Ilot d’Eau, Atelier #4

27th March 2017

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Between the 26th and the 30th of March, in the frame of the design project Ilot d’Eau, Latitude is running the Atelier 4 (see Atelier Co-design #1). The fourth atelier focuses on the realisation of small projects and technical devices designed during the Atelier #3 for some houses close by Place St. Denis, in the municipality of Forest, Brussels. Projects will be constructed both in private and public spaces, by students and members of CasaBlanco, together with inhabitants involved during the previous co-design phases. In two houses facing Place St. Denis we will arrange the preliminary work for the construction of a new common water tank. In Rue du Dries, along the façades, a group of citizens will work with us in a “greening” project for the sidewalk, transforming a small part of the public with devices such as areas for plants, parking lots for bicycles, infiltration paths.

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Mobility and Urban Liveability in Palestine #2

5th December 2016

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Just concluded the second part of the workshop on mobility and urban development in two central locations of Nablus and Ramallah, held at the Center for Urban and Regional Planning of An-Najah Universety and co-organized with Cosmopolis VUB – Latitude and the Department of Urban and Regional Deveopment of UAntwerpen. Four mixed groups of students form the three universities have been working intensively on improving the mobility system and public transport in both cities, focusing on the design of public spaces – such as the central area of Ramallah or the E-W spine in Nablus – and facilities – bus stops, terminals, squares, markets.

Representatives of both local municipalities and of the Belgian Consulate General have attended the final presentations and visited the instant-exhibition prepared for the final event at the Korean Institute of  An-Najah University.

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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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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’s retreat

9th October 2016

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Latitude is about to conclude its yearly Autumn retreat in Falconera island, located in the Northern Venice lagoon. Intense as usual, the group have been working on specific exercises and discussions that included research and design projects, identity and communication, past difficulties and future paths. All that garnished with great meals, good company and a beautiful landscape.

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Ilot d’eau: Atelier #3

23rd September 2016

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Between the 19th and the 24th of September, in the frame of the design project Ilot d’Eau, Latitude is running the Atelier Co-design #3 (see Atelier Co-design #1). The third atelier focuses on the production of detailed projects and technical drawings in order to generate a tangible design proposal. On Saturday 24th September the last co-design session will be held at the Abbaye of Forest. The objectives of the atelier are mainly two: on the one hand, to make operative choices on the project, to be realized during the fourth atelier, that will take place in spring 2017; on the other hand, to have a first feedback from the inhabitants on the co-design process and the experience they had with Latitude and the other actors.

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Mobility and Urban Liveability in Palestine

23rd September 2016

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Cosmopolis VUB with Latitude and the Department of Urban and Regional Deveopment of UAntwerpen  in collaboration with the An-Najah Universety are about to conclude the first workshop on mobility and urban development in two central locations of Nablus and Ramallah. In Nablus, the research focused on the urban east-west axis, with the aim of organizing public transport more efficiently, reducing traffic congestion and improving the quality of urban space. In Ramallah, it concentrates on the central squares and market area, where pedestrians clash with car dominated spaces.

After a series of intense site visits and dense lectures from local and international speakers,  students from the three universities are working intensively at the Center for Urban and Regional Planning of An Najah University in Nablus where they will exhibit the first results in an instant-exhibition.

 

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Ilot d’eau, Atelier #2

20th March 2016

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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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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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Ilot d’Eau, Atelier Co-Design #1

11th September 2015

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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

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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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Water Islands

8th May 2015

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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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Ve.net

11th October 2014

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The workshop Ve.net, conducted within the PRIN Recycle Italy research program, just finished with the presentation of the projects at Francesco Fabbri Foundation of Pieve di Soligo (Treviso, Italy). Latitude has been involved for one week to explore  the role of water in new life cycles within urban spaces in the central area of the Veneto region, focusing on the Marzenego river basin.
Considering public plots, hydraulic risks and the multifuncionality of agriculture, the workshop developed design strategies that try to confront with the daily practices and planning tools, in the frame of the River Contract currently studied by the Water Board, involving public actors and citizen associations.
Starting from these points, the geographical analysis and the project explorations followed three different perspectives strongly interlinked: the walfare space, the water network, and the agricultural space.
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Moving Cities

7th October 2014

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If a city is moved, would be better to break with the past or still to be linked to the same imaginary?
Latitude has been invited by Polis – the study association of Urbanism and Landscape Architecture at the Faculty of Architecture of Delft University of Technology, NL – to lead a workshop as part of the activities of the Urbanism Week 2014.

Making use of ad hoc design tactics, Latitude, in collaboration with arch. Daniela Maiullari and arch. Emanuele Paladin, proposes to reflect on the case of the city of Kiruna, in the extreme arctic conditions of the far North of Sweden, will be reconstructed 2 miles away. What initially seemed an utopian experiment is becoming real. However, it has to be accounted that the new city and its inhabitants have been exposed to the hydrogeological instability due to the intense mining activity. Institutions and inhabitants agree on the point that the image of the new Kiruna -as the old one- should be grounded on the lake, a new lake. This identity issue should be confronted with the underpinning question of what is a lake in these extreme conditions especially when the ambition is to give for to a resilient urban configuration.

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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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On Scenarios

6th February 2014

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Tomorrow, Latitude will lecture on the meaning and possible uses of the scenario as a tool for planning, constructing policies and designing.

After the morning lectures by landscape architect Laura Zampieri, Latitude will propose to imagine useful scenarios for professionals and operators from the public institutions, reflecting on the differences to design and highlighting the power of scenarios as a negotiating medium to design the future landscape.

Lezioni di paesaggio (Lectures on Landscape) is a professional course organized by the University IUAV of Venice, the Observatory of the Landscape of the Pianura Veronese and the waterboard Consorzio di Bonifica Veronese that takes place in its headquarter.

 

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Visions on Landscape

16th January 2014

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In the frame of the course Lectures on landscape – Lezioni di paesaggio -, a professional course organized by the University IUAV of Venice, the Observatory of the Landscape of the Pianura Veronese and the waterboard Consorzio di Bonifica Veronese that takes place in its headquarter, Latitude  will lecture tomorrow proposing to professionals and operators from the public institutions a reflection on the power of the regulations in moulding the spatial arrangement of the landscape.

Is it possible to bend the idiosyncrasy of the set of rules in relation to design practices? Can we identify rules that are more reliable to acheave shared visions on landscape?

Latitude will suggests the employment of a number of conceptual design models as possible open tools to formulate hypothetical reconfigurations of the landscape. Accordingly, the design process could be supported instead of being mistreated and it could be considered since the beginning of the process instead of coming after.
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Dolomites, final photo selection

20th December 2013

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Landscape Stories together with Francesco Jodice is uploading their selection of photos from the results of the workshop Dolomites that took place last September in Borca di Cadore (BL). The first  four photos, by Alessandra Marcon (Latitude member), are presented together with a short text of the author.

On the line of that first exercises, Latitude is continuing exploring the Dolomites’ region with a research that has been recently launched by Landscape Stories on the Vajont tragic event of 1963. The new exploration project, called Calamita/à, aims at gathering photographers, artists and very different figures around that theme with different works. Latitude was invited to participate and will deliver some graphic material very soon.

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Lecturing on landscape

15th October 2013

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Lectures on landscape – Lezioni di paesaggio – is the course organized in the frame of the Observatory of the Landscape of the Pianura Veronese by the Iuav University of Architecture with the other partners and tutored by Latitude. For about three months experts, professors and locals with a deep knowledge on the Pianura Veronese will run lectures, workshops and field trips. The course, part of the education programme of the observatory, aims at spreading the culture on landscape, providing knowledge and tools for managing the landscape changes while addressing the requirements of the local communities. Employees in the local administrations, architects, engineers, forest scientists, agronomists and citizens can subscribe till the 21st of October.

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Rochefort Workshop

14th September 2013

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Can urban design provide affordable and shared solutions at the same time as alternative to technocratic-unilateral visions for the urgent demand of flood risk management in Rochefort (France)?

Latitude has been invited to tutoring at the Rochefort Workshop along with William Werbeeck (Flood Resilience Group, UNESCO-IHE ). The workshop organized by RAW in collaboration with the City of Rochefort, the Université libre de Bruxelles, the Japan Institute of Architects and the Laboratoire Techniques, Territoires et Sociétés, is held at the Forum des Marais in Rochefort. Between the 14th and the 21st of September 2013, European and Japanese students affiliated to different faculties of architecture and urban design will work intensively to indentify spatial actions that can counteract the risk of flooding while increasing the urban livability and enhancing the resilience of the estuarine landscape of Charente River. To this end, during the week, the investigation will focus on four main issues: the coastline, the city of Rochefort, the wide military heritage area and the prototypical housing unit.

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