Tom Verebes // Bartlett International Lecture Series 2013/14 //

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The Adaptive City

In this lecture, Tom Verebes explores today’s urban complexities and contradictions that lie in the task of planning in an increasingly uncertain world. Investigating a deficiency of the preeminent masterplanning tools and techniques of the twentieth century to keep up with the pace of rapid urbanisation in the developing world, this lecture challenges the capacity of conventional design methodologies to manage the indeterminacies of urban development, the environment, the economy, migration and other dynamic forces which shape the dynamic nature of urbanity. Through a kaleidoscopic transdiciplinary journey, Tom Verebes will address issues associated to the evolutionary nature of cities, and the endurance, obsolescence, and the adaptive and transformative capacity of architecture and urbanism.

Tom Verebes is Associate Dean (Teaching & Learning) in the Faculty of Architecture and Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture at the University of Hong Kong. Formerly Co-Director of the AA Design Research Lab (DRL) at the Architectural Association in London, and former Guest/Visiting Professor at ABK Stuttgart. He is the Director of the AA Shanghai Visiting School, hosted at HKU Shanghai Study Centre. Tom is the founder and Creative Director of OCEAN.CN, a consultancy network of specialist design consultants based in Hong Kong, with links to Beijing, Shanghai, and London. They work on urban and architectural projects in China and across Asia. Tom has written, published, exhibited and lectured extensively in Europe, North America, Asia and the Middle East.

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