Location

Nairobi, Kenya

CORRUPTION & URBAN DEVELOPMENT

Client

UN Habitat

CORRUPTION & URBAN DEVELOPMENT – UNI HABITAT, NAIROBI

Working in collaboration with Transparency International, UPB have been developing a pedagogic model that addresses corruption and urban development. The pedagogy was launched this September in a workshop at UN Habitat in Nairobi, and will be piloted in cities and universities in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The pedagogy is intended to engage students, academics and practitioners of urbanism, urban design, planning and architecture in issues of corruption in the built environment and design professions, and ways to promote transparency and design cities of integrity.

 

With Transparency International Secretariat https://www.transparency.org, UN Habitat http://unhabitat.org, University of Nairobi, Makerere University Uganda, University of Zimbabwe, University of Zambia, Slum Dwellers International http://sdinet.org, TI Kenya http://www.tikenya.org, TI Uganda http://tiuganda.org, TI Zambia http://www.tizambia.org.zm, TI Zimbabwe http://www.tizim.org

#greatschools thinktank

#greatschools think tank

UPB, together with Hawkins\Brown, Aecom, Creative Wit and the Architects Journal, are part of a think tank about the value of design intelligence in delivering good school buildings. The Think Tank will publish a manifesto in September 2015, that will be delivered to the government on how to achieve great school at great value.

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Location

Medellin, Colombia

Productive Territories: Urbanism as a Tool for Promoting Social Mobility and Equity

Productive Territories: Urbanism as a Tool for Promoting Social Mobility and Equity

Networking Event, World Urban Forum 7, Medellin

As more and more people around the world live in urban poverty, and as the gap between the economically mobile and the disadvantaged increases, urban design is inextricably linked with the distribution of economic resources and civic services. If poverty can only be eradicated when cities become more efficient in ecological, economic, political, social and cultural realms, it is urgent for urbanists around the world to develop strategies that can lay the groundwork for equity.

 

Productive Territories* research platform is hosting a networking event at the World Urban Forum 7, Medellin, to discuss the potential for urbanism, as an integrated spatial discipline, to enhance productivity and promote social and economic mobility.  The event will bring together actors and agents from around the world, including urbanists, developers, designers, academics, policy makers, research institutions and the public, to discuss their experiences, ideas, concerns and strategies.  The event will culminate in a public discussion exploring the concept of the Productive City in the Twenty-First Century, and how design can play an essential role in stimulating more equal forms of production in urban environments.

Speakers and Respondents:

Alex Warnock Smith, Architectural Association, Urban Projects Bureau Ltd, UK

Alejandro Rodriguez, Geografia urbana, Colombia

Carlos A. Nuñez, Arquitectura en Estudio, Colombia

Dieter Zinnbauer, Transparency International, Berlin

Jorge Sanchez, Nomena, Peru

Juliana Muniz Westcott, JMW, Brazil/Netherlands

Maria Claudia Peñas, Ciudades como vamos, Colombia

Ana Lopez, City Mart, Barcelona.

productiveterritories.org

wuf7.unhabitat.org

Productive Territories is a research platform developing intelligence, knowledge and debate about the role of design in promoting fair and just conditions in cities. We work collaboratively with international agencies, public and private sector organisations, NGOs, think tanks and academic institutions to develop strategic approaches to issues facing cities globally today. Productive Territories aims to expand the understanding of the potential of urbanism, architecture and design in creating equitable and inclusive cities.

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Location

Recife, Brazil

URBAN MOBILITY AND SOCIAL HOUSING. INTERNATIONAL URBAN DESIGN WORKSHOP, BRAZIL

URBAN MOBILITY AND SOCIAL HOUSING. INTERNATIONAL URBAN DESIGN WORKSHOP, BRAZIL

Urban Projects Bureau teach an international urban design workshop in Recife, Brazil, examining the potential of new transport infrastructure and civic facilities to increase social and economic mobility across the city’s fragmented structure, demanding topography and divergent terrain. 

In collaboration with the Brazilian Ministry of Cities, the National Secretariat for Cities, the National Secretariat for Housing, the State Government of Pernambuco, Caixa Bank, UFPE Instituto Futuro, Geosistemas Engenharia e Planejamento, Arup, S333 and the Architectural Association MA Housing and Urbanism.

Tutors: Alex Warnock-Smith, Juliana Muniz-Westcott

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Cities for Life: World Urban Forum 2014

Architectural Review
Published By

EMAP Publishing Limited

18 April 2014

 

Building Relationships

BD Online.co.uk
Published By

UBM for Building Design

Tuesday 7 January 2014

 

Location

Berlin, London

Transparency International

Client

Transparency International

Transparency International

Urban Projects Bureau have been acting as consultants to international anti-corruption NGO Transparency International, developing knowledge and ideas about the role of corruption in cities, and the potential of the tools of architecture, urbanism and planning to support anti-corruption advocacy and promote transparency.

Together, we attended the 15th International Anti-Corruption Conference in Brasilia, 2012, and led a discussion session called ‘Mobilising the Metropolis, New Approaches to Fighting Corruption in the Context of Rapid Urbanisation’. With UN Habitat, Avina and Transparency International Chapters.

Currently, we are expanding the field of knowledge and understanding of urbanism and corruption and are developing articles, publications, workshops and a pedagogic model.

www.transparency.org
www.15iacc.org

Venice Takeaway

Venice Takeway:
Ideas to Change
British Architecture.

Catalogue of the 13th
Venice Architecture Biennale

Published By

AA Publications

ISBN

978-1-907896-24-8

The Innovative Region and Creative City

The Innovative Region and Creative City

Visions and Urban Design Strategies for Nangang, Taipei

Published By

National Chiao Tung University

ISBN

978-986-02-5290-3

Location

Brasilia, Brazil

13th International Anti-Corruption Conference 2012

Client

Transparency International

13th International Anti-Corruption Conference 2012

Urban Projects Bureau, with Transparency International, attended the 15th International Anti-Corruption Conference in Brasilia, 2012, and led a discussion session called ‘Mobilising the Metropolis, New Approaches to Fighting Corruption in the Context of Rapid Urbanisation’. With UN Habitat, Avina and Transparency International Chapters.

Location

DUBROVNIK, CROATIA

EU SUSTAINABLE URBANISM CONFERENCE

Client

ZELENA AKEIJA – GREEN ACTION CROATIA

EU SUSTAINABLE URBANISM CONFERENCE

Urban Projects Bureau delivered a lecture on Urbanism and Citizen Empowerment at the EU-sponsored Sustainable Urbanism conference in Dubrovnik in March 2013.

www.zelena-akcija.hr/en

Location

AA Housing & Urbanism MA 2011-12

Industry, Infrastructure and Institutions: productive relationships in the Lea Valley

Urban Projects Bureau are course masters at the AA Graduate School Housing & Urbanism programme, leading a design studio exploring new productive relationships between industry, infrastructure and institutions as drivers of a knowledge-based economy, in London’s Lower Lea Valley.

Tutors: Alex Warnock-Smith, Jorge Fiori

Location

University of Brighton BArch / RIBA 1, 2012-13

Integrate & Innovate

UPB lead an undergraduate design studio at the University of Brighton, exploring the potential of composite architectural and urban scale interventions to promote spatial and social integration, and to innovate new forms of industry and trade on the border between Whitechapel and the City of London.

Tutors: Alex Warnock-Smith, Jan Nauta

Location

Amsterdam

Making Zuidas. International Urban Design Workshop, Amsterdam.

Making Zuidas. International Urban Design Workshop, Amsterdam.

UPB taught a design workshop in Amsterdam, developing integrated urban design proposals and spatial strategies for the Zuidas region of Amsterdam, February 2012. Hosted by The Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, Amsterdam Municipality and Urban Planning Office, the Zuidas Project Office and the Netherlands Architecture Institute.

With Hugo Hinsley, Larry Barth, Alejandro Zaero-Polo and students from AA Housing & Urbanism, TU Delft and Yale School of Architecture.

Guest lecture by Adriaan Geuze, West 8.

Work exhibited at the 2012 Rotterdam Architecture Biennale

Location

London

Design & The Informal City Research Cluster

Client

The Architectural Association

Design & The Informal City Research Cluster

UPB are part of the AA Research Cluster rethinking the spatial conditions of informal cities, run by Elena Pascolo, Alex Warnock-Smith and Jorge Fiori. Events hosted by the cluster include:

 

30/05/2012 Creative Acts of Citizenship, The Informal as Praxis

Presentation and discussion by Teddy Cruz

09/02/2012 Informal City: Design as Political Engagement Symposium

Invited participants: Alfredo Brillembourg (Urban Think Tank, Chair for Architecture and Urban Design

ETH Zurich), Jose Castillo (arquitectura 911sc, Urban Age, LSE Cities advisory board member), Franklin Lee (SUBdv, AA

Unit Master 2005-10), Jorge Jauregi (Atelier Metropolitano), Dr Felippe Hernandez (Lecturer University of Cambridge)

29/11/2011 Medellin’s Social Urbanism: Symbolism or Transformation? Symposium

Invited participants: Dr Julio D’avila (Senior Lecturer, Development Planning Unit, UCL), Professor Ann Varley (Dept of

Geography, UCL), Dr Felippe Hernandez (Lecturer, University of Cambridge)

 19/10/2011 Slum Free Cities, public lecture by Mukesh Mehta

 

For more information, contact informalcity@aaschool.ac.uk

Location

Architectural Association, London

Informal City: Design as Political Engagement

Client

Urbanism and the Informal City Research Cluster, AA

Informal City: Design as Political Engagement

Urbanism & The Informal City research cluster explores the concept of the ‘informal’ as a parallel modality that shapes the urban condition. With particular emphasis on spatiality, the cluster is researching ways in which ‘informal’ processes contribute to a radical re-thinking of the space of the city and its institutions, and organised the Design as Political Engagement symposium at the Architectural Association in February 2012.

Invited speakers included:

Alfredo Brillembourg, (Urban Think Tank, Chair for Architecture and Urban Design ETH Zurich)

Jose Castillo, (arquitectura 911sc, Urban Age, LSE Cities advisory board member)

Felipe Hernandez, (Lecturer University of Cambridge)

Jorge Juaregui,( Atelier Metropolitano)

Franklin Lee, (SUBdv, AA Unit Master 2005-10)

Teddy Cruz, (Estudio Teddy Cruz)

Radical Dualities

Radical Dualities

Interview of Ole Scheeren

Blueprint Magazine

September 2011

Issue 306

Transforming Cities

Transforming Cities.

Design in the Favelas of Rio de Janeiro

Published by

The British Council and the Architectural Association

ISBN

1 902902 22 -X

 

Location

University of Brighton MArch / RIBA 2, 2011-12

Towards a Civic Economy

Towards a Civic Economy

UPB lead an MArch design studio investigating the potential of civic infrastructure and civic institutions to develop a civic economy in London’s Elephant & Castle regeneration area.

Tutors: Alex Warnock-Smith, Christina Godiksen, Henrik Rothe

Transforming Tainan:

The Spatial Challenge of the Knowledge Economy

Published By

College of Planning and Design, National Cheng Kung University

ISBN

978-986-03-5875-9

Tainan Railway Station District

Tainan Railway Station District

International Intensive Urban Workshop

in Tainan

ISBN

978-986-03-1970-5

The Urban Economy, Future Cities.

The Urban Economy,
Future Cities.

The Times Newspaper
Published By

Raconteur Media for The Times Newspaper

No. 70320

Monday 25 July 2011

 

Location

Xue Xue Institute, Taipei

Innovative Regions and Creative Clusters

Client

NCTU Taipei

Innovative Regions and Creative Clusters

Urban Projects Bureau delivered two lectures at the Xue Xue Institute, Taipei, discussing the importance of urbanism as a tool for creating complex, integrated spatial strategies for the development of brown and green-field sites in Taipei, as part of the ‘Innovative Regions and Creative Cities – Governance of Technology, Culture and Knowledge in Regions and Cities’ conference.

With AA Housing and Urbanism, NCTU Graduate Institute of Architecture, S333 Architecture & Urbanism, and Living Labs Global.

 

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Location

Architectural Association, London

Medellin’s Social Urbanism: Symbolism or Transformation?

Client

Urbanism and the Informal City Research Cluster, AA

Medellin’s Social Urbanism: Symbolism or Transformation?

Symposium hosted by the Urbanism and the Informal City research cluster at the AA, discussing interpretations and affects of the Medellin Cable Car.

Invited speakers included:

Dr Julio D’avila (Senior Lecturer, Development Planning Unit, UCL)

Professor Ann Varley (Dpt of Geography, UCL)

Dr Felippe Hernandez (Lecturer, University of Cambridge)

Designed in Taiwan

Designed in Taiwan

Blueprint Magazine

December 2010

Issue 298

Location

University of Brighton Diploma / RIBA 2 2009-10

Food and the City: Consumption, Distribution & Waste

Food and the City: Consumption, Distribution & Waste

UPB lead a Diploma design studio experimenting with the mechanisms of food consumption, distribution and waste in the city, and the design of more integrated, socially and economically sustainable spatial systems.

Design theses were concerned with three main themes: re-designing public institutions through unexpected secondary uses of space; inserting new economic and industrial systems into the city and experimenting with architectural possibilities; and exploring the architecture of informal political activity and production.

Tutors: Alex Warnock-Smith, Christina Godiksen

Location

University of Brighton MArch / RIBA 2, 2010-11

Points, Lines & Territories

Points, Lines & Territories

UPB lead a MArch design studio experimenting with alternative forms of social, political and cultural engagement in Brixton, South London, and the potential of incremental, socially-sustainable alternatives to the masterplan as a form of urban regeneration.

Tutors: Alex Warnock-Smith, Christina Godiksen

Location

AA Housing & Urbanism MA 2010-11

Industry, Infrastructure & Urbanism in the Royal Docks

Industry, Infrastructure & Urbanism in the Royal Docks

Urban Projects Bureau are course masters at the AA Graduate School Housing & Urbanism programme, leading a design studio developing the spatial potential of new forms of high-tech industrial production, urban agriculture and green-technology in London’s Royal Docks.

Tutors: Elena Pascolo, Alex Warnock-Smith, Jorge Fiori

London +10

London +10

Published by

AA Publications

ISBN

978-1-902902-83-8

Location

UNICA, Cagliari, 2009-10

Univer(c)ity

Univer(c)ity

Elena Pascolo was a Visiting Professor at the University of Cagliari, Italy. The design module for 40 fourth year students focused on the role of institutions in transforming the city. A range of strategies and interventions were proposed for a strategic site which lies between the harbour, the station and the historic centre of Cagliari.

Workshop tutors and visiting critics: Martino Tattara (Dogma), John Palmesino (Territorial Agency)

Location

MA Urban Design, The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, 2010

Urban Provocations

Urban Provocations

‘Before we consider aesthetics, we want to consider what the issue and the question is.’ Cedric Price

UPB lead Urban Design Unit 5 at the Bartlett, comparing and contrasting London and Los Angeles, along 3 themes: architecture as enquiry, architecture as urban strategy, and architecture as provocation.

Tutors: Elena Pascolo, Daryl Chen

Feast, Shopopolis Part 1

Feast, Shopopolis Part 1

Essay: Towards a Civic Economy

Published by

British Council / Delfina Foundation

 

The Food Exchange

The Food Exchange

National Architecture Student Festival 2008 publication

ISBN

978-0-9563532-0-7