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An Open Dialogue with Urban Think Tank


This open conversation with Alfredo Brillembourg and Hubert Klumpner, co-directors of U-TT, related to the growth of the global south cities.

Founded in 1993 in Caracas, VZ, Urban Think Tank proposes an experimental research and teaching methodology that rethinks the former physical limitations of contemporary architecture and shifts the emphasis from form-driven to purpose-oriented social architecture. The philosophy of U-TT is to deliver innovative yet practical solutions through the combined skills of architects, civil engineers, environmental planners, landscape architects, and communication specialists. Since 2007, Brillembourg and Klumpner have taught at Columbia University, where they founded the Sustainable Living Urban Model Laboratory (S.L.U.M. Lab), and since July 2010, they hold the chair for Architecture and Urban Design at the Swiss Institute of Technology, ETH in Zurich. Their work concerns both theoretical and practical applications within architecture and urban planning. Working in global contexts by creating bridges between first world industry and third world, informal urban areas, they focus on the education and development of a new generation of professionals, who will transform cities in the 21st century. They have been awarded the 2010 Ralph Erskine Award from the Swedish Association of Architects for their innovation in architecture and urban design with regard to social, ecological and aesthetic aspects.

Their project, Metro Cable in Caracas just opened at the MoMA exhibition,  Small Scale, Big Change: New Architectures of Social Engagement.

Lecture co-sponsored by GSD Latino.

Harvard Graduate School of Design, October 1st 2010

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