Annual theme "Hybrid Ecologies"
Interdisciplinary Lecture Series (2016/17)



Urban Ecologies

with Maria Kaika and Godofredo Pereira


Maria Kaika holds a PhD in Urban Geography from Oxford University, and an MA in Architecture and Planning from the National Technical University of Athens. She is the Chair in Urban, Regional and Environmental Planning, at the University of Amsterdam and is also Professor of Human Geography at the University of Manchester, Honorary Fellow of the Manchester Architecture Research Centre, and co-Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research. In 2012 she was elected Professor of the City of Vienna. She has taught at the Universities of Oxford, Paris Est (LATTS), KULeuven, University of London and TU Vienna. Her research focuses on urban political ecology, urban radical imaginaries, cities and crisis, and land financialization. Her work has been awarded funding from national and international research councils and organisations (including the British Academy, and EU Framework and Marie Curie) and she is Principle Investigator for the European Network for Political Ecology ENTITLE. She is author of numerous academic articles and of: City of Flows: Modernity, Nature and the City (2005; Routledge, New York) and (co-editor with N Heynen and E Swyngedouw) of In the Nature of Cities: urban political ecology and the metabolism of urban environments (2006; Routledge, London).


Godofredo Pereira


Godofredo Pereira is an architect and researcher based in London. He holds a M.Arch from the Bartlett School of Architecture and a Ph.D from the Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths University. His research The Underground Frontier investigates political and territorial conflicts within the planetary race for underground resources. He teaches the ADS7 Ecologies of Existence: Architecture and Modes of Living design studio at the Royal College of Art, London, and is the coordinator of History and Theory at the M.Arch Urban Design program at the Bartlett School of Architecture, where he also taught the Axiomatic Earth design studio. He is a frequent contributor to the HKW in Berlin, where he convened the seminars Geopolitics and Axiomatic Earth within the Anthropocene Curriculum & Campus (2014-2016). His recent work has been exhibited at the Goethe Institute, Dhaka (2013), the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (2014) and the Kunstraum Niederösterreich, Vienna (2015). His texts have been published internationally in magazines such as Volume and Cabinet (US); Open Democracy (UK), Lugar Comum (BR); Arqa (PT) or Oris (CK). He edited the book Savage Objects in 2012 (INCM) and is currently curating the exhibition “Object/Project” for the 2016 Lisbon Architecture Triennial.