Launch of “Mass Customised Cities” AD at the Shenzhen Biennale

Launch of “Mass Customised Cities” AD at the Shenzhen Biennale

Launch event for AD “Mass Customised Cities” issue, Guest-Edited by Tom Verebes Monday 7 December, @ 15:30 – 18:00 Presentations & Panel Discussion Auditorium 2015 UABB Venue Former Dacheng Flour Factory No.3 Gangwan Road, Shekou, Shenzhen 深圳市南山区 港湾大道3号 原大成面粉厂 2015 UABB 主展场 报告厅 Participants Donald Bates Chair of Architectural Design, University of Melbourne; Founder/Director, LAB Architecture Studio Aaron Betsky Chief Curator, Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture, Shenzhen David Erdman Thesis Chair, Assistant Professor, Department of Architecture, The University of Hong Kong; Director, davidclovers Colin Fournier Visiting Professor, Chinese University of Hong Kong; Emeritus Professor, The Bartlett, UCL, London Holger Kehne Assistant Professor, Department of Architecture, The University of Hong Kong; Partner, Plasma Studio Hubert Klumpner Vice-Dean D-Arch / Chair of Architecture and Urban Design, Institute of Urban Design, ETH Zurich Christian Lange Assistant Professor, Department of Architecture, The University of Hong Kong; Partner, Rocker Lange Architects Areti Markopoulou IAAC Academic Director, Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, Barcelona; Shenzhen School of Art & Design Tom Verebes Associate Professor, Department of Architecture, The University of Hong Kong; Director, OCEAN CN Consultancy Network Philip Yuan Feng Associate Professor, Tongji University College of Architecture & Urban Planning; Director, Archi-union...
Mass Customised Cities issue of AD, Guest-edited by Tom Verebes, is published

Mass Customised Cities issue of AD, Guest-edited by Tom Verebes, is published

Guest-edited by Tom Verebes CONTRUBUTORS: Donald Bates Michael Bell Martin Bressani M Christine Boyer Mark Burry Kenneth Frampton Jeffrey Huang Branko Kolarevic Jerry Ku & Philip Vernon Neil Leach Elena Manferdini Rob May ARCHITECTS AND DESIGNERS: Archi-Union Architects Arup Contemporary Architecture Practice davidclovers E-Grow Gramazio & Kohler OCEAN CN Rocker-Lange Architects What happens when computational design and fabrication technologies ramp up to the urban scale? Though these innovative production processes are now largely limited to small-scale design projects, what might happen when they are applied to the vast scale of twenty-first century world cities? Could new technologies enable an important shift away from mass production to increasingly bespoke and custom-designed production? Whereas the introduction of standardisation and mass production processes in the 20th century saw the industrial city take on a repetitious and homogeneous quality through the duplication of component parts, non-standard bespoke production systems holds out the promise of realising buildings with distinctive attributes through the differentiation of serial production and the variation of simple parts leading to more complex and compelling whole. Given the current pace and rate of urbanization in Asia in particular, the themes and arguments presented in this AD issue will have imminent practical consequences for the rest of the developing and developed world. Today’s design technologies link more directly to engineering, manufacturing, and construction delivery systems, opening new possibilities to create increasingly heterogeneous and differentiated urban environments. This issue of AD features a series of essays, interviews and projects, with contributions by leading theorists, historians, architects, engineers and fabricators, which collectively seek alternatives to the legacy of standardized, repetitive modes of spatial and...
Tom Verebes lecturing at Shenzhen University College of Architecture & Urban Planning

Tom Verebes lecturing at Shenzhen University College of Architecture & Urban Planning

Monday 23 November 2015; Shenzhen University, Architecture Building, Lecture Hall, C205 This lecture investigates, albeit briefly, a history of urban paradigms and tools with which, over time, the formation of cities has been guided, with an emphasis on the context of urbanization in China. Within the current context of a transition in the conceptualization of cities as mechanized, towards their understanding as living, dynamic constructs, this shift is one from mechanical reproduction, to biological speciation, mutation and evolution. The Modernist city’s dependency and causality upon Fordist mass production is challenged by today’s emerging methods of non-standard production – this lecture and the projects presented will highlight the design repercussions of this transition in industrial paradigm at the urban scale. Following the presentation of a theoretical foundation, Tom Verebes will present a series of design projects by OCEAN CN Consultancy Network. This lecture locates a research problematic on the limitations of masterplanning, and investigating the intersection of the ubiquitous uniformity of cities, and the possibility of prototyping multiple futures, specified to local contingencies and...
Tom Verebes published an article in Urbanism + Architecture

Tom Verebes published an article in Urbanism + Architecture

The 6000 word article, titled, “The Interactive Urban Model: Histories and Legacies related to Prototyping the 21st Century City”, is in Chinese and English, in the October 2015 issue of U&A, guest edited by Philip Yuan. The article features two recent projects by OCEAN CN: Umekita Second Development Area, Osaka Station, Osaka, Japan (2013-14) • Masterplan and Urban Design of a 7 hectare site in central Osaka • Invited, Two Stage Competition Entry: “Second Development Zone in Umekita Area, Osaka”, City of Osaka • Jurors: Tadao Ando, Kengo Kuma, Shigenori Kobayashi, Noboru Masuda, Yoshiteru Murosaki, Yuji Nemoto • OCEAN CN Team: Tom Verebes (design director) Mohamad Ghamloush (designer), Nathan Melenbrink (designer, scripting), Andrew Haas (post-production, scripting) • Arup Hong Kong (Transportation & Structural Engineering): Mark Swift, Gabriel Lam, William Loasby, Ray Tang, Ben Luk Xiongmi Park, Shenzhen, China (2014) • Landscape Architecture and Urban Design of a 45 hectare Urban Park in Shenzhen • International Competition organized by Shenzhen Civic Government • Joint Venture with SED Landscape Architects, Shenzhen, China (William Huang, Grace Gu); and OCEAN CN (Tom Verebes, design direction; Andrew Haas,...