【Lecture 04.06.2024】 Hybrid and Multi-scale Approaches to Address Pressing Urban Challenges
Release time:2024-06-03

Hybrid and Multi-scale Approaches to Address Pressing Urban Challenges


David Gouverneur 



David Gouverneur

He holds a M. Arch in Urban Design from Harvard University and a B. Arch from Universidad Simón Bolívar in Caracas, Venezuela. He is Associate Professor of Practice in the Departments of Landscape Architecture and City Planning at the Stuart Weitzman School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania. His areas of research focus on urbanization in developing countries where a high percentage of the population will live in self-constructed settlements, dealing with climate change, and safeguarding cultural landscapes. He has been Chair of the School of Architecture at Universidad Simón Bolívar, co-founder of the Urban Design program and Director of the Mayor's Institute at Universidad Metropolitana in Caracas, and Adjunct Secretary of Urban Development of Venezuela. He has led landscape and urban design studios in sites in more than 80 cities and has had over 7,000 students.  


The lecture will address some pressing of the challenges affecting the livability of cities - specially the fast growing conglomerates in the global south- , and offers clues on how to tackle them with hybrid and multiscaler approaches. These efforts require interdisciplinary teamwork, political support, and communal engagement. They also rely on a combination of planned/designed and people-driven informal responses. The hybrid nature of the projects can also benefit from a design process that combines hand drawn large scale mapping and computer-generated explorations.