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Dr. Haris Piplas

Drees&Sommer Switzerland
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Dr. Haris Piplas is author and collaborator of several urban, landscape and architectural projects in Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, Morocco, Eastern and Western Europe, Latin America, China and other regions. He is co-author of the book "Global Urban Toolbox", which highlights spatial and infrastructural challenges under the influence of economic-social, geopolitical and cultural aspects in case study cities, among others: Berlin, Los Angeles, Zurich, Detroit, Cape Town, Beijing, Madrid, London, São Paulo etc. Dr. Piplas was the editor-in-chief of two issues of the Journal of the European Foundation for Landscape Architecture (EFLA), entitled "Adaptability of Cities" and "Political Implications for the Urban Landscape". He figured as was pavilion curator of the 15th Architecture Biennale in Venice and keynote speaker at numerous international conferences. He is also a member of ISOCARP (International Society of City and Regional Planners), the former Young Leader Chairman of the Urban Land Institute, nominator of the Aga Khan Prize for Architecture and member of the Advisory Board for Built Environment of the European Forum Alpbach. He is the initiator of the “Reactivate Sarajevo Urban Transformation project” and figured as a consultant for various international organization such as IPBES and UNECE. Dr. Piplas figured as Research Fellow at Politecnico di Milano, holds a Master of Urban Design from the Technical University of Berlin and a Dr. sc. from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, Department of Architecture. In addition to teaching, research and practice activities he has been active in the conception of innovative participatory instruments such as the Urban Simulation “Action on the Real City”. He was principal investigator for the applied research project “Smart and Creative Cities in Central and Eastern Europe” that produced interactive digital tools for smart, inclusive and sustainable urban planning. In addition, Dr. Piplas was project manager of the Urbanization Incubator as part of the institutional development of the polydisciplinary institute ISTP (Institute of Science Technology and Policy) at ETH Zurich. Since 2020 he co-directs the Swiss Integrated Urban Solutions sector of Drees&Sommer Switzerland, one of the international market leaders in innovative planning, consultancy and engineering.

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