces, named “corridors“, and of individual buildings, named “urban catalysts“, which might act as drivers of change and benchmarks within the city. The corridors are divided into three types: those “green“, which introduce a new green infrastructure in specific parts of the existing roads; those “civic“, which consist of a new network of public spaces along the roads in order to connect the most important historic and government buildings; those “dynamic“, aimed at creating active urban environments and encourage economic and cultural activities.

Configuration of a charateristic dynamic corridor

Configuration of a charateristic dynamic corridor

Among the actions of Asunción strategic masterplan one concerns the economic and landscaping regeneration of the “Green Active Coast”. Due to its topography, this area is subject to cyclical floods because of the rising water level of the Paraguay River. That forces the inhabitants of the informal settlements who live there to move temporally. While fully respecting the identity of the river and of the existing topography, we have proposed the creation of a green lung with a large sports area in continuity with the Bicentennial Park. We also promoted the integration of the informal settlements both within the urban fabric and in the areas of new urban expansion.

The Encarnación masterplan incorporates within its own name the concept of “sustainability”, since it is composed of the “Plan of Sustainable Development” and of the “Plan of Urban and Territorial Organization”. The “Plan of Sustainable Development” will establish the standards and mechanisms for the growth and for the future development of the city according to the criteria of sustainability. The “Plan of Urban and Territorial Organization” aims at directing the use and the occupation of the territory in the urban and rural areas of the municipality. Officially, the city will face in the next twenty-four years an increase of the population amounted to 62,000 people, for whom it will be necessary to provide a massive increase in housing. The model we proposed to face this need refers to the sustainable principle of “the compact city.” Through the identification of a physical border for the city’s urban growth, we have protected the rural areas from new settlements. Moreover, we encouraged, through private and municipal initiatives, the densification of areas already developed, by filling the vacant urban lots and expanding pre-existing single-family homes.

Example of urban densification

Example of urban densification


The new interventions follow the principles of the bioclimatic architecture: large overhanging roofs and vegetation as protections from the hot summer sunlight, the use of wind to moderate the hot and humid climate of Encarnación, the reuse of rainwater, and the increase of the vegetation to absorb CO2 emissions.

TECHNOLOGY

In all four projects, technology represented an important collaborative tool to promote our work and to enable everyone to be constantly updated on ongoing progress, but also as a support for the participatory process, so that the involvement of the citizens would not be exhausted with the end of the activities organized, but could continue to map needs, issues, concerns and initiatives for those interested.

For this reason we have developed a platform, called Local-in (formerly What if ..?), which has been adapted to each project according to their personality and to the peculiarities of each participatory process, while maintaining a common format. Local-in is a free and accessible to everyone application of collective mapping. In it, registered users can add messages, photos and geolocalised links, sorting them into categories and labels. It’s easily installable and customizable, in perfect harmony with the spirit of the projects themselves, and it can be found for each project under the name “AsuMAP” for Asunción, with the name “Encarnación Más” for Encarnación, as “Cuenca RED” for Cuenca and with the name “Centro Histórico Abierto” for Distrito Central.

 

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Ecosistema Urbano at Milano Arch Week

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Triennale Milano - Milano Arch Week 2018

Next Sunday 27th May José Luis Vallejo will be giving a lecture at the Milano Arch Week 2018.

This important event, this year under the title “Urbania“, is promoted by the Comune di Milano, the Politecnico di Milano and the Triennale di Milano in collaboration with Fondazione Giangiacomo Feltrinelli, and includes a rich program of conferences, workshops, installations, exhibitions, performances, events open to citizens to reflect together on the future of the city and the dynamics of contemporary architecture.

Date and time: May 27th, 19:00 h.
Location: Palco giardino – Viale Alemagna, 6, Milano

Location map of the Garden pavillion at the Milano Arch Week 2018

See full program at the website

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Paisajes en movimiento: ¿Más allá del urbanismo táctico? | Conferencia en Imagina Madrid

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Imagina Madrid

Imagina Madrid, un proyecto del que hablamos aquí hace algún tiempo, presenta los nueve proyectos que se van a llevar a cabo en nueve lugares de la ciudad, y que están en pleno proceso de concreción y desarrollo tras los primeros talleres de co-creación con los participantes.

Para ello, durante estos días 8, 9 y 10 de mayo está teniendo lugar en Matadero un evento con la exposición de los proyectos y otras actividades. El día más intenso de cara al público será el próximo jueves 10, con tres talleres y tres charlas impartidos por invitados de lujo:

José Chong, coordinador técnico del Programa Global en Espacio Público de ONU-Habitat, Ethan Kent, vicepresidente de Projects for Public Spaces y Pola Mora, Head of Community & Partnerships de ArchDaily.

A ellos se unirá José Luis Vallejo, co-fundador de Ecosistema Urbano, quien asumirá el rol de moderador de las charlas.

Fecha: 8, 9 y 10 de mayo de 2018. Las conferencias públicas serán el día 10.
Hora: Ver programa. Las conferencias públicas comenzarán a las 19h.
Lugar: Nave 16A, Matadero Madrid. Plaza de Legazpi, 8, Madrid.

Más información

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Ecosistema Urbano busca profesional de comunicación

Category: ⚐ ES+convocatorias

Actualización: El proceso de selección está cerrado por el momento. ¡Gracias por vuestro interés!

En Ecosistema Urbano estamos buscando a una persona que nos ayude a mantener y mejorar nuestras dinámicas de comunicación y a llevar nuestro trabajo a nuevos ámbitos.

Las principales actividades que desarrollaría serían:

  • Revisión e implementación de la estrategia de comunicación de Ecosistema Urbano.
  • Búsqueda de nuevas oportunidades y ámbitos de trabajo.
  • Elaboración de documentación para ofertas y convocatorias.
  • Coordinación, creación y actualización de contenidos para el blog, la web, prensa, etc.
  • Dinamización de la presencia online por redes sociales.
  • Establecimiento de colaboraciones con otras empresas.

Para ello buscamos a alguien con el siguiente perfil:

  • Persona proactiva y constante, con gusto por la comunicación, el trato con diversos agentes, la organización de la información, el seguimiento de procesos, etc.
  • Formación en comunicación, marketing, relaciones públicas, periodismo o campos relacionados. Se valorará perfil polivalente.
  • Habilidad y gusto por la escritura en distintos idiomas. Imprescindible muy buen dominio del inglés y el español.
  • Diseño gráfico (maquetación) y familiaridad con herramientas digitales en general: G Suite, gestores de tareas y contenidos, WordPress, redes sociales, rastreo de webs y bases de datos online, etc.

Ante todo, nos gustaría contar con alguien afín, que tenga interés por el trabajo de Ecosistema Urbano y por el desarrollo urbano sostenible, la arquitectura y la ciudad, la participación, la cultura abierta o la innovación social.

Condiciones y contacto:

Trabajo presencial en nuestra oficina de Madrid, a jornada completa en horario de mañana y tarde. Se hará una oferta de acuerdo con el perfil de la persona seleccionada.
Si estás interesado/a, envíanos tu currículum a eu@ecosistemaurbano.com.

Actualización: El proceso de selección está cerrado por el momento. ¡Gracias por vuestro interés!