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Transformational Strategies challenge how we conceive of transforming an existing city into one that is sustainable and environmentally resilient.

The Transformational Strategies cluster investigates small scale but potentially massively parallel strategies to increase sustainability and environmental resilience of London’s urban environment. One of several strategies is insertion of small residential units into the urban fabric at a scale that is uninteresting to for-profit development and, therefore, leaves white or gray space for private initiative. This densification of the City of London with affordable units that occupy interstitial or other residual spaces that are otherwise unused; harvest energy, water, purify air through harvestable plants; have mitigating side effects like adding insulation, shading, or mere delight; and potentially share any surplus with their “host” structures; is in the spirit of Robert Socolow’s and Stephen Pacala’s idea of “stabilization wedges”: it is futile to wait for a single solution to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Rather, it is necessary to pursue many strategies in parallel at the same time with full force. The framework of the cluster will allow for complementary strategies to be investigated using epiphytic or parasitic strategies while utilizing commercially unattractive or otherwise challenging locations. Goal is to investigate these strategies with integrated analysis and multi-objective optimization software, exploring the apparent dilemma of optimization for an uncertain future.

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Benamy Turkienicz is a full professor at the Department of Architecture of the Faculty of Architecture ‐UFRGS, and teaches at the Program for Post‐Graduation and Research in Architecture ‐PROPAR‐UFRGS and at the Program for Post‐Graduation and Research in Design –PGDesign‐UFRGS . Invited professor at the Master in Urbanism Erasmus Mundus – 2008/2009, Master Course Coordinator, Planning Design at the Cape Verde University (cooperation protocol between CAPES/UniCV). Co‐author of softwares focused on architectural and urban design, among these, CityZoom. Prof. Turkienicz has delivered several lectures and conferences in universities in Brazil and abroad.

Transformational Strategies VolkerMueller SG2013

Volker Mueller has tutored Smartgeometry workshops since 2004 and co-championed clusters at sg2011 and sg2012. He has conducted many parametric design workshops at universities and for practitioners. He is interested in opportunities that parametric approaches with analytic feedback offer in concept design. He joined Bentley Systems as Research Director for Computational Design in 2008 after implementing BIM and parametric design in an architecture firm and after developing 3D modeling software. He earned a Dipl.-Ing. der Architektur from TU Berlin and as Fulbright Scholar an M.Arch. from the Ohio State University. Since 2009 he is a LEED Accredited Professional.


Transformational Strategies Tiemen Strobbe

Tiemen Strobbe graduated as engineer-architect at Ghent University, Belgium (2011), with a master dissertation about 'applicability of parametric design strategies'. Since October 2011 he is working as a PhD-researcher at the Ugent SmartLab research group. His interests and current research focus on multiobjective design optimization and generative design, especially focused on energy performance evaluation. He also was a participant at Smartgeometry 2010 (Barcelona) and Smartgeometry 2011 (Copenhagen).

TransformationStrategies-Ernesto Bueno

Ernesto Bueno holds a diploma in Architecture and Urban Studies from FAU – UCV, Caracas and earned a M.Arch in Genetic Architectures from ESARQ – UIC, Barcelona. Formerly a Computational Design Architect at Atelier UM+D, Curitiba, Brazil, he is currently a Researcher at SimmLab – UFRGS, Porto Alegre, where he is studying for a MSc in Design & Technology. He is dedicated to research, teaching and disseminating generative modeling and digital fabrication in architecture and design. He is the editor of ‘Parametricismo’, a specialized blog in Portuguese.


Eduardo Carneiro is an Architecture and Urbanism student in the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul - Brazil. He has scientific and technology initiation scholarship in the Laboratory for Simulation and Modeling of Architecture and Urban Planning where he research on parametric design, shape grammar and color grammar. Has participation in theses and articles dealing generative modeling, digital fabrication, architecture and design.


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