The Wave at Calamita/à Workshop

3rd November 2015

Categories > Dissemination, Education

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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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International Workshop on Waste Architecture #2

5th October 2015

Categories > Dissemination, Workshop

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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

Categories > Education, Urban design, Workshop

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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

Categories > Dissemination, Workshop

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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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Conversations on the City

20th June 2015

Categories > Dissemination

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What is an urban project? Does it concern the prevention and protection of our territories? These are some of the questions posed by the cycle of lectures “Conversazioni sulla città” organised by Gruppo Area  1 –  Area architettura, urbanistica, paesaggio, design –
of the Board of Architects of the province of Modena.
The aim of the lectures is to explore the new global needs, starting from the theme of climate change and major environmental
disasters that are affecting more and more frequently all over the world our urban realm, understanding to what extent the boundaries between different disciplines should blur.
Latitude, together with arch. Talita Medina, will present its work on water related issues today at 5 pm at the San Carlo Theater in Modena.

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Italia 45-45

10th June 2015

Categories > Dissemination, Research

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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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Water is Alive

8th June 2015

Categories > Competition, Other

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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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Water Islands

8th May 2015

Categories > Urban design, Workshop

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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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The Wave at Dolomiti Contemporanee

2nd May 2015

Categories > Dissemination

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Today, Saturday May 2, starting at 14:00, Latitude is invited at the new space of Casso by Dolomiti Contemporanee to present its work in progress on the Vajont, in the frame of a series of cultural and artistic events.

Activities include a conference-debate open to the public, entitled Vajont 2015: the territory, the history, the value of cultural projects. Practices of interaction, survey methodologies, processes and prospects, which will be attended by several speakers and some of the jurors of the International Art Contest Two calls for Vajont (Christian Collu, Marcella Morandini, Gianluca D’Inca Levis). There will be the exhibition of a selection of the more than 100 artistic projects participating in Twocalls and the presentation of a series of works created by artists Stefano Moras and Marta Allegri in the village of Casso.

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VOCE on the Vajont

25th March 2015

Categories > Dissemination

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In March 2015 Latitude was interviewed by Stefano Moras and Alan Luca Nan, the two authors of VOCE  – a blog linked to their project for 2calls for Vajont competition – on the work the platform has developed for Calamita/à and in general on the relation between memory, disaster and landscape.
Focusing on the relation between architecture, environment and urbanism, Latitude wants to promote the ideas of VOCE as it offer a good chance to share opinions and rethinking about the Vajont dam as a support for artistic and urban researches.
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Africa Big Change/Chance

4th February 2015

Categories > Dissemination, Exhibition, Research

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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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Merry Happy

24th December 2014

Categories > Other

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Mapping Urbanization

25th November 2014

Categories > Dissemination

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Tomorrow  Wednesday 26th of November, between 18u00 and 20u00 at UGent, Latitude (Fabio Vanin) will participate together with Dirk Somers (Bovenbouw) to the  lecture series under the title “Designing Urbanization”. Whereas the design discipline is firmly rooted in the urban project, this lecture series would like to look for moments where design might add to the development of a broader discussion on the “art of urbanization”.

Whereas Dirk Somers will present his recent work  for VLM explicitly starting from the ‘low perspective’ and built environment to build the imagination of the urban landscape, Latitude will show mapping results from different researchers the Platform has been working on in the last years where the map is a starting point to gradually add other media and broaden its meaning.

 

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Water and Landscape

12th November 2014

Categories > Dissemination

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Latitude will present some research results at University IUAV of Venice on the 13th of November during the course of Urbanism lead by Cristina Renzoni, part of the master degree “Architettura per il Nuovo e l’Antico” (New and Ancient Architecture) which focuses on investigations on water flows, planning river basins (contratti di fiume) and design strategies in the Veneto region. Latitude will show some experiences on the construction of scenarios, design and territorial identity related to the research Veneto 2100 Living With Water and the process of building the Verona Plain Observatory with the Verona Plain Waterboard in order to give students suggestions and stimulate the debate on methodology and the role of urban designers.

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Ve.net

11th October 2014

Categories > Workshop

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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

Categories > Workshop

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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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Latitude at SI FEST 23

3rd October 2014

Categories > Exhibition, Research

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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

Categories > Dissemination, Research

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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

Categories > Exhibition, Research

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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

Categories > Dissemination, Research

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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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