Tomaž Pipan is active in research and academy through focused work on projects like the Brain Box and through international conferences and publishing articles. His work is featured in international peer reviewed journals such as Planum as well as in books by distinguished publishers such as Princeton Architectural Press. Tomaž's research focuses on the meaning of technology in the contemporary city and how the city is shaped through the use of this technology.

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Research Project for collaborative dynamic urban planning
BrainBox is an interactive environment for planning and subsequent negotiation of dynamic masterplans. It is a real-time modeling, decision-making and management tool that enables different stakeholders to create, asses and modify scenarios of development for a particular area.


Smart Sustainable Districts

A Climat KIC flagship project
Integration is a key part of the SSD project, and also one of the hardest to define, explain and develop. The aim of ‘integration’ is to address the complex demands of the SSD districts, whilst also achieving the ambitious targets of Climate KIC the overall project and future sub-projects.


Reanimation of Tobacna Tovarna Ljubljana

Research on sustainable development models
The dynamics of Ljubljana will never be interesting for a global market. A strategy to involve the local market is needed to create resilient projects. We need to consider what kind of life the city should support? Is tourism, consumerism and "constructed culture" enough?

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Urban Gallery

Methodology underlining the collaborative dynamic urban planning
The Urban Gallery is a public arena that enables the stakeholders related to prototype projects to act jointly or collaborate over longer periods of time in order to develop, monitor and evaluate prototypes as pilot projects within an overall plan.


Capacity of Industrial Topographies for Civic Culture

PhD Thesis
London Metropolitan University, London, June 2014
This dissertation explores the reciprocity between technology rendered as industrial production and ethical civic culture in the contemporary urban condition, where the meaning of cities becomes predominantly oriented towards utility and efficiency.


Teaching for Urban Complexity in Smart Cities

Conference Paper
Smart urbanism : teaching sustainability, Faculty for Architecture, Ljubljana, June 2014 ISBN 978-961-6823-52-4
Recent trends in the direction of Smart City development had been spearheaded by the IT companies like Siemens and IBM. Where is the role of architects and urbanists? In order to accommodate for this new information driven understanding of the city, the teaching practice has to change.

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Mirror, Mirror on the Wall...

Magazine Article
Ambient, May 2014
Recently there was a steer in the bowls of internet; more concretely in the spheres of professional and hobby critics of architecture. In a very German fashion – directly and without remorse; Mister Patrick Schumacher (the guy that produces all the blobs for Zaha Hadid) expressed his opinion what is architecture, and what is sole purpose and calling of the architect.


Territorial Compromises: limits of morphological and civic negotiation

Peer Reviewed Article
Within the limits of scarcity
Planum, The Journal of Urbanism, no. 29, vol. II/2004, ISSN 1723-0993

Questions of availability of resources and their distribution have shifted towards the centre of current debates, especially since the economic, financial and sovereign debt crisis. In order to combat losses, attention was shifted to spending cutbacks, affecting basic welfare services such as education, health, unemployment benefits, and access to affordable housing, amongst others.


Limits of Morphological and Civic Negotiation

Conference Paper
University of Westminster, London, Feb. 2013
Paper investigates limits of negotiation between local and techno-capitalistic orders and proposes a new composite order. THe orders are defined on the basis of difference in treatment of nature.


Resilient Topographies in PRD

Conference Paper
1st International conference on Urban Sustainability and Resilience, UCL, London, Nov. 2012
Paper deals with identification of two orders and their co-habitation, or emergence of a composite order in rural-industrial area of Shipai, Dongguan China.


Imbedded Spatial Intelligence

Conference Paper
As found, World in Denmark Conference, Copenhagen, June 2010
Paper investigates flexibility and possible sustainable capacity of rural-industrial patterns in Shipai, Dongguan, China.


Three Sustainabilties

Book Contribution
306090, Sustain and Develop, Issue 13, Hong Kong, China, January 2010
Article explores the Chinese speed of development and suggest social, economical and spatial ways of making it sustainable.

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Peri-urban Nodalities

MA Design Thesis
Architectural Association, Landscape Urbanism, 2007 / 2008
The project proposes new urbanization policies and design solutions in Dongguan China in response to unstructured and unhindered rural development and industrialization.


Public Space and Normalization of Society

MA Research Paper
Architectural Association, Landscape Urbanism, 2007 / 2008
Paper explores connection between cultural tradition and production of (public) space.


Reading Pearl River Delta

MA Research Paper
Architectural Association, Landscape Urbanism, 2007 / 2008
Paper explores the topic of contemporary city, and if fast developing conglomerations like Shenzhen in China can still be called a city. Shenzhen urban condition is confronted with "The Architecture of the City" by Aldo Rossi.


Building a Sense of a Nation

MA Research Paper
Architectural Association, Landscape Urbanism, 2007 / 2008
In this paper connection between architecture and building national symbolism is explored through investigation of national capitols and their architectures.


Innovation Environment

MA Research Paper
Architectural Association, Landscape Urbanism, 2007 / 2008
Is R&D a viable strategy for development in rural-industrial areas like Shipai, Dongguan, China. This paper looks at morphology of good public spaces as catalysts for urban development geared towards R&D.