Laka Perspectives

The Laka Perspectives program is a series of books of
interviews with experts in architecture and design,
innovation, and technology, developed under the aegis
of the Laka Foundation.

The vision behind Laka Perspectives is to raise
awareness and emphasize the role of innovation and
new technologies in architecture and design.

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About

The Laka Perspectives program is a series of books of interviews with experts in architecture and design, innovation, and technology, developed under the aegis of the Laka Foundation. The vision behind Laka Perspectives is to raise awareness and emphasize the role of innovation and new technologies in architecture and design. Each year, a new book of interviews touching upon essential topics for architecture and design features world-renowned experts in the fields of architecture, design, innovation, and technology, and reaches a broad network of architects, designers, companies and organizations worldwide. Laka Perspectives vol. 3 is intended to focus on solutions that are capable of adapting and responding to the changing conditions. These solutions are lasting and sustainable, actively support collaboration between societies, and are often developed in interdisciplinary teams combining new findings from the fields of science, technology, education, culture, charity, community, natural and built environment. The speakers of Laka Perspectives to date include Toyo Ito (Toyo Ito & Associates), Yona Friedman, Nathalie de Vries (MVRDV), Tobias Wallisser (LAVA), Maria Aiolova (Terreform ONE), Amandus S. Sattler (Allmann Sattler Wappner Architekten), Doris Kim Sung (DOSU studio), Danit Peleg, Qun Dang (MAD Architects), and more distinguished experts in innovative and sustainable architecture and new technologies around the world.

The books are published by the Laka Foundation in partnership with Solarlux GmbH.

Metrics:
Pages: vol. 01: 340; vol. 02: 390
ISBN 01: 978-83-947975-0-8 (Vol. 01, 2018)
ISBN 02: 978-83-947975-2-2 (Vol. 02, 2019)
Format: 160 x 100 mm;
Language: English

Mission
The mission behind Laka Perspectives aligns with the statutory aims of the Laka Foundation, and includes:
1. Promoting the synergy between innovation, technology and design, with emphasis on it as a means to provide social change and respond to the world’s most pressing problems;
2. Stressing the role of architecture and technology to bring about social change;
3. Examining such topics as future cities, biomimicry, sustainable design, mobility, digital fabrication, and new building materials;
4.Celebrating knowledge and skills of experts in the fields of architecture and technology;
5.Building and cultivating a community, and continuing an open line of communication with all professionals worldwide sharing similar interests.

To view Laka’s statutory aims, click here.

Participants vol. 02

The Laka Perspectives team makes every effort to hand-pick speakers through an unbiased selection process, and includes professionals who:

  1. Have made transformational, adjacent or incremental innovations to the fields of architecture, design, science, and technology;
  2. Are outstanding practitioners or theorists in architecture, design, science, and technology;
  3. Pioneer in or contribute to interdisciplinary studies;
  4. Represent a high level of care for the environment in the entirety of their professional endeavors;
  5. Authored outstanding works on sustainable architecture, design, technology, etc. 

Editors of Laka Perspectives believe that diversity and inclusion are key factors contributing to innovation and showcase the best initiatives in the industry.

Toyo Ito (Laureate of the Pritzker Prize 2013 and UIA Gold Medal in 2017, Founder of Toyo Ito & Associates)

Yona Friedman
(Laureate of the Kiesler Prize 2018, Author of ‘Architecture Mobile’ and ‘Ville Spatiale.’)

Carlo Ratti (Architect, Founder of Carlo Ratti Associati, Director of the MIT Senseable City Lab)

Qun Dang (Architect, Principal Partner at MAD Architects)

Amandus Samsøe Sattler (Architect, Founding Partner of Allmann Sattler Wappner Architekten)

Peter Kuczia
(IARP&BAK Architect, Ph.D., Educator, Founder of Kuczia Architects)

Robert Konieczny
(Architect, Founder of KWK PromesWorld Building of the Year 2016)

Jin Young Song (AIA Architect, Researcher, Assistant Professor at University at Buffalo, SUNY; founder of DIOINNO)

Elizabeth Monoian (MFA, Founding Director of LAGI, Co-founder of Studied Impact)

Robert Ferry (RA, LEED AP BD+C, Founding Director of LAGI and Studied Impact)

Lydia Kallipoliti
(Architect, Educator, Researcher, Founder of EcoRedux and ANAcycle)

Arturo Vittori (Architect, Co-founder of Warka Water, Director of Architecture and Vision)

Kamil Łabanowicz
(Architect, Team Leader and Designer at AUDI AG)

Emma van der Leest
(Biodesigner, Product Designer, Founder of the BlueCity lab)

Paul Clemens Bart (Architect, Designer, Co-founder of BART//BRATKE)

Marvin Bratke (Architect, Co-founder of BART//BRATKE, Visiting Professor Muthesius Academy of Arts)

Wojciech Bajor (CEO, Head Designer, Founder of Bajo)

Barbara Bajor (Designer, Founder of Bajo)

Oskar Zięta (Architect, Inventor of FiDU, Founder & CEO of Zieta Design StudioZieta Shop)

Lucy McRae (Sci-fi artist, film director, TED Fellow, body architect, inventor of Swallowable Parfum)

Danit Peleg (Fashion Designer, Creative Director and CEO of Danit Peleg 3D)

Wilfredo Méndez(Architect, Researcher, Educator, Co-founder of Zero Damage)

Esmeralda Niño(Manufacturing and Industrial Engineer, Co-founder of Zero Damage)

Anna Vonhausen (Architect, Cofounder & Creative Director at Vank.pl)

Quotes

“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.”

Manuel KretzerArchitect, Researcher, Educator

“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.”

Maria AiolovaArchitect, Educator, LEED AP, Assoc. AIA

“We have many layers of technology right now that are evolving at a very fast pace. So to be honest, it’s very hard to predict the future of computation. In one way, in a very positive sense, I would say, yes, this is the future—this is how it’s going to be in the near future. At the same time, I would like to say it is not the future, because it’s just a tool—it’s not something that defines how or what you design, it is merely a tool that helps you go from step A to step B. By the time we learn and understand this process, there will be much more advanced tools for designers to use.”

Sushant VermaArchitect & Computational Designer, Researcher, Co-founder of rat[LAB]

“Earlier, I used to believe in the wisdom of the solutions that have developed over centuries. However, we possess completely new technical means and quite new needs and expectations. When it comes to comfort, we always need to look for the most appropriate solutions to the present conditions. The most important value is to turn our brains on and look for solutions on our own.”

Peter Kuczia IARP and BAK Architect, Researcher, Educator

“The city icon must be sustainable, whether a hotel or a whole city. The local context should have a strong influence on idea development. However, there are families of ideas and solutions that can be applied to different situations. Sustainability has to be looked at beyond the question of energy consumption. Iconic buildings need to have the power to trigger people’s imagination, to become part of their desire to identify themselves with a place. ”

Tobias WallisserArchitect, Educator, Co-founder of the LAVA Laboratory for Visionary Architecture

Participants vol. 01

Alberto T. Estévez (Architect, Art Historian, Ph.D of Sciences, Ph.D of Arts, Founder of ESARQ /UIC)

Stefan Holtgreife (CEO, Solarlux GmbH)

Phillip McCormick (Architect, Urban Planner, McCormick Architecture)

Sushant Verma (Architect & Computational Designer, Researcher, Co-founder of rat[LAB])

Aldo Sollazzo (Architect, Researcher, Manager of Noumena)

Paolo Santi (Researcher, MIT Senseable City Lab, IIT-CNR, Member of IEEE Computer Society)

Bettina von Stamm (Founder and Director of the Innovation Leadership Forum)

Nathalie de Vries (Architect, Urban Planner, Co-founder of MVRDV)

Tobias Wallisser (Architect, Co-Founder of LAVA Laboratory For Visionary Architecture)

Thom Faulders (Architect, Founder of FAULDERS STUDIO, Professor of Architecture at CCA)

Craig Zelizer (Founder and CEO of PCDNetwork)

Catalina Rojas (Director of Innovation at PCDNetwork)

Brennan Lake (Programs Director of the Technology Exchange Lab)

Daniel Köhler (Urbanist, Researcher,  Co-founder of lab-eds)

Rasa Navasaitytė (Architect, Designer, Co-founder of lab-eds)

Maria Aiolova (Architect, LEED AP, Assoc. AIA, Co-Founder of Terreform ONE)

Katie Crepeau (Architect, Writer and Consultant at Design Affects)

Doris Kim Sung (Architect, Researcher, Lecturer at University of Southern California)

Monika Thadhani (AIA, Architect, Adjunct Professor at IIT Chicago)

Michał Stangel (Architect, Urbanist, Dean for Research at the Faculty of Architecture at PolSl)

Silvia Titotto (Structural & Architectural & Aerospace Engineer, Researcher in Biomimetics)

Peter Kuczia (IARP&BAK Architect, Ph.D., Educator, Founder of Kuczia Architects)

Ana María Gutiérrez (Architect, Educator, Co-founder of Fundación Organizmo, Ashoka Fellow)

The German Design Award directly contributes to the overall commercial success. Prizes will only be awarded to projects that truly represent pioneering contributions to the German and international design landscape. The German Design Award identifies and presents unique design trends: a competition that advances the design-oriented scene.

The International Design Awards (IDA) exists to recognize, celebrate and promote legendary design visionaries and to uncover emerging talent in Architecture, Interior, Product, Graphic, and Fashion Design. IDA aspires to draw attention to the iconoclasm of design world wide, conceptualizing and producing great work.

Since starting out in 2006, the London International Creative Competition has been recognizing and rewarding the world’s most fresh and progressive talents. Our artists are connected not by conventions, but by qualities. They work across a diverse range of formats, from painting to printmaking and from fashion to photography.

Honorable Mention in the 59th Edition of “Najpiękniejsza Książka Roku” organized by “Polskie Towarzystwo Wydawców Książek.” The 59th edition of the competition gathered 108 publishing companies and 204 publications. The awards ceremony took place during Warsaw Book Fair 2019 at National Stadium (PGE Arena).

Team

Damian Przybyła, Co-Founder of Laka Perspectives, Editor In-Chief

Founder of Laka and „Architecture that Reacts” competitions, Co-Founder and Managing Director of the Laka Foundation;
Editor-in-chief of „Laka Perspectives” books;
Cofounder & director of the „Design that Educates Awards.”
Editor and IARP architect.
Recipient of awards and nominations for his endeavors at the Laka Foundation.

Katarzyna Burzynska, Co-Founder of Laka Perspectives, Managing Editor

Architect with a focus on research & development, and the implementation of innovative technologies in architecture and historic preservation. Kasia has received awards in preservation competitions and written publications on architecture for magazines and scientific journals on subjects related to historic preservation and building envelope renewal. Since 2019, she has presented papers at several peer-reviewed conferences in the US.

Agnieszka Radziszewska,
Editor

Architect with a focus on new technologies, biomimicry and zero-waste design. Aga has gained her professional experience in the Netherlands, Latvia, Israel, Turkey and Slovenia, and currently resides in Warsaw, where she works on local community projects in a small architectural office. Along her career, she has been awarded multiple design prizes and honorable mentions for her design proposals in Poland and abroad.

Wendy Chikowero,
Editor

Structural engineer with a focus on buildings, and primary interests in mass timber design, passive and net-positive buildings, and the inclusion of human psychology in the design of buildings and spaces. Wendy has received multiple awards for research papers and presentations on the use of bamboo as an alternative and sustainable structural design material, and continues to explore ideas of energy use in buildings, design for the future, and integration of buildings with nature.

Paulina Błaszczyk, Editor and
Social Media Manager

Paulina Błaszczyk, student of architecture at the Silesian University of Technology and Budapest University of Technology and Economics.
Paulina is an active member of various scientific groups and the student council.
Participant and organizer of various exhibitions and workshops.

Rafał Przybyła, Advisor, Co-Founder and Director of Laka

Architect, digital product designer. Co-Founder & director of the “Design that Educates Awards.” Advisor, editor at Laka Perspectives, jury member of Katerva Awards (Cities & Mobility), member of design teams of the Smart Cities, Internet of Things and innovative technology products (TKH Technology and TKH Group NV).

Peter Kuczia, PhD, Independent Advisor 

IARP and BAK architect, educator and expert in sustainable construction with over twenty years of experience. He has won multiple international awards, including the ICONIC Award (2 x Best of Best), International Design Award (Gold, Silver), A´Design Award (Platinum), Architecture Masterprize (Product of the Year), European Product Design Award (Platinum), German Design Award (Winner), DNA Paris Design Awards (Winner), MUSE Design Awards (Gold), Green GOOD DESIGN (Winner), LICC London Creative Competition (Winner), national nomination for Mies van der Rohe Award for European Architecture and many others. His works have been exhibited across Europe and published in more than 60 books and over a hundred professional journals on five continents. He is a jury member in international competitions and initiator of the “Design that Educates Awards”.

Bartłomiej Witkowski, Graphic Designer

Graphic designer. Bartek’s creative work has been broadly recognized and received multiple awards in national and international competitions, such as the London International Creative Competition, German Design Award, International Design Awards, PTWK The Most Beautiful Book of the Year, and more.

Partners

Media Partners

E-architect (UK) | Apsaidal (Spain) | infoArchitekta (Poland) | The Architecture Insight | OpenGap (Spain) | ARQA (Argentina) | A As Architecture ArchCompetition.net (Serbia)

Contact us & order vol. 02

If you have any questions about the book, would like to order a copy, or become a partner, please do not hesitate to contact us. Vol. 01 is sold-out. You can order Vol. 02: $20.00 USD + shipment (15 USD World, 12 USD Europe, 5 USD Poland). Laka Perspectives book is published by Laka non-profit. All payments support the publishing process and further development of the project. All the best! /Laka Editors