Ilot d’Eau, Atelier #4

27th March 2017

Categories > Education, Urban design, Workshop

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Between the 26th and the 30th of March, in the frame of the design project Ilot d’Eau, Latitude is running the Atelier 4 (see Atelier Co-design #1). The fourth atelier focuses on the realisation of small projects and technical devices designed during the Atelier #3 for some houses close by Place St. Denis, in the municipality of Forest, Brussels. Projects will be constructed both in private and public spaces, by students and members of CasaBlanco, together with inhabitants involved during the previous co-design phases. In two houses facing Place St. Denis we will arrange the preliminary work for the construction of a new common water tank. In Rue du Dries, along the façades, a group of citizens will work with us in a “greening” project for the sidewalk, transforming a small part of the public with devices such as areas for plants, parking lots for bicycles, infiltration paths.

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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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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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Water vs Urban Scape

14th July 2013

Categories > Urban design, Workshop

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From the 14th to the 22nd of July, Latitude will be part of the leading group of the the summer school Water vs Urban Scape? Exploring Integrated and Decentralized Arrangements of Water in the Brussels Capital Region organized in collaboration with the Faculty of Architecture of the Université Libre de Bruxelles and the Tongji University of Shanghai, as a momentum to further investigate the complex water challenges that Brussels is facing.

How to reduce the dependence of the urban environment on external resources and the discharge of exceeding and polluted waters to downstream sinks? Is it really possible to create the conditions that allow absorbing the pressures and requirements of the water system within Brussels’ urban region? How more sustainable water cycles can concretely support the process of city regeneration?

In Brussels the authorities are already working in this direction applying principles of sustainable water management/sensitive water design in their plans. However, what the spread of such an approach concretely means in the urban physical arrangement and how space can be carefully and specifically organized to contribute to the overall water sensitive strategy have still to be further explored.

The intensive program of the summer school is held in Brussels at the Faculty of Architecture La Cambre-Horta and involves both European and Chinese students, who are asked to investigate the functioning of water in the urban landscape and to invest their skills in design explorations of integration of water at different scales.

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