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