Ville et économie circulaire

16th October 2016

Categories > Dissemination, Research, Workshop

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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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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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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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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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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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The Edge of the Discipline

14th April 2014

Categories > Dissemination, Education

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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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Context, Process and Design

4th February 2014

Categories > Dissemination

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On Thursday the 6th of February Latitude is going to lecture in the frame of the international workshop Venice Start (U/APP) curated by Maria Alessandra Segantini with Armando dal Fabbro at IUAV University of Venice, hosting students from the University of East London and the University of Hasselt.

Taking advantage of some of its recent researches, Latitude will discuss the evolving position of design practices in relation to the emerging needs of  learning different ways of reading the city and the territory, understanding and describing the context, borrowing tools from different disciplines to enrich and enlarge the architects’ point of view.

 

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Between Social and Physical Geography

24th January 2014

Categories > Dissemination

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Today, Latitude is going to present some of the results of its recent investigations during one of the seminars on advanced geography of the Doctoral School on Geography (http://ees.kuleuven.be/geography/index.html) at the Katholieke Universiteit of Leuven, Belgium. The research findings will be illustrated emphasizing the specific role played by the different tools – video interviews, info graphics, mapping, scenarios etc.- employed in the research by design process. In Latitude’s view they are sources and producers of knowledge thanks to a constant effort of interdisciplinary exchange.

Latitude is specifically asked to contribute to the discussion about the possibilities of bridging the gap between social and physical geography addressing the purpose of the platform who seeks to develop integrated, sustainable and socially inclusive proposals.

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Lectures on landscape

5th December 2013

Categories > Education

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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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Latitude public lecture at the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium

17th March 2013

Categories > Dissemination, Post disaster reconstruction, Research

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Haiti is one of the countries with high-risk profiles (floods, earthquakes, etc.) and very low per capita income. In such a context the need for planning efforts to be truly strategic (i.e. concentrating on important choices, conserving limited resources, mobilising local dynamics, focussing on real needs, etc.) is all the more important.

In 2010 a major earthquake shook the capital PortauPrince and some westerly provinces, causing large number of victims, homeless, and major physical damage.

Major Donors and NGO’s flocked to Haiti pledging money. Although a large number of very ambitious reconstruction projects were developed in emergency phase, yet realistic development plans, giving clear directions, had to be made for the larger region of PortauPrince, the affected secondary cities and selected secondary poles of development.

One of the major challenges was / is to balance emergency (shortterm and largely funded) activities and longerterm development in the backdrop of limited financial resources for the latter.

Prof. Han Verschure and Latitude pose the following overarching question in the lecture : how can strategic planning be relevant in an extremely complex, fragile, perpetually hazard stricken, context with an extraordinary amount of actors holding various agenda ?

Join us on forthcoming Monday 18th of March at 18h (AUDITORIUM C ‐ Celestijnenlaan C300).

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Architecture/Landscape

20th January 2012

Categories > Research

Latitude will present some of the results of the research Floating Urbanism  during the conference Architecture-Landscape (1-2-3 February 2012, Politecnico di Milano – Polo territoriale di Piacenza, Campus Arata – Padiglione Vedezzi). The three days conference will discuss three main themes: Agricultural Landscapes, Fluvial Landscapes and Slow Landscapes.

Thursday 2nd February, under the theme of fluvial landscapes, Latitude will present two case studies: the living conditions in the Dutch Delta and the neighborhood of Belén in Iquitos (Perù),  along the Amazon River. Floating Urbanism will be introduced by Marco Mareggi; after the presentations will follow a debate with Bertrando Bonfantini, Juan Carlos Dall’Asta, Giovanna Fontana, Antonio Longo, Pasquale Mei.

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