The Ideal City Global Launch: Desirable For The Many

Online 18:00 - 19:00 CET 30.03.21
Caracas Metrocable by Urban-Think Tank

Join us for a discussion with architects Alfredo Brillembourg (Urban-Think Tank) and Yasmeen Lari about making better cities accessible to the many people, to celebrate the worldwide release of our new book with gestalten, The Ideal City.


Today, we find ourselves at a crossroads. Right now, we are not meeting the needs of all humans, while simultaneously we are overstretching the finite resources of our planet. We can continue in this direction — or we can look for a new way forward.

We have an unprecedented opportunity to rethink how we live. How can we design cities that are greener, healthier, more sustainable, inclusive and safe — for all, not just for the few?

To mark the worldwide release of our new book, The Ideal City, we will host an online conversation with Alfredo Brillembourg, co-founder of Urban-Think Tank, and architect Yasmeen Lari, about the core principles for designing better cities for more people.

BYO questions, and we look forward to seeing you.

About the speakers

Architect Yasmeen Lari is an architectural historian, a heritage conservationist and a humanitarian architect. First female architect of Pakistan, she graduated from Oxford Brookes University and was elected member of RIBA in 1969. She is the first chairperson of Pakistan Council of Architects and Town Planners (PCATP), former president and fellow of Institute of Architects Pakistan (IAP), and is among the founders of Brutalist Architecture, as well as founder of Barefoot Social Architecture (BASA). She is best known for creating a nexus of social justice and ecological sustainability and as the largest provider of zero carbon footprint shelters program in the world. She fosters approaches to eco-urbanism based on traditional urbanism. She is the recipient of national awards Sitara-i-Imtiaz and Hilal-i-Imtiaz for her contribution to architecture, heritage and humanitarian assistance, regional Fukuoka Prize from Japan, and international Jane Drew Prize for raising the profile of women in architecture.

Alfredo Brillembourg founded the interdisciplinary design practice Urban-Think Tank (U-TT) with Hubert Klumpner in Caracas, Venezuela, in 1998. His work as an architect spans theoretical and practical concerns, with positions at Columbia University (where he founded the Sustainable Living Urban Model Laboratory (SLUM Lab)) and ETH in Zurich. Operating in global contexts by creating bridges between first world industry and third world, Brillembourg focuses on the development of innovative projects that can transform cities in the 21st century. With U-TT, Brillembourg has been awarded the 2010 Ralph Erskine Award, the 2011 Holcim Golden Award Latin America and the 2012 Holcim Global Silver Award for innovation in architecture with regard to social, ecological and aesthetic aspects. He was also the lead of the U-TT team that was awarded the Golden Lion at the 13th Venice Architecture Biennale for the installation ‘Torre David/Gran Horizonte’.

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Online 18:00 - 19:00 CET 30.03.21