for the French jewellers, Cartier, specialising in the design of their boutique interiors, as well as events for their international branches. Alongside the designer Adrien Rovero, he is co-curator of the Lausanne-Jardin 2014 festival.
Dan Pitera is a political and social activist masquerading as an architect. He is presently the Executive Director of the Detroit Collaborative Design Center at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture. Mr. Pitera holds the position that the sustainability and regeneration of any neighborhood lies in the hands of its residents. He is currently co-leading the Civic Engagement process for the Detroit Works Long Term Planning. Mr. Pitera was a 2004-2005 Loeb Fellow at Harvard University. Under his direction since 2000, the Design Center won the 2011 and 2002 Dedalo Minosse International Prize and was included in the US Pavilion of the 2008 Venice Biennale in Architecture. The Center was awarded the 2011 SEED Award, the 2009 Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Design Excellence for the St. Joseph Rebuild Center in New Orleans, the NCARB Prize in 2002 and 2009 and was included in the international exhibit/conference ArchiLab in 2001 and 2004 in Orleans, France. Mr. Pitera gave the keynote address at the Planning Institute of Australia’s National Congress and at Portugal’s equivalent to HUD, in Lisbon. He has lectured and taught extensively throughout the North America, South America, and Europe. He likes “fallout shelter” yellow…
Miguel Robles-Duran is an urbanist, Director of the Urban Ecologies graduate program at the New School/Parsons in New York, Senior fellow at “Civic City”, a post-graduate design/research program based in HEAD Geneva, Switzerland and cofounder of “Cohabitation Strategies”, an international non-profit cooperative for socio-spatial development based in New York and Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Robles-Duran has wide international experience in the strategic definition/coordination of transdisciplinary urban projects, as well as in the development of tactical design strategies and civic engagement platforms that confront the contradictions of neoliberal urbanization. He recently co-edited/authored the book Urban Asymmetries: Studies and Projects on Neoliberal Urbanization that reviews the dire consequences that neoliberal urban policies have had upon the city and discusses possible alternatives to market-driven development. Robles-Duran’s areas of specialization are design/research interventions and strategies in uneven urbanization and areas of social urban conflict, urban political-economy and urban theory.
Christophe Ponceau trained as interior architect at the Boulle School in Paris, and received his DPLG Architecture degree, before pursuing landscape studies with Gilles Clément. In 2000, he created the Great Hall of La Villette’s opening exhibition: ‘Planetary garden’. He later founded his architectural consultancy with Mélanie Drevet, working on public and private projects. With the French Pavilion for the International Expo 2008, held in Zaragoza, Christophe fused his skills and knowledge, creating a project that united set design with landscape art. He regularly works at the Villa Noailles in Hyères, and has recently completed the gardens of the Christophe Pillet designed Sezz Hotel in St Tropez, as well as the Olivier de Serres Gardens at the Domaine du Pradel. He is currently working
Sultan Sharrief’s debut 16mm feature Bilal’s Stand heralds the arrival of its filmmaker as a new voice in American independent cinema––Filmmaker Magazine. Recently selected as one of the Top 25 New Faces in Independent Film, Sharrief seeks to develop socially relevant content while empowering others through the process of filmmaking. Beginning at the young age of 19 years old, he produced an MTV Movie Award-nominated film, The Spiral Project. Sharrief is currently in development of another feature that tackles current social issues, You Gotta Want It. Today,
Published on Sep 15, 2012