Alfredo J. Brillembourg, Hubert Klumpner
Architekten, Caracas, São Paulo, New York und Zürich Urban-Think Tank (U-TT)
Urban-Think Tank (U-TT) is an interdisciplinary design practice dedicated to high-level research and design on a variety of subjects, concerned with contemporary architecture and urbanism. The philosophy of U-TT is to deliver innovative yet practical solutions through the combined skills of architects, civil engineers, environmental planners, landscape architects, and communication specialists. In 1993, Alfredo Brillembourg founded U-TT in Caracas, Venezuela, and in 1998, Hubert Klumpner joined as co-director. Since 2007, Brillembourg and Klumpner have taught at Columbia University, where they founded the Sustainable Living Urban Model Laboratory (S.L.U.M. Lab), and since July 2010, they hold the Chair for Architecture and Urban Design at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich). Their work concerns both theoretical and practical applications within architecture and urban planning. Working in global contexts by creating bridges between first world industry and third world, informal urban areas, they focus on the education and development of a new generation of professionals, who will transform cities in the 21st century. They have been awarded the 2010 Ralph Erskine Award from the Swedish Association of Architects, 2011 Holcim Golden Award Latin America and the 2012 Holcim Global Silver Award for their innovation in architecture and urban design with regard to social, ecological and aesthetic aspects. Urban-Think Tank was part of the Golden Lion-wining team at the 13th International Exhibition of Architecture at the Biennale of Venice for the installation, "Torre David/Gran Horizonte".