MORE THAN GREEN —— International Summer Course (by the sea): URBAN DESIGN AND SUSTAINABLE ARCHITECTURE  University of Alicante, Alicante, Spain. 15-26th July 2013

TRANSSOLAR: Thomas Lechner (Fachhochschule Kaiserslautern) + URBAN-THINK TANK: Alfredo Brillembourg (ETH Zurich) + ECOSISTEMA URBANO: Belinda Tato y Jose Luis Vallejo (Harvard GSD) + PLAYstudio: Iván Capdevila y Vicente Iborra (University of Alicante)

Environmental Sustainability

thomas lechner  TRANSSOLAR: Thomas Lechner (Fachhochschule Kaiserslautern)

Prof. Dr-Ing. Thomas Lechner received a Masters degree in Physics from the Technical University of Darmstadt in 1988. From 1988-1993, he was researching and developing high temperature phase change materials and storage systems at the Institute for Thermodynamics and Thermal Engineering at the University of Stuttgart, where he received his PhD in mechanical engineering. In 1992, the company TRANSSOLAR was founded in Stuttgart, of which he became partner and authorized representative.

TRANSSOLAR has today 50 employees and is a leader in the international low-energy consulting field. Since 1997 Dr. Lechner is Professor for building physics, building material science and climate adapted building design at the Architecture department at the University of Applied Sciences Kaiserslautern, Germany. In 2007 he founded the Research Institute INBG performing consultancy and research projects focusing on Sustainability and Design.

He has lectured several workshops on climate adapted design for hot climates. In 2007 he lectured “Environmental Technologies” as a Visiting Professor at Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. Since 2009 he is permanent member of the summer school “ars berlin” at Beuth Hochschule Berlin. Thomas Lechner has been member of the jury of the Energy Performance + Architecture Award since 2008. Being founding member of the german sustainability label DGNB, he is auditor for residential buildings as well as office buildings since 2009. He published numerous articles on low energy design and is the co-author of Büroatlas (Birkhauser Verlag, 2006). Actual consultancy work and research focuses on refurbishment and monitoring of schools, climate conscious urban planning and CFD (forced and free buoyancy flow in and around building structures).

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Zollverein School, Essen, Germany. Collaboration with SANAA – Sejima Nishizawa                                        Deutsche Post AG, Bonn, Germany. Collaboration with Murphy/Jahn

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Manitoba Hydro, Winnipeg, Canada.

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Masterplan Masdar City Development, Abu Dhabi. Collaboration with Foster + Partners.

Cultural Sustainability

alfredo brillembourg urban-thin tank     URBAN-THINK TANK: Alfredo Brillembourg (ETH Zurich)

Alfredo Brillembourg began his Venezuela-based architecture practice in 1992. The following year he founded Urban-Think Tank in Caracas, and since then has been a guest professor at the University Jose Maria Vargas, the University Simon Bolivar, and the Universidad Central de Venezuela (UCV). Since 2007, Brillembourg has been a guest professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation where he cofounded the Sustainable Living Urban Model Laboratory in collaborations with Hubert Klumpner. He has more than 20 years of experience practicing architecture and urban design, and has lectured on architecture at Harvard GSD, AEDES in Berlin, University of Miami School of Architecture, the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam, Faculdade de Arquitetura e Urbanismo in Sao Paulo, and UCLA. Since May 2010, Brillembourg has held the chair for architecture and urban design at the Eldgenössische Technische Hochschule Zurich in Switzerland. He is the coauthor of Informal City: Caracas Case and Rules of Engagement: Caracas and the Informal City. Brillembourg holds degrees from Columbia University and UCV.

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Anglican Church Expansion, Caracas, Venezuela.

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Fava School for Autism, Caracas, Venezuela.

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Metro Cable, Caracas, Venezuela.

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Grotao Community Center, Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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Vertical Gym, Caracas, Venezuela.


Social Sustainability

ecosistema urbano     ECOSISTEMA URBANO: Belinda Tato + Jose Luis Vallejo (Harvard GSD)

Belinda Tato and Jose Luis Vallejo are architects and founding members of Ecosistema Urbano, a Madrid based group of architects and urban designers operating within the fields of urbanism, architecture, engineering and sociology. We define our approach as urban social design by which we understand the design of environments, spaces and dynamics in order to improve self-organization of citizens, social interaction within communities and their relationship with the environment.
At the moment, Ecosistema Urbano is working on several urban proposals for different cities and their most recent projects include the design of an interactive public space for the Shanghai World Expo 2010, an experimental urban playground in Dordrecht (Netherland), the “Ecopolis Plaza” a waste to resources building on the outskirts of Madrid and the project dreamhamar for Hamar (Norway) a network design project for the future of the main public space of the city.

Since 2000, they have received more than 30 awards in national and international architecture design competitions and during the last four years their work has been covered by more than 100 media (national and international press, television programs, and specialized publications) from 30 countries, and their projects have been exhibited at multiple galleries, museums and institutions.

In parallel, ecosistema urbano is running a platform that develops social networks and manages online channels around the subject of creative urban sustainability ( Ecosistema develops social software, exploring the new possibilities technology offers to empower people and improve social connectivity and interaction.


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Air Tree, Madrid, Spain.

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Plaza Ecopolis, Rivas, Spain.

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Air Tree, Expo 2010, Shangai, China.

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North Façade

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DREAMHAMAR, Hamar, Norway.

Dream Your City

Economic Sustainability

Ivan Capdevila Vicente IborraPLAYstudio: Iván Capdevila + Vicente Iborra (University of Alicante)

PLAY perfoms as a KNOWLEDGE COMMUNITY or, in other words, as an open collaborative platform between several research fields related with the architectural production.
Its work field embraces sustainability from architecture, urbanism and design, as well as political actions consultancy and cultural management.
The investigation of new realities is part of its PROFESSIONAL, RESEARCH AND TEACHING work, understanding these three meanings as an only entity.
PLAY uses software as a permanent tool of visualization, edition, measurement, analysis and monitoring of energetic and constructive process, as well as social and cultural. In the same way, the systematic use of new programming language enables new interactions between services / products and their costumers.

At  the moment, PLAYstudio is developing three main projects in different countries: Spain, Austria and Norway. These include social housing, urban planning and landscaping.

Iván Capdevila and Vicente Iborra have been visiting, studying and teaching since 2003 in different universities around the globe: the Bartlett (London), KEA (Copenhagen), TUM (Munich), Soongsil University (Seoul). Nowadays, they are both teaching at the University of Alicante (Spain).

Having been awarded in more than 10 national and international competitions, their works have been widely published in architecture magazines and shown in different cities all around Europe.

Mirador del Palmeral competition, Elche, Spain. Honorable Mention

PLAYstudio in Vienna

Europan 7 competition, Vienna, Austria. 1st Prize.

PLAYstudio in Stavanger

Europan 8 competition, Stavanger, Norway. 1st Prize.

PLAYstudio in Alicante

Housing competition, Alicante, Spain. 2nd Prize.

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