The Wave at Materia Gallery, Rome

28th October 2016

book-the-walking-mountain

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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Africa Big Change/Chance

4th February 2015

Africa big change chance

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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Latitude at SI FEST 23

3rd October 2014

SI FEST 23

Latitude is exhibiting at SI FEST Savignano Immagini Festival 2014 the handmade serigraphy and the new model made for Calamita\à project.

‘Laboratorio Italia’  is the theme, and also the challenge, of the 23rd edition of the Festival which is the first Festival of Photography in Italy by birth, one of the most important in the country and abroad. This edition is a story in pictures of Italy, a new and imposing collective photographic mapping of the key experiences in different regions of Italy.

Amongst ongoing the exhibitions, the one of Calamita\à gathers a variety of artefacts by different authors in order to build a wide and complex image on the Vajont territory.

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Latitude at the 6th IABR

24th August 2014

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Today is the last day to visit the sixth edition of the International Architecture Biennale of Rotterdam URBAN BY NATURE. The curator Dirk Sijmons called for concrete projects that reflect on a major urban issue of our time, that is when “city and nature overlap spatially and impact each other functionally”.

Revising the Can Tho Master Plan, a project by RUA, WIT Architects and LATITUDE commissioned by the ministry of Construction of Vietnam (MoC) is a critical review of the 2006 Masterplan of Can Tho: the goal was to face its new role in the region as first rank city and climate change responsive city with respect to the predicted impacts of climate change. As the central city of the Mekong region, Can Tho will need an improved accessibility, a clear articulation of the programmed centralities, a controlled growth and a consistent identity in relation to its original landscape. Can Tho will have to promote the co-existence of urban and rural conditions and their interplay. The proposed Masterplan is composed by a series of strategic projects complemented by urban design guidelines in order provide a dynamic but concrete tool for the city.

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The Wave

19th March 2014

Vajont poster - the Wave

 

Latitude is happy to share some images of the first series of handmade serigraphs made for the research project CALAMITA/À – Investigations and Researches on the Vajont Territories.

One of the 10 serigraphs-posters will be shown at the first CALAMITA/À exhibition that will take place in the frame of Padova Fotografia Festival in a dedicated space (Exhibition space via San Pietro 1, Padova) opening on the 5th of April 2014. The festival is divided into several exhibitions distributed in the city and in the surroundings in different places such as old buildings, art galleries, art and design studios, offices, retail and institutional spaces and private homes. Besides our serigraphy, CALAMITA/À exhibition will display the work of 10 photographers, amongst which Gianpaolo Arena, Marina Caneve and Alfonso Chianese, writers and poets, illustrators and artists.

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Handmade Serigraphy

12th March 2014

serigrafia vajont

Latitude started to experiment with handmade serigraphy on a dedicated poster for the research project CALAMITA/À – Investigations and Researches on the Vajont Territories – curated by Gianpaolo Arena, Marina Caneve and Allegra Martin – for the 5oth anniversary of the Vajont tragedy. The project is conceived as a tool for investigating a territory through the exploration of the changes in progress, generating questions, revealing critical points and attracting interests and awareness on a crucial place such as the Vajont dam and surroundings. Art, sociology, urbanism and photography  and a plurality of visions contribute to the definition of the project through an open, multidisciplinary approach and are aimed at transforming the perception of the territory.

Latitude is developing a series of artifacts, the first of which is a serigraphy-poster , focusing on the cartography and the representations of that territory especially over the last century.

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Opening of the X Architecture Biennale of São Paulo

15th October 2013

Wall -  X Biennale São Paulo

Reading the Incremental Occupation of Territories is opening today within the section Modos de fluir / Ways of flowing of the X Architecture Biennale of São Paulo at Praca Victor Civita.

Through a retrospective reading of the spatial transformations, Latitude aims at raising awareness about the effects of our small actions repeated hundreds thousands times over the territorial support, specifically over the water flow behaviour. The exhibition is the result of a collaboration of Latitude Platform with the Nucleo de Tecnologia Urbana (NTU) of the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Brazil.

A large map is overlapped by a series of posters that reproduce the different representations of the territorial changes of the Treviso Province. Right below, five booklets lying on a bench respectively describe the three chosen reading scales for the Italian case study and the two Brazilian ones. Four conceptual models reproduce the delayering of four territorial samples – Treviso and Musano (Italy), Caxias do Sul and Eldorado do Sul (Brazil) – on standing transparent plexiglas sheets. A video compares the cases providing facts about the effects of the urbanization  and on the magnitude and recurrence of the flood events. The description is enriched by the work of emerging photographers as the one of Gianpaolo Arena.

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Praça Victor Civita – Rua Sumidouro, 580, Pinheiros (Metrô Pinheiros) open daily till the 1st of December from 8 am till 6 pm.

 

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X Bienal de São Paulo, almost there

5th October 2013

booklets Latitude X Bienal São Paulo

 

Latitude is finishing the preparation of the material for the X Bienal de Arquitectura de São Paulo, Brazil, opening on the 12th of October 2013.
Our research, titled Reading the incremental occupation of territoriesseeks to display the progressive transformation and the urbanization processes that have affected three territories with similar characteristics: the province of Treviso (Italy), Caxias do sul (Brazil) and Eldorado do Sul (Brazil).

Crossing the scales, from the territorial one until the plot size, a series of artifacts  – plans, models, videos – will highlight the critical urban and environmental issues that rise from the rapid, often uncontrolled growth.

 

Treviso, black and silver print

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Archizines Lisbon, last days!

20th September 2013

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Exhibition: ARCHIZINES LISBON
Associated Project of the 2013 Lisbon Architecture Triennale.

12–22 September 2013
Open daily, 14.00–20.00
FSH Arts Centre – R. Santo António à Estrela, 31 Lisboa

 

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Archizines in Lisbon

9th September 2013

Archizines

Archizines is being presented at the Arts Centre of Foundation Serra Henriques as an  Associated Project of the 2013 Lisbon Architecture Triennale. To mark the launch of  Archizines in Lisbon (12–22 September), eight European editors and architects (Ben Campkin, Elias Redstone,  Ivo Poças Martins, João Santa-Rita, Nathalie Weadick, Stephen Mulhall, Tom Keeley and Fabio Vanin – he is also the exhibition designer of Archizines in Lisbon) discuss strategies for confronting and influencing contemporary urban issues through publishing practices on Wednesday 11 September.

Archizines is a survey of 100 new architecture magazines, fanzines and journals from over twenty countries that provide alternative platforms for architectural research, ideas and criticism. New titles joining the exhibition in Lisbon include Circular (Buenos Aires), Flaneur (Berlin), Pilcrow (Los Angeles), Project (New York), SET (Dublin) and Urban Pamphleteer (London). The Archizines touring exhibition was curated by Elias Redstone and initiated in collaboration with the Architectural Association. It has been presented in 21 cities to date including New York, Buenos Aires, Barcelona, Porto, Paris, Melbourne, Sydney, Osaka and Tokyo. The original Archizines collection will be transferred to the National Art Library at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.

Debate: Architecture as a Tool for Change
7pm, 11 September 2013
Rua Trindade, 18 Chiado – Lisboa

Exhibition: ARCHIZINES LISBON
12–22 September 2013
Open daily, 14.00–20.00
FSH Arts Centre – R. Santo António à Estrela, 31 Lisboa

 

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Latitude at the X Bienal de São Paulo

11th July 2013

Reading the Incremental Occupation of Territories

We are very happy to announce that we have been selected as one of the 54 participants to the X Bienal de Arquitectura de São Paulo, Brasil, that will open on the next September 28th, 2013.

Latitude will present a comparative research titled “Reading the Incremental Occupation of Territories” which focuses on the representation of  urban and territorial transformations in similar territories: the province of Treviso (IT), Caxias do Sul (BR) and Eldorado do Sul (BR).

The research will show the recent process of fast land exploitation in areas under high economic pressure. Starting from the città diffusa, in the Northeast of Italy – one of the most widespread inhabited territory of Europe today facing problems of both water scarcity and flood – the proposal unfolds the fast territorial changes of two cities in the southernmost region of Brazil, using the same retrospective reading model.

Through a series of artefacts, Latitude aims at raising awareness about the effects of small actions repeated thousand times over the territorial support, with a special cut on water. In a time that draws together the global economic crisis, strong urbanization and shrinking processes, the forthcoming urban models have to consciously and strategically engage with those complex dynamics, understanding how inhabitants use and appropriate urban spaces.

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Featuring Veneto 2100

22nd March 2013

 

Latitude is pleased to read a short article on the research Veneto 2100: Living with Water on the new quarterly issue of the printed version of Il Giornale dell’Archiettura dedicated to the environmental risks that affect the Italian Peninsula.

The inquiry titled “Italy is Dangerous” collects a series of articles that highlight the extreme exposure to hydrogeological dysfunctions by more than 5 millions inhabitants, about 10% of the Italian population. Floods and landslides are constant phenomena against which national and regional legislation try to find solutions. The confrontation between regional projects and international ones, such are the Dutch new interventions gives a good perspective on the Italian actual situation.

 

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Living with water in Treviso

9th March 2013

Proceeding with the dissemination and consultation phase, the third and final phase of the research Veneto 2100 : Living with water, the installation and the research material displayed in 2012 at the 5th International Architecture Biennale of Rotterdam (IABR) are being exhibited again. This time in Treviso at the Fondazione Benetton Studi Ricerche (Benetton Foundation), in the exhibition ‘Veneto 2100: Living with water’, open from the 9th until the 23rd of March 2013.

Following the exhibition at the Central Civic Library of Verona, which focused on the case study of the Verona Region, we this time display the scenario on the Treviso area – more specifically the Piave River High Plains. The scenario is being proposed to the local communities to instigate debate and gather their feed-back.

In this case, the main issue put forward by the scenario is the necessity to raise awareness about the latent, but increasing, hydro-geological vulnerability affecting the territory in order to avoid the risk of disasters. At present, even if local experts and institutions are already aware of the threats derived from hydraulic problems in the Piave River water system, the strong social frictions are still delaying the attainment of shared solutions.

Next, the exhibition will travel to Rovigo.

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Living with Water in Verona

3rd February 2013

On Monday the 4th of February, at the Central Civic Library of Verona the exhibition ‘Acqua e Territorio’ will open until the 3rd of March. Latitude exhibits the setting and the research material previously displayed at the 5th IABR – International Architecture Biennale of Rotterdam in 2012, with a special focus on the case study of the Verona area.

A special section of the exhibition, that is also promoted by the Chamber of Architects and the Chamber of Engineers of Verona, with the patronage of the Municipality of Verona, is dedicated to Antonio Maria Lorgna, modern hydraulic engineer of the XVIII century who worked in the Veneto region and whose original archive is kept at the Civic Library.

This exhibition starts the third phase of the research Veneto 2100: Living with Water. It is the first event that aims at bringing the proposed scenarios back to the local communities, in order to be constructively discussed and get a fruitful feedback.

The exhibition will then travel to Treviso, Fondazione Benetton Studi e Ricerche.

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Launching of the Experimental Observatory

9th November 2012

Today, 9th of November 2012, the Local Experimental Observatory on the Landscape of Verona’s Plains is officially presented to the population and institutions. The opening falls within one of the four actions proposed by the scientific committee of the observatory (Consorzio di Bonifica Veronese Waterboard, GAL of the Verona Plain, University Iuav of Venice, University of Verona, Fioroni Fondation and Latitude) to trigger the discussion and raise the awareness about the local landscape.

Observing, exploring, educating, disseminating each of them entails a number of activities intended to involve the inhabitants in the process of tightening/reinforcing the local identity. The scientific committee has considered worthwhile to integrate the activities in ad hoc communication project (iknoki with Latitude). The first action carried out is disseminating: literally, to let know that the observatory on the local landscape exists and it is open to welcome requests and proposals. The official opening is the occasion also for presenting the explorations produced last year by the students of the University Iuav of Venice concerning a portion of the landscape.

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PILA 40

20th September 2012

invito PILA40

Latitude is promoting and co-organizing the event PILA 40 that will take place the 5th of October in the industrial building where our Venetian office is settled. The aim of the open-studios day is to give visibility to a vibrant but not yet well known area such as Porto Marghera, where in the last years are popping up many creative spaces. Among others, PILA 40 hosts in fact artists, architects and designers who will offer the opportunity to visit their spaces.

PILA 40 is promoted by Regione Veneto, Comune di Venezia – Media Partner: My Biennale Guide

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On the news / Veneto 2100

15th June 2012

Today the Corriere della Sera, Italian newspaper, has published an article about the recent exhibition of LATITUDE’s project Veneto 2100 at the British Museum and at the 5th Rotterdam Biennale.

The journalist Francesca Boccaletto stresses the need for envisioning ‘virtuous and sustainable solutions’ for the territory, especially in this period when floods, droughts, earthquakes and tornado have direct heavy consequences on the life of a large part of the population in Italy. LATITUDE is now intended to promote the scenarios locally among institutions, technicians and the civic society in order to trigger the discussion about a virtuous and sustainable future of the Region.

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At the British Museum, London

13th June 2012

Latitude was exhibiting some results from the two researches Living with Water in the Veneto Region and Floating Urbanism at the British Museum during the conference Anthropology in the World (8-10 June 2012) organized by the Royal Anthropological Institute.

The core theme of the conference was in fact the overlap between anthropology and other disciplines and practices, such as medicine, law, design or politics, business and tourism.

Our exhibition was focusing on the representation of the findings coming from the anthropological work and how that has influenced the design choices. Diagrams, info-graphics, models, pictures and videos aimed at showing how different media can be used to communicate the anthropological study beyond/together with text. Visualizing anthropology, using it as a tool for design practices is for Latitude crucial  to work in the direction of a more attentive design.

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Silicon vs Chalk 2

12th June 2012

We present here the two models made of silicon and polyurethane foam, partially painted with white enamel (representing the water). The two models 80×80 cm were cut in half in order to fit in a luggage and to be brought at the conference Anthropology in the World at the British Museum in London.

Find below also the making process: the spreading of the silicon on the mold made of chalk and the silicon thin layer filled with polyurethane foam. Afterwards, the exceeding part of the foam has been cut away.

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Silicon vs Chalk

28th May 2012

We are experimenting a lighter and less fragile way to realize a couple of models that will be exhibited at the British Museum in London during the conference Anthropology in the World organized by the Royal Anthropological Institute – 8th-10th June 2012.

The 9 models we prepared for the 5th IABR of Rotterdam are made of chalk  (on the right you can see a fragment of the mold): beautiful material, very nice result but heavy and fragile. But how to go to London with a similar model in the luggage?

After some tests the best combination seems to be a layer of white silicon (acrilic sealant) filled with polyurethane foam which perfectly glues to it. We will post a picture of the final models soon, check it out!

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