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

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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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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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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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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The Edge of the Discipline

14th April 2014

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The interdisciplinary methodology that Latitude has constructed and employed in recent researches will be critically presented at the College of Architecture and Urban Planning of the Tongji University (Shanghai, China) on April 18.

The lecture intends to feed the debate about the role of the urban designer in relation to other fields of knowledge. This is of a particular interest in the Chinese context where design projects and researches based on the careful reading of the context and its transformations might appear to be not as urgent as the demand of new (or re-) developments, as well as the quest for resilience seems to be still a niche discussion.

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Lectures on landscape

5th December 2013

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Lectures on landscape – Lezioni di paesaggio -, the course tutored by Latitude and organized by the University IUAV of Venice, the waterboard Consorzio di Bonifica Veronese and the Observatory of the Landscape of the Pianura Veronese, is launched today. It is a cycle of 8 lessons, each one examining in depth different aspects of landscape design and management: ecology, agriculture, energy, history, recycle, law, management, urban planning.

The lectures are both theoretical and very practical: every week a different theme will be unfolded looking at good practices and useful technical information and there will be as well exercises on a specific case study (one landscape). Onsite, debates with the local actors are meant to gather more information from the field while comparing experiences and approaches

The launch of the course concurs with the opening at Villa Balladoro of Esplorazioni di Territorio 2, the exhibition of the design explorations worked out in 2013 in the course on Urbanism led by the professor Maria Chiara Tosi and tutored by Latitude at University IUAV of Venice.

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