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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The Wave at Calamita/à Workshop

3rd November 2015

Categories > Dissemination, Education

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Latitude is invited to participate to the workshop organized by Calamita/à Project on saturday, 7 December, around 3.00 pm, at the headquarters of Parco Dolomiti Friulane, with other experts and artists as the photographer Jan Stradtmann and the geologist Emiliano Oddone. We will present the results of the research on the Vajont, “the Wave”, but also some others works, as for example Veneto 2100: Living With Water, to illustrate the research approach used by Latitude and the importance of multisiciplinarity in our design-based researches.

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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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Conversations on the City

20th June 2015

Categories > Dissemination

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What is an urban project? Does it concern the prevention and protection of our territories? These are some of the questions posed by the cycle of lectures “Conversazioni sulla città” organised by Gruppo Area  1 –  Area architettura, urbanistica, paesaggio, design –
of the Board of Architects of the province of Modena.
The aim of the lectures is to explore the new global needs, starting from the theme of climate change and major environmental
disasters that are affecting more and more frequently all over the world our urban realm, understanding to what extent the boundaries between different disciplines should blur.
Latitude, together with arch. Talita Medina, will present its work on water related issues today at 5 pm at the San Carlo Theater in Modena.

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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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Calamita/à Vajont

14th July 2014

Categories > Dissemination, Research

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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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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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Latitude at the X Bienal de São Paulo

11th July 2013

Categories > Exhibition, Research, Urban design

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We are very happy to announce that we have been selected as one of the 54 participants to the X Bienal de Arquitectura de São Paulo, Brasil, that will open on the next September 28th, 2013.

Latitude will present a comparative research titled “Reading the Incremental Occupation of Territories” which focuses on the representation of  urban and territorial transformations in similar territories: the province of Treviso (IT), Caxias do Sul (BR) and Eldorado do Sul (BR).

The research will show the recent process of fast land exploitation in areas under high economic pressure. Starting from the città diffusa, in the Northeast of Italy – one of the most widespread inhabited territory of Europe today facing problems of both water scarcity and flood – the proposal unfolds the fast territorial changes of two cities in the southernmost region of Brazil, using the same retrospective reading model.

Through a series of artefacts, Latitude aims at raising awareness about the effects of small actions repeated thousand times over the territorial support, with a special cut on water. In a time that draws together the global economic crisis, strong urbanization and shrinking processes, the forthcoming urban models have to consciously and strategically engage with those complex dynamics, understanding how inhabitants use and appropriate urban spaces.

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Latitude at ]pyblik[

16th May 2013

Categories > Dissemination

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How can public space interplay with water?  How to regain water in the public space?

These are the interlinked questions posed at the Journée Thématique: L’eau et l’espace public organized by ]pyblik[  that will be held the 17th of May at the Centre International pour la Ville, l’Architecture et le Paysage in Brussels.

]pyblik[ is a programme promoted by the Brussels-Capital Region with the aim of enhancing the know-how and expertise in public space in the region linking together the academia, designers and local administrators.

Latitude will present some recent reflections about how boosting a more integrated water management can lead to the process of urban renovation hankered by many cities today. The seminar will precede the masterclass about possible perspectives on the space along Brussels’ canal.  As many city around the word, over the last centuries Brussels has indeed misplaced its former strong relation with the water bodies of the original landscape in favour of more hard and hidden hydraulic infrastructures.

During the day, at the round table other researchers and design offices will present their recent explorations on the subject to foster the discussion.

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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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Latitude at UCL

4th November 2012

Categories > Other, Research

 

 

Which is the current state of knowledge in the field of urban sustainability and resilience?

Some of the most recent and relevant research upon the linkages between human societies, the technological world and the natural environment are presented and confronted in London at the 1st International Conference on Urban Sustainability and Resilience organized by the Centre for Urban Sustainability & Resilience of the University College London (5-6 November 2012).

Latitude will contribute presenting the interdisciplinary approach tuned in the field of resilience through the last research and design experiences. The conference is the ultimate occasion to put forward and discuss with other preeminent experts a common coherent future research agenda.

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Revealing the Sile River

24th May 2012

Categories > Research

Latitude and B&M Engineering are now collaborating on a hydrological study for the Sile river (Treviso, Italy). The study aims at understanding the recent dysfunctions, like the problems of draught and flood that affect the river track that goes from its spring to the city centre of Treviso, which are also linked to the intensive irrigation and hydroelectric uses of water.

But the fact that the Sile is today entirely dependent from the water coming from the northern diversions of the Piave river makes it even more fragile. Understanding the broader picture and the water systems’ mutual dependency is thus a priority.

 

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