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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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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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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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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Latitude at SI FEST 23

3rd October 2014

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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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Fear, Culture and Urban Spaces

18th September 2014

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On September 18, Latitude is going to present some first results of the work it is conducting in the frame of the ongoing research ‘Reducing Boundaries’ IRSES Marie Staff Exchange Project, comparing social and urban conditions from the point of view of urban safety and security.

The University of Unilasalle of Canoas, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, has invited Latitude as guest lecturer at the international course “Direito, sociedade e urbanismo” (law, society and urbanism) that focuses on issues of public security and social problems related to safety in cities.

Latitude will explain some reflections about the differences and similarities between the three study cases: Brussels (Belgium), Veneto Region (Italy) and Porto Alegre (Brasil), focusing on the results reached so far.

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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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Calamita/à Vajont

14th July 2014

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On july 18, Latitude with PILA 40 is going to introduce the lecture on the project CALAMITA/À – Investigations and Researches on the Vajont Territories by Gianpaolo Arena and Marina Caneve.

The project CALAMITA/À is a territorial survey tool that through a planned research wants to study in depth the ongoing transformations in the region, generate debates, reveal weaknesses, attract interest and knowledge around a place that has still to be well defined. Morphology, orography, infrastructures, social context, are only some of the analized topics. Art, sociology, urbanism and photography contribute to the definition of territorial identity with an open multidisciplinary approach. Thanks to a plurality of points of view CALAMITA/À wants the territory becomes a laboratory and a favored observation place.

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Water Sensitive Cities

8th July 2014

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On july 14, Latitude with PILA 40 is going to present a lecture on Water Sensitive Cities .

The three year international research project “Green/Blue Infrastructure for Sustainable, Attractive Cities” is a JPI Urban Europe project. Its main focus is that all forms of water are opportunities and need to be utilised appropriately, which can help to both alleviate and adapt to floods and droughts at the same time, as well as support nicer places to live, ecosystems and biodiversity in the ‘water sensitive’ city. The key to this is managing water above ground rather than below, and to utilise green and blue rather than energy and carbon intensive grey infrastructure. The main objective of his research is to develop knowledge and tools required to seize the opportunities arising from future challenges, to manage urban stormwater in a way that facilitates robust, synergistic and multi-functional green infrastructure that will address today’s and tomorrow’s climate and other changes in dynamic urban areas. The project work is being conducted in an international Urban Living Lab in Kiruna, Sweden, combined with one national Urban Living Lab (a so called city-hub) per participating country, where citizens, practitioners, decision makers, and researchers are brought together to jointly develop innovative solutions. The Dutch Urban Living Lab in this project will be Zwolle, in continuation of the recent IJssel-Vechtdelta longterm planning (LTP) cocreation process with all relevant stakeholders. Besides of the TU Delft (Bk/U/ETD), Swedish, Finnish and Austrian partners cooperate in this research project.

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RIGA workshop

2nd July 2014

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Latitude is about to start an intensive workshop on themes that are part of two ongoing projects.

The first one regards the development of the research Reading the Incremental Occupation of Territories, presented at X Architecture Biennale of São Paulo, Brasil, and focused on the progressive anthropization and urbanization of three cases study: the high plain of Treviso in Veneto region, and the urban areas of Eldorado do Sul and Caxias do Sul in Brasil. During the workshop Latitude will study in depth the italian case with the aim to reconstructing the meso-scale, that will allow to connect reflections on the large scale with the small scale ones and to better understand the relation between the territorial occupation and the transformations of single elements.

The second project is the one for the Gangaion Eco-museum of the Verona plains,  in collaboration with Verona Plains Waterboard and Fondazione Fioroni of Verona. Currently Latitude is working on the one hand on the design project of the museum both in and outdoors and on the other hand on the landscape reading that will provide the exhibition contents.

The workshop will be the chance for the two groups to work side by side but confronting their work. Moreover Latitude has organized a series of evening lectures inviting experts with different backgrounds who will present some reflections on topics related to Latitude’s researches. The public lectures and debates will be held in the spaces of Pila40 and open to anyone interested (seats will be limited: booking required at info@latitude-platform.eu)

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Solid Water

24th June 2014

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The research on the Vajont disaster CALAMITA/À – Investigations and Researches on the Vajont Territories is going on.

We are ready to pour the transparent synthetic resin in the model of the Vajont water basin as it was before the landslide and we are almost ready with the model representing the volume of the mountain slope that fell into the basin on that night in 1963. The two forms will become a scaled witness of the quantities involved in the dynamics of the tragedy.

 

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Shaping the Future of Nature

6th June 2014

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Latitude is guest fellow at the Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies, where we are invited to participate at the Research Project “Future Africa – Visions in Time” with the working group “Appropriating Natures for the Future: Africa and Beyond”.

Latitude will work on the human–environment (conflictual) relations and the African context seen through the Western lens, with particular attention to the tension between cultural images of cities and landscapes, and the built urban and “natural” spaces. This constant tension, that we can read both today and in the past, has generated different iconographies as well as different physical spaces at all scales, where nature has various degrees of domestication. Moreover, the rapid transformations that affect the main urban centers and the impact of new infrastructures and investors force us to reflect on the upcoming paradigms that drive those changes.

The aim will be investigating the relation between the construction of cities in lusophone countries and the interpretation/domestication of Nature through a wide range of iconographic material available in the archives and library.

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Experimenting with Resin

26th May 2014

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Latitude is exploring the possibilities offered by transparent synthetic resin in modeling water shapes. The research CALAMITA/À – Investigations and Researches on the Vajont Territories is the opportunity to investigate the representation of water forms, the effects and grain it requires at different scales, also in relation to the space it occupies. The aim of the forthcoming model will be the representation of the water basin’s volume of the Vajont before the landslide of 1963. Thus the shape of the mountains will be just the mold of water, in a new relation of interdependence where the fluid becomes the new lead actor in the story.

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The Wave

19th March 2014

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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

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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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