Ilot d’eau: Atelier #3

23rd September 2016

Categories > Blog, Urban design, Workshop

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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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Ilot d’eau, Atelier #2

20th March 2016

Categories > Education, Workshop

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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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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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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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Water Sensitive Cities

8th July 2014

Categories > Dissemination, Research

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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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Conference Acqua e Territorio, Verona

14th February 2013

Categories > Dissemination

Tomorrow, on Friday the 15th of February, in the frame of the ongoing exhibition Acqua e territorio in Verona, some of the most relevant authorities involved in the management of water resources of the Province will discuss some of the most urgent issues with experts and local organizations. A special focus will be dedicated on the water dysfunctions that affect the Monti Lessini Creeks area and how to turn it safer after the dramatic floods of the autumn 2010. Are the most recent interventions and strategies really effective? Which are the next steps?
Latitude will propose its approach and present the scenario for the Monti Lessini Creeks in order to stimulate the discussion on the displayed possible interventions imagined for 2100.

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Living with Water in Verona

3rd February 2013

Categories > Exhibition

On Monday the 4th of February, at the Central Civic Library of Verona the exhibition ‘Acqua e Territorio’ will open until the 3rd of March. Latitude exhibits the setting and the research material previously displayed at the 5th IABR – International Architecture Biennale of Rotterdam in 2012, with a special focus on the case study of the Verona area.

A special section of the exhibition, that is also promoted by the Chamber of Architects and the Chamber of Engineers of Verona, with the patronage of the Municipality of Verona, is dedicated to Antonio Maria Lorgna, modern hydraulic engineer of the XVIII century who worked in the Veneto region and whose original archive is kept at the Civic Library.

This exhibition starts the third phase of the research Veneto 2100: Living with Water. It is the first event that aims at bringing the proposed scenarios back to the local communities, in order to be constructively discussed and get a fruitful feedback.

The exhibition will then travel to Treviso, Fondazione Benetton Studi e Ricerche.

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Veneto 2100 at IUAV

4th December 2012

Categories > Research

On December the 6th at 4 pm Latitude is going to present the research Veneto 2100: Living with Water at IUAV University of Venice for the students of the two laboratories of urban design held by prof. Paola Viganò and prof. Maria Chiara Tosi.

The presentation will focus on the interdisciplinary approach, especially on the function of anthropology and the role of design in constructing the scenarios for the future territory.

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On the News / the Piave River

3rd December 2012

Categories > Research

After the many flood events that in the last days affected again, also this year, not only the Veneto but as well other Italian regions such as Tuscany, Latitude was lately interviewed by a local radio and the newspaper Il Gazzettino to talk about the research Veneto 2100: Living with Water and especially to discuss the scenario for the Piave River dry plains.

The flood risk affecting the Piave river is just one of the environmental dysfunctions that threaten a large portion of the dry plains, especially within the province of Treviso. While during summer newspapers give large space to diffused episodes of draught, in this period of the year space is dedicated to flood risk. The article focuses on the proposed scenario highlighting the need of a conscious attitude towards new, sometimes radical but maybe necessary solutions.

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On the news / Veneto 2100

15th June 2012

Categories > Exhibition

Today the Corriere della Sera, Italian newspaper, has published an article about the recent exhibition of LATITUDE’s project Veneto 2100 at the British Museum and at the 5th Rotterdam Biennale.

The journalist Francesca Boccaletto stresses the need for envisioning ‘virtuous and sustainable solutions’ for the territory, especially in this period when floods, droughts, earthquakes and tornado have direct heavy consequences on the life of a large part of the population in Italy. LATITUDE is now intended to promote the scenarios locally among institutions, technicians and the civic society in order to trigger the discussion about a virtuous and sustainable future of the Region.

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