lfredo Brillembourg and Hubert Klumpner are founders and directors of Urban-Think Tank, an interdisciplinary design practice based in Caracas, Venezuela and Zurich, Switzerland.
The two hold the Chair of Architecture and Urbanism at the Swiss Institute of Technology in Zurich, where they teach in the Institute of Urban Design, Network City Landscape (NSL). Since 2007, they have also been teaching at Columbia University, where they founded the Sustainable Living Urban Model Laboratory (S.L.U.M.).
The lecture will present Brillembourg and Klumpner's idea of integrated infrastructure, which they call Urban–Tool Box, a method and system of thinking designed to empower citizens and city building. Their lecture will highlight, among many projects, the recently developed Metro-Cable San Agustin, an urban cable car system featuring music, sports, and educational programs, developed for the city of Caracas in partnership with Austrian Company Doppelmayr Ropeways. The project was also recently featured in the MoMA exhibition, “Small Scale–Big Change.”
Brillembourg and Klumpner are currently shortlisted for the Zumtobel Group Award 2014 for innovation, sustainability and humanity in the built environment category. In 2012, they were awarded the Golden Lion at the 13th Venice Architecture Biennale, in 2011 the Latin America Gold Holcim Award for sustainable construction, and in 2010 the Ralph Erskine Award from the Swedish Association of Architects for their innovation in architecture and urban design with regards to social, ecological and aesthetic aspects. Their work defining informal design and social capital has primarily benefited less privileged members of the society in various socio-cultural contexts.