Location: John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm Tuesday,October 29 230 College Street, Room 103 https://daniels.utoronto.ca/node/2038/ In this lecture, Belinda Tato, of the Madrid based group of architects ecosistema urbano co-founded with Jose Luis Vallejo, will present on their group’s work within the fields of urbanism, architecture, engineering and sociology. Their approach is defined as urban social design including the design of environments, spaces and dynamics in order to improve self-organization of citizens, social interaction within communities and their relationship with the environment. At the moment, ecosistema urbano is working on several urban proposals for different cities and their most recent projects include the design of an experimental urban playground in Dordrecht (Netherland), the Ecopolis Plaza a waste to resources building on the outskirts of Madrid, the project dreamhamar for Hamar (Norway) a network design project for the future of the main public space of the city and the design of the new experimental Educational Centre for the Reggio Children Foundation in Reggio Emilia, Italy. Since 2000, they have received more than 30 awards in national and international architecture design competitions and during the last four years their work has been covered by more than 100 media (national and international press, television programs, and specialized publications) from 30 countries, and their projects have been exhibited at multiple galleries, museums and institutions. In parallel ecosistema urbano is running a platform that develops social networks and manages online channels around the subject of creative urban sustainability. Ecosistema develops social software, exploring the new possibilities technology offers to empower people and improve social connectivity and interaction. Besides running their practice, they are usually engaged in teaching at different educational institutions worldwide (currently at Harvard GSD).