Vanessa Miriam Carlow studied architecture and urban design at Berlin and Delft University of Technology. She graduated as Diploma Architect from Berlin University of Technology in 2002. In 2001 and 2003, Vanessa worked for MVRDV and KCAP (Kees Christiaanse Architects and Partners), both Rotterdam. In 2004, Vanessa graduated as MA Urban Management in the joined international course from Erasmus University Rotterdam, Copenhagen University, Ca’ Foscari Venice, Antwerp University, and Autonomous University Barcelona. Since 2006, Vanessa is a Phd fellow at the Architect School of the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts Copenhagen.
In 2005, Vanessa founded COBE (www.cobe.dk) together with Dan Stubbergaard. COBE is an internationally operating office practicing architecture, urbanism, and research. The name COBE stands for the two cities, Dan and Vanessa are coming from: Copenhagen and Berlin. While COBE started in Copenhagen, a Berlin office was recently established.
Recently completed COBE-projects include Taastrup Theater (shortlisted World Architecture Award 2010) and the Culture House and Library Nordvest, Copenhagen (in 2011 awarded “Good and Beautiful Buildings of the City of Copenhagen 2011” medal). COBE-designed masterplans and buildings currently under construction are among others: the conversion for the Northern Harbour Copenhagen (shortlisted World Architecture Award 2009), the reconstruction of Norreport Station Copenhagen, the Danish Pavilion at the Expo 2012 in Yeosu, Korea, the Maritime Museum Porsgrunn Norway, and the development plan for the extension of Copenhagen University. COBE consults the City of Berlin about hosting a third "International Building Exhibition" (IBA) in Berlin. Just recently COBE won the competition for the Roskilde Rock Museum together with MVRDV.
COBE has marked itself as innovative and price winning practice. In 2006, Dan and Vanessa received the Golden Lion of the 10th Architectural Biennale Venice for “Magic Mountains” as part of the Danish Pavilion. Since, Dan and Vanessa have received several awards for their contributions to architecture, urbanism and research, and also participated in the Venice Biennale 2008 and 2010.
With her work in academic life and practice, Vanessa wants to contribute to building decent, equitable, beautiful and sustainable cities!
Vanessa's continuous involvements and collaboration with universities, research institutes and academies around the world, allows to constantly build and reflect upon the current state of knowledge concerning, cities, architecture and society.
Vanessa has been member of the Danish jury for Europan 2009. She was assistant professor at Berlin University of Technology, Chair of Urban Design and Sustainable Architecture from 2009 until 2011. Currently, Vanessa is a visiting professor at the newly found RISEBA School of Architecture and Design in Riga.
Furthermore, Vanessa has lectured or been a guest critic at several universities around the world including the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts Copenhagen, Columbia University New York, Cornell University, Tsingua Beijing, Tongji Shanghai, University of Arts Berlin, Academy for Architecture Rotterdam, and Munich University of Technology.

lecture: 23th of October (Sunday) 6.00pm
place: Sculpture Pavilion, Faculty Arxhitecture, Warsaw University of Technology
55 Koszykowa Street

Bęc Zmiana Foundation is the honorary patron of OSSA workshop.

This existing since 2002 non-profit organization is the connection between young art and people.  They run a very small space where we turn theory into practice –  this multifunctional place is a gallery space, a bookshop, a cultural information and more.
Bęc Zmiana carry out projects of artists/architects/designers/interdisciplinary minds who are receptive to change, open-minded and imaginative.
They also strive for facilitating encounters between artists and the audience, filling the gap that exists between the artwork and its public.
We would like to invite you to the discussion within International Festival Battle of Ideas.

21st century architecture: for the future or of the present?

The economic crisis in Europe makes it difficult to predict the future, let alone plan it. So what does this mean for architects? Should they seek to put forward a bold vision of the future, despite current uncertainties? Or should they improvise with and adapt existing 20th century architecture? Will new social movements bring about new forms of spatial organization, and if so what role can architects play?

Speakers :
Alastiar Donald – urban designer; researcher; co-editor The Lure of the city: from slums to suburbs
Grzegoz Piątek - architecture critic and curator; member, advisory board Warsaw for European Capital of Culture 2016

OSSA Representative Polish Association of Architecture Students
Aleksandra Wasilkowska- architect; studio head for spatial and social research

Angus Kennedy - head of external relations, Institute of Ideas; chair, IoI Economy Forum

Discussion after OSSA workshop, saturday 5 November, 4.00pm until 6.00pm, Faculty of Architecture, Warsaw University of Technology, Koszykowa 55, Warsawa, Poland
Tickets: free and unticketed. For further information email Szymon Żydek
The debate will be in English


Andreas Angelidakis is an architect who investigates the idea of mountains, clouds and websites as much as buildings and trees and people's behaviours. He maintains an experimental practice in Athens, Greece, a studio involved in building, designing and speculating the contemporary ecosystem of screens and landscapes. He usually operates at the intersection of systems: Art and Architecture, Virtual and Real, Building and Nature, Ruin and Construction.
The medium Angelidakis uses is habitation, of buildings, clouds, spaces, furniture, videos, online communities or exhibition spaces (Athens Biennial, MUSAC, Fargfabriken), while writing, blogging and teaching.


Architect, Bachelor of Architecture Sci-ARC, ΗΠΑ (1992), Who's Who in American Universities, Award for Outstanding Merit, Top Undergraduate Thesis Award Sci-ARC. MSAAD Columbia University, New York (1995). Lucille Smyser Lowenfish Memorial Prize, Columbia University. Has lectured widely in Greece and abroad. Maintains an experimental practice, often based in Athens. His work has been the subject of or included in exhibitions at the Centre d’art contemporain – Grenoble, MU Foundation - Eindhoven, Fargfabriken - Stockholm, National Museum of contemporary art - Athens, Venice Biennale 2000, Biennale Sao Paolo 2002, Experimenta Design Biennal Lisbon, Netherlands Architecture Institute. Publications include L’Arca, Purple, Interview, Arkitekten, New York Times, Visionaire, Citizen K, Contemporary, Arftforum, Metropolis M, Textfield and more.
In 2008 Andreas Angelidakis was included in the series Design Documents by Damdi Architectural Publishing (Korea) with is first monograph entitled “Internet Suburbia”.

lecture: 25th of October (Tuesday) 7.15pm
place: Great Experimantal Hall, Faculty of Physics, Warsaw University of Technology
69 Hoża Street


Dr Nimish Biloria is an Architect and an Assistant Professor at Hyperbody, Faculty of Architecture, TU Delft, The Netherlands and the Director of his own design firm: Design Genesis. After being involved with investigating the inter-relation of Media and Architecture throughout his formative educational years at CEPT, Ahmadabad, India, he furthered his interests in the inter-disciplinary realm at the Architectural Association, London, UK, where he did his Masters in the field of Emergent Technologies and Design. He further attained a Doctorate/PhD at the TU Delft, Netherlands, with a focus on developing real time adaptive environments. He continues experimenting with the idea of formulating intelligence aided relational networks for the generation of performative morphologies.
Dr. Biloria apart from his teaching initiatives at Hyperbody is also the Research Manager of Hyperbody and is involved with developing computationally enhanced performative & sustainable architectural and urban design solutions. He has conducted various seminars for the same and is a proponent of systemic design and bio-inspired performative design solutions. He, as a part of such research and design investigations specifically seeks a synergistic merger of the fields of computation, material systems, sensing technologies, environmental dynamics and social demographics. Dr. Biloria has lectured at prestigious institutes globally. He has also presented and published his research and design deductions in numerous international design conferences and magazines and has been a proponent for exchanging design-informatics oriented knowledge globally.

Jia-Rey Chang was born in Taiwan. After he got his M.Arch degree in Architecture and Urban Design Department, UCLA, under the direction of Neil Denari in 2009, he came back to his Alma mater, architecture department in TamKang University, Taiwan, doing research on interactive and parametric architecture. In 2010, he established "P&A LAB"(Programming AND Architecture LAB) exploring the new relationship between programming and architecture. As the director of P&A LAB (http://pandalabccc.blogspot.com), he also worked in the Architecture Department of National Taipei University of Technology as a part-time lecturer. In 2011, He joined in Hyperbody LAB to further develop his preliminary study on "SuperCell", which is a smart geometry system by assembling smart architectural components with intelligence, kinetic energy, efficiency, and capabilities of self-construction and self-reaction from the computer interface, digital fabrication to the architectural construction.

Society of Polish Town Planners and Polish Town Planning Congress

We would like to introduce Society of Polish Town Planners - the coorganizer of OSSA 2011 Warsaw workshop.and encourage everybody to watch the arrangements for the IVth Polish Town Planning Congress in Lublin 2012. We also invite older OSSA members, already graduated, to take part in this event.
TUP and the government of Lublin encourage everybody, who feels responsible for the Polish City to actively engage in organizational work of the IVth Congress and the events before and around Congress, which we plan to organize and promote during the process of building coalitions to improve condition of our cities.

Society of Polish Town Planners is a public interest advocate in the settlement and use of the Polish space. For almost ninety years, it has been uniting people of different professions and specialties in the name of joint actions aiming to make our cities and villages a community, which would fulfill both spiritual and material needs of man, rooted in the cultural heritage of the nation – community harmoniously fitting the natural environment and enriching the beauty of native landscape.
Society of Polish Town Planners was created in 1923 by a group of eminent artists and scientists, while social activists, gathered around the Faculty of Architecture at Warsaw University of Technology.
Nowadays, as an organization distinct, but closely cooperating with the Association of Urban Planners, it has nearly 1,000 members in several departments and sections of the regional problem. It is a member of the European Council of Town Planners ISOCARP, a network of similar organizations from European Union countries. Also the Society is patron of the monthly magazine "Planner", which continues traditions of the monthly "Town", published by TUP for many years.

Tutors: Jacek Markusiewicz i Ander Gortazar Balerdi

Jacek Markusiewicz and Ander Gortazar Balerdi are architects, graduated from Architecture at Warsaw University of Technology and the University of the Basque Country respectively. They met in IaaC, Barcelona, where they did the Master in Advanced Architecture. Ever since, they have been working together on different projects combining parametric approach and urban scale, and they are currently working in BAD, an international office based in Beirut and Barcelona. They remain in close relation to academia, giving classes in Warsaw University and IaaC, and studying Urban Planning in UPC, Barcelona.

Tutors: +48 Design Group

+48 Design Group

The Group operates since 2006, dealing with the broader activities of design and everything that is connected with it. In the area of our operations are architecture, interior design, and industrial design. Besides popularizing and publishing activities we work with kids during our design workshops for children, we try to be active in the discussion on the state of Polish public space and architecture.

The core group is made of young architects, graduates of the department of Architecture Warsaw University of Technology: Agata Filipek, (M. Sc. Architect, 2006), Charles Szparkowski (architect M.Sc. 2006), Kamil Miklaszewski (MSc. Architect, 2004). Prof. Zygmunt Szparkowski arch. is a regular contributor to the team.