Reducing Boundaries at University IUAV of Venice

15th December 2015

Categories > Dissemination

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On December 16, in the frame of the research Reducing Boundaries, IRSES Marie Staff Exchange Project, a plenary meeting has been organized in Venice by the research group of the Università IUAV di Venezia (coordinator Emanuela Bonini Lessing) to expose the work made by the European partners (IUAV and Latitude) in Porto Alegre (Brazil) to the Brazilian partners from the Department of Criminology of Unilasalle in Canoas. Latitude will present the results of the fieldwork done in Porto Alegre, describing the integration of the quantitative (mapping, gis) and qualitative (interviews, participatory activities) research methods.

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Fear, Culture and Urban Spaces

18th September 2014

Categories > Dissemination, Research

manifesto

 

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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Calamita/à Vajont

14th July 2014

Categories > Dissemination, Research

RIGA ws poster

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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Visionary Maps

8th July 2014

Categories > Dissemination

RIGA ws poster

On July 16, Latitude with PILA 40 is going to present a lecture on Visionary Maps.

The Summer Intensive Workshop RIGA is the occasion to invite Vera Mantengoli, educational psychosyntesis counselor and journalist, to propose a lecture on “Visionary Maps”.
She will present her project that aims at making one person closer to the self through a “serious game”. The project is based on the creation of a geographical landscape in which the border is the participant’s own body. The exercise leads to designing the “interior world” made by volcanoes, lakes, oceans, woods and so on. The landscape becomes a picture that shows the perception of the selves and of their own specific history.
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RIGA workshop

2nd July 2014

Categories > Dissemination, Research, Workshop

Basic RGB

Latitude is about to start an intensive workshop on themes that are part of two ongoing projects.

The first one regards the development of the research Reading the Incremental Occupation of Territories, presented at X Architecture Biennale of São Paulo, Brasil, and focused on the progressive anthropization and urbanization of three cases study: the high plain of Treviso in Veneto region, and the urban areas of Eldorado do Sul and Caxias do Sul in Brasil. During the workshop Latitude will study in depth the italian case with the aim to reconstructing the meso-scale, that will allow to connect reflections on the large scale with the small scale ones and to better understand the relation between the territorial occupation and the transformations of single elements.

The second project is the one for the Gangaion Eco-museum of the Verona plains,  in collaboration with Verona Plains Waterboard and Fondazione Fioroni of Verona. Currently Latitude is working on the one hand on the design project of the museum both in and outdoors and on the other hand on the landscape reading that will provide the exhibition contents.

The workshop will be the chance for the two groups to work side by side but confronting their work. Moreover Latitude has organized a series of evening lectures inviting experts with different backgrounds who will present some reflections on topics related to Latitude’s researches. The public lectures and debates will be held in the spaces of Pila40 and open to anyone interested (seats will be limited: booking required at info@latitude-platform.eu)

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The Edge of the Discipline

14th April 2014

Categories > Dissemination, Education

with chinese

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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Latitude, EU research center

7th June 2013

Categories > Research

flag EU colors

 

We are pleased to announce that Latitude has been officially validated by the European Commission as a research organization under the 7th Framework program, promoted by the Community Research and Development Information Service.

The Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) bundles all research-related EU initiatives together under a common roof playing a crucial role in reaching the goals of growth, competitiveness and employment. Latitude is now part of the European Research Area (ERA).

ERA is a unified research area open to the world based on the Internal market, in which researchers, scientific knowledge and technology circulate freely. Through ERA, the Union and its Member States aims to strengthen their scientific and technological bases, their competitiveness and their capacity to collectively address grand challenges.

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Documenting Luanda

4th June 2013

Categories > Research

Banco_BPC_Luanda

 

In the frame of the ongoing research Mobile A2K: Culture and Safety in Africa, part of the photographic survey conducted in Luanda (Angola) in February-March 2013 has been uploaded on Wikimedia Commons (check it here). The construction of a photographic archive aims at showing and documenting a city that is still difficult to access and on which visual descriptions are scarce, difficult to find on the web. Moreover, the documentation of urban spaces and architecture in Luanda, cultural spaces and public artworks, targets at giving them visibility and recognition: under the rapid and heavy transformation the capital is undergoing, heritage and cultural spaces have in fact little protection. We hope this can be the starting point of a growing archive.

All the files are  licensed under the  Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported licence

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Latitude and MIT, field trip in Haiti

31st March 2013

Categories > Post disaster reconstruction, Research

Latitude in collaboration with MIT (USA) is launching the study on the Strategic reintegration of Haitian Field Staff of NGO in the local economy.

The study starts from the observation that perhaps one of the strongest factors compromising the recovery and the rebuilding of the country has been the draining of the surviving skilled human resources from government, business, and the professions, who were recruited by the flood of outside NGOs and up-scaling agencies. International actors were placed in a dominant role as they filled the void, compromising the future rebuilding and governing of the country as the NGOs depart.

The analysis will explore the possibility of effectively reintegrating Haitian Field staff in local sectors, providing long-term support on central and local level, towards relevant sectors that suffered depletion of their personnel in the emergency 
phase or sectors that were already very weak before, while a shift towards development is finally occurring – three years after the earthquake.

Additionally, we want to investigate how to minimize the drainage of skilled staff in government structures and private sector to serve the flood of international actors at an early stage, compromising government’s role on longer term in effective recovery.

In immediate terms, while most relief actors are leaving Haiti (or already have), we want to conduct a baseline survey that will include the elaboration of profiles of field staff and identification of key affected sectors. Thus timing is clearly of essence to conduct the baseline survey with priority, before the emergency actors all together leave the field and their national staff spreads.

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Living with water in Treviso

9th March 2013

Categories > Exhibition

Proceeding with the dissemination and consultation phase, the third and final phase of the research Veneto 2100 : Living with water, the installation and the research material displayed in 2012 at the 5th International Architecture Biennale of Rotterdam (IABR) are being exhibited again. This time in Treviso at the Fondazione Benetton Studi Ricerche (Benetton Foundation), in the exhibition ‘Veneto 2100: Living with water’, open from the 9th until the 23rd of March 2013.

Following the exhibition at the Central Civic Library of Verona, which focused on the case study of the Verona Region, we this time display the scenario on the Treviso area – more specifically the Piave River High Plains. The scenario is being proposed to the local communities to instigate debate and gather their feed-back.

In this case, the main issue put forward by the scenario is the necessity to raise awareness about the latent, but increasing, hydro-geological vulnerability affecting the territory in order to avoid the risk of disasters. At present, even if local experts and institutions are already aware of the threats derived from hydraulic problems in the Piave River water system, the strong social frictions are still delaying the attainment of shared solutions.

Next, the exhibition will travel to Rovigo.

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Questioning Recovery: New Mission in Haiti

7th December 2012

Categories > Post disaster reconstruction, Research

Starting from tomorrow, Latitude will be working in Haiti on the formulation of recommendations for the operationalization of the housing and urban development policy of the government with a specific focus on the role of NGOs.

In the field, NGOs are key actors for implementing a framework to accompany and enhance the extraordinary production capacity of Haitian families. The key is to find out how NGOs can do that to the best of their abilities. But NGOs can also contribute to the policy through their extensive field experience by raising the issues related with recovery and development.

The earthquake and the attention of the international community that followed the disaster has in fact exposed major issues related to long-standing development problems in particular in the capital – lack of housing and informal / underserviced settlements being only two examples of such “disclosures”.  So far, recovery has been synonymous of many isolated endeavours from the national and international actors alike. These projects are reaching only a segment of the population and they are not necessarily contributing to long-term development policies that are crucial to reduce vulnerability to future disasters.

At present a clear shift towards development logics is happening. The national housing policies, formulated by the reconstruction unit (UCLBP) under the prime minister, provides a good initial framework for long-time development that subscribes itself to logics that provide better conditions for Haitian households and reduce perpetual vulnerability. The government envisions that “this will be achieved through the production capacity of Haitian families and the private sector.”

 

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Latitude at Iwalewa Haus

11th November 2012

Categories > Research

Latitude was guest at Iwalewa Haus, laboratory and contemporary art centre for Africa and beyond, linked to the University of Bayreuth, Germany. Iwalewa Haus proposes numerous exhibitions, cultural events, researches and teaching, developing a rich collection and archive and hosting artist residencies, with the aim of focusing especially on the contemporary culture in Africa in cooperation with a wide range of artists and institutions.

Latitude was there in the frame of the research  Mobile A2K: Culture and Safety in Africa to better understand the Angolan context, since a large part of the work carried out at Iwalewa Haus concerns lusophone countries. A special thanks to the vice-director Nadine Siegart for sharing her knowledge.

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Discovering Luanda

22nd October 2012

Categories > Research

In the context of the on going research Mobile A2K: Culture and Safety in Africa, Latitude just came back from a series of archival researches in Lisbon to find material on the urban growth of Luanda, especially during the Portuguese colonialism (before 1975).

Latitude, responsible for one of the three case studies, Luanda, and for the mapping process of the research, is looking for both documents that allow to understand the role that public art, in its broad sense, has played in the city and ways of representing the city itself. The research seeks to analyse and compare cultural events and public art in Douala, Johannesburg and Luanda in order to examine their experiences in the field of cultural events, the production of public art and their consequences on urban safety.

Being safety the other key issue of the research, Latitude is especially looking at spatial devices, patterns and design that since the early growth of Luanda can talk about that in positive or negative terms.

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Latitude in São Paulo

7th September 2012

Categories > Research

LATITUDE just presented its most recent work and researches on water to the Grupo Metrópole Fluvial (www.metropolefluvial.fau.usp.br) at the Faculdade de Arquitetura e Urbanismo of São Paulo University (Brasil). The Grupo Metrópole Fluvial (GMF) has recently developed the architectural and urban design project Hidroanel Metropolitano de São Paulo: a network of waterways extended for about 170km and composed by the rivers Tietê and Pinheiros, Billings and Taiaçupeba, and an artificial canal linking a series of dams totaling. In the vision of the team the urban rivers arise as ways to transport cargo and passengers, tourist and recreational use, and contribute to the regularization of the urban macrodrainage. Water transportation is combined with integrated use of water resources, aiming at concretely contribute to the regeneration of the city.

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At the British Museum, London

13th June 2012

Categories > Exhibition, Research

Latitude was exhibiting some results from the two researches Living with Water in the Veneto Region and Floating Urbanism at the British Museum during the conference Anthropology in the World (8-10 June 2012) organized by the Royal Anthropological Institute.

The core theme of the conference was in fact the overlap between anthropology and other disciplines and practices, such as medicine, law, design or politics, business and tourism.

Our exhibition was focusing on the representation of the findings coming from the anthropological work and how that has influenced the design choices. Diagrams, info-graphics, models, pictures and videos aimed at showing how different media can be used to communicate the anthropological study beyond/together with text. Visualizing anthropology, using it as a tool for design practices is for Latitude crucial  to work in the direction of a more attentive design.

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Reforestation for Urban Resilience

4th May 2012

Categories > Research, Urban design

Andrea Bortolotti (collaborator LATITUDE) has presented at the conference Terra Ri-genera Città the project Reforestation for Urban Resilience designed with LATITUDE, Efrem Ferrari and Claudia Ivone Martinez Feria. It is conceived as a design toolkit to regenerate urban areas thanks to new integrated reforestation devices. Both public spaces and unbuilt private areas can be temporarily forested to support the urban tissue providing a number of services (i.e. playgrounds-rainwater retention areas). The process of urban regeneration implies the negotiation between the private and the public sector: designers can guide the stakeholders in the search of win-win strategies towards common benefits. At the moment a pilot project along the stream Olona, in an urbanized area North-West of Milan, is under discussion with the municipality.

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Veneto 2100 open at the 5th IABR

27th April 2012

Categories > Research, Urban design

The 5th IABR is now open!

Latitude is among the over 35 projects and good practices from more than 25 cities around the world that is exhibiting in Rotterdam at the 5th IABR ‘Making City’ with the research project Veneto 2100: Living with Water. The Biennale examines how the city can continue to generate our wealth in a sustainable manner and how to ‘make city’ in a fundamentally different way. Projects in such places as New York, Paris, São Paulo, Delhi, as well as Rotterdam, the Nile valley and the Veneto region try to envision different solutions.

In the future – the 5th IABR argues – city development will have to involve much more teamwork among different disciplines and continually changing alliances in which social agendas and economic ambitions must strike a balance with each other. Will cities be able to offer solutions to the major socio-economic and ecological challenges that face us this century?

Veneto 2100: Living with Water investigates how the region can transform starting from the forecasted environmental threats. A wall-map illustrates the future Veneto highlighting the dense presence of water, while nine chalk models show in detail prototypical samples of the proposed scenario and the different territorial conditions, including the geological differences. Three videos, resulting from the anthropological survey, depict the main social and spatial issues and the volume Living with Water together with Our Common Risk and Delta Landscape 2100 provide the details on the research content and process.

Come and visit!

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Conference in Cambodian Mekong University / Phnom Penh

19th March 2012

Categories > Research

On 27th of March, the Department of Architecture and Urban Planning of the Cambodian Mekong University is organizing a seminar about research in urbanism. Mr Phanin Cheam, urban design studio lecturer, has invited two guests from LATITUDE to show and discuss some of the results of the research Floating Urbanism.

The study started from the observation that the interest in building on water is increasing worldwide, especially because of climate change effects. Nevertheless research at the urban design level is very limited. For example, looking at The Netherlands, significant technical achievements can be acknowledged for floating housing solutions. However, the approach remains often oriented towards ‘living on water’ rather than ‘living with water’ and water is treated merely as a passive landscape component. Our study proposes to look at very different and far contexts where ‘living with water’ is the result of a long-time co-habitat such as the Amazon River Basin and the Lower Mekong River basin (Cambodia and Vietnam) to gain insight by comparing settlements that present complex and rich morphologies.

A consistent part of the research project focuses on settlements along the Amazon River. After the fieldwork, investigating districts on stilts, floating or regularly flooded, the transformation of the physical interface between river and built spaces became one of the core themes. But there are emergent issues that are becoming relevant due to the effects of climate change, such as the increased vulnerability towards flooding of low built areas, the high pressure on these lands for development due to urban expansion, migration and resettlement a large number of inhabitants.

LATITUDE is currently conducting a 3 weeks fieldwork in various water-based settlements of the Tonle Sap Lake in Cambodia. The floating villages and the ones on stilts are one of the most interesting case studies in the Lower Mekong River basin.

The aim of the seminar at the Cambodian Mekong University is to invite students and professionals in urban planning to touch upon the field of research without losing the field of design (‘research-by-design’).

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Culture and Safety in Africa 2

11th March 2012

Categories > Research

Latitude is participating to the workshop Mobile A2K: Culture and Safety in Africa which takes place in Vico Morcote (Switzerland) 10-14 March 2012.

The  five-day workshop gathers international scholars and experts in order to produce a methodology guide to analyze and evaluate the impact of cultural events and public art on urban safety in Africa. The workshop specifically focuses on the cities of Douala, Luanda and Johannesburg and it involves scholars and experts in architecture, design, urban studies, philosophy, sociology and African culture from Switzerland, Italy, France, Belgium, Cameroon, South Africa and Angola.

The research addresses the questions: “How cultural events and public art affect urban safety in African cities?” and “Can we assess these changes as positive according to a group of factors?”.

Luanda, which has assisted in the last seven years to a post-war cultural strategy, will be the case study where Latitude will be working on.

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