Gabriela Rendon is an architect and urban planner 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 spatial planning, architectural and urban design. Her latest research and work centers on the politics, practices and constrains of socio-spatial restructuring through citizen participation in low income neighborhoods in America and Western Europe. Previous research and design include housing and urban rehabilitation in the Northwest Mexican border region.
Gabriela is an adjunt professor at Parsons, where she has instructed undergraduate and graduate courses 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, Open City: Designing Coexistence at the 4th International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam in Rotterdam, and at the Istanbul Design Biennial 2012.
community planning, neighborhood decline and restructuring, strategic planning, urban research methods, urban housing