At Studio Pop we are developing a new practice-led research agenda titled Remaking the City based on the New Urban Agenda Habitat III, circular economy and social innovation, with three cornerstones: Waste, Gaps and Water.
Our research informs social teaching and vice versa. This strength lies in our ability to bridge the gaps between research and co-design throughout a pedagogy centred in the culture of sharing knowledge. This is a circular model based on THINK, PLAY & MAKE as catalyst for creative, participatory and playful learning by transforming the city a play-place or evolutionary learning environment that inspires creative community to experience themselves as transformative agents of the built environment. Our work is ruled by utopias, games, and experimentation to stimulate dialogues, research about social forms and experimental designs.
Community Developer and Social Innovation Manager
I am a social entrepreneur, ecological designer and senior educator based in Glasgow. The city is my “living laboratory”. As remake, I co-lead this social enterprise called Studio Pop C.I.C. I also work as international development consultant (CMIS) for the British Council. As architectural academic, I hold a Diploma in Architecture (honours 1:1), Master in Urban Design and European Doctor in Architecture (cum laude), School of Architecture of Barcelona (ETSAB), with three postdoctoral studies on ecological and experimental urbanism and eco-design in Sweden, Norway and Spain; Fellow in HEA and STEM Ambassador. Professionally, I am full member SAR/MSA arkitekter Sveriges Arkitekt (Sweden) and IET (UK). During 25 years, I have researched and taught in Cardiff University, Strathclyde University, Architectural Association, Barcelona School of Architecture (Spain), NTNU (Norway), Chalmers University (Sweden), Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Universidad de Chile, along with other 19 universities worldwide as guest lecturer and design studio lead.
Our habitats are being urbanised, refurnished and restructured and, in this process, our cultural landscape is being radically altered. They demand innovative ways of thinking, playing and remaking collaboratively towards an architecture of enjoyment. My intellectual production is the result of systemic design thinking, user-centred design and participatory design through a triangulation between the arts, sciences and humanities. My artwork covers:
Systemic Architectural Design & Technologies: Architecture without architects; elementary dwellings; co-housing; climatic design (low-passive energy design); remaking technologies (reuse, repurposing and refabricating); nature-based, self-build and DIY solutions.
Adaptive Urbanism: Sustainable urban design (reprogramming suburbia, urban games in public spaces); informal city (humanitarian urbanism and micro-urbanism); bioremediation and waterfront recover); water technologies in arid lands (fog collection); and urban heritage recovery.
Transformative Landscape: Brownfields (industrial landscape recovery); productive landscape (allotments and edible cities); urban gardens; and environmental art (public artistry).
Design and remake coordinator
I am an architect and eco designer. I have obtained my Master in Advanced Architecture degree (hons) in the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow (Scotland). I also completed her BSc degree in Architectural Studies (1:1 hons). I was ERASMUS exchange student in Technische Universität Berlin, Germany (2012), where I gained great experience in the fields of Urban Design and Cybernetics in Urbanism.
Professionally I expanded my architectural proficiency by working in MR Partnership (London) and Holmes Miller (Glasgow) practices on residential and educational projects. I do connect design with art by exposing paintings in art venues and leading public art initiatives and public art competitions being recently shortlisted for Venice Biennale in 2016 and public art competition in Atacama Desert (Chile).
I am passionate on apply the design principles of remaking in public spaces through flexible, adaptable, experimental and ludic architecture. I have run various community-led projects based in Scotland and Germany such as the MOBILELAND garden initiative (Glasgow, UK, 2014- 2015); CEPELINA, an inflatable forum for public art debates in vacant sites and CINEMA PNEUMATICA, an inflatable cimematic pavilion project to pop-up vacant sites in Glasgow (UK, 2015) and YELLOW SUBMARINE, a temporary vacational shed for overnight in Munich (Germany, 2015).
I am registered with the Architect's Registration Board ( ARB) and I have co-founded Urban Restart, a collective art and design platform, which focuses on concepts of temporary architecture, remaking and DIY culture.