Altering Practices for Urban Inclusion

Ahmet Gün (İstanbul, 1987) is an architect and currently a Ph.D. candidate and working as an Research&Teaching Assistant at Istanbul Technical University (ITU). He taught architectural design studios at ITU School of Architecture between 2014-2018. He continues his research as a visiting researcher at KU Leuven. After he completed his bachelor’s degree in Architecture (2012), he received master’s degree in Urban Design (2014) at Istanbul Technical University (ITU). During his Ph.D period, he organized a track in JaneJacobs100 Conference which took place at The Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands. In his Ph.D. dissertation, he tries to develop an ICT-integrated participatory design model for urban tranformation areas in Turkey. His current research interest vary from participation in architectural design, bottom-up practices in urban interventions, crowdsourcing, ict-based participatory design, digital participation platforms.

Anthony Aelbrecht (Aalst, 1991) graduated in Architecture (Urban Projects and Urban Cultures) at the University of Brussels, Belgium and at The Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO) in Oslo, Norway. A brief recap of his master thesis 'Antagonism of Affinity' (mapping and activation of a church in Sint-Joost-ten-Node) can be seenhere. He worked with Brussels Cooperation Architects & Studies (BE), 2A+P/A (IT), Baukuh (IT), OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen (BE) and works currently at Stéphane Beel Architects (BE). He applauds architecture towards imaginativeness in quest of a re-definition, a broader perspective, an extended ‘counter’ and an essence of role towards change. He contributed as co-author on: Get Real, De Dijle aan het woord/Stadsdebat Leuven, Collective Spaces for Super-Diversity and Future Proof! Nieuw vakmanschap in herbestemming. He's 1/4th of interindividual.

Antonio Boeri (Milan, 1991) is a freelance architect and researcher. Currently he is working on some interiors and curatorial projects in Milan collaborating with Ludovico Oldini and Davide Pagano with whom he founded the group CMQ Architettura. Meanwhile he is doing a practice-based PHD with the university of KU Leuven entitled ‘Social Productive Infrastructures’ . In 2017 he collaborated with RICA Studio (Madrid) on several international competitions, in particular engaging in the reconversion and design of public-educational buildings. He obtained his Master Degree with honours in 2016 from the KU Leuven University of Brussels. During his last academic year, he spent an exchange semester at the Istanbul Technical University (ITU) to research and reflect on his Master Dissertation. In 2014, after obtaining his bachelor’s degree at Politecnico di Milano, he had other two professional internship at AllesWirdGut Architektur in Wien and at Privileggio_Secchi in Milan.

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Ayse Zeynep Aydemir (Istanbul, 1985) is an architect and studio tutor with a research practice on architectural design learning. She received BArch (2008) and MSc in Architectural Design (2011) degrees from Istanbul Technical University. She taught architectural design studios at ITU School of Architecture between 2010-2017. She's been a visiting PhD candidate as a TUBITAK scholar at KU Leuven Faculty of Architecture in Ghent and Brussels between 2014-2016 and worked as a studio tutor in International Master of Architecture at the same faculty during Fall 2015. She completed her jointly supervised PhD entitled ‘Experiments, Practices and Positions in Architectural Design Studio’ at KU Leuven and ITU in 2017, supported by ITU Scientific Research Projects Coordination Unit. Currently, she is an assistant professor of architecture at MEF University Faculty of Arts, Design and Architecture. Her research and teaching interests include new pedagogies and new production techniques, living laboratories, design-build studios, bottom-up approaches, co-create, discovery and experimenting in architectural design studios.

Aurelie De Smet (Gent, 1980) graduated in Architecture at the Hogeschool voor W&K, Sint-Lucas Gent and in Spatial Planning at the University of Ghent. After working as an independent architect for three years, Aurelie was offered a grant by the Brussels-Capital Region (Innoviris) to research ‘The Role of Temporary Use of Waiting Spaces’ . This research (promoted by Prof. Kees Doevendans, Sint-Lucas & TU/e and Prof. Bruno De Meulder, ASRO, KU Leuven) lead to a series of publications, workshops and consultancy assignments on 'temporary use', ‘bottom-up urbanism’ and 'tactical urban planning’'. Currently Aurelie is working as a (PhD-)researcher for the KU Leuven Faculty of Architecture on the ‘SWOT-mobile’ project (promoted by Burak Pak and Yves Schoonjans, KU Leuven). At the same time Aurelie also works at the Department of Landscape Architecture of the Erasmus University College Brussels, where she leads the Centre of Expertise ‘tuin+’. Her work there involves the exploration of the ‘gardenlandscape’ (the accumulation of the variety of semi-public, semi-private and private open and green spaces) on a theoretical and spatial level. In general Aurelie is fascinated by the influence people have on their environment and vice versa. The interaction between ‘theory’ and ‘practice’ is a common thread in her work, as she finds it essential to relate her findings to the real, everyday world.

Burak Pak (,) is a Professor of Architectural Collaborative Design, Collective Spaces and Digital Media at KU Leuven Faculty of Architecture. He holds a PhD from ITU Faculty of Architecture. After working at Carnegie Mellon University School of Architecture and Texas A&M University VIZLab as a Visiting Scholar, he worked as a post-doctoral research fellow (INNOVIRIS) at KU Leuven Faculty of Architecture on “Alternative Urban Projects for the Brussels Capital Region”. He is currently teaching design studio courses and running several international and national research projects in Brussels and Ghent Campuses. His research focuses on enabling inclusion in and through design. Co-creation and co-design plays a central role in the research projects he participates in through which he aims to integrate social design practices, education and research. Examples of the research projects he is involved in are: “Co-creating & Building Solidary Housing for Homeless” (INNOVIRIS Co-create) and “Incubators of Public Spaces” (JPI-Urban Europe).

Caroline Claus (Ghent, 1980) is a Brussels-based urban (sound) researcher. Her work concentrates on the position of noise and vibration in a context of urban development. The ontological turn in sound studies, feminist theory and the avant-garde output of independent electronic record labels provide a conceptual and methodological basis for a trans-disciplinary research into sonic urbanism as speculative practice. Caroline has contributed to the design of urban railway park/places and transitory/participatory processes. She has long term experience in supporting organizations in the social sphere in their organization of outreach-based community involvement in Brussels urban development processes. Caroline studied Sociology, and Urbanism and Spatial Planning (Cum Laude) and is currently doing a Ph.D. at the KU Leuven Faculty of Architecture, Brussels. Her second book, a collaboration with Q-O2, was published in november 2018. Caroline teaches with Dr. Burak Pak the KU Leuven maib14 Design Studio Studio_L28.

Caroline Newton (,)is an architect, urban planner and political scientist. She holds a PhD in social geography from the University of Leuven (Belgium). Her work and research focuses on the socio spatial dimensions of design and critical spatial practices in Europe and the Global South. Her research interests are centred on the interrelationship between social processes and the built environment. Caroline has a very broad interest and she has worked on (informal) dwelling and participatory upgrading, the challenge of design and planning in post colonial environments and also on the methodological and pedagogical challenges of a 'designerly way of knowledge production'. Additionally she has been working and writing on integrating real and virtual words and their role for architecture and architectural education. Currently she is looking at the role of the urban in (socio-ecological) transition processes and the spatial embeddedness of a circular economy. Caroline is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Housing and the Built Environment. She teaches courses on participatory processes and design, urban planning, socio-spatial planning, sociological concepts for spatial designers, design studio's on building and urban design in Europe and the Global South and she has coordinated numerous fieldwork and study trips in Europe, Africa and Asia.

Dieter Michielsen (Turnhout, 1992) graduated international Master in Architecture at KU Leuven, campus Sint-Lucas Ghent. He worked half a year for the permit department of Antwerp city and half a year working in architectural office PM-architecten in Ronse. Since 2016 he is also co-founder of OURB; a collective focusing on developing tools to build an urban civic network. Currently he will research spatio-temporal orchestration of stories in public space through digital displays.

Elie Daher (Beyrouth, 1984) Arch. studied Architecture in Lebanon, (he is graduated from the Institute of Fine-Arts, department of Architecture, Lebanese University, Tripoli, Lebanon, in 2009). After four years of experience acquired in construction field in several countries, he converged his interest and focus to the research area. Therefore he pursued the Master of “Global Design, specialty Architecture, Modelling and Environment” at the “Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture” of Nancy, France in 2014). Since February 2015, Elie Daher is working as a researcher at Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) in Luxembourg. His research took place in the field of numerical modeling for early design phase and participation. The issue raised in this work studied especially the capabilities of parametric architectural modeling to support and empower the participation of users in the design of their facilities. Currently, Elie Daher is conducting a PhD thesis in collaboration between LIST and KU Leuven entitled “A participatory method and toolset for data-driven optimization of design solutions in parametric modeling systems”.

Gorsev Argin (Izmir, 1987) is currently a Ph.D. candidate and working as an RA/TA at Istanbul Technical University (ITU) and continuing her research as a visiting researcher at KU Leuven. She completed her bachelor’s degree in City and Regional Planning (2009) and received master’s degree in Urban Design (2012) at Middle East Technical University (METU). During her master’s studies, she attended the University of Milano-Bicocca (2011). She worked on several projects including “Green Certificate for Buildings and Settlements” project (2017), which is carried out by ITU and the Ministry of Environment & Urbanization (Turkey). In her Ph.D. dissertation, she strives to explore the effects of the advances in mobile technologies on the urban experience with a particular focus on flânerie.

Hanne Van Reusel (Lokeren, 1991) is a “architect.e”, researcher, writer, and urban activist. In the field of urban architectural design she wanders at the crossing of different disciplinary tracks where she has built an expertise in research by design, action research, performative architecture, collective visioning, crowdsourcing and crowdfunding, co-creation and the often overlooked care taking of the urban environment. She approaches urban architectural design in its broader urban context. Trained in architecture and practicing in an academic context she engages with the topics of urban commons and participatory design as she advocates and teaches an altering architectural attitude. Born in Lokeren in February 1991, Hanne has since her youth lived in Ghent, Milan and Turin. Currently she is at home in Brussels where she co-founded the Josaph’Aire non-profit through which she aims to facilitate the sharing and learning between activist citizens as well as to support their urban actions and autonomy in Brussels and beyond.

Hulya Ertas (Istanbul, 1982) is the editor-in-chief of the monthly published XXI Architecture and Design Magazine. She is currently doing a PhD with the title “Building Knowledge Commons for Commons Architecture” at Faculty of Architecture, Campus Sint-Lucas Brussels/Ghent, KU Leuven. After graduating in 2005 from Istanbul Technical University, Department of Architecture, she completed her MA at the same school in 2011. Her master thesis focused on Situationist International and their role in transformation of architecture and urban planning. She focuses on commons architecture, social impact of spatial practices and critical reflections of these. She is a member of Ocean Design Research Association and CivicWise.

Ken De Cooman (-, -) is co-founder of BC architects & studies, and BC materials. With these companies, BC starts from architecture, over research and expertise and experiment, towards material production and contracting. As a hybrid office, BC is manoeuvring the boundaries of all these disciplines in a doers manner. Ken De Cooman holds a Masters in Philosophy and Architecture, and a Candidate in Psychology; has published reflections in OASE, Domus; has (guest)teached at KULeuven (BE), ULB-LaCambre (BE), ETH Zurich (CH), EiABC (ET).

Petra Pferdmenges (, 1977) Through practice, research and teaching, Dr. Petra Pferdmenges explores the role of the architect in co-production of the city - focusing on Brussels. In her practice Alive Architecture she expands the discipline from designing built space to co-producing Lived Space. She defended her practice-based PhD with recognition of outstanding work (2015, RMIT Melbourne, Australia) after her diploma of a post master in architecture (2006, TU Delft, Holland). She gave lectures around the world, including Hongkong, Glasgow, Paris, Stockholm, Istanbul, Berlin, Brussels… organised workshops in Hanoi , Melbourne, Lausanne, Brussels… and did exhibitions in Barcelona, Rotterdam, Brussels… She also published multiple articles (Oase, A+ 96, Bruzz …) as well as the book ‘Founding Alive Architecture’.

Rosaura Romero (El Salvador ,1990) Graduated in Architecture (Urban Projects and Urban Cultures) at the University of Ku Leuven Brussels, Belgium and Judson University in Chicago. She worked at Mayfield Architects in California, and currently she is Co-founder, and leading project manager at OURB; An urban planning collective with the mission to build city networks, to find connections and patterns to build a strong evolutionary analysis of the urban fabric. To turn challenges into possibilities and open up opportunities for smart collaborations for co-creative designing and development of the city.