Calling architects the world over: World Architecture Festival Awards opens for entries The search begins for the best buildings in the world


MAXXI_National Museum of XXI Century Arts_designed by Zaha Hadid Architects_ photo by Roland Halbe

31st March 2011

Calling architects the world over: World Architecture Festival Awards  opens for entries

The search begins for the best buildings in the world

The search has once again begun to find the best buildings in the world as the World Architecture Festival (WAF) Awards 2011, the world’s largest architectural awards programme, opens for entries tomorrow (1st April).

Architects from around the globe are invited to follow in the footsteps of last year’s World Building of the Year winner, Zaha Hadid Architects MAXXI, National Museum of XXI Century Arts, and submit entries to find the best examples of new world architecture.


The WAF Awards, one of the highlights of the global architectural calendar, are taking place for the fourth time in Barcelona this November.

Submissions can be made online from 1st April; deadline for entries is 30th June 2011.

For each entry submitted, a second project can be submitted in any category at no extra cost - two projects can be entered for the price of one.

The WAF Awards embrace a range of entrants, from leading global architectural firms to small practices (unknown outside their own country), competing as equals on a global stage. More than 500 entries were received last year from more than 55 different countries.

Shortlisted entrants present their projects live to international judging panels and delegates during the Festival, which takes place in Barcelona from 2nd- 4th November 2011, as they compete for a coveted WAF Award.

This year’s Super Jury, which decides on the World Building of the Year 2011, comprises Michael Sorkin, principal of Michael Sorkin Studio, New York; Ben van Berkel, Co-founder of UNStudio, Amsterdam; Jo Noero, Principal of Noero Wolff Architects, Cape Town; Odile Decq, Principal of ODBC, Paris; and Professor Kongjian Yu, Principal of Turenscape, Beijing, a double category winner in previous WAF awards.

The Awards are divided into three main sections: Completed Buildings, Structural Design, and Future Projects (for designs in progress). Each section includes up to 15 categories in order to maximise the opportunity to enter. In the Completed Buildings section, a variety of project categories such as Learning, Culture and Office allows a wide range of projects to be eligible for entry. The Structural Design Section covers a variety of materials used such as Glass, Timber and Masonry, whilst the Future Projects section encourages an assortment of pipeline plans to be entered, such as Masterplanning, Commercial and Landscape. There are a total of 30 awards to be won.

Every project entered is showcased in the Festival gallery for delegates, architects, clients and critics to see at WAF.

Paul Finch, WAF Programme Director said: “The World Architecture Festival Awards celebrate the achievements of a huge variety of architectural practices. Unsung local buildings take on internationally acclaimed projects in what is the world’s biggest architecture contest. We are once again looking forward to presenting prizes that are internationally recognised by architects and clients alike.”

The WAF Awards are at the heart of the World Architecture Festival (WAF) and will take place at the Centre Convencions International Barcelona (CCIB) this November alongside a packed programme of presentations, seminars and exhibitions.

To enter the Awards, please go to:

All entries must be completed by 30th June 2011.

Previous World Building of the Year winners are Luigi Bocconi University, Milan, by Irish practice Grafton Architects (2008); Mapungubwe Interpretation Centre, South Africa, desgned by Peter Rich Architects of Johannesburg (2009); and MAXXI, National Museum of XXI Century Arts, Rome, by Zaha Hadid Architects (2010).

Entries are now invited in the following categories:

Completed buildings

Civic and community           Housing                            Learning

Culture                              Landscape                        New and old

Display                                      Office                               Production

Health                              Shopping                          Sport

Holiday                                      Transport                         House

Future projects                   Structural Design

Masterplanning                  Spans

Landscape                        Towers

Infrastructure                    Metal

Competition entries            Concrete

Residential                        Timber

Commercial                       Glass

Cultural                             Tensile

Educational                       Masonry

Experimental projects                   Composites/Synthetics


Architecture for humanity

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As we get ready to celebrate our 12th year, March was a month of groundbreakings and celebrations of completed projects. Our Haiti team opened a five-classroom school in Ceverine with Save the Children and The Stiller Foundation. This week we break ground on another school in Haiti. Bolivian Design Fellow Diego Collazos was on hand with representatives from ING Latin America and Happy Hearts Fund to open the Francisco Perez Anampa School on which he led the construction administration. Then he leapt into action to start work on Maria Auxiliadora School and Divino Jesus School, both in Ica, Peru.
Natural building technologies continued to take center stage as dozens of self-built homes are being completed in Pakistan as well as a series of elder housing projects for multiple tribal groups on the Native American Reservations. This week we begin a collaboration to train agri-tecture technologies to women cooperatives in rural Mexico.
Then a 9.0 earthquake hit off the coast of Japan.
Within the first days we began fielding requests for help from our colleagues and chapters in Japan. We established an advisory board and, thanks to the support of KDa and Atelier Hitoshi Abe, have opened small offices in Sendai and Tokyo. Architect Tohru Horiguchi will be our representative in Sendai as we grow our team and Sendai transitions to the reconstruction phase. Read below for an update on the work ahead and to learn how you can get involved.
The Architecture for Humanity Team
San Francisco, USA | Port au Prince, Haiti | Cape Town, South Africa | Sendai, Japan
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This Issue:
Project Updates | Chapter News | Design Opportunities, Jobs | Comings and Goings + Other News | Upcoming Events + Thanks

Project Updates

Sendai Reconstruction Update
Over the past two weeks we have been developing and refining a localized rebuilding plan, setting up offices in Sendai and Tokyo, supporting our local chapters and forming an advisory board which includes Hitoshi Abe, Mark Dytham, Astrid Klein, Yutaka Takiura, Yoshiharu Tsukamoto and Ryo Yamazaki.
We have been inundated with people wanting to get involved either by hosting a fund raiser and helping to rebuild. Outside of Japan a number of designers have put their skills to work through creating t-shirts to lanterns. Thousands of kids around the world are making paper cranes to help raise funds through students rebuild. To find out more on what we are doing, we strongly urge you to read our latest Sendai Reconstruction Update.
Haiti: Building A Strong Future
Ceverine school has been completed and re-opened to a rush of ecstatic children. Photos of finished construction are up now on the Open Architecture Network. Big thanks to Darren and everyone involved in bringing the project to successful completion! Dignite is finishing bid negotiations and is scheduled to enter construction April 1st. Bills of quantities are being developed for Montrouis and Pele. Students Rebuild is supporting school construction, welcoming dozens of new teams since the beginning of the year. Many of those have joined in the last few weeks, since the launch of their paper cranes for Japan initiative. Registration is open for student-to-student interactive video conferences in May.

Alexandra Football for Hope Center
The 10th centre of the Football for Hope movement in the Alexandra township of Johannesburg, South Africa hosted project kick-off meetings. The Football for Hope team celebrated with a rooftop brie (bbq), bringing together the many partners of the program. A film made by six Khayelitsha residents about their life and environment was screened. It's the product of a Sony-funded program called the Siyakhona Project, which uses space at the Khayelitsha Football for Hope Centre. See the film about Alexandra.
Global: Sports Micro-Venture Fund
Architecture for Humanity and Nike are excited to announce an additional two Gamechangers grant recipients.
1. We're supporting Habitat for Humanity China's work in Ganhaizi -- a district with one of the largest Miao minority ethnic populations in China. The micro-grant, awarded to Games in Lost Heavens, will build a basketball court and spectator seating, providing a community hub for a range of activities including the favorite of Ganhaizi's children and parents alike: basketball.
2. Architecture for Humanity and Nike do Brasil are partnering with Associação de Moradores da Cohab Adventista 1 to design and construct a new community resource and recreation center in Capão Redondo, São Paulo. The new center will host a program where women and children develop leadership through sport.
Last month we've also handed out design grants to projects in Guatemala, India and the United States. Additionally hundreds of teams registered for the Copa Arquitectura and next Monday we will announce the finalists.
Native American Housing
Our resident nomadic architect Nathaniel Corum just got back from Navajo where he's been working with communities to build homes, including off-the-grid straw-bale structures for tribal elders. Many are traditional octagonal 'hogans' and more than ten miles from the nearest pavement/power line. Also, project partner Enterprise Community Partners and Nathaniel met with staff from three Southwestern tribal housing authorities for the launch of Sustainable Native Communities Collaborative: an Architecture for Humanity collaboration supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

News Brief

At the SXSW festival Building Hope, a film featuring three Architecture for Humanity projects from 2010, won the Lone Star Audience Award. The world premiere will be in Austin on April 6th.
Charity Navigator recently named us as one of the top 10 fastest growing organizations in America in 2010 (#9). Continuing on with that trend we have now a dozen positions available [see below] - send your resume our way. We are also recruiting a whole host of volunteers. Have free time and want a peek inside HQ? Email us. Read on for more ways to get involved, project updates, job opportunities and more.
Recent Press: Co-founder Cameron Sinclair in The Atlantic
Arquitetura para a humanidade

Chapter News

The San Francisco chapter expresses a big thank you to all the volunteers who came out (even in the rain) to help the 30 Project at Hayes Valley Farm. In partnership with GOOD magazine, 30 Project, One Pot and C-Lab, the San Francisco chapter worked to complete construction of a greenhouse, benches, and a table for the first 30 Project dinner.
Our Auckland chapter is in high gear, responding to the Christchurch earthquake. To raise funds and awareness, three concerts took place in Wellington, Auckland and Austin to support the chapter's rebuilding efforts. They are focusing their attention on the rebuilding of the Unlimited School as well as supporting a number of displaced organizations. The chapter is most grateful to all those who have extended support, offering design assistance and donations. Want to help?
The Vancouver chapter has partnered with Canada Place, the mega culture and tourism center located in the heart of Vancouver. The structure's iconic 90-foot "sails" were recently replaced. Rather than discarding the old material, the chapter will seek the design solutions from professionals and students to re-purpose the Teflon-coated material. With a visit from Canada's Prime Minister, the chapter has launched this project, calling it Re-Fab and garnering press coverage.
Finally a special recognition to our Osaka and Kyoto chapters for taking a lead in coordinating rebuilding efforts after the March 11th earthquake in Japan.

Design Opportunities, Jobs

Architecture for Humanity HQ, San Francisco, USA
Director of International Programs
Editorial Director, Online Platforms
Construction Contracts Manager
Senior Construction Program Manager
Program Manager
Volunteer: Chinese Translator (Mandarin)
Volunteer: Haiti Team Stateside Support
Volunteer: Design Like You Give a Damn Writer
Volunteer: Students Rebuild Haiti
Tokyo and Sendai, Japan
Design Fellow: 日本
Port au Prince, Haiti
Project Coordinator (Urban Planner)
Directeur, Planification et conception
Construction Manager
Design Fellow: Urban Planner [stipend]
Design Fellow: Structural Engineer [stipend]
São Paulo, Brazil
Design Fellow [stipend]
China (exact location TBD)
Design Fellow [stipend]
Design Fellow [stipend]
New York City, USA
Design Fellow [stipend]
Sierra Leone
Design Volunteer

Comings and Goings + Other News

Alix Ogilvie, who has volunteered and more recently served as a Design Fellow on the Nike GameChanger program, is now a full-time Program Coordinator. She'll be taking on the 2011 Open Architecture Challenge among other assignments. Daily push-ups at the office?!?
A warm welcome to Elizabeth Han, our New Program Development Manager, who will be working to develop proposals and manage the pursuits process for new initiatives.
Also adding fresh vigor to HQ are our new volunteers Ken Smith, Nancy Fee, Bo Wongkalasin and Christian Gabriel.
In Haiti, we're pleased to announce that Martine Theodore is joining the Haiti Team as Director of Economic Development. She's served as Director at Fanm Ayisyen Nan Miami, Inc. (Haitian Women of Miami). Also joining us at the Rebuilding Center are Design Fellows Kate Evarts, sponsored by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and Jean Rene Lafontant.
Finally, it's with great sadness that we bid so-long to Michael Jones, Program Manager extraordinaire, whose warmth and good cheer is already missed.
Five years after the initial publication of Worldchanging, the landscape of environmentalism and sustainability has changed dramatically. This 2nd edition of the bestselling book is extensively revised with more than 160 new entries on the latest trends, technologies, and solutions in sustainable living.

Upcoming Events + Thanks

Note: Please read Sendai Update Page for All Related Fundraisers
Architecture for Humanity Design Open Mic
Who: You + Architecture for Humanity | When: Every Wednesday, 12-1pm | Where: 848 Folsom Street, San Francisco, California
All for Japan Challenge
Who: You and Nike + | When: Today - 30 days | Where: Global
SportAccord Conventions/2011 City Forum in London
Who: H.E. Sheikh Saoud Bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, Inaki Alvarez, Jerry Anderson, Cameron Sinclair and Spyros Capralos,
When: April 5th | Where: Debating Chamber, County Hall, London, UK
Live4Sendai Benefit Concert (tbc)
Who: Imogen Heap, Cameron Sinclair and others
When: April 5th or 6th | Where: London, UK
Summit at Sea
Who: Cameron Sinclair
When: April 8th - 11th | Where: Miami, FL
Pecha Kucha for Japan
When: April 16th | Where: Tokyo
Marin Modern Home Tour
When: April 29-May 1, 2011 | Where: Marin, California *Volunteers needed* Email us
Newark Peace Summit
Who: The Dalai Lama, Mayor Cory Booker, Majora Carter, Wade Davis, Dr. Drew Katz and Cameron Sinclair
When: May 13-15 | Where: Newark, New Jersey
Sustainable Operations Summit
Who: Robert F Kennedy Jr, David Suzuki and Cameron Sinclair
When: May 15-16 | Where: Pasadena, California
We are hugely grateful to the organizations and individuals who have given of their time, talent and resources to make all our work possible. This month, a special thank you goes to the Bezos Family Foundation, Students Rebuild, Nike, Nvidia, Novica, Do Something, Autodesk, PayPal, Global Giving, Viz Media and Heath Ceramics for supporting our reconstruction efforts in the affected regions of Japan. Cheers to volunteers Yuya Fukada and Satoko Nielson who have helped with Japanese translations. We'd like to also recognize Benetton Group for contributing to our SIDAREC project and all the individuals who supported our Kickstarter for agri-tecture training in Rural Mexico. To all, thank you! • Architecture for Humanity

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HUBURBS: Metrolinx Mobility Hub Symposium


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Friday, April 15, 2011
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Innis Town Hall
University of Toronto
2 Sussex Avenue
Toronto ON, M5S 1J5

On Friday, April 15th, the HUBURBS symposium will convene experts from the fields of planning, development, policy, academic research and design to discuss how transportation development can be leveraged to establish a new urban typology: the HUBURBS – a place of connectivity, community and opportunity that can replace the suburb as a more urbanistic and sustainable model for the future of the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.

The symposium will look at current notions of transit oriented development and innovative models that have emerged in response to specific local, economic and political contingencies that add new dimensions to the discussion.

The symposium is organized around 3 panel discussions:

Part I | Economics of a Hub will explore the economic, developmental and land-use issues that surround the hub. How can new transportation infrastructures be leveraged to create new opportunities for development, urbanization and job creation in sites which are either of low density or fractured in nature? How can transit companies, as land owners, leverage their holdings to set this process in motion?

Part II | Politics of a Hub will look at the political processes involved in gaining support from the range of stakeholders involved in planning a Hub from national to municipal to local levels.

Part III | HUBURBS: Models and Exemplars will explore a number of achieved and proposed high calibre designs for transit hubs. The panel will consist of designers and developers who will present projects that have creatively addressed one or more of the challenges outlined in Parts I and II.

The event will conclude with an extended roundtable discussion of the ideas and projects forwarded throughout the day.
For more information:

About the Image: Expanding itineraries on the Lakeshore West GO Line.
Credit: Jameson Skaife (MLA Candidate 2011) and Taslima Afroze (MUD Candidate 2011), Daniels Faculty


Cities Centre, University of Toronto


In partnership with the Toronto Coalition for Active Transportation at the Clean Air Partnership, Cities Centre is hosting its first Cities Mixes and Fixes Interdisciplinary Workshop on Complete Streets. Nancy Smith Lea, Neluka Leanage and Michelle St-Amour will discuss road design, land-use planning and community organization. Friday March 25th, 4-6pm, 230 College Street, Rm 066 …more

Canada in 2035: Symposium on the Critical Issues of Canada's Environmental Near-Future presented by PhD students in Environmental Applied Science and Management at Ryerson University on Thursday, March 24 will include an address by Cities Centre Director Eric Miller entitled Transportation Futures: Challenges & Opportunities. All are welcome to attend the day’s events. For more information

Cities Centre welcomes Alec (Alexander) Hay, a Canada-based serving British Army officer with extensive experience in overseas infrastructure and fortifications design and construction. Alec Hay is a practising Chartered Engineer specialising in infrastructure resilience and holds European Engineer designation. He is a licensed PEng in both Alberta and Ontario and is a Fellow of both the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Institution of Royal Engineers. Alec is a founding member and the International Secretary of the Register of Security Engineers and Specialists, which recognises competent professionals in security engineering through demanding peer review. He is currently working on developing an understanding of the interdependencies of critical infrastructure resilience. He has joined the Cities Centre on a part-time basis to assist with the establishment of the Centre for the Resilience of Critical Infrastructure and contribute to its research programme. Contact him at
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Friday, March 18, 12-2pm: Comparative Perspectives on Inequities in Children's Health and Development: Implications for Societal Strategies Arjumand Siddiqi, Assistant Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health , University of Toronto. Presented by CERIS. Room 5150, 252 Bloor Street West, OISE/University of Toronto. Please RSVP to …more
Friday, March 18, 12-2pm: An Enormous Prison Without a Roof: The Influence of Siberian Exile on Tsarist Russia's Penal Development Andrew Gentes, Department of History, Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois. Presented by Centre of Criminology and Centre for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (CERES). Room 208, North Building, Munk School of Global Affairs (1 Devonshire Place) …register and more
Tuesday, March 22, 4:30pm: A Presentation on Urban Studies Issues and the CAPS Conference Federation of Urban Studies Students at York University will present highlights of their trip to the 2011 Canadian Association of Planning Students’ Conference. Room 701, Ross South, Keele campus, York University. For more info
Tuesday, March 22, 6:30pm: Recent Works Stephen Teeple, Teeple Architects Inc., Toronto. Bulthaup Spring 2011 Lecture Series, John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, Room 103, 230 College Street …more
Tuesday, March 22, 7pm: Objectified Documentary film screening. Design Exchange, 234 Bay Street, 3rd Floor, Patty Watt Room. $10-15 admission; RSVP required …more
Tuesday, March 22, 8-10pm: Democracy, Expertise - and Politics (Day 1) The panel will feature: Munir Sheikh, Adjunct Professor, Queen's University and former head of Statistics Canada; Antonia Maioni, Director, McGill Institute for the Study of Canada; Mel Cappe, President and CEO, Institute for Research of Public Policy and former Clerk of the Privy Council. Moderator: Misha Glouberman, host of Toronto's popular Trampoline Lecture series. 2011 Walter Gordon Symposium in Public Policy (Day-1) presented by School of Public Policy and Governance, Isabel Bader Theatre, 93 Charles St. West …more
Wednesday, March 23, 8am-1pm: Democracy, Expertise - and Politics (Day 2) Two panel discussions will take place beginning at 8am with a light breakfast. Both panels will be moderated by Neil Seeman, Director of Health Strategy Innovation Cell. 9am: Talking to the public featuring Don Lenihan, VP of Public Engagement, Public Policy Forum and Karim Bardeesy, Editorial Writer, The Globe and Mail. 10:45am: Serving the public panelists include Karli Farrow, Director, Strategy Management Office, Credit Valley Hospital and Trillium Health Centre; Anthony Doob, Professor, University of Toronto's Centre of Criminology; and Paul Thomas, PhD student in Canadian Politics at the University of Toronto. A light lunch will be available following the second panel. 2011 Walter Gordon Symposium in Public Policy (Day-2) presented by School of Public Policy and Governance, Upper Library, Massey College, 4 Devonshire Place. Space is limited to registrants on a first-come, first-serve basis. Registration is required: rsvp@waltergordonsymposium.commore
Wednesday, March 23, 1-2:30pm: Tony Dean & Guy Giorno in Conversation Tony Dean is the former Secretary of the Cabinet and Head of the Ontario Public Service. Guy Giorno is the former Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister of Canada, the Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper. Presented by School of Public Policy and Governance at CG-150 Canadiana Gallery, Rm. 150, 14 Queen's Park Crescent West. RSVP to ...more
Wednesday, March 23, 5:30-7:30pm: Tour of Sony Centre for the Performing Arts Alfredo Romano, Principal, Castlepoint Realty Group, and Dan Brambilla, Chief Executive Officer, Sony Centre for the Performing Arts. Presented by ULI Toronto …register and more
Wednesday, March 23, 7:30pm: Paul Robeson: The Tallest Tree in Our Forest A panel discussion challenging race and class within Toronto’s multicultural framework, in honour of the UN Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Moderated by Ken Jeffers, Manager of Diversity in Parks, Forestry and Recreation, City of Toronto. Panelists: Norm Kelly, Playwright/writer; Lee Lorch, Civil rights activist and York Professor Emeritus; Rathika Sitsabaiesan, Community activist and Federal NDP candidate; Cikiah Thomas, Chair Global African National Congress.Co-sponsored by: Hart House, Centre for the Study of the United States, Munk School of Global Affairs and the City of Toronto. Free …more
Thursday, March 24, 9:30am-4:30pm: Canada in 2035: Symposium on the Critical Issues of Canada's Environmental Near-Future Presented by PhD students in Environmental Applied Science and Management at Ryerson University. Peter Bronfman Learning Centre, 7th Floor Heaslip House (The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education), 297 Victoria Street. For more information
Thursday, March 24, 12:30-2pm: The EU's external borders and refugee protection: from Dublin to Tunisia – Generation Christina Clark-Kazack, Assistant Professor, Refugee and Humanitarian Affairs, York University and President, Canadian Association for Refugee and Forced Migration Studies. Presented by CERIS, Room 519, York Research Tower, York University. Please RSVP to cerisadm@yorku.camore
Thursday, March 24, 1pm: Taxonomy as Technique Amy Kulper, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Ann Arbor. John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, University of Toronto, 230 College Street, Room 106 …more
Thursday, March 24, 4:10pm: When Is It Safe to Swim in the Great Lakes? Marg Sanborn, Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Family Medicine, McMaster University. Environment & Health Seminar Series, Centre for Environment. Rosebrugh Building, Room RS208, 4 Taddle Creek Road …more
Thursday, March 24, 5-7pm: Making Space for Diverse Masculinities: Difference, Intersectionality and Engagement in an Urban High School A Book Launch and Reception with Lance T. McCready, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Urban Education, Ontario Institute for Studies on Education. 252 Bloor Street West, OISE Rm 12-199. RSVP to
Thursday, March 24, 6:30-8:30pm: Billie Tsien Presented by Ryerson University Department of Architectural Science. Design Exchange, Trading Floor, 234 Bay Street …more
Friday, March 25, 7:30-11:30am: Integrating Energy Planning Into Urban Development - Why Should We Care? Keynote Speakers: Gord Miller, Environmental Commissioner of Ontario. Session Moderator: George Vegh, McCarthy Tetrault LLP. With an expert panel: Colin Andersen - CEO, Ontario Power Authority; John W. Livey - CAO, Town of Markham; Plus representatives from Enbridge and Dalkia (tbc). Presented by Canadian Urban Institute. Registration and fee required. Ted Rogers School of Management, Cara Commons Room, 55 Dundas Street West …more and register
Friday, March 25, 10:30am-12noon: Greenbelts: A guide to setting up and running multifunctional peri-urban spaces Marco Amati, Lecturer and Program Director of Environmental Planning, Department of Environment and Geography, Macquarie University, Sydney. Presented by CITY Institute at York, 626 York Research Tower …more
Friday, March 25, 12pm-2pm: Accessing and Using Primary Care Physicians among Immigrant Populations in Canada Lu Wang, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, Ryerson University. Presented by CERIS, TRS 3-129, Ryerson University. Please RSVP to cerisadm@yorku.camore
Friday, March 25, 2-4pm: Ruth Wilson Gilmore (City University of New York). F. Ross Johnson Distinguished Speaker Series, Centre for the Study of the United States. Intersections Geography and Planning Speaker Series. Munk School of Global Affairs, 1 Devonshire Place, Room 208N …more
Friday, March 25, 4-6pm: Cities Mixes and Fixes Interdisciplinary Workshop: Complete Streets Nancy Smith Lea, Director, Toronto Coalition for Active Transportation; Neluka Leanage; Michelle St. Amour. Presented by Cities Centre. John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, 230 College Street, Rm 066. RSVP to k.grond@utoronto.camore

Friday, March 25, 4-6pm: Neuro: The New Brain Sciences and the Remaking of the Human Nikolas Rose, London School of Economics. Intersections Geography and Planning Speaker Series, co-sponsored by Health Care, Technology and Place; History and Theory Working Group; Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Issues; Department of Philosophy. University College, 15 King’s College Circle, Room 140 …more
Monday, March 28, 1-2pm: What Effect has the Future Canadian Security Environment on the Resilience of its Infrastructure? Lt. Col. Alec Hay, MBE, P.Eng. Seminar 1 of Resilience of Critical Infrastructure in Canada Seminar Series. Presented by the Dept. of Civil Engineering, Structural Engineering. Bahen Centre for Information Technology, 40 St. George Street, BA1230 …more
Monday, March 28, 1:30-5:30pm: The Big Society: The Current Ethos of Social Engagement in Britain and its Implications for the Role of Government Presented by School of Public Policy and Governance. University of Toronto, Faculty Club, 41 Willcocks St., Main Dining Room. RSVP to ...more
Monday March 28, 7pm: Local History and Site Specificity in Bridge of One Hair Maggie Hutcheson, PhD Candidate, Environmental Studies, York University. Visible City Working Papers - Winter 2011. Of Swallows, their deeds, & the winter below, 283 College St. …more
Wednesday, March 30, 2-4pm: “Arrival City” The Final Migration and Our Next World 2011 Paul Cadario lecture presented by School of Public Policy and Governance. The Vivian and David Campbell Conference Facility, Munk School of Global Affairs, 1 Devonshire Place. RSVP to ...more
Wednesday, March 30, 2-4pm: International Police Reform Assistance: The Slow Evolution of a Liberal Idea Michael Kempa, Professor, Department of Criminology, University of Ottawa. Presented by Trudeau Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies. The Munk Centre for International Studies, 1 Devonshire Place, 108N, North House …more and register
Wednesday, March 30, 4:10pm: New Directions or No Direction? Climate Change and Global Risk Governance following Cancun Steven Bernstein, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Toronto, Mississauga. Centre for Environment Seminar Series, Sidney Smith Hall, 100 St. George Street, Room SS1072 …more
Wednesday, March 30, 5-7pm: Institutions out of Sync: Pressure Points for Change Featured guests will be: Professor Jim Cummins, Research Chair in the Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning at OISE, University of Toronto; Professor David Hulchanski, Associate Director for research at the University of Toronto’s Cities Centre and a professor of housing and community development and the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work; Gina Csanyi, Executive Director of the Roma Community Centre in Toronto, which is the only organization representing the interests of Roma in Canada; Fouzia Warsame, PhD candidate in OISE’s Department of Sociology and Equity Studies in Education (SESE) and a representative of one of Toronto’s Somali communities. Third annual William Waters Symposium, presented by Centre for Urban Schooling, OISE. Hart House Theatre, 7 Hart House Circle, University of Toronto. Free admission, ticket required: contact UofTtix Box office, 416-978-8849 or http://www.uofttix.camore
Wednesday, March 30, 7pm: Kama 2011 Benefit Reading Series: Cities Moderator: Ken Greenberg, architect, urban designer, teacher, writer, former Director of Urban Design and Architecture for the City of Toronto, and Principal of Greenberg Consultants. His new book, Walking Home: The Life and Lessons of a City Builder, will be published in May 2011; Suketu Mehta, author of Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found which won the Kiriyama Prize and the Hutch Crossword Award, and was a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize; Doug Saunders, journalist, columnist and reporter for The Globe and Mail, whose writing has won the National Newspaper Award on four occasions, and whose latest book Arrival City explores the effects of the final wave of rural-urban migration on the cities of the world. Presented by World Literacy Canada and the Centre for City Ecology. Park Hyatt, 4 Avenue Road, Toronto. Tickets are $60 with a $30 tax receipt, and include complimentary cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. Proceeds from this event benefit World Literacy Canada …tickets and more

Friday, April 1, 12:30-2pm: Shifting Empowerment, Remixing Values Heather Haynes (Toronto Free Gallery) & Mark Campbell (, Sociology & Equity Department at OISE). The City Institute at York University (CITY), 305 York Lanes …more
Friday, April 1, 4-5:30pm: Critically Assessing Conservation: Reflections from the Field Dr. Zinta Zommers, Wildlife Conservation Research Group, University of Oxford. Environment and Development Seminar and Jane Goodall Scholarship Presentation. Presented jointly by the Centre for Environment and the Jane Goodall Institute of Canada. Room 1050, Reichman Auditorium, 5 Bancroft Avenue, University of Toronto, Earth Sciences Centre. Free event, limited seating, tickets required
Monday, April 4, 12:30-2pm: Arbitration, Equity, and Summary Justice in Eighteenth Century London Greg Smith, Department of History, University of Manitoba. Presented by Centre of Criminology. Boardroom (Room 265), 14 Queen's Park Cres. W …more
Thursday, April 7, 5:30-7:30pm: Changing the Channel on the Immigration Debate Frank Sharry, Founder and Executive Director of America’s Voice, former Executive Director of the National Forum on Immigration and well-known leader, activist and trainer on messaging and media. The evening will be hosted by Ratna Omidvar, President of Maytree who will engage Frank in an informal conversation. Presented by Maytree. The Arts & Letters Club, 14 Elm Street, Toronto. Free, limited seating, ticket required …more
Wednesday, April 13, 11am (Toronto): Community Policing: Finding Common Ground with Immigrant Communities Cities of Migration webinar …more and register
Thursday, April 14, 12:30-2pm: Power/Knowledge Failure: The East German Secret Police, the Opposition, and the End of Socialism Andreas Glaeser, Department of Sociology, University of Chicago. Presented by Centre of Criminology, co-sponsored with CERES. Boardroom (Room 265), 14 Queen's Park Cres. W …more
Thursday, April 14, 6-9pm: 15th Annual Friends of Planning Spring Social Speaker Mr. Tony Gagliano, Co-Founder of Luminato, President of the AGO Board of Trustees and Executive Chairman and CEO of St. Joseph Communications. Great Hall, Hart House, University of Toronto …register and more
Thursday, May 12: Toronto The Good Presented by ERA Architects, co-sponsored by Cities Centre. Great Hall, Hart House, 7 Hart House Circle, University of Toronto. Details TBA.
Thursday, June 9, 5-9pm: Urban Leadership Awards 2011 Presented by Canadian Urban Institute. Liberty Grand, 25 British Columbia Road, Exhibition Place, Renaissance Room …more and register
March 22-24: Greenbelts: Local Solutions for Global Challenges Presented by Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, Toronto …more
March 23: CanNord 2011 Conference on Sustainable Solutions for Urban Life Hosted by the Embassies and Trade Commissions of Sweden, Norway and Denmark, in cooperation with the Nordic Council of Ministers and the City of Toronto. Allstream Centre, Toronto …more
March 24: 2011 Student Symposium on Urban Youth and the Determinants of Sexual Health Presented by Planned Parenthood Toronto & Gendering Adolescent AIDS Prevention (GAAP). William Doo Auditorium, 45 Willcocks Street …more
April 1-2: Out of Water John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design 230 College Street, Auditorium, Room 103 …more
April 7-8: Toward a New Globalization: The Challenge of Innovation Program of the 3rd CRISES International Symposium Université du Québec à Montréal …more
April 16: Finding Meaning in Multiculturalism 40 Years Later CERIS – The Ontario Metropolis Centre Graduate Student Conference, Ryerson University. For more information: internsforceris@gmail.commore
April 20-22: Staging Sustainability Accolade East Building, Keele campus, York University …more
April 23: Revisiting Suburbia 10th Annual Graduate Art History Student Association Symposium, York University. Information ahgsay.comm@gmail.commore
April 28-29: Complete Streets Forum Presented by Clean Air Partnership, co-sponsored by Cities Centre. Hart House, 7 Hart House Circle, University of Toronto ..more
May 12-13 “Queen Jane Jacobs” - Jane Jacobs and paradigm shifts in urban planning and urban redevelopment HafenCity University, Hamburg. For more information:
May 25-26 Carbon Finance Workshop Centre for Environment, University of Toronto, Hart House, 7 Hart House Circle …more and register
May 31-June 1: 2nd Annual Greening Government Conference Toronto Board of Trade …more
June 3-5: 2011 Ontario Heritage Conference Town of Cobourg …more
June 21-23: Canadian Housing and Renewal Association Annual Congress Regina …more
August 22-26: Montreal 2011 EcoCity World Summitmore
August 26-29: Urban Morphology and the Post-Carbon City 18th International Seminar on Urban Form (ISUF), Montreal. Reduced registration fee before April 2 more
September 22-24: IIDEX/NEOCON Canada National Design Expo and Conference Direct Energy Centre, Toronto …more
October 12-14: Ontario Professional Planners Institute 2011 Conference Ottawa Convention Centre, Ottawa …more
Continuing to July 15: MOCKED UP: IN FOOTNOTES ― Beyond Office dA Nader Tehrani, a founder of Office dA and the newly formed NADAAA. He is the 2010-2011 Frank Gehry International Visiting Chair in Architectural Design at the University of Toronto. John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, University of Toronto, 230 College Street …more

PechaKucha Sevilla vol. X


Tras el encuentro Kfé Innovación del pasado martes 15 del marzo del 2011 fui a la sesión de Pechakucha Night en el Teatro Alameda.

Pecha Kucha, que literalmente significa charla irritante, comenzó en Tokio en 2003 para luego expandirse a ciudades de todo el mundo como Londres, Berlín o Rotterdam, entre otras. Se trata de un novedoso evento interdisciplinar, donde arquitectura, sociología, diseño gráfico, moda, música, fotografía, diseño industrial, cine, multimedia, publicidad, antropología, medicina, química ambiental… encuentran un espacio para la interacción.
Este formato rápido de presentación de ideas, proyectos o diseños contará con 12 ponentes. Los participantes son estudiantes, profesionales, profesores y empresarios procedentes de diferentes disciplinas y sectores.

La primera sorpresa fue encontrarme con uno de los asistentes a Kfé Innovación -Sie Kikinshka- un joven novelista y poeta perteneciente a la de-generación Neo-Beat, está caracterizado por la escritura meta-simbólica y la utilización de interrelaciones entre mundos fantásticos y reales, gran parte de su obra se puede encontrar en Internet: y en redes sociales, los temas recurrentes que suele tratar son el amor, la libertad, la religión y los almuerzos de los domingos.
Su opera prima “Lisboa y las flores metafóricas” se estrena este año, aunque también se puede encontrar otras publicaciones como el poemario
“Ventricular Septum” así como una entrevista sobre él libro: es una personalidad bohemia genuinamente intuitiva, indisciplinado, sarcástico, plástico, mordaz, contributor, pornoeléctrico, locobarde, superlativo, arteuntico, lovemprendedor, necio, sin remordimientos e intrigantemente simpático.
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Pero no era casual su magnifica interpretación en su presentación anterior cuando nos confió que venia en su condición de alcalde, alcalde –continuó- de mi propia ciudad imaginada, creada…con un verdadero juego de palabras  sobre su visión idealista de la ciudad. Es una pena que esta nueva generación no se le de un papel mas protagonista en los asuntos cotidianos que con esa aptitud creativa podría suponer una autentica motivación e inspiración.  


Su interpretación llego mas lejos en esta 20x20 duplicada por su propio editor @eraser en una proyección paralela en los diversos soportes de la sala.

Durante los escasos minutos de los que disponen cada uno de los participantes para su puesta en escena el público asistente también tiene un papel importante en el desarrollo de las intervenciones. Así, los espectadores podrán experimentar una gran diversidad de explicaciones en el breve periodo de tiempo estipulado y, al finalizar las presentaciones, el evento se transformará en un espacio de encuentro entre los participantes, donde se provocará la unión entre los innovadores con diferentes perfiles creativos. Es ese momento el idóneo para encontrar trabajo, un socio, para acercarse a los ponentes con preguntas, disfrutar del ambiente, la música, para conocer personas, sus aspiraciones, inspiraciones…

A continuación el resto de los speakers:

1. Juan Socas. Cantautor, dibujante y arquitecto

Una canción, 20 dibujos mientras dejas volar tu imaginación. Interesante propuesta intuitiva, emocional y amena.

Arquitecto, músico y dibujante. Como arquitecto comenzó colaborando en estudios como el de Herzog & Demeuron, el de Álvaro Siza o MGM, desarrollo concursos y proyectos públicos en los que se obtuvieron algunos premios. Como dibujante, lleva desde hace 10 años garabateando cientos o quizá miles de folios con líneas que intentaban dar vida a los objetos y espacios que le han ido acompañando y conformando durante este tiempo. Como músico acaba de grabar su primer disco “déjà vu”, de autoproducción en la que ha colaborado más de una docena de músicos de la talla de Paco Escobar, Marco Gamero, Roberto Alda, Alfonso del Valle o Chiqui Calderón…
Debido a que pronto dejará esta ciudad en la que ha vivido tanto tiempo, se despide de ella participando como Speaker en Pechakucha y mostrando sus últimos trabajos, que son un intento de combinar sus pasiones: Dibujos sobre objetos domésticos que cuentan cómo eran las casas por donde ha pasado, sobre la arquitectura que construía a las mujeres que ha conocido…Dibujos con un fondo de bases Loopeadas de guitarra y letras que cuentan lo que las líneas no dejan ver.

2. Amparo Sebastia. Fotógrafa

Amparito como le gusta que la llamen estuvo exultante, amena con una espontaneidad y sentido del humor sobre su trabajo creativo y su vida cotidiana.

Mujer valenciana de 25 años bautizada como Amparo y rebautizada por todo su entorno como Amparito, con un objetivo en la vida: la fotografía.
En 2002 empezó Comunicación Audiovisual en la Universidad Cardenal Herrera CEU, pero en tercer curso se dio cuenta de que lo suyo era la fotografía y se fue a Milán. Allí, en la IIF encontró lo que de verdad le gustaba y a lo que quería dedicarse el resto de su vida: foto, foto y mas foto. Entonces volvió y acabó la carrera. Desde entonces lo que ha hecho ha sido hacer fotos, unas por encargo y otras por placer. La mejor muestra y explicación de todo esto está en su web.
Sus mayores inquietudes dentro de la fotografía son dos: la moda y lo que llama “mis destarifos”: fotografiar cosas con un punto de surrealismo, montar escenas absurdas y/o extravagantes.
Sobre moda no se considera una “fashion victim” de las que siempre están a la última, ni siquiera una consumidora de grandes marcas (lo cual no quiere decir que no sea conocedora del mundo de la moda) y para colmo, le horroriza la frivolidad de este mundillo. Pero le gusta fotografiar la moda, seguirla como una mera espectadora, construir una imagen perfecta mezclando luz, imaginación, belleza y alta costura. El amor odio que siente por la moda es lo que la tiene enganchada a ella.
Como Speaker Pecha Kucha presenta un nuevo proyecto… se trata de fotografiar a personas mayores, extrayéndolas de su contexto natural, de su estética habitual y sacar un lado divertido, chic y glamuroso de sus arrugas y ojos llenos de historias. Quiere imágenes fuertes, que te hacen sonreír, mezclar su extravagancia con la ternura de sus caras y ver el resultado de eso…

3. Citythinking. Propuestas creativas para la ciudad.

Esperaba su participación tras haber ganado recientemente su estudio EDDEA  el concurso para 20.000 viviendas en Moscú. Su exposición trató de los puntos fundamentales en la inmediata conversión de los estudios de arquitectura. Interesante la simbiosis entre investigación, creatividad, diseño, multidisciplinar intervinientes. Un estudio de libro actualizado en arquitectura  llevado a la practica desde aquí, Sevilla.

CITYTHINKING es una iniciativa de EDDEA para visualizar, repensar y adaptar organizaciones territoriales, vinculando economía, sociedad y naturaleza. A medio camino entre un laboratorio de investigación territorial y una oficina de diseño, en Citythinking trabajamos para emprendedores, empresas, o instituciones, involucradas en mejorar el futuro de sus ciudades. Junto a ellas nos implicamos en procesos de investigación encaminados a valorizar lo existente y desarrollar oportunidades reales. Para lograrlo, ha reunido en CTTK un equipo diverso formado por arquitectos, ingenieros, expertos en finanzas, geografía, medioambiente, arte y nuevas tecnologías.

Recientemente ayuda a repensar el modelo de desarrollo urbano al sur de Moscú. Ha proyectado como transformar una cementera obsoleta en Jaen, en una central de biomasa, ha desarrollado una estrategia para vincular la economía de Zirardow (Polonia) a sus recursos naturales, ha diseñado un laboratorio para gestionar infraestructuras territoriales o ha ayudado a enfocar un parque tecnológico hacia un ecosistema tecnológico…

Como speaker Pechakucha considera que lo más apropiado es contar un proyecto puntual, como es el caso de Torredonjimeno, Jaen, un pueblo donde la producción de cemento ha sido hasta ahora una de las principales fuentes de riqueza pero que cerró hace dos años, comenzando recientemente la demolición de la antigua fábrica. El proyecto empezó siendo un estudio muy limitado, ¿Qué hacer con este espacio obsoleto?, pero en el transcurso de la investigación se fue expandiendo hasta abarcar preguntas como ¿Qué hacer con este espacio obsoleto que se encuentra a orillas de la mayor concentración de olivos del planeta? Para terminar proponiendo: ¿Podemos reciclar una cementera que consumía 35.800 Mwh/año en una Central de Biomasa del olivar para producir al año 57.000 Mwh de energía?

4. Luis José Guilarranz. Estación Biológica de Doñana. CSIC

Presento su alocución inspirado en unas imágenes entre las especies en peligro de extinción y la propia sociedad con sus banqueros. La imagen del lince a punto de desaparecer por que no tienen sustento, los propios conejos y al otro lado el banquero que le falta alimento. Relacionó sus ideas e investigaciones en torno a la propia naturaleza social de la economía y sus sorprendentes paralelismos con el medio natural y silvestre.

El porqué de vivir en Sevilla es el resultado de encontrar la oportunidad perfecta. Estudió Ciencias Ambientales en la Universidad de Alcalá de Henares, y máster en Física de Sistemas Complejos en la Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, para a hacer el doctorado en Ecología bajo la dirección de Jordi Bascompte en la Estación Biológica de Doñana.

¿Por qué necesitamos saber de física para comprender los ecosistemas? Esto cobra sentido al ver los resultados de las investigaciones que han estudiando las interrelaciones entre especies. Los científicos han descubierto que hay características comunes en sistemas tan distintos como Internet, la red internacional de tráfico aeroportuario, una red financiera, o una red ecológica. Estas similitudes han supuesto una revolución, sugieren que hay procesos equivalentes en todos esos sistemas, significa que podemos utilizar las mismas herramientas para investigar y comprender todos ellos.

Una característica común de todos estos sistemas es que son generalmente robustos ante las perturbaciones, pero si desaparece alguno de los elementos importantes entonces todo el sistema corre peligro, y aparece una crisis. El sistema entero pasa de estar muy contento a estar triste. La desaparición de una empresa o de una especie no sólo afecta a dicha empresa o especie, sino que afecta a las empresas que mantenían relaciones comerciales con la ahora desaparecida, o a las especies que se comían a la ahora extinta. La perturbación se propaga por toda la red.

Como Speaker  Pecha Kucha  se va a hablar de la crisis económica, de redes, y de ecosistemas, del lince y del frutero de la esquina. De cómo una ciencia puede aprender de otra, y de cómo podemos ganar todos en el proceso.

5. Beltrán Berrocal. Diseño Industrial. Fundación Escultor Berrocal

Presentó la fundación Berrocal en honor a su padre escultor y se abrió a participar en la iniciativa a todos los que estuvieran interesados. Estuvo genial presentando sus trabajos y después los propios proyectos que inician.

Beltran Berrocal se define como Designer a 360°, co-creador de las lámparas interactivas, fundador y director de comunicaciones de la Fundación escultor Berrocal para las Artes. En breve: Polimate compulsivo + explorador de fonteras + auto potenciador = designer italiano
Como Speaker pechakucha tratará su pasado como Design multidisciplinar en Italia: En su estudio de diseño de Milan ha desarrollado distintos tipos de proyectos de diseño industrial híbrido y tecnológico entre los cuales destacan una familia de lámparas interactivas: Elica, la lámpara que se enciende y se apaga soplando; Pupa, la primera lámpara que tienes que acariciar para encenderla y apagarla, y Mr.Wax, la primera lámpara que cambia de estilo en el tiempo. Todos ellos en Su proyecto de futuro: Centro de Arte en Andalucía y convocatoria para colaboradores. Y su actual actividad con la Fundación Escultor Berrocal para las Artes con la que está desarrollando en Andalucía, un “Sistema Museo” que, a partir de la obra del escultor Miguel Berrocal, fomente el desarrollo de todas las artes, de las ciencias y de las técnicas.
La obra de Berrocal es multidisciplinar y sorprendente, a menudo inspirada por principios matemáticos y científicos, realizada con técnicas complejas y de vanguardia, sus esculturas son famosas por ser desmontables e interactivas. A partir del último estudio taller del artista se pretende crear un centro de artes, técnicas e innovación para todos los andaluces, una plataforma de nuevas creaciones que sea como un media-lab, un laboratorio de fabricación, donde se experimente, se aprenda, se enseñen instrumentos de creación y producción: desde moldes de escayola y técnicas clásicas hasta Arduino, Processing y Open Frameworks.
La presentación quiere ser un primer contacto con el sustrato fértil de la creatividad andaluza para que los interesados se embarquen en esta aventura.

6. Abigail Nava y Sara Ortega. Brilliant Solutions

A modo pausado, explicaron el significado de la luz para el artista, para la obra y el resultado de su investigación.

Abigail Nava, obtiene el título de arquitecto en 2006, máster de diseño de iluminación arquitectónica en 2007 y se incorpora a als lighting como directora de proyectos de iluminación. En 2010 colabora con Light cibles y en la actualidad es codirectora de Brilliant Solutions.
Sara Ortega, obtiene el título de arquitecto en 2007, máster de diseño de iluminación arquitectónica en 2008, máster en innovación arquitectónica: Tecnología y diseño 2010, colaborando como arquitecta en [tba]M durante dos años. En la actualidad es codirectora de Brilliant Solutions.
Existe una identificación social de la luz con lo positivo, lo trascendente, lo espiritual y la generación de ideas; su ausencia, causa miedo y desasosiego. Lo que no se ve, no se puede conocer y el hombre teme a lo desconocido. La luz es generadora y transformadora de emociones, no sólo de espacios sino de conductas.

Actualmente investigan cómo la luz emociona e interactúa con otras disciplinas:
Música, los sonidos y la luz se transmiten por ondas con diferentes amplitudes y frecuencias: su relación es directa, la luz es capaz de enfatizar las emociones que trasmite una melodía.
Cine-teatro, la luz es protagonista en la transmisión de lo cierto y lo ficticio: enfatizando personajes, inventando paisajes y contrastando escenas.
Arquitectura “la arquitectura es el juego sabio, correcto y magnífico de los volúmenes bajo la luz”.
Danza, la luz le añade drama al cuerpo, los dibuja, los perfila.
Literatura, la descripción de la luz tanto en narrativa como en poesía ayuda a imaginar tanto escenarios como estados de ánimo interpretándose como elemento físico y filosófico, determinante para autores como Goethe.
Fotografía y pintura. Las imágenes estáticas capturan la luz irrepetible de un momento determinado. Hay un triple lenguaje, la luz real, la capturada y la percibida.

7. Estudio Salvaje. Arquitectura

Un torbellino salvaje, con fuerza y garra. Mucha espontaneidad y fuerza de empuje de la mujer. Nos negamos a participar en concursos amañados!


Antimanifiesto Salvaje:

En estos tiempos ser “Salvaje” no está bien visto, resulta incómodo, expresa lo que nadie quiere escuchar. Rápidamente nos da miedo porque se nos escapa, ya que representa lo que está fuera de los límites establecidos. Pero aún quedamos Salvajes, imprevisibles, capaces de ir contra todos, contra todo y, fundamentalmente, contra nosotros mismos.
Nos gusta pensar que el momento actual en el que nos encontramos inmersos no debe ser entendido como un paso atrás en nuestras aspiraciones, sino que, por el contrario, supone una oportunidad para comenzar nuestro ejercicio profesional. Sumergidos en plena crisis económica, cultural y, por qué no decirlo, arquitectónica, no renegamos del tiempo que nos ha tocado vivir.
Como nos ha enseñado la historia, es en estos periodos de crisis en los que surgen nuevos movimientos culturales que intentan reinterpretar la nueva realidad a la que se
No somos Artistas, ni tenemos esa aspiración, queremos hacer Arquitectura para construirla. No queremos adscribirnos bajo ninguna etiqueta ni moda pasajera, inmadura y sin esencia alguna.
Preferimos la concentración a la extensión, necesitamos y reclamamos tiempo para generar nuestras ideas porque pensamos que para dar una buena respuesta hace falta
previamente una buena pregunta.
Nunca nos sentimos completamente seguros de hacia dónde nos dirigimos, ni de si existe un vínculo entre lo que pensamos y proyectamos, pero lo que sí tenemos en común es que en nuestra búsqueda aspiramos a ser Directos, Literales, Libres, en definitiva, Salvajes.

8. Dorota Strzelecka. Diseñadora gráfica

Esta chica dio lecciones. Primero de su destreza aun no sabiendo todavía bien el idioma después según confeso por su propia condición de tímida y como queriendo salir de su zona de confort se plantea este reto. Las ilustraciones magnificas.

Dorota Ewa Strzelecka, procede de Polonia, y lleva viviendo 4 años en España a raíz de su experiencia Erasmus en Bellas Artes en la Universidad de Granada. Actualmente trabaja como diseñadora gráfica y hace pintura artística de interiores.
Su participación en Pechakucha tratará sobre cómo “Superar la timidez” ya que siempre ha sido una persona tímida que con el paso de los años y gracias a haber pasado por muchas situaciones difíciles ha ido superando este problema. Basada en su experiencia personal, Dorota tratará cómo superar las barreras que nos bloquean para conseguir nuestros objetivos enfrentándose a aquello que siempre nos daba miedo o que sentíamos que no seríamos capaces de hacer. Dorota es una persona tímida, pero que quiere hablar en público y llevar a cabo su proyecto de futuro: Organizar Pechakucha Granada.
Como diseñadora gráfica, su presentación será contada por sus dibujos con un personaje en varias situaciones que expresan el tema.

9. Carlos Ojeda. Tapas & Tweets

Una iniciativa basada en los Tweets para salir del mundo virtualizado aquellos que estamos en ello.

Tapas&Tweets, hermano pequeño de Conversion Thursday, es un nuevo formato para compartir conocimientos y experiencias sobre Marketing on-line y Social Media. Nace en Sevilla en la primavera del 2010 de la mano de Carlos Ojeda (Linkedin) y Rafa Romero (Linkedin), con el objetivo de acercar a las empresas, organizaciones e instituciones la web y las redes sociales como canal de marketing, comunicación y relación con los usuarios.
Cada edición está centrada en un tema específico y cuenta con la presencia de 3-4 profesionales expertos en dicho tema, que exponen su visión del mismo en intervenciones de 8 minutos y a continuación debaten y conversan con los asistente, provocan y resuelven dudas. A continuación se invita a los asistentes a cervezas y tapas, para continuar con la conversación y hacer networking.
Con carácter previo a cada edición se hacen entrevistas sobre el tema a tratar a diversos profesionales repartidos por la geografía española. Estas entrevistas van publicándose en el blog y en Twitter, generándose una conversación y un debate previo muy interesantes.
Asimismo cada evento se retransmite por Twitter, facilitándose así la participación de personas que no han podido asistir, que van publicando sus comentarios y participando en el debate mediante Tweets que se van proyectando en una pantalla, con lo que, en torno al espacio físico en el que se celebra, se establece una dinámica conversacional entre internautas (que tuitean), asistentes al evento (que hablan y tuitean) y profesionales invitados (que hablan y tuitean). Y todo ello en un ambiente muy distendido, con ponentes y público compartiendo cervezas, experiencias y opiniones.
La última edición superó la cifra de 100 asistentes. Se celebra en el bar República Café en la Alameda de Hércules.

10. Tramallol. Cooperativa de iniciativas profesionales

Daria para otro post amplio. Excelente iniciativa de coworking donde están involucrados arquitectos, diseñadores, encuadernadores, confección textil…

Crisis, crisis, crisis. Falta de expectativas. Pocas salidas. Dificultades. ¿Qué lugar nos ha dejado en el sistema a los pequeños, a las independientes, a quienes nos movemos por debajo del radar?
No pretendamos que las cosas cambien si siempre hacemos lo mismo.Variemos las reglas del juego. Busquemos una forma diferente de trabajar, de hacer, de relacionarnos, de unirnos. Saquemos partido a nuestra precariedad, convirtámosla en nuestra principal baza.

Tramallol engloba a gente que tiene todo en común, menos su trabajo.Encuadernación artesanal, cocina, literatura, diseño, costura, arquitectura, elaboración de pasta, flamenco, editorial, traducción, catering, programación…todo unido en un solo espacio y un mismo proyecto. Es una cooperativa de iniciativas profesionales interconectadas en un espacio de 528 metros cuadrados. Es un lugar para actividades híbridas, para fomentar las tareas de cada cual desde el apoyo mutuo levantando un sitio a la medida de nuestras necesidades y a la altura de nuestros deseos. Todo tiene cabida: un concierto de campanas de sol a sol, una reunión de la red de decrecimiento, el diseño de un puerto, cursos de cocina, tres días de música loca-l, clases de libros cosidos a la española, una cena secreta, un concurso de arquitectura, la filosofía del quinto pino…

11. Accésit. Revista de concursos de arquitectura

Hacen un trabajo y un servicio excelente.

Inmaculada Pérez e Ignacio Villegas son arquitectos por la ETSA de Sevilla. Juntos crean en el año 2010 accésit, plataforma digital especializada en el seguimiento y difusión de concursos de arquitectura y disciplinas tangentes.
Su objeto es poner en valor y dar a conocer el trabajo y esfuerzo realizados por numerosos estudios en la elaboración de concursos, con la intención de analizar y difundir el extenso capital cultural que se genera en los mismos.
Destaca su publicación digital que lleva el mismo nombre y donde además de entrevistas y artículos de actualidad, se publican los últimos concursos fallados de ámbito nacional, incluyendo tanto un extracto de las bases como el material gráfico presentado por los participantes, tanto premiados como finalistas. De visualización online y descargable en pdf, se distribuye gratuitamente a través de

Concierto final: MARLOPA

Tras varios años de conciertos y un periodo de crisis y receso lejos de los escenarios (no del local de ensayo), Marlopa, tal y como hoy la conocemos, nace hace apenas un año y medio gracias a la unión de Joaquín y Kisko, dos de sus componentes originarios (2007), Campaña (Lithium) y Adrián (Elkabusa). Pronto comenzaba su andadura recorriendo los escenarios de Andalucía: Palo*Palo en Marinaleda, Akasha en Marchena, Camden en Lebrija, Sunfestival en Ecija, y la Sala lucky en Sevilla entre otros. A pesar de la corta edad de sus miembros, su preparación así como la compenetración y madurez del grupo, han permitido que en poco tiempo Marlopa sea una de las propuestas musicales más atractivas y prometedoras del pop-rock gracias al trabajo constante, unos temas muy elaborados a nivel compositivo en todos los aspectos y la fuerza conseguida en un directo que no dejará a nadie indiferente. En agosto de 2010 Marlopa graba su primer trabajo en estudio, un EP que cuenta con cinco de las más de veinte canciones que el grupo ha compuesto durante este último periodo. Este trabajo representa esfuerzo y resultado, así como la consolidación de un proyecto llevado a cabo en el estudio El Pelícano.
Sus componentes son Adrián Martos, cantante y guitarra; Juan Antonio Campaña en la batería, Joaquín Hidalgo como guitarra y coros, y Francisco Hidalgo, Kisko, como bajo y coros.
En Pecha Kucha Interpretarán los temas de su disco: “El secreto de la bruja”, “El negro de tus ojos”, “Mariela”, “Sueños de papel” y “Nada”. Todos ellos pueden escucharse

¿Qué es Pecha Kucha Night?

Pecha Kucha Night comenzó en Tokio en 2003 para luego expandirse a ciudades de todo el mundo como Londres, Berlín o Rotterdam, entre otras.
Aparece en escena como nuevo evento interdisciplinar, donde arquitectura, sociología, diseño gráfico, moda, música, fotografía, diseño industrial, cine, multimedia, publicidad, antropología, medicina,quimica ambiental… encuentran un espacio de [inter]acción.
Formato rápido de presentación de ideas, proyectos, diseños

:: 20 imágenes x 20 segundos :: 6 minutos + 40 segundos ::

En torno a 12-15 ponentes exponen sus ideas, proyectos, diseños a través de 20 diapositivas de 20 segundos cada una. Los participantes son estudiantes, profesionales, profesores, empresarios… de diferentes disciplinas.
Pecha Kucha Night se diferencia de otros eventos por su formato rápido de puesta en escena: cada ponente tiene 6.40 min para exponer su idea. El público experimenta una gran diversidad de presentaciones en un breve período de tiempo.
Al finalizar las presentaciones, el evento se transforma en un espacio de encuentro entre los participantes, provocando la unión entre innovadores con diferentes perfiles creativos. Es el momento de encontrar trabajo, un socio, de acercarse a los ponentes con preguntas, de disfrutar del ambiente, la música, de conocer personas, sus aspiraciones, inspiraciones…





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