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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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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Mobility and Urban Liveability in Palestine

23rd September 2016

Categories > Education, Workshop

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Cosmopolis VUB with Latitude and the Department of Urban and Regional Deveopment of UAntwerpen  in collaboration with the An-Najah Universety are about to conclude the first workshop on mobility and urban development in two central locations of Nablus and Ramallah. In Nablus, the research focused on the urban east-west axis, with the aim of organizing public transport more efficiently, reducing traffic congestion and improving the quality of urban space. In Ramallah, it concentrates on the central squares and market area, where pedestrians clash with car dominated spaces.

After a series of intense site visits and dense lectures from local and international speakers,  students from the three universities are working intensively at the Center for Urban and Regional Planning of An Najah University in Nablus where they will exhibit the first results in an instant-exhibition.

 

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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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International Workshop on Waste Architecture

29th August 2015

Categories > Dissemination, Workshop

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Latitude is partner of the “International Workshop on Waste Architecture. Rehabilitation of landfills” that will be held at S. Margherita di Pula (Cagliari, Italy) between the 6th and 7th of October 2015. The workshop is a parallel event of the international conference SARDINIA 2015 / 15th International Waste Management and Landfill Symposium (Forte Village Resort, 5-9 October 2015). Waste Architecture is a new and relatively unexplored conceptual and design topic which promises to give rise to a lively debate between environmental professionals, and architecture and urban design experts. The workshop represents the first of a series of thematic seminars on environmental design and interventions related to the collection, disposal and management of waste. This first appointment will focus mainly on the architectural, functional and landscape rehabilitation of old landfills. 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.

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Water is Alive

8th June 2015

Categories > Competition, Other

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Latitude, with CZstudio and ETC Engineering srl , just won the first prize ex-aequo at “Water is Alive, la depurazione come risorsa”, a design competition promoted by the water utility Verbano S.p.a on Lago Maggiore, North of Italy. The call looked for innovative ideas on the dismantling and recovering of two wastewater treatment plants and the up-scaling of a third one, located on the urbanized cost and valleys of the alpine lake. The need to provide prototypical solutions for similar contexts led to pay particular attention to the recurring geomorphologic conditions of the area and the human transformations which enabled a variety of water uses over time.

The proposal moves from the consciousness of how water is today often a denied territorial feature: its infrastructure is hidden and its underlying processes are “forgotten”. Nevertheless, water management has a direct impact on the urban and natural dynamics. Focusing on these processes it means to grasp the inherent potential of the infrastructure and space of water, making them real organizational structure of the territory. Through technological upgrading and water sensitive management practices, the infrastructural renovation becomes the opportunity of open the “black box” toward leisure and didactic activities, emphasizing the relationship of the wastewater plants with the territory and their role for a renewed culture of water.

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Water Islands

8th May 2015

Categories > Urban design, Workshop

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Since January 2015, Latitude is working on the participatory design project Ilot d’Eau (Water Islands) and in the diagnosis Enquête sur les citernes d’eau de pluie (Inquiry on the rainwater tanks) in the frame of Les Chemins solidaires de l’eau, a project submitted by Latitude with EGEB and some local committees of inhabitants for the Contrat the Quartier Durable Abbaye (Forest) and financed by the Brussels-Capital Region.

These two projects aim at raising awareness among the inhabitants and the city users about the opportunity to find room for water within the private realm of the building blocks of Brussels. The search for collective water devices is meant to be one of the preferable ways to enhance social cohesion and spatial quality at once. These collective initiatives could contribute to counteract the water risks that since years threaten the area.

The first Latitude’s public action is the Enquête sur les citernes d’eau de pluie, a diagnosis about the rainwater tanks existing in the area. A table will be arranged in the public square St. Denis (Forest) tomorrow during the general assembly of the Contrat de Quartier Durable Abbaye and for the following two weekends during the local market. Inhabitants are invited to fill a questionnaire, to indicate their own rainwater tank –real or imaginary- on the map of the Contrat de Quartier, to express if they have water-related problems in their parcel, to describe the measures they take to face the problems, to tell how they use water at home.

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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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Rochefort Workshop

14th September 2013

Categories > Research, Urban design, Workshop

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Can urban design provide affordable and shared solutions at the same time as alternative to technocratic-unilateral visions for the urgent demand of flood risk management in Rochefort (France)?

Latitude has been invited to tutoring at the Rochefort Workshop along with William Werbeeck (Flood Resilience Group, UNESCO-IHE ). The workshop organized by RAW in collaboration with the City of Rochefort, the Université libre de Bruxelles, the Japan Institute of Architects and the Laboratoire Techniques, Territoires et Sociétés, is held at the Forum des Marais in Rochefort. Between the 14th and the 21st of September 2013, European and Japanese students affiliated to different faculties of architecture and urban design will work intensively to indentify spatial actions that can counteract the risk of flooding while increasing the urban livability and enhancing the resilience of the estuarine landscape of Charente River. To this end, during the week, the investigation will focus on four main issues: the coastline, the city of Rochefort, the wide military heritage area and the prototypical housing unit.

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Delta Landscape 2100

23rd February 2012

Categories > Research, Urban design

The booklet Delta Landscape 2100 was finally sent to print! The book is the third of a series (Delta Landscapes – building scenarios within fragile territories; Delta Landscapes – geographies, scenarios, identities) and it collects the results of the Po Delta Summer School 2011, a collaboration between IUAV University of Venice, University of Sheffield, Vilnius Gediminas Technical University and Ion Mincu University of Bucharest with Latitude.

How is the Po Delta going to be in 2100? Two opposite scenarios have been investigated through a series of experimental representations, short essays, design proposals that aim at highlighting opportunities as well as fragilities, paradoxes and dilemmas.

Delta Landscape 2100 was curated by Maria Chiara Tosi, Manuela Bonini Lessing and Latitude – Professional Dreamers Editions, graphic design: ey studio

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On Municipal Water Plans

7th February 2012

Categories > Research, Urban design

Latitude together with BM engeneering (Andrea Mori) will speak on the Municipal Water Plans during the conference organized by the International Centre Civiltà dell’acqua – a non profit organization for the promotion of water related values and issues –  for the presentation of the book “I Piani Comunali delle Acque. Strumenti di sicurezza idraulica e opportunità per la rigenerazione del territorio”. The event is also promoted by the Province of Venice and the Water Board Acque Risorgive and it will take place the 9th of February at Teatro di Villa Farsetti (Via Roma 5, Santa Maria di Sala) at 15.30.

In order to prevent future hydrogeological risks, the Province of Venice has introduced the Municipal Water Plans to develop better and more sustainable policies on water management.

The intervention will focus on the relation between the engineering-technical approach towards Municipal Water Plans and a more comprehensive process that can combine the need of solving water dysfunctions with spatial-urban opportunities, such as new public spaces, ecological corridors etc.

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Ugly Spots / results

13th December 2011

Categories > Competition, Urban design

Through an extended survey along inhabitants of the Kortrijk region, Leiedal mapped 120 so called ‘Ugly Spots’ in the urban environment. Ten sites were selected and ten design teams were asked to propose a creative intervention for two or three sites. With this project, Leiedal wants to stimulate creative interventions in distorted public spaces.

Latitude – together with Gijs Van Vaerenbergh – was selected to work on the courtyard of the community center of Terhand – Wervik and on the town square of Spiere. Both projects were selected by the jury and recommended to the local municipality.

Ter Hand ( in the picture above) is a ribbon structured hamlet in the Wervik region. A morphological and programmatorical analysis shows how most (small scale) public activities are generically inserted in the stretched undefined space between the road and the private properties. We propose a sequence of local interventions to derive and strengthen existing identity defining elements from the ribbon. The site is one of the four strategic locations with a public importance to the ribbon. We propose a new ground canvas that runs from the community building, across its courtyard to the other side of the street. In this way – together with two new openings in the existing wall – this wall divides a new public space instead of hiding one. A light canopy structure follows the diagonal axis of the wall and accentuates the spatiality of the courtyard. The canopy has mirror symmetry to respond to different activities on both sides of the wall and becomes a landmark in the ribbon structured hamlet.

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