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22nd March 2016

Categories > Blog, Other

BXL 2016-03-22

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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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Ilot d’Eau, Atelier Co-Design #1

11th September 2015

Categories > Education, Urban design, Workshop

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Latitude Platform has organized and is currently leading the workshop Ilot d’Eau in collaboration with 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), the non-profit organization EGEB, and the other partners of the project Des nouveaux chemins de l’eau solidaires pour le quartier de l’Abbaye of the CQD Abbaye. The initiative is part of a wider participatory project presented in the frame of the Contrat de Quartier Abbey (Forest).

During one week, students and tutors will work in close contact with the inhabitants of Forest to explore how and to which extent co-design can implement the decentralization of water at the scale of the Brussels’ block, one of the most recurrent spatial element composing the city’s fabric. The workshop began last Sunday with an on-site survey followed by a co-design session with some inhabitants in order to discuss ideas, constraints and opportunities for a sensitive every-day water management. The elaborations that will follow are going to be presented to the public next Sunday, the 13th of September at the Abbay of Forest.

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International Workshop on Waste Architecture

29th August 2015

Categories > Dissemination, Workshop

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Latitude is partner of the “International Workshop on Waste Architecture. Rehabilitation of landfills” that will be held at S. Margherita di Pula (Cagliari, Italy) between the 6th and 7th of October 2015. The workshop is a parallel event of the international conference SARDINIA 2015 / 15th International Waste Management and Landfill Symposium (Forte Village Resort, 5-9 October 2015). Waste Architecture is a new and relatively unexplored conceptual and design topic which promises to give rise to a lively debate between environmental professionals, and architecture and urban design experts. The workshop represents the first of a series of thematic seminars on environmental design and interventions related to the collection, disposal and management of waste. This first appointment will focus mainly on the architectural, functional and landscape rehabilitation of old landfills. 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.

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Conversations on the City

20th June 2015

Categories > Dissemination

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What is an urban project? Does it concern the prevention and protection of our territories? These are some of the questions posed by the cycle of lectures “Conversazioni sulla città” organised by Gruppo Area  1 –  Area architettura, urbanistica, paesaggio, design –
of the Board of Architects of the province of Modena.
The aim of the lectures is to explore the new global needs, starting from the theme of climate change and major environmental
disasters that are affecting more and more frequently all over the world our urban realm, understanding to what extent the boundaries between different disciplines should blur.
Latitude, together with arch. Talita Medina, will present its work on water related issues today at 5 pm at the San Carlo Theater in Modena.

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Italia 45-45

10th June 2015

Categories > Dissemination, Research

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Today, 11th june, Latitude is going to present the results of the research Reading the Incremental Occupation of the Territory at the XVIII Conference of SIU (Urbanists Italian Society) inside the atelier dedicated to water, mobility and energy. The conference will be an opportunity to tell the research and the story of Sile River high plain, but also to have interesting feedbacks from other experienced professionals and researchers. Moreover, the debate will be based on the comparison between different study cases, geographical areas, and different research approaches, in order to test every work inside an interesting critical environment. The aim of the Conference is to understand which direction the italian urban research is taking, and in particular how researchers are investigating themes related to the italian situation, from the past to the future.

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Water is Alive

8th June 2015

Categories > Competition, Other

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Latitude, with CZstudio and ETC Engineering srl , just won the first prize ex-aequo at “Water is Alive, la depurazione come risorsa”, a design competition promoted by the water utility Verbano S.p.a on Lago Maggiore, North of Italy. The call looked for innovative ideas on the dismantling and recovering of two wastewater treatment plants and the up-scaling of a third one, located on the urbanized cost and valleys of the alpine lake. The need to provide prototypical solutions for similar contexts led to pay particular attention to the recurring geomorphologic conditions of the area and the human transformations which enabled a variety of water uses over time.

The proposal moves from the consciousness of how water is today often a denied territorial feature: its infrastructure is hidden and its underlying processes are “forgotten”. Nevertheless, water management has a direct impact on the urban and natural dynamics. Focusing on these processes it means to grasp the inherent potential of the infrastructure and space of water, making them real organizational structure of the territory. Through technological upgrading and water sensitive management practices, the infrastructural renovation becomes the opportunity of open the “black box” toward leisure and didactic activities, emphasizing the relationship of the wastewater plants with the territory and their role for a renewed culture of water.

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Water Islands

8th May 2015

Categories > Urban design, Workshop

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Since January 2015, Latitude is working on the participatory design project Ilot d’Eau (Water Islands) and in the diagnosis Enquête sur les citernes d’eau de pluie (Inquiry on the rainwater tanks) in the frame of Les Chemins solidaires de l’eau, a project submitted by Latitude with EGEB and some local committees of inhabitants for the Contrat the Quartier Durable Abbaye (Forest) and financed by the Brussels-Capital Region.

These two projects aim at raising awareness among the inhabitants and the city users about the opportunity to find room for water within the private realm of the building blocks of Brussels. The search for collective water devices is meant to be one of the preferable ways to enhance social cohesion and spatial quality at once. These collective initiatives could contribute to counteract the water risks that since years threaten the area.

The first Latitude’s public action is the Enquête sur les citernes d’eau de pluie, a diagnosis about the rainwater tanks existing in the area. A table will be arranged in the public square St. Denis (Forest) tomorrow during the general assembly of the Contrat de Quartier Durable Abbaye and for the following two weekends during the local market. Inhabitants are invited to fill a questionnaire, to indicate their own rainwater tank –real or imaginary- on the map of the Contrat de Quartier, to express if they have water-related problems in their parcel, to describe the measures they take to face the problems, to tell how they use water at home.

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The Wave at Dolomiti Contemporanee

2nd May 2015

Categories > Dissemination

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Today, Saturday May 2, starting at 14:00, Latitude is invited at the new space of Casso by Dolomiti Contemporanee to present its work in progress on the Vajont, in the frame of a series of cultural and artistic events.

Activities include a conference-debate open to the public, entitled Vajont 2015: the territory, the history, the value of cultural projects. Practices of interaction, survey methodologies, processes and prospects, which will be attended by several speakers and some of the jurors of the International Art Contest Two calls for Vajont (Christian Collu, Marcella Morandini, Gianluca D’Inca Levis). There will be the exhibition of a selection of the more than 100 artistic projects participating in Twocalls and the presentation of a series of works created by artists Stefano Moras and Marta Allegri in the village of Casso.

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VOCE on the Vajont

25th March 2015

Categories > Dissemination

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In March 2015 Latitude was interviewed by Stefano Moras and Alan Luca Nan, the two authors of VOCE  – a blog linked to their project for 2calls for Vajont competition – on the work the platform has developed for Calamita/à and in general on the relation between memory, disaster and landscape.
Focusing on the relation between architecture, environment and urbanism, Latitude wants to promote the ideas of VOCE as it offer a good chance to share opinions and rethinking about the Vajont dam as a support for artistic and urban researches.
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Africa Big Change/Chance

4th February 2015

Categories > Dissemination, Exhibition, Research

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In collaboration with the CIVA, the Faculty of Architecture of the ULB (Brussels) hosts the exhibition AFRICA BIG CHANGE / BIG CHANCE from the 14th of January to 1st of March 2015 . The exhibition, conceived at the Triennale in Milan in co-production with the CIVA, attempts to describe the production and urban-architectural reflection in Africa through 3 scales: architecture, city and territory.
On the sidelines of the exhibition, the Faculty of Architecture organises, through the Research Center HABITER a series of three meetings that aim to clarify, deepen and discuss the contents of the exhibition. They will focus on the exhibition axes: architecture/heritage, urban planning/city, territory/infrastucture.

The first meeting moderated by Axel Fisher (ULB), will take place Thursday, February 5, 2015 at 17h and will address the issue of the modernist legacy highlighted in the exhibition through the figures of Michel Ecochard in Dakar – Luce Beeckmans, UGENT – and Pancho Guedes in Maputo – Fabio Vanin, VUB/Latitude.

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Merry Happy

24th December 2014

Categories > Other

xmas 2014

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Mapping Urbanization

25th November 2014

Categories > Dissemination

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Tomorrow  Wednesday 26th of November, between 18u00 and 20u00 at UGent, Latitude (Fabio Vanin) will participate together with Dirk Somers (Bovenbouw) to the  lecture series under the title “Designing Urbanization”. Whereas the design discipline is firmly rooted in the urban project, this lecture series would like to look for moments where design might add to the development of a broader discussion on the “art of urbanization”.

Whereas Dirk Somers will present his recent work  for VLM explicitly starting from the ‘low perspective’ and built environment to build the imagination of the urban landscape, Latitude will show mapping results from different researchers the Platform has been working on in the last years where the map is a starting point to gradually add other media and broaden its meaning.

 

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