Reducing Boundaries at the Municipality of Porto Alegre, Brazil

31st October 2016

Categories > Dissemination, Research

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Tomorrow, November 1 at 10 am, the PGM -Procuradoria-Geral together with the ESDM – Fundação Escola Superior de Direito Municipal has invited Latitude to present the results of its work at the Municipality of Porto Alegre.

Latitude is going to show the preview of its documentary “Na bolha” (In the Bubble) that has been constructed starting from the fieldwork and interviews conducted in 2014 in the frame of the research Reducing Boundaries, an EU funded Marie Curie Staff Exchange program. The event will include a round table and debate on the issue of urban security in Porto Alegre and beyond.

The aim of the current mission of Latitude in Brazil is to collect feedbacks and to discuss the results of the research locally as part of the investigation.

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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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Italia 45-45

10th June 2015

Categories > Dissemination, Research

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Today, 11th june, Latitude is going to present the results of the research Reading the Incremental Occupation of the Territory at the XVIII Conference of SIU (Urbanists Italian Society) inside the atelier dedicated to water, mobility and energy. The conference will be an opportunity to tell the research and the story of Sile River high plain, but also to have interesting feedbacks from other experienced professionals and researchers. Moreover, the debate will be based on the comparison between different study cases, geographical areas, and different research approaches, in order to test every work inside an interesting critical environment. The aim of the Conference is to understand which direction the italian urban research is taking, and in particular how researchers are investigating themes related to the italian situation, from the past to the future.

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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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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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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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Exploring Luanda

25th February 2013

Categories > Research

 

In the framework of the research “Mobile A2K” promoted by SNIS – Swiss Network for International Studies and supported by SUPSI University (CH), Latitude is now conducting research in the field in Luanda, Angola, for a month.

The fieldwork aims at mapping the impact that public artworks and cultural events have on the city today and the role they played since the independence (1975). The research is especially focusing on the positive effects that such events and objects can leave on the urban space in terms of safety and security.

Latitude is trying to understand that complex topic through a series of urban explorations, formal and informal interviews to users (inhabitants) and producers (artists, curators, politicians etc.) and using different media : photography, video, recordings, drawings, maps.

Some results will be displayed soon.

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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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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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