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Tom Barker

Tom Barker is the Chair of the Digital Futures Initiative at OCAD University in Toronto. Formerly Professor of Architecture, Design and Innovation at the University of Technology, Sydney and Head of the Industrial Design Engineering department at the Royal College of Art, London, Barker invented SmartSlab, a multimedia large-scale digital LED display panel system, in 1999, in collaboration with Zaha Hadid Architects. Barker also collaborated to develop V/SpaceLAB, a virtual reality system for architecture in 2003. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Tom Verebes

Tom Verebes is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and tenured Professor in the School of Architecture & Design at New York Institute of Technology (NYIT). He is also the Director of his practice, OCEAN CN, based in Hong Kong. He has been the director of the AA Visiting School Shanghai (2007–2018), and AA Visiting School in Shenzhen (2018). His former roles include Provost of Turenscape Academy (Beijing; Huangshan, Anhui Province), Associate Dean for Teaching & Learning (2011–2014) and Associate Professor at the University of Hong Kong (2009–2016), Co-Director of the Design Research Lab at the AA in London, where he had taught from 1996 to 2009, and Guest Professor at Akademie der Buildenden Künste (ABK), Stuttgart (2004–2006). Recent visiting roles include Visiting Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, Professor of Practice at RPI, Visiting Critic at Syracuse University, RMIT, Singapore University of Technology & Design, and the University of Tokyo. Among over 150 publications, he has published Masterplanning the Adaptive City: Computational Urbanism in the Twenty-first Century (Routledge, 2013), a guest-edited issue of Architectural Design entitled “Mass Customised Cities” (2015), and Shanghai Ten Folio (ORO, 2017). Verebes’ work has been exhibited in over 50 venues worldwide, and he has lectured extensively in Asia, Europe, North America, Africa, and the Middle East. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Masterplanning the Adaptive City : Computational Urbanism in the Twenty-First Century

Routledge, 2014

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... CONVERSATION 4 TOM BARKER (TB) AND TOM VEREBES (TV) TV The core thesis of this book raises questions concerning the evolutionary nature of cities, and the ways in which conceptual and technological apparatus can deal...