Latitude is a platform strongly engaged in context-based research and design that aims at understanding space in its multiple dimensions focusing on emergences, space-place issues, the everyday and the unexpected. It takes works on well-established urban conditions and territories, as well as liminal physical and social contexts, experimenting with a wide range of tools for investigation and dissemination at the intersection between urban design and anthropology.
The platform’s research and practice-based approach produces visually oriented outputs, such as publications, exhibitions, artworks and other initiatives that involve the general public like workshops and seminars. Latitude is a dynamic working group that collaborates with universities, design offices, civil society organizations, public institutions and artists.
Fabio Vanin (PhD) is co-director of LATITUDE Platform for Urban Research and Design and assistant professor of Landscape Urbanism at the Master STeR* in urban design and spatial planning at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. His main research interest lies in the relation between design and social practices, currently ranging from the impact of the security paradigm in shaping the urban realm to the compatibility and social value of urban productive spaces (Brussels) and the effects of environmental issues on the urban landscape with a focus on water. He has also conducted research on post-independence urban contexts with a focus on the transformation processes of Lusophone cities.
Marco Ranzato (PhD) is co-director of LATITUDE Platform for Urban Research and Design, researcher at the Faculty of Architecture La Cambre Horta of the Université libre de Bruxelles, and coordinator of the LoUiSE research group for Metrolab, a laboratory of territorial engineering supported by the ERDF program 2014–20. His current research focuses on the Brussels Capital Region, exploring the role of design in the arrangement of inclusive metabolic production and consumption patterns and more integrated systems of water. He also works around the concept of co-production, focusing in particular on the co-production of water, energy and waste services, and co-design. One of his main research interests centers on the processes of horizontal urbanization and the resulting infrastructure configurations.