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The project Scarcity and Creativity in the Built Environment (SCIBE) is financially supported by the HERA Joint Research Programme which is co-funded by AHRC, AKA, DASTI, ETF, FNR, FWF, HAZU, IRCHSS, MHEST, NWO, RANNIS, RCN, VR and The European Community FP7 2007-2013, under the Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities programme.

From 2010 to 2013, SCIBE explored the relationship between scarcity and creativity in the context of the built environment by investigating how conditions of scarcity might affect the creativity of the different actors involved in the production of architecture and urban design, and how design-led actions might improve the built environment in the future.


Jeremy Till. Architect, writer and educator. Head of Central Saint Martins and Pro Vice-Chancellor of University of the Arts London. Previously, he was Dean of Architecture and the Built Environment at the University of Westminster, and Professor of Architecture and Head of School of Architecture at the University of Sheffield. His written work includes Flexible Housing (with Tatjana Schneider, 2007), Architecture Depends(2009) and Spatial Agency (with Nishat Awan and Tatjana Schneider, 2011). All three of these won the RIBA President’s Award for Outstanding Research, an unprecedented sequence of success in this prestigious prize. As an architect, he worked with Sarah Wigglesworth Architects, and in particular on their own house and office, 9 Stock Orchard Street.

Deljana Iossifova. Architect and scholar. Lecturer in Architectural Studies at the Manchester Architecture Research Centre (MARC), University of Manchester. Previously, she was Research Fellow on SCIBE at the University of Westminster, and PhD/Postdoctoral Fellow at the United Nations University – Institute of Advanced Studies (Sustainable Urban Futures Programme). As an architect, she worked on a number of award-winning small- and large-scale projects in East Asia and elsewhere.

Ulysses Sengupta. Architect and researcher. Senior Lecturer in Architecture at Manchester School of Architecture, MMU. Previously, he has led Design & Research Studios at the University of Nottingham and University of East London. He runs SoftGrid Limited, an internationally networked office with a focus on complex systems and self organisation relating to the fields of architecture, urbanism and spatial planning.

Eric Cheung. Architectural designer and software developer. He has taught Design Studio at the University of Nottingham for two years and is a Senior Designer at Softgrid Limited. As a freelance developer, he is engaged in research on multi-agent simulation, computational geometry, topology and their relevance in architecture and urbanism.

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Jeremy Till, Jon Goodbun, Deljana Iossifova, Isis Paola Nunez Ferrera, Flora Bowden, Clare Brass, Christian Hermansen, Edward Robbins, Arna Mathiesen, Kjersti Hembre, Barbara Elisabeth Ascher, Andreas Rumpfhuber, Lisa Ehrenstrasser, Georg Kolmayr, Michael Klein.


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