BUenos Aires

Congress: “Right to the City”

This post comes to you from Cultura21

June 2nd to 5th 2011 in Hamburg

“The urban is defined as the place where people walk around, find themselves standing before and inside piles of objects, experience the intertwining of the threads of their activities until they become unrecognizable, entangle situations in such a way that they engender unexpected situations.” (Henri Lefèbvre: La révolution urbaine)

The Network Right To The City Hamburg invites to collective confusions, encounters and diversions at different places spread over the city. You can take part in workshops to the following topics:

  • Crisis of the neoliberal city
  • Housing, social issues, migration
  • Gender, race, class
  • Appropriation, squatting, resistance
  • Participation, representation, usurpation
  • Culture, production, casualisation
  • Utopia: a city for all

The Congress is organized by Netzwerk Recht auf Stadt Hamburg and Bundeskoordination Internationalismus (BUKO) as well as many urban activists from other cities (e.g. Kairo, Caracas, Istanbul, Buenos Aires, New York as well as activists from China, South Africa and many more).

For more information visit: kongress.rechtaufstadt.net

Cultura21 is a transversal, translocal network, constituted of an international level grounded in several Cultura21 organizations around the world.

Cultura21′s international network, launched in April 2007, offers the online and offline platform for exchanges and mutual learning among its members.

The activities of Cultura21 at the international level are coordinated by a team representing the different Cultura21 organizations worldwide, and currently constituted of:

– Sacha Kagan (based in Lüneburg, Germany) and Rana Öztürk (based in Berlin, Germany)

– Oleg Koefoed and Kajsa Paludan (both based in Copenhagen, Denmark)

– Hans Dieleman (based in Mexico-City, Mexico)

– Francesca Cozzolino and David Knaute (both based in Paris, France)

Cultura21 is not only an informal network. Its strength and vitality relies upon the activities of several organizations around the world which are sharing the vision and mission of Cultura21

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Sustentable ’08: 11/28 until 12/2 at the Buenos Aires Botanical Garden

Original by Paula Alvarado, Buenos Aires on 11.26.08 for Treehugger

From November 28 until December 2 the Buenos Aires Botanical Garden will host Sustentable ’08, the first edition of an annual festival entirely dedicated to sustainable design.

The event will present over 100 environmentally and socially responsible objects created by Argentinean designers, and will offer a set of conferences and workshops for both professionals and general audiences, all with free entry.

Find out about the designers and the program of conferences in the extended.

The event 

Even though there have been some events on sustainable design before (see our coverage of Design Connection and the green section at Puro Diseno fair), this one comes with in a time of many projects and people that are revolving around the subject of sustainability in Argentina.

Much undeveloped than in the States or Europe, it seems 2009 will be the year green finally jumps to a larger audience than the small group of us that have been quietly watching this grow.

The organizers of the event, Ana Lisa Alperovich and Rodrigo Valdivielso, are hoping this will be a conversation starter for many designers that are not involved in the subject and for the audience in general, which is why they have opened the event to everyone with free entry.

The designers

The products that will be presented in the exhibition cover different categories and are a good representation of the actual state of ecodesign in Argentina.

There will be different kinds of products for the home like the Nuke efficient and non contaminant stove, Tribalia’s knitted rugs and accessories, Arqom’s furniture, andMinima Huella’s glasses from bottles and cardboard benches.

Arqom’s Nativo bench.

In clothing and accessories the festival will feature 12-Na garments with reinvented clothes, Indarra’s solar jacket and sustainable fabrics pieces, Manto’s traditional weavings made modern, recycled fibers Cargabags, advertising banners bags by Baumm, tires accessories by Neumatica, repurposed tights bags by Mestiza, andbonded leather bags by Gruba.


There will be jewelry by Silvina Romero and Tota Reciclados; and toys byVacavaliente and Maminas.

The conferences and workshops

The entire program of conferences for the festival can be found online at theSustentable website.

All presentations and workshops are free of charge and no need for inscription, just show up at the right time and you’re done. There are talks about bioclimatic architecture, solar cooking, visual pollution, clean energies, organic gardening, sustainable textiles, local resources, organic eating and solar collectors, among others.

Some interesting people that will offer the talks are El Viaje de Odiseo and their anti-plastic-bags campaign, Miki Friedenbach, and the fellows from Xcruza studio and their solar cooker.

The workshops include one about advertising banners reuse by Baumm, another about discarded textiles design by Silvina Romero, another about composting and organic gardening, and one more about PET bottles reuse.

Remember, it’s all happening this weekend, from November 28 to December 2, from 11 am to 7 pm, at the Buenos Aires Botanical Garden (good opportunity to visit this beautiful green space located in Santa Fe Av. 3951; subway line D, Plaza Italia Station). Free parking for bikes is offered at the entry.

(Disclaimer: this writer voluntarily contributed with the organization of this event).

Sustentable ’08