Laka Perspectives

Interviews with renowned experts in architecture,
urban planning, computational design, smart materials,
biomimicry, mobility, digital fabrication, and more.
Laka Perspectives is a non-profit initiative possible
thanks to the support of all Participants, Partners,
and Media Partners. Thank you!

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Publisher: Laka Foundation
Editor-in-chief: Damian Przybyła
Editors: Rafał Przybyła, Agnieszka Radziszewska
Collaborating Editors: Katarzyna Burzyńska, Eric Dell’Orco
Translations (Japanese): Prof. Thomas Daniell
Consultancy: Dr.Peter Kuczia
Partnership: Solarlux GmbH
Collaboration: Vank (Poland)
Design: Bartłomiej Witkowski
Photos: Mariusz Gruszka
Visualizations: Alek Pluta

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

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Participants vol. 02

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


“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)

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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