Gabriela Rendon (architect and urbanist) is a co-founder of Cohabitation Strategies, an international non-profit cooperative for socio-spatial research, design and development based in Rotterdam and New York City. Cohabitation Strategies has been involved in different projects in Europe, North and South America bringing different methodologies to acquire a comprehensive understanding of the agents affecting urban areas and providing cross-disciplinary working frameworks to catalyze grassroots led transformations. Gabriela's work combines research and practice at different scales focusing on architectural and urban design, strategies and processes counteracting conditions produced by market driven urbanization. Her latest research and work centers on the politics, practices and constrains of socio-spatial restructuring through citizen participation in low income neighbhorhoods in America and Western Europe. Previous research and design include housing and urban rehabilitation in the Northwest Mexican border region. Gabriela is a part-time faculty at Parsons, where she has instructed undergraduate design studios engaging students with local activists and non-profit organizations. She has also taught graduate studios at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, where she received a masters in urbanism and is currently carrying on doctoral studies at the Chair of Spatial Planning and Strategy. Her work has been exhibited in Strange New World at the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art (MCASD), World View Cities at the Architectural League in New York, UrbanPlus in Zurich and in the 4th International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam in Rotterdam.
architecture,design research,urban ecologies,urban studies