Robert Neuwirth is a writer and investigative reporter whose work challenges traditional notions of urban development. His most recent book, Stealth of Nations, documents the vigor of street markets and the promise of the informal economy as part of an inclusive and equitable development strategy. His prior book, Shadow Cities, argued that shantytowns are normal urban neighborhoods and that governments need to stop evictions and instead engage with squatters. His work has been featured in many newspapers and magazines, including, in Germany, the Süddeutsche Zeitung and the Financial Times Deutschland. Additionally he has been supported by the MacArthur Foundation and the Fund for Investigative Journalism. In addition to his writing, Neuwirth has taught in the college program at Rikers Island, New York City's jail, and at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism.
David Satterthwaite is a Senior Fellow at the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and editor of the international journal Environment and Urbanization. A development planner by training with a doctorate from the London School of Economics, he has also been working with the Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) since 1998 and contributed to the reports of the IPCC that was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. He is a visiting Professor at the Development Planning Unit, University College London and was awarded the Volvo Environment Prize in 2004. Most of his work has been on poverty reduction in urban areas in Africa, Asia and Latin America, undertaken with local teams.
Steffen Braun has studied architecture and urban planning in Stuttgart, Buffalo and Tampere. Since 2009 he is research fellow and project manager the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO in Stuttgart. His scientific focus covers the fields of building and mobility in the city of the future and relevant planning and transformation processes. As well, he is member of several committees regarding the topic of “future cities”. From 2011 on he has coordinated the Fraunhofer initiative Morgenstadt und currently head of the competence team “Urban Systems Engineering” at the Fraunhofer IAO with experts from architecture, urban planning, technology management and urban governance. In current research projects innovative technology concepts for the planning and realization of future urban buildings, quarters and infrastructures are to be developed multidisciplinary.
Fabienne Hoelzel has recently founded Fabulous Urban, an urban design and planning practice, focusing on large-scale projects in emerging and developing regions, based in Geneva, Switzerland, after working for one of Latin America‘s largest slum-upgrading programs as the Urban Design and Planning Program Coordinator at the Social Housing and Urban Development Authority Sehab, São Paulo, Brazil for tthree years. With Fabulous Urban she is currently involved with the regeneration plan for a low-income area (according to UN Habitat criteria a "slum") in Lagos, Nigeria, lead by Serac and supported by the Heinrich Böll Foundation Nigeria. Fabienne was the assistant-curator of the 4th IABR 2009 "Open City: Designing Coexistence" to Kees Christiaanse, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, and previously worked with Herzog & de Meuron, Basel, Switzerland, after studying Architecture in Switzerland and the US.
Sam Hill founded PAN Studio in 2011 with creative partner Ben Barker, a London-based design and research practice specializing in experiential and interaction design for installations and immersive theatre. In early 2013 PAN’s submission “Hello Lamp Post” was selected for the Playable City Award – an international commission by Watershed designed to provoke a discourse on play and experience with respect to the values of the Smart City. Sam studied design at Goldsmiths College, University of London, where he is also a visiting tutor. In February Sam was invited by the British Council to UnBox festival in New Delhi, to talk about the values of experience design. His critical work and writing focuses on the future of experience industries, memory, sense augmentation and technology-for-narrative.
Katell Gélébart is an autodidact, ecodesigner, pluridisciplinary artist and the founder of 'Art D'Eco'. Since 1998, Katell has been developing and promoting the potential of re-using waste & unwanted materials in the field of design. She is a modern nomad and has been lecturing and teaching in many countries such as: New Zealand, Ukraine, India, the Netherlands, and Italy and many more. She also works with crafts and artisans in India. She gives lectures on Eco Design in different Design Academies around the world and works as a consultant in her fields of expertise. Katell has completed two Artist Residency Programme at the DUNE Eco Resort in South India. In 2012, she received the European Cultural Award by the A.Toepfer Foundation to honour her "creative visionary revisiting what’s already there". In Febuary 2013, her biography Die Mülldesignerin: Wie Katell Gélébart die Welt verändert was published by SCORPIO.
Thomas Jelle is a Norwegian serial entrepreneur with over 10 years of experience from managing and commercializing research and development projects. Jelle has founded or co-founded 5 ICT start-ups. One of them is Wireless Trondheim, which made Trondheim one of Europe's first municipal wireless cities. Today Wireless Trondheim has 25.000 monthly users.
As an entrepreneur and innovation strategist he has contributed with advice and presentations on how to accelerate innovation and reduce risks at several occasions around the world, including contributing when Obama launched a new Innovation strategy for the U.S in 2010. Jelle also holds an Assistant Professor position in Department of Telematics at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), where he also studied. Currently Jelle is working on a start-up utilizing indoor position data.
As a Partner of OMA Reinier de Graaf is responsible for building projects in Europe, Russia, and the Middle East, including the Stadskantoor and Coolsingel mixed-use buildings in Rotterdam, the new G-Star Headquarters in Amsterdam, and the Commonwealth Institute in London.
De Graaf also oversaw AMO’s involvement in energy policy and renewable energy planning, notably through Zeekracht in 2008, Roadmap 2050, and The Energy Report, in 2010.
Since 2010, De Graaf has been involved in The Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design, and continues to teach as part of its post-graduate educational program. De Graaf has recently turned his attention to curating, resulting in two exhibitions, On Hold at the British School in Rome in 2011 and the travelling exhibition Public Works: Architecture by Civil Servants (Venice Biennale, 2012; Berlin, 2013).
Prior to working at OMA, De Graaf worked for architecture firms in the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. He holds an architecture diploma from Delft University and a masters degree in architecture from the Berlage Institute.
Thomas M. Hohenacker
Thomas M. Hohenacker is a creator of innovative technologies and systems as well as a new media entrepreneur.
He founded and managed numerous international technology and media companies, combining talents from various sectors, in order to develop innovative solutions, especially for entertainment and information applications.
Most recently, he focused on developing new systems for intelligent traffic management in large cities, such as allowing drivers to find free public street parking spaces fast and efficiently.
In 2001 Hohenacker founded earthTV, which he managed as CEO until 2010. His mission was to connect people around our planet by producing programs such as ‘The World Live’. For this purpose, Hohenacker developed the largest, world-wide remote controlled camera network, delivering high quality live TV feeds from the most interesting international places and destinations.
He established earthTV as one of the widest reaching daily programs out of Europe: 450 daily live programs in 16 different languages, reaching close to 2 billion people every day.
Hohenacker was also a pioneer in the 3-D TV market and was the first to produce prime time 3-D events for leading international broadcasters, based on a 3-D patent he had acquired in the US. Later he created his own 3-D production systems and methods. Hohenacker produced over 250 programs in 3-D for leading broadcasters such as BBC, TF1, Discovery Channel, RTL, Pro7, VOX, and 40 other channels and sold close to 300 Million patented 3-D glasses world-wide.
Roland Satterwhite was born in Canada in a small village of 40 people in the middle of the forest, because his father wanted to build a triangular space frame house there. At the age of five they smuggled their cat across the border and moved to Seattle, where he started playing the Suzuki violin. When it was time to go to college, he was already playing the guitar and writing songs.
After finishing college, Roland moved to New York and worked as a biologist. He played music, recorded albums, and one day discovered his love for playing Cuban music on the violin. He began improvising over those rhythms and eventually playing the violin became his full-time profession, with a focus on Latin music. He gave up Science and after several years of performing in New York, decided to move to Berlin.
Since coming here, he has been working as a musician, making his living from performing, producing, and composing his music.
Micha Becker studied Urban and Regional Planning in Hamburg (HCU) but defines himself more as a Futureforcasting Engineer and Gamer. He grew up in Africa during the era of the microchip and computergames. Today he explores the possibilities of mediatechnologies, game mechanics and play as a cultural technique in the context of his research at the HafenCity University Hamburg and the Macromedia University of Media and Communication. He is convinced the architecture of games and mediatechnology can create a framework with strong impact beyond participation in the public sector to involve people in urban planning projects. Beside his professional work, he is one of the co-founders and was second Chairman of the Oberhafen e.V. in 2012, which currently initiates a gamebased bottom-up process for the Oberhafen area in Hamburg.
Boris Blank and Dieter Meier made music history as Yello and revolutionized
electronic music far beyond German-speaking borders. The first session of
Yello was held in a car laboratory, where they recorded the sound of engines in
order to transform them into songs. Yello shot all their music videos themselves, and were seen less and less as a band, but more as
an artist project. Several of their albums reached platinum status. Besides
Yello, the Zurich-based Blank also works as a composer for film music and has
his own music library at Extreme Music in Hollywood alongside musicians such
as Snoop Dogg, Quincy Jones, Massive Attack and many more.
The smart producer from Stockholm has already released 300 Records
including everything from aspiring club music to acoustic experiments (he is
represented by record labels such as Poker Flat and Shitkatapult). He has
worked with artists such as Fatboy Slim, Depeche Mode and Yello. He also has
his own radio show and organizes a festival in Sweden. He sent music to space
and let monkeys from the Stockholm Zoo play on synthesizer.