21 May 2019
Summer workshop Urban Andes - August 2019
UNSCH (Ayacucho) and OSA (KU Leuven) are pleased to invite participants to the 2nd International Urban Design Workshop in Ayacucho, Peru from August 19th to 28th, 2019. The intensive and immersive urban design workshop will tackle the issue of water insecurity influenced by unsustainable urbanization in the Cachi Basin. A shared and multi-scalar vision for both water management and urban development is required. To elaborate this vision, the workshop will intertwine design strategies of water urbanism with multi-stakeholder sessions and intensive fieldwork. The workshop is part of a two-year collaborative endeavor between Belgian and Peruvian HEIs and NGOs. It isis funded by VLIR-UOS and PEER-USAID and counts on the collaboration of the Centro de Competencias del Agua (CCA) and the Municipality of Huamanga, Ayacucho.
The organizing team looks forward to receiving applications from architects, urban designers, landscape architects, urban and environmental planners and-engineers. The workshop will enhance participants’ capacity to develop ecological restoration and management with equitable city-making and water provision. The goal will be to choreograph innovative and sustainable interplays of urbanization, landscape and infrastructure. The international design workshop will target first and foremost mid-career design professionals, local authority officials, NGO staff members and urban practitioners in the fields of urbanism and development planning in general. English and Spanish are the official languages of the workshop. Participants will not be charged tuition and accommodation costs, but are expected to cover their travel to and from Ayacucho. Candidates are invited to send a critical selection of design works, CV and motivation letter (max. 1 A4) to firstname.lastname@example.org by the 15th of July.
More information can also be found in the following leaflet: http://tiny.cc/49zz6y
14 May 2019
OSA awarded with Silver Medal of the 2018 National Planning Award
Last month, RUA/OSA, in collaboration with the Southern Institute of Strategic Planning (SIIUP, HCMC), was awarded the Silver Medal of the 2018 National Planning Award (in the category of construction planning projects) for the Mekong Delta Region Masterplan 2030, Vision to 2050. The plan was developed from 2013-17 and was approved by the Vietnamese Prime Minister in 2018.
This month, RUA/OSA, in partnership with the Vietnamese Institute of Urban Planning (VIUP, Hanoi), has been chosen as one of six teams for the international competition of "Planning Concept of Highly Interactive Innovative Districts (HIID) (District 2, District 9, Thu Duc district, Ho Chi Minh City)." The other teams include corporate heavyweights AECOM, SOM, Nikken Sekki, Gensler and Sasaki.
The competition seeks ideas to plan and develop implementation plans to transform 30,404 km2 of the eastern region of Ho Chi Minh City into a highly creative and interactive economic region focusing on advanced education, research and technology export markets, financial services and trade centers, delivering inter-regional economic activities in Ho Chi Minh City. The competition runs through the summer of 2019. It is sponsored by the Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee.
13 May 2019
Remembering Wenchuan Earthquake
The Wenchuan Earthquake struck on May 12, 2008 in the mountainous area of southwest China (Sichuan Province). It resulted in 69,227 deaths, 17,923 missing people and 480,000 rendered homeless. It was the strongest earthquake (8 magnitude on the Richter scale) in Chinese history. Countless houses, hospitals and infrastructure collapsed, resulting in economic losses of 845.1 billion yuan. In addition to the tremendous physical and economic impacts, the population as a whole was greatly affected. Immediately after the disaster, there was a lack of clean water and disease. For a period of the, towns were cremating 1,000 bodies daily.
The Wenchuan Earthquake resulted from the collision between two tectonic plates. However, experts also suggest that a large number of recently-constructed reservoirs and other large projects Sichuan may have induced the earthquake. The devastation was compounded by the use of cheap, unqualified construction materials which unnecessarily increased the number of victims, particularly in schools.
May 12, 2019 is the 11th anniversary of the Wenchuan Earthquake. We should not only mourn the ones we lost, but also the remember lesson we learned.
(Hongxia Pu, MaUSP 2017-19 student and photos from Zhongzhang)
18 April 2019
Alumni in the spotlight
19 March 2019
Guest lecture by Bas Smets - 01.04.19
11 March 2019
Alumnus is the spotlight!
5 February 2019
Booklaunch "Statie Stuifduin" - a2o architects
24 January 2019
1st International Belgian Urbanisms Seminar
23 January 2019
Social Innovation for Refugee Inclusion - A Sense of Home
21 January 2019
Alumnus in the spotlight!
17 January 2019
Alumnus in the spotlight!
9 January 2019
Water & Forest Urbanisms - Field Workshop, Vietnam
8 January 2019
New OSA publications
10 December 2018
Shout it out event: Urban Andes
26 November 2018
OSA Research Group publishes in Landscape Architecture Frontiers (LAF)
5 November 2018
Call for papers/presentations - 1st International Belgian Urbanisms Seminar
25 October 2018
MaHS alumni Eliana Barbosa wins Award for PhD thesis
20 September 2018
Forest & Water Urbanisms, Sonian Forest, Belgium: 2-14 September 2018
19 September 2018
Water Urbanisms of the Andes, Ayacucho, Peru: 22-31 August 2018
18 September 2018
Forest Urbanisms & Plastic (r)Evolutions, Dalat, Vietnam: 2 - 11 April 2018
4 June 2018
MaHS-MaUSP entry one of the winning projects at La Biennale di Venezia 2018
4 May 2018
2018 World Urbanisms - Call for Doctoral Students
22 March 2018
MaHS MaUSP Applications
15 March 2018
2018 World Urbanisms - Call for Alumni presentation
11 January 2018
2018-2019 - VLIR Call for applications
13 November 2017
27 October 2017
`On worn out landscapes. Mapping wasteland in the Charleroi and Veneto central territories`
25 September 2017
29 June 2017
IV World Urbanisms
20 February 2017
Call for non-European Applications!
31 January 2017
Post-Doc researcher for the international Master of Human Settlements (MAHS)
11 November 2016
Bungamati Action Plan at UK Shelter Forum London and ASF Lyon
14 October 2016
MaHS alumni Olga Peek + Nelson Carofilis won 2nd prize at the CIU Habitat competition.
25 May 2016
Call for European Applications!
24 May 2016
The next economy - OSA at IABR
2 February 2016
Map of the Month: Occupying São Paolo
1 February 2016
1 MONTH LEFT TO APPLY!
29 January 2016
In memoriam: Prof. Sandi Siregar
16 January 2016
Launch of Bungamati Rebuilding
7 December 2015
Waste of the City/ The City of Waste
16 October 2015
Dirty Antwerp: BWMSTR Label 2015 to MaUSP research
13 October 2015
CADES Lectures are back
21 September 2015
Opening of the academic year
20 September 2015
MaHS-MaUSP in Nepal