Reducing Boundaries at the VUB, Brussels

8th December 2016

Categories > Dissemination, Research

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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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Mobility and Urban Liveability in Palestine #2

5th December 2016

Categories > Urban design, Workshop

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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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Belgium-Brazil, at VUB, Brussels

20th January 2016

Categories > Dissemination, Research

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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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Cosmopolis Lunch Seminar, VUB, Brussels

13th January 2016

Categories > Dissemination, Education

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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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