Laka Perspectives book has been nominated to the German Design Award 2018! Laka Perspectives is a collection of 21 interviews with renowned experts from disciplines such as architecture, urban planning, computational design, digital fabrication, smart materials, mobility, and biomimicry. The keynote of the book is about perceiving and following the new ideas on the horizon and challenging the status quo along the way. The interviews have been conducted by Laka Foundation in 2016/2017.

Content of Laka Perspectives:
Number of pages: approx. 350 (paperback)
Publisher: Laka Foundation
Language: English
Format: 160 x 100 mm

1) Sudarshan Krishnan (Architect, Structural Engineer, Educator, Assistant Professor of Structures in the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) |
2) Alberto T. Estevez (Architect, Art Historian, Ph.D of Sciences, Ph.D of Arts, Expert of Biodigital and Genetic Architecture, Founder of ESARQ /UIC/) |
3) Stefan Holtgreife (CEO, Solarlux GmbH) |


Preface 1: Editors of Laka
Preface 2: Editors of Laka


1) Phillip McCormick (Architect, Urban Planner)
“Architects can improve civilization using design and construction” 

2) Sushant Verma (Architect, Researcher, Co-founder of rat[LAB])
“It’s just a shift in the methods” |

3) Aldo Sollazzo (Architect, Researcher, Manager of Noumena)
“There are no boundaries right now” | |

4) Daniel Kohler (Architect, Urban designer, Researcher at the MIT Senseable City Lab)
& Rasa Navasaityte (Architect, Designer, Co-founder of lab-eds)
“Partners in crime” |

5) Manuel Kretzer (Architect, Researcher, Visiting professor at the Braunschweig University of Art)
“The joy of materiality”

6) Maria Aiolova (Architect, Educator, LEED AP, Assoc. AIA, Co-Founder of Terreform ONE)
“Innovation doesn’t happen in isolation” |

7) Paolo Santi (Researcher, MIT Senseable City Lab, IIT-CNR, Member of IEEE Computer Society)
“The journey towards mobility” |

8) Bettina von Stamm (Founder and Director of the Innovation Leadership Forum)
“Innovation—21st-century craving” |

9) Nathalie de Vries (Architect, Urban Planner, Co-founder of MVRDV)
“Creating better cities” |

10) Doris Kim Sung (Architect, Researcher, Lecturer at University of Southern California)
“Controlling the magic in architecture”

11) Gianluca Santosuosso (Architect, Building Engineer, Designer)
“When people and the environment come together” |

12) Tobias Wallisser (Architect, Co-Founder of LAVA Laboratory For Visionary Architecture)
“A city icon must be sustainable” |

13) Piotr Kuczia (IARP and BAK Architect, author of CO2 Saver House)
“Escaping the stereotypes” |

14) Thom Faulders (Architect, Founder of FAULDERS STUDIO, Professor of Architecture at CCA)
“Nature is a mess” |

15) Monika Thadhani (AIA, NCARB, Architect, Founder of Education For Future)
“Everybody carries responsibility” |

16) Brennan Lake (Programs Director of the Technology Exchange Lab)
“It always begins with the challenge area…”

17) Craig Zelizer (Founder and CEO of the Peace and Collaborative Development Network)
& Catalina Rojas (Director of Innovation at the Peace and Collaborative Development Network)
“A story from a dream”

18) Katie Crepeau (Architect, Writer and Consultant at Design Affects)
“Why people need to be central to design” |

19) Michał Stangel (Eng. arch, PhD. Architect and Urbanist, Dean for Research at the Faculty of Architecture, Silesian University of Technology) | “The future usually surprises us”

20) Silvia Titotto (Structural Engineering, Architectural Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Researcher in Biomimetics) “In the name of nature”

21) Ana María Gutiérrez (Architect, Co-founder of Fundación Organizmo, Ashoka Fellow)
“What matters are the people”


1) Appendix 1: Editors of Laka
2) Appendix 2: Editors of Laka
3) Appendix 3: Editors of Laka

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Selected parts of the interviews:

Daniel Köhler & Rasa Navasaitytė: “Scale as the classical ordering according to size, the S, M, L, XL, already disappeared in the works of the first generation of digital architects. From a vase to a car, to a villa and a landscape, all objects were designed with similar features, based on the same underlying morphological model. On the one hand, this was quite liberating, but on the contrary, it was also a form of repetition and therefore reductive, basically the mass customization of just one model. However, when you look at the set of drawings which a classic modernist would conduct at specific scales, then you notice that scale beyond size also focused on certain regimes, like social ones: the individual, the family, the community, the public. Drawing at a determined scale also opened a particular window on a project and its entanglement with a bunch of regimes. Therefore, scale was also a point of view in this sense. With the flatness of digital models, scale as size is gone, but scale still offers the idea of involving multiple regimes through a particular point of view (…)”

Manuel Kretzer: “Of course, we could think of architecture as a display, an extension of our smart gadgets, or another means of interaction of representation. Then, walls or windows could become haptic interfaces allowing us to communicate with the building, the environment, or others. Architecture could also become smart itself, responsive to human behaviors or anticipating habits, by integrating various sensors or actuators, e.g., for opening windows, turning off lights, or maybe even transforming and rearranging spaces. But maybe architecture should also be something else—more grounding, more subtle. Less influenced by constant change, but instead providing a place of calm and rest. This doesn’t mean it cannot be responsive or adaptable. I just think that time and immediacy have to be evaluated carefully when creating such spaces. Otherwise, they could also become very disturbing and nightmarish (…)”

Maria Aiolova: “Urbaneering is a discipline that combines architecture, urbanism, ecology, media arts, and community building. It strives to reinvent the multifarious elements that comprise a city. Its practitioners are not planners, urban designers, or architects, but urbaneers. And their task will be to facilitate the globe’s next metropolises. Urbaneering undertakes a diverse range of projects as a prescription for maximal design. It practices totalized schemes that rethink all scales of involvement (…)”

Printing of the book will be possible thanks to support of Solarlux GmbH- a German company with 30 years of experience in the manufacture of bi-folding glass doors, wintergardens and façade solutions:

Project: Ultrabrand/Bartlomiej Witkowski | Visualizations: Alek Pluta | Consultancy: Peter Kuczia

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