Merry Happy

25th December 2016

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BXL

22nd March 2016

BXL 2016-03-22

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Merry Happy

23rd December 2015

xmas 2015

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Water is Alive

8th June 2015

WIA_C

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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Merry Happy

24th December 2014

xmas 2014

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Merry Happy

22nd December 2013

merry xmas 2013

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Open Studios #2

19th November 2013

PILA40#2

 

 

After the great success of last year , PILA 40 reopens its doors to the public showing again one of the leading creative spaces of Venice area. The well-known building located at the number 40 of Via della Pila, former company specialized in reclamation and demolition, now houses 15 creative spaces: artists, designers, graphic designers, architects form a core of highly skilled professionals highlight the potential and ability to attract strong activities in Marghera in the  recent years.

The event – Thursday, November 21st  from 6 to 11 pm – in collaboration with the Open Design Italy and the magazine Ottagono, is organized as an open studios evening where the public is invited to visit the spaces and the building that hosts them. There will be performances and live sets curated by Spazio-Aereo, special guest at Pila 40.

For the occasion will be presented a reinterpretation of sound elements and the visual architecture of Pila 40, connected through two audio / video performances. Afterwards, guests of Pila 40 are invited to continue their visit to Spazio-Aereo  at the Polo Tecnologico di Venezia for exclusive live-sets and performances.

Special guest at Latitude will be Reale slow-fashion, for which Fabio Vanin (Latitude) is textile designer

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Merry Happy

19th December 2012

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Latitude at UCL

4th November 2012

 

 

Which is the current state of knowledge in the field of urban sustainability and resilience?

Some of the most recent and relevant research upon the linkages between human societies, the technological world and the natural environment are presented and confronted in London at the 1st International Conference on Urban Sustainability and Resilience organized by the Centre for Urban Sustainability & Resilience of the University College London (5-6 November 2012).

Latitude will contribute presenting the interdisciplinary approach tuned in the field of resilience through the last research and design experiences. The conference is the ultimate occasion to put forward and discuss with other preeminent experts a common coherent future research agenda.

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Latitude at La Villette

27th October 2012

The last 23rd of October, Latitude has presented the results of the research Living with Water: Veneto 2100 to the audience of the Séminaire 1: La fabrique spatiale et culturelle des territoires durables, held by prof. Christian Pedelahore at the Ecole Nationale Superieure d’Architecture de la Villette. Latitude especially focused on processes of knowledge building in the field of urban design, following different investigations that constantly move from theory to practice and from sectorial knowledge to a range of different disciplines.

The next presentation of Latitude’s work at the ENSAPLV will be on the 22nd of November for the DSA: Projet Urbain, Paysage, Métropolisation – check our blog for information soon.

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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

Check out our Facebook page here!

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Veneto 2100 on l’Illustre

11th September 2012

L’Illustre, new magazine directed by Daniele Pajar on Venice, has now published an article on Latitude’s Veneto 2100 – Living with Water. The new issue focuses on the emerging Venetian architectural activity, from the 13th Biennale di Architettura to the contested Palais Lumière, to Saskia Sassen and Benedetta Tagliabue.

The article explains the principles of the research project, highlighting the future aims of Latitude and the next activities which converge to the dissemination of the actual findings and the promotion of a fruitful debate around the actual environmental threats.

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Welcome to Our New Website

30th July 2012

New webiste Latitude platform

 

Latitude is very happy to launch its new website which also includes our blog.

The dynamic visual identity of Latitude – built in close discussion with graphic design office Iknoki – is based on the concept of a changing background map that is constructed starting form Latitude’s design production. The first map is aiming at using elements of existing topographical maps that represent their main features, such as water bodies (rivers, lakes), ground (heights), vegetation (woods, parks) and the built pattern. But these elements are combined in a random way, without juxtaposition and without respecting the classic color code. The result is an abstract composition that resembles a real map, suggesting geographies and recalling memories of existing places.

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Project Heracles at The Gopher Hole

10th August 2011

The postcards of the Project Heracles are exhibited in a special show at The Gopher Hole (London) – inaugurated on 21st July.

Each and every one has been subsequently printed and displayed in the gallery space in editions of 100. Plus, in a move away from the normal exhibition template, each of the 25,000 postcards, currently on display at The Gopher Hole, is free for visitors to take away.

Read the article on Wallpaper and see the slideshow here

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Latitude visual identity

23rd July 2011

Iknoki – the italian young group of graphic designers that designed the visual identity of Latitude – has renovated its website (www.iknoki.com) and inserted the project.

Iknoki, together with Vincenzo D’Abbraccio and Andrea Facchetti, has founded in 2009 Unità di Crisi, a multidisciplinary research group that wants to investigate the different meanings of the global and permanent crisis. Unità di Crisi is collaborating with Latitude to a research in the Veneto region on flood vulnerability and urbanization.

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project heracles / DOMUS magazine

7th July 2011

The postcard by Abdel Harraga (alias Fabio Vanin) for the Project Heracles – a call for proposal to imagine possible ways to connect European and African continents, inspired by an email exchange between philosophers Lieven de Cauter and Dieter Lesage – was selected as one of the 8 most interesting proposals, on 200, and published in the last DOMUS 949.

The comment on the postcard given by Lieven de Cauter  is: “A Koolhaasian solution for Europeans but alas not for Africans (as the majority of them don’t swim)”. It is a pity, because it shows a little misunderstanding: yes, the image is inspired by Koolhaas, but the sense is different.

Harraga – used as the pseudonym of the author – is the word that indicates migrants who attempt to immigrate to Europe, even swimming (and dying) as it often happens in the Gibraltar Strait.

The postcard is dedicated to “those who burn”, the harraga – the name comes from their practice of burning their immigration papers if they are about to be captured – and the text “would that be easier” refers to the swimming pool: a preferred corridor for those who want to try to go to the other side, a fictitious pleasant  route, a non-sense.

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Hotel Yeoville

5th May 2011

Hotel Yeoville is a participatory public art project. From February through August 2010, the project was housed inside the brand new public library in Yeoville, an old, neglected suburb on the Eastern edge of the inner city of Johannesburg. The majority of Yeoville’s estimated 40 000 inhabitants are migrants; micro communities from many parts of the African continent. Often isolated and excluded from the formal economy and mainstream South African society, their dominant engagement is with each other and with home in far away places. The project in the library aimed to key into the diversity of immigrant and South African experiences that make the legendary suburb such a hot melting pot, and comprised a website and an interactive exhibition installation which took the form of a series of private booths in which members of the public were invited to document themselves through a range of digital interfaces, interactive media and online applications.

“Intrigued by the diversity of African cultures centred in the old Johannesburg suburb of Yeoville, artist Terry Kurgan identified public art as a means to represent and intervene in the area. Upon further examining the highly networked and charged  community hosting thirty internet cafes in three blocks, and a massive wall of notices, a public space intervention seemed less relevant than something more ephemeral, representative, virtual.

The project was named Hotel Yeoville, due to the area’s eclectic transience, and because of the high density of people housed in significantly minimal accommodation. It started as a website, which operated as a social networking platform, designed to assist community members in keeping in touch with each other, their community and distant homes. An enabler for community interaction, business promotion and information gathering. While also functioning as a record of the changing area’s flows, movements and cultures.

The project found a space in the new Yeoville Library, where virtual spaces were created physically, and visitors were given the chance to actively engage with social media through a physical, spatial means. The website became a record of the project, while facilitating interaction through more established social media platforms. Here public space is created on the internet, a democratic, accessible and visibly unifying space for assisting and better connecting a displaced, African community.”

Listen to Terry Kurgan

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Delta landscapes in Europe

18th April 2011

It’s now available the publication of the proceedings of the conference “Delta landscapes in Europe” (2009), titled Paesaggi deltizi e territori fragili – Comparazioni – you can download the PDF here.

Starting from the activities carried out by the Osservatorio sul Delta del Po, in collaboration with Iuav University of Venice and supported by Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Padova e Rovigo, the publication proposes a multidisciplinary approach – from graphic design to urbanism – to deal with the delicate and fragile territory of the Po Delta and, in general, with similar cases.

Essays in italian, spanish and english.

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Grand Paris

17th April 2011

Paris flooded, 1910 - Historical Library of Paris

Paola Viganò, during a recent lecture at TU/e University of Eindhoven (April 4), illustrating the proposal of Studio Secchi-Viganò for the Grand Paris, stressed the importance of water related problems and flood vulnerability, even in a city like Paris.

Reversing the ultra-consolidated image of the most touristic city in the world and highlighting the impressive social exclusion and segregation of Paris’ banlieue, Viganò showed the fragile and often hidden side of the French Capital City.

The shift that the project proposes allows to think critically about some of the current visions of modernization, especially for what concerns new transport systems (metro-tram), public spaces (parks as barriers) and expansion/densification areas (ghettos vs gated communities).

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Floating Urbanism

16th April 2011

Latitude was recently awarded by Stimuleringsfonds Architectuur (NL) of a full grant for the research Floating Urbanism: in search of new urbanities.

“Latitude is exploring the spatial and technical potentials and limitations of settlements on water. The interest in building on water is nowadays increasing, but that research into this phenomenon is limited. The research will be carried out using cases in the Mekong Delta, the Amazon and the Netherlands. The project consists of design-based research and surveys. In the first part Latitude is to make spatial and technical analyses, which are converted into maps, details and schemes. The second part is focussed on observations, interviewing users and researching historico-cultural aspects. The results are to be discussed in collaboration with local bodies, universities and experts. The toolbox is to be tested by taking three cases from the different regions and exploring how the different contexts can learn from each other.”

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