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Ecosistema Urbano is recognized as a 2017 Social Design Circle Honoree by the Curry Stone Design Prize

Category: ⚐ EN+design+ecosistema urbano+news+urban social design

We are honored to announce that Ecosistema Urbano has been recognized as a 2017 Social Design Circle Honoree by the Curry Stone Design Prize.

What is the Curry Stone Design Prize?

The Curry Stone Design Prize is awarded each year to honor innovative projects that use design to address pressing social justice issues. Supported by the Curry Stone Foundation, the Prize highlights and rewards projects that improve daily living conditions of people in communities around the world. The Prize acknowledges work that is considered emerging in the professional and public consciousness.

What is the Social Design Cirle?

This year, in honor of the 10th anniversary, the Curry Stone Design Prize assembled a group of 100 of the most compelling social design practitioners of the last decade, a project called The Social Design Circle. As the organizers of the prize refer: These are practices which have captivated and inspired us over the years, as we’ve built a global community of visionaries, activists and game changers. The Social Design Circle project gives answer to what are defined to be the 12 most urgent questions in social design practice. Each month a new topic is adressed through a new open question. Answers come from different practicioners among the 100 winners.  The questions up to date asked are:

Should designers be outlaws?   Is the right to housing real? Can design challenge inequality? Can design prevent disaster? Can we design community engagement?

Can design reclaim public space?

Ecosistema Urbano has been included in the category “Can design reclaim public space?” of the Circle, together with other colleagues and collectives as Asiye eTafuleniBasurama, Collectif Etc., EXYZT, Interboro,  Interbreeding Field, Studio Basar, Kounkuey Design Initiative, Y A + K and Raumlabor Berlin.

Here follows the report of the jury regarding our work:

We honor Ecosistema Urbano particularly for their progressive ideas on community participation. The group has worked to update the very notion of “community participation” through the development of online tools which encourage global participation on local projects. The group has developed several apps to collect community input throughout the design process. New technologies work to break down barriers which traditionally inhibited the full participation of community. Many of our ‘communities’ today are in fact digital, so the idea of community participation must be updated as well.

In a physical space, the group is best known for their green projects like Ecobulevar – a project of ‘air trees’ in the Madrid suburb of Vallecas. The project is intended to be temporary, but creates the same sort of community space that one would find in an old growth allée.

The air trees are made from repurposed industrial materials such as recycled plastic, greenhouse fabric, rubber tires. They contain rooting vegetation and atomizers that cool and moisten the air in the cylinder and around it (8oC to 10oC cooler than the rest of the street in summer). The cylinders can be used for public gatherings, and solar panels provide electricity for lighting when needed (excess energy is sold back to the grid and helps fund the maintenance of the structures).

This and other sustainability projects like Ecopolis in Madrid speak to a shared sense of community responsibility and interaction.

Moreover, an interview we gave for the occasion together with our colleagues of Interboro constitute the episode 24 and 25 “Tools for urban action” of the Social Design Insight podcast. You can listen to episode 24 here, while the episode 25 will be shared on Thursday June 8 on Curry Stone Design Prize webpage.

Stay tuned!


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dreamhamar at Re-Architecture exhibition | Pavillon de l’Arsenal, Paris

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The Pavillon de l’Arsenal has invited fifteen European agencies —including Ecosistema Urbano— that question the way that modern-day cities are built to participate in an exhibition that will be opening this wednesday in Paris under the motto “RE-cycle, RE-use, RE-invest, RE-build”.


We are very glad to be there among such a great selection of agencies and collectives (some of them featured in our recent series about placemaking) that share the same interests and explore similar approaches while working in quite different contexts.

Our contribution to the exhibition will be focused on dreamhamar, our most recent participatory project in Hamar (Norway), in which we have applied our ideas about network design.



A quote from the exhibition follows:

In Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, London, Madrid, Paris or Rotterdam,… these extraordinary teams have taken up a critical stance. They admit to exploring the role of architecture in societal changes. They are pro-action and produce and often even build their projects themselves. The practices are promises which revive long-forgotten utopian ideals.
They all invent wonderful standards and approach the complexities of modern life with the ability to transform into reality the potential that lies at the crossroads between experience and the built-up world. They are pragmatic, good at conveying their message and tend to work with the existing residents and for the inhabitants of the future.
The thirty exhibited proposals, shown at the various stages of development, describe the conditions in which the orders were placed, the study behind the projects, participative action as well as the conditions in which studies were carried out and the projects completed. Each proposal is thus presented through videos, drawings, interviews, plans and photographs to provide the public with an idea of the innovative and experimental nature of their research. Whether temporary or permanent, these projects are perfectly in line with the times and do not create extra constraints which could limit future choices.

We highly recommend you to visit the exhibition if you can, and to have a closer look at the work of the rest of the participants:

AAA – Atelier d’Architecture Autogérée (Paris), Andrés Jaque Architects (Madrid), Assemble (London), Bruit du frigo (Bordeaux), Collectif Etc (France), Coloco (Paris), DUS Architects (Amsterdam), Exyzt (Paris), MUF architecture/art (London), Practice Architecture (London), Raumlabor (Berlin), Rotor (Brussels), ZUS [Zones Urbaines Sensibles] (Rotterdam), 1024 architecture (Paris)

Pavillon Arsenal

More info: official website
Place: Pavillon de l’Arsenal
Open: Tue-Sat 10.30 a.m. – 6.30 p.m | Sun 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Entrance: Free, 12th april – 2th september 2012

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Laboratório de Curadoria en Guimarães

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El Curator´s Lab o Laboratório de Curadoria es una plataforma de discurso y debate donde habrá sitio para el encuentro entre diferentes agentes culturales ligados a la práctica y la producción artística.

curator's lab

El espacio pretende promover reflexiones y generar contenidos sobre la práctica artística y sobre sus modelos de acción. Con programación propia, el proyecto procura también dar visibilidad a estos temas a través de debates públicos, masterclasses, talleres y otros eventos, contando con las visitas de varios especialistas de cada área que acudirán a la ciudad de Guimarães (Portugal) para la realización de otros proyectos en el calendario de Guimarães como Capital Europea de la Cultura.

El programa se abrirá el próximo 25 de febrero, a las 15:00h, con una conferencia del jurado del concurso Performance Architecture: Pedro Gadanho, A77, Santiago Cirugeda, Didier Fiúza Faustino, Office for Subversive Architecture y Raumlabor.

vista general

Las naves de la fábrica ASA en Covas (Guimarães) están siendo habilitadas para todos los eventos, y en este momento ha finalizado la primera semana de construcción, dirigida por Alexander Roemer (constructLab) del colectivo EXYZT, y concebida como un proceso donde colaborar y enseñar a estudiantes de bellas artes y arquitectura a construir.

en construcción

Como material base para el auditorio principal se ha elegido la madera, formando una malla de pilares que encerrarán un espacio central y constituirán a la vez un volumen que a partir de la segunda semana del taller funcionará como residencia y cocina para los miembros del colectivo.

en construcción

Se puede seguir todo el proceso al detalle, con fotos y detalles constructivos, en el facebook del Curator´s Lab, además de a través de una serie de vídeos en streaming con entrevistas a los miembros de EXYZT, desde el sitio teoriadeconstruccion.

en construcción

Fotos y datos: Alexander Romer en Facebook y Luis Santalla

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Nuevo espacio público surgido de la reutilización de un solar

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En Madrid ya está abierta y disponible para todos la Isla Ciudad.
Se trata de un proyecto que el colectivo exyzt ha construido junto con algunos voluntarios durante las últimas semanas. continue reading

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[] exyzt

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Esta semana toca presentar este colectivo francés, exyzt. continue reading