Two awards for Venezuelans

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post by Silvia Soonets

I’m happy to report two awards recently won by Venezuelan architects. Both go to projects dealing with informal settlements and poverty.

PICO won the ASF-AWARD-2015 with their project  Spaces for Paece, that we discussed in a recent post. The award goes to inspiring projects, with the motto, Learning South of North. The award site is worth a visit, as it presents a variety of interesting projects.

Earlier this year, Ana Cristina Vargas won the Dubai International Award for Best Practices, for her project Tracing Public Space, in Mumbay.  The project was her MIT thesis.

She is now back in Venezuela, and is working in the application of her research in our “barrios”. Today we attended to a conference where Ana Cristina showed her interesting  and touching work. I’m not giving any details as she has promised a guest post for the next weeks. Meantime…

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“City Smell” Mappers Want Urban Planners to Use Their Noses

The Urban Sustainability Laboratory

Jenn Stanley
Next City
June 8, 2015

This “smell map” of London shows emission odors in red and natural scents in green. (Credit: Daniele Quercia, Rossano Schifanella, Luca Maria Aiello, and Kate McLean)

There are many ways to map a city: a basic street map, a neighborhood breakdown, by demographics. Now, thanks to researchers from the academic and technology worlds (Yahoo), we have something a bit different: the smell map.

The authors of “Smelly Maps: The Digital Life of Urban Smellscapes” used their own noses, crowdsourcing and social media to create odor-centric maps of cities.

According to the Washington Post:

Smell is hard to record, analyze and depict visually. So to make these maps, the researchers first created what they call a “smell dictionary” with the help of volunteers around the world. They asked dozens of residents in seven cities in Europe and the U.S. — Amsterdam, Pamplona, Glasgow, Edinburgh…

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