Reducing Boundaries at the VUB, Brussels

8th December 2016

Categories > Dissemination, Research

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Fabio Vanin is invited to present and discuss today at 12h15 Latitude’s research Reducing Boundaries at the Cosmopolis lunch seminars series  – VUB Campus La Plaine, building F, 4th floor, large meeting room.

The seminar will focus on the research methodology and findings of a broad multi-sited and interdisciplinary research project “Reducing Boundaries – understanding exclusion through informal security defensive systems in wealthy urban areas: Porto Alegre, Brussels, Veneto region” funded by the EU program Marie Curie International Research Staff Exchange in partnership with IUAV University of Venice (Italy) and Unilasalle, Canoas (Brazil).

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Mobility and Urban Liveability in Palestine #2

5th December 2016

Categories > Urban design, Workshop

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Just concluded the second part of the workshop on mobility and urban development in two central locations of Nablus and Ramallah, held at the Center for Urban and Regional Planning of An-Najah Universety and co-organized with Cosmopolis VUB – Latitude and the Department of Urban and Regional Deveopment of UAntwerpen. Four mixed groups of students form the three universities have been working intensively on improving the mobility system and public transport in both cities, focusing on the design of public spaces – such as the central area of Ramallah or the E-W spine in Nablus – and facilities – bus stops, terminals, squares, markets.

Representatives of both local municipalities and of the Belgian Consulate General have attended the final presentations and visited the instant-exhibition prepared for the final event at the Korean Institute of  An-Najah University.

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Workshop Reducing Boundaries, Unisinos

8th November 2016

Categories > Dissemination, Research, Urban design, Workshop

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Tomorrow November 9 at the Escola Politécnica Unisinos São Leopoldo, Latitude will lead a full day workshop with 4th year students of the Curso de Arquitetura e Urbanismo on the themes of urban security and gated living. Starting from key issues emerged from the ongoing research Reducing Boundaries, students will focus on the case study of Jardim Europa, a large cluster of condominios fechados (gated communities) recently developed around a semi-public park and next to the oldest large mall of Porto Alegre.

The exercises will focus on the role and meaning of fences and walls, understanding their form, their relation with security devices, with private and public spaces on different scales. After developing a quick critique, an important part will be dedicated to imagining possible near positive or negative futures.

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Reducing Boundaries at Unilasalle

7th November 2016

Categories > Dissemination, Research

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Tonight at 19h, we are going discuss the results of Latitude’s investigation in the frame of the EU funded research “Reducing Boundaries” at Unilasalle, Canoas. Professors and students of both the Faculty of Law and Criminology and the Faculty of Architecture will be present to debate the question of urban security from various angles, understanding the interrelation between socio-spatial issues and the agency of environmental and defensive policies, crime, juridical measures and law. We will also show the documentary “Na bolha” (In the Bubble) in oder to record reactions and feedbacks.

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‘Na bolha’ at P. F. Gastal Cinema, Porto Alegre

2nd November 2016

Categories > Dissemination, Research

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We are happy to announce that on Saturday November 5 at 18h00 at P. F. Gastal Cinema of the cultural centre Usina do Gasômetro in Porto Alegre there will be the première of the documentary ‘Na bolha’ (In the Bubble – 49 min.), directed by Latitude and produced in the frame of the research Reducing Boundaries. 

This experimental video, realized with low-fi and amateur medias, concentrates on the case study of Porto Alegre (Brazil) representing strategies and perceptions of the middle and upper-classes concerning the issue of security in the urban context.

Through a series of interviews, following the interviewees in their everyday lives within gated communities, highly secured buildings and houses, the film pictures the contradictions and ambiguities of living behind the gates. By showing the often underestimate self-awareness of the ones who feel to be forced to live “behind bars”, the film wants to portray the paradoxes of a highly polarized society. At the same time it highlights the possibility of different life styles (the “good neighbours” strategy, establishing a relationship between different classes; the choice of living next to “dangerous” neighborhoods), aiming at opening up a discussion about a highly sensitive issue in many contemporary urban context throughout the world.

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Reducing Boundaries at the Municipality of Porto Alegre, Brazil

31st October 2016

Categories > Dissemination, Research

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Tomorrow, November 1 at 10 am, the PGM -Procuradoria-Geral together with the ESDM – Fundação Escola Superior de Direito Municipal has invited Latitude to present the results of its work at the Municipality of Porto Alegre.

Latitude is going to show the preview of its documentary “Na bolha” (In the Bubble) that has been constructed starting from the fieldwork and interviews conducted in 2014 in the frame of the research Reducing Boundaries, an EU funded Marie Curie Staff Exchange program. The event will include a round table and debate on the issue of urban security in Porto Alegre and beyond.

The aim of the current mission of Latitude in Brazil is to collect feedbacks and to discuss the results of the research locally as part of the investigation.

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The Wave at Materia Gallery, Rome

28th October 2016

Categories > Exhibition

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We are pleased to announce that tomorrow, Saturday October 29 at 19h00, there will be the opening of the exhibition CALAMITA/À at Matéria Gallery in Rome  (October 29 to December 2 – Matèria Gallery, Via Tiburtina 149-00185 Rome ).

Curators Gianpaolo Arena and Marina Caneve, along with the gallery director Niccolò Fano, during the first exhibition of the new season will launch the book “The Walking Mountain”, that condense a selection of artworks developed in the frame of the CALAMITA/À project.

Both the exhibition and the book include Latitude’s work “The Wave”.

 

 

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Ville et économie circulaire

16th October 2016

Categories > Dissemination, Research, Workshop

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The Brussels universities ULB and VUB (Stephan Kampelman, Marco Ranzato and Fabio Vanin) were invited together with representatives of IFSTTAR institude, Paris and Institut EDDEC, Montreal to the two days seminar “Ville et économie circulaire – Bruxelles, Montreal, Paris” held at la faculté de l’aménagement de l’Université de Montréal – October 13, 14. The aim of the event was to brings together researchers and professionals of the three cities to discuss innovative approaches, initiatives and researches on circular economy to reinforce the international network working on that theme. Marco Ranzato has presented the last results Latitude-ULB work Ilot d’eau, to feed the discussion in comparison to other international researches.

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Latitude’s retreat

9th October 2016

Categories > Workshop

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Latitude is about to conclude its yearly Autumn retreat in Falconera island, located in the Northern Venice lagoon. Intense as usual, the group have been working on specific exercises and discussions that included research and design projects, identity and communication, past difficulties and future paths. All that garnished with great meals, good company and a beautiful landscape.

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Ilot d’eau: Atelier #3

23rd September 2016

Categories > Blog, Urban design, Workshop

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Between the 19th and the 24th of September, in the frame of the design project Ilot d’Eau, Latitude is running the Atelier Co-design #3 (see Atelier Co-design #1). The third atelier focuses on the production of detailed projects and technical drawings in order to generate a tangible design proposal. On Saturday 24th September the last co-design session will be held at the Abbaye of Forest. The objectives of the atelier are mainly two: on the one hand, to make operative choices on the project, to be realized during the fourth atelier, that will take place in spring 2017; on the other hand, to have a first feedback from the inhabitants on the co-design process and the experience they had with Latitude and the other actors.

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Mobility and Urban Liveability in Palestine

23rd September 2016

Categories > Education, Workshop

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Cosmopolis VUB with Latitude and the Department of Urban and Regional Deveopment of UAntwerpen  in collaboration with the An-Najah Universety are about to conclude the first workshop on mobility and urban development in two central locations of Nablus and Ramallah. In Nablus, the research focused on the urban east-west axis, with the aim of organizing public transport more efficiently, reducing traffic congestion and improving the quality of urban space. In Ramallah, it concentrates on the central squares and market area, where pedestrians clash with car dominated spaces.

After a series of intense site visits and dense lectures from local and international speakers,  students from the three universities are working intensively at the Center for Urban and Regional Planning of An Najah University in Nablus where they will exhibit the first results in an instant-exhibition.

 

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BXL

22nd March 2016

Categories > Blog, Other

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Ilot d’eau, Atelier #2

20th March 2016

Categories > Education, Workshop

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Between the 19th and the 25th of March 2016, in the frame of the design project Ilot d’Eau, Latitude runs the Atelier Co-design #2. The co-design project ILOT d’EAU focuses on the opportunity to find collective spaces for water within the private realm of the building blocks. This second atelier is aimed at giving shape to concrete shared pilot projects within some of the building blocks previously studied (see Atelier Co-design #1). What water and space inhabitants are willing to share? According to which management scheme? To unfold these questions Latitude organized three co-design sessions. On Sunday 20th the first co-design session will be held in the kitchen of the inhabitants. The other two, on Wednesday and Friday will be hosted by the commune at the Abbey of Forest. Besides the inhabitants, this second atelier involves students of the Faculty of Architecture La Cambre Horta of the Université Libre de Bruxelles (BE) and Cosmopolis Centre for Urban Research of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (BE), and the other partners of the project Des nouveaux chemins de l’eau solidaires pour le quartier de l’Abbaye of the CQD Abbaye.

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Latitude at the AA London

21st February 2016

Categories > Dissemination

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Latitude (Fabio Vanin) is invited to lecture tomorrow February 22nd at the Architectural Association, London (14h00, Soft Room) .

Water management, hydrogeological dysfunctions, cultural ​​and identity values related to water, are just some key cross-scale and interlinked issues that are increasingly present both in academic studies and professional assignments that deal with the territory. When coping with water, designers and researchers are often forced to rethink their learning and creative approach, moving towards complex outputs such as long-term visions, scenarios, process planning as well as specific technical solutions.

Can water become the privileged lens through which we look at the territory? Can water become the unavoidable “layer 0” of the praxis of design?

Through a series of recent works of Latitude Platform that range from the large territorial scale to the architectural one, the talk tackles the necessity of finding precise ways to read, understand, interpret and represent the dynamics of water in the frame of landscape urbanism research and practice.

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Belgium-Brazil, at VUB, Brussels

20th January 2016

Categories > Dissemination, Research

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In recent years, both in Belgium and Brazil, different strategies and interventions, policies and laws, have been adopted by public authorities and citizens for securing private and public spaces in order to cope with crime and the sense of insecurity.The control of accesses through spatial segregation (e.g. gated communities), the installation of cameras, closed-circuit television systems and other devices of crime prevention via environmental design, ad hoc policies and the claim of the “state of emergency” are just some examples that are meant to supposedly increase the perception of safety or diminished social anxiety in relation to crime.

Confronting European and South-American case studies aims at discussing how the sense of ‘safety’ and ‘security’ is perceived and reproduced by different social groups, how it modifies urban spaces and how it is translated into policies and laws.Scholars from the Master of Society and Law, UNILASALLE Canoas, Brazil; form the Faculty of Law and Criminology and Cosmopolis – Center for Urban Research, Vrije Universiteit Brussel; from Latitude Platform for Urban Research and Design, Brussels will discuss ongoing researches related with the theme.

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Cosmopolis Lunch Seminar, VUB, Brussels

13th January 2016

Categories > Dissemination, Education

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In the frame of the ongoing IRSES Marie Curie Staff Exchange “Reducing Boundaries” – Latitude Brussels (BE), IUAV Venice (IT) and UNILASALLE Canoas (BR) – Latitude Platform and Cosmopolis Centre for Urban Research (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) invited professors of the Master Course of Law and Society of the Faculty of Law and Criminology of UNILASALLE to speak about “Law and urbanism in southern Brazil: studies on the culture of fear and victimization processes”.

Tomorrow, January 14 from at 12 am (campus La Plaine, building F, 4th floor) Prof. Dr. Renata Almeida da Costa (Lawyer and Professor of “Criminalization, Culture and Urbanization”), Prof. Dr. Cristiane Catarina Fagundes de Oliveira (Attorney of the City Hall of Porto Alegre) and Prof. Dr. Marcos Catalán will discuss the production of the social sense of (in)security and the impact on political and administrative decisions.

Recurrent terms such as “violence” and “victimization” tend to be present in people’s daily life in large urban centers influencing the social perception of (in)security. In that sense, the progressive fencing of urban spaces, the use of private security devices and the production of more Criminal Law are the contemporary strategies to face fear. Therefore, a critical observation of criminal statistical data of large cities (like Canoas, in Southern Brazil) is needed, seeking a dialogical analysis of the sense of insecurity with respect to the contemporary society and the adoption (or not) of compensatory public policies to production fear.

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Merry Happy

23rd December 2015

Categories > Other

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Reducing Boundaries at University IUAV of Venice

15th December 2015

Categories > Dissemination

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On December 16, in the frame of the research Reducing Boundaries, IRSES Marie Staff Exchange Project, a plenary meeting has been organized in Venice by the research group of the Università IUAV di Venezia (coordinator Emanuela Bonini Lessing) to expose the work made by the European partners (IUAV and Latitude) in Porto Alegre (Brazil) to the Brazilian partners from the Department of Criminology of Unilasalle in Canoas. Latitude will present the results of the fieldwork done in Porto Alegre, describing the integration of the quantitative (mapping, gis) and qualitative (interviews, participatory activities) research methods.

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The Wave at Calamita/à Workshop

3rd November 2015

Categories > Dissemination, Education

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Latitude is invited to participate to the workshop organized by Calamita/à Project on saturday, 7 December, around 3.00 pm, at the headquarters of Parco Dolomiti Friulane, with other experts and artists as the photographer Jan Stradtmann and the geologist Emiliano Oddone. We will present the results of the research on the Vajont, “the Wave”, but also some others works, as for example Veneto 2100: Living With Water, to illustrate the research approach used by Latitude and the importance of multisiciplinarity in our design-based researches.

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International Workshop on Waste Architecture #2

5th October 2015

Categories > Dissemination, Workshop

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On the 6th of October, Latitude is going to discuss its approach to landscape design at the “International Workshop on Waste Architecture. Rehabilitation of landfills” at S. Margherita di Pula (Cagliari, Italy). The event is coordinated by ARCOPLAN / Studio associato di ingegneria e architettura with the scientific support of the Department of Architecture, Design and Planning / University of Sassari / Alghero and the Department of Industrial Engineering / University of Padova.

Latitude will present its recent work in Verona (Italy) which critically shows a case of wasteland rehabilitation project, reflecting on some of the most pressing ecological and social issues that are challenging the design research and practice nowadays. On the 7th of October,  the conference will be followed by a design workshop of which Latitude is among the institutional partners.

 

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