Reducing Boundaries at the VUB, Brussels

8th December 2016

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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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Workshop Reducing Boundaries, Unisinos

8th November 2016

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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

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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

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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

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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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Ville et économie circulaire

16th October 2016

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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 at the AA London

21st February 2016

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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

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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

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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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Reducing Boundaries at University IUAV of Venice

15th December 2015

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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

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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

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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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International Workshop on Waste Architecture

29th August 2015

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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

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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

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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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The Wave at Dolomiti Contemporanee

2nd May 2015

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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

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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

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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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Mapping Urbanization

25th November 2014

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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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Water and Landscape

12th November 2014

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Latitude will present some research results at University IUAV of Venice on the 13th of November during the course of Urbanism lead by Cristina Renzoni, part of the master degree “Architettura per il Nuovo e l’Antico” (New and Ancient Architecture) which focuses on investigations on water flows, planning river basins (contratti di fiume) and design strategies in the Veneto region. Latitude will show some experiences on the construction of scenarios, design and territorial identity related to the research Veneto 2100 Living With Water and the process of building the Verona Plain Observatory with the Verona Plain Waterboard in order to give students suggestions and stimulate the debate on methodology and the role of urban designers.

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