We are architects, urban planners, designers, thinkers, biologists, sociologists, and educators projecting a different type of city. We envision a habitable model for the city, which places the human and the natural environment as the protagonist of urban development.

We promote a more egalitarian, connected, safe, and livable city.

Journal created by Habitable Studio think-tank 

CURATOR

Marta Rodriguez

Marta, registered architect in Spain, is an Assistant Professor at UH CoAD, Houston. She holds a PhD in Architecture from UPM ETSAM. Her work emerges from the confluence of a cross-disciplinary and intercultural experience with a humanistic and ecological sensitivity. She recently founded Habitable Studio, a think-tank that aims to create habitable environments spanning from the scale of the domestic to the scale of the city and the rural. She began her professional career at OMA (Office for Metropolitan Architecture) in Rotterdam, and subsequently opened her own atelier in Madrid, winning numerous awards in public architectural competitions in Spain. Marta was a Visiting Professor at the Institute of Architecture Technology of TU Graz, Austria; a Visiting Fellow at the Center for European Studies, Sciences Po, Paris; and a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Japanese Studies, UC Berkeley. In Japan, she conducted research funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation.

CONTRIBUTORS

Cristina Cassandra Murphy

Cristina, registered architect in Netherlands, is an Assistant Professor at MSU, Baltimore, U.S. She started at OMA (Office for Metropolitan Architecture) and co-founded XCOOP, a think-tank that analyzes contemporary living. Cristina earned her Master in Architecture at Columbia University. Her tenure-track research examines how to prevent social and urban inequity. She develops an integrated method that provides a different perspective on how to design cities for people. This is delivered via design studios, study trips abroad, symposiums on inaccessible spaces and inquiries, and design-build activities. Cristina was thesis mentor at the Politecnico di Milano, adjunct at TU Delft, fellow at the Taliesin School of Architecture, Hyde Chair of Excellence at the UNL, and Lecturer at UofA.

Rebeca Hernandez Alonso

Rebeca is an Associate Professor of Portuguese Studies at the University of Salamanca, Spain, where she coordinates the Portuguese and Brazilian Studies degree. She teaches Portuguese literature, African Literature in Portuguese and Literary Translation. These are also her main areas of research and has published extensively in connection to these subjects. She is also a professional translator of literature and has translated into Spanish works by Eça de Queirós, João de Melo, Luís Bernardo Honwana, among others. 

Paula Augusta Ismael da Costa

Paula, registered architect and urbanist in Brazil, is a co-founder of @_it.studio, specialized in urban, architectural and furniture Design. She is also part of the Urban Studies Group (GeUrb) from the UFPB, where she participates in researches about the built heritage and the urbanization of Brazilian cities. Paula holds a Master’s Degree in Architecture and Urbanism from the PPGAU/UFPB and a Postgraduate degree in Architectural and Urban Sustainable Environmental Rehabilitation from the Brasília’s University (UNB).

Elizabeth Cummins Muñoz

Elizabeth is a writer and lecturer at Rice University in Houston, Texas. Her work explores the moral borderlands of immigration, motherhood, and the cultures of Greater Mexico. Her forthcoming book, Mothercoin: The Story of Our Immigrant Nannies (Beacon Press) chronicles the experiences of immigrant nannies living and working in the US.

Cristina Palmese

Cristina is an PhD architect, audiovisual artist, director of PaisajeSensorial Office-Lab and researcher at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid Spain with a project “The soundscape as immaterial heritage.” Her most recent work is “Project Sound Stories of COVID-19,” and her last audiovisual piece is Rosita ante el Espejo. Variaciones sobre un texto de F. Garcia Lorca.

Livia Loureiro

Livia is a registered architect and urban planner in Brazil. She is a Lecturer at Texas A&M University, where she is a PhD Candidate in Architecture. Livia is co-founder of DLMA (2013), an architecture office specialized in housing, urban planning, and agency. Her research discusses the contemporary role of the architect on social housing through open building, self-help, and participatory design.  

Sara Harpole

Sara received her Bachelors of Architecture in 2019 from The University of Texas at Austin. She is proud to practice in Houston and is influenced by previous experience in Dallas and Brooklyn on both urban and rural hospitality projects. Sara thrives by investigating spaces that focus on the user. Her interest in landscape, urbanism and interior design influence her work to create integrative, meaningful experiences.

Annette Alfaro

Annette has a Bachelor of Science in nursing and a Bachelor of Arts in psychology. She specialized in pediatric intensive care and transitioned into the public health domain. In the last few years, her primary focus is research of new and updated strategies for patients with Alzheimer’s to help delay cognitive decline. She investigates new therapies that complement existing medical approaches that optimize health, prevent chronic and age-related disease, and increase lifespan. Annette is most interested in addressing the needs of at-risk individuals and communities to empower them and to provide recommendations to improve their health. 

Andrea Batarse

Andrea is an architectural designer working in Dallas, Texas. She holds a Master’s Degree in Architecture with a concentration in Historic Preservation, as well as a Bachelor Degree in International Politics and Diplomacy with a concentration in foreign languages from Texas A&M University. Her research interests include reconceptualizing migrant/refugee housing, post-war reconstruction and urban public space. 

Ana Moyano

Ana is a PhD Architect working on systematic interventions in high-vulnerability broken structures in Dominican Republic for over twenty years, executing development projects that foster adaptive innovation and that contribute to turning broken structures into new spaces of negative entropy (highly syntrophic or negentropic systems). Participatory action research is a methodology that encourages an indivisible process between theory and practice, and it involves debate, reflection, and collective construction of knowledge and actions among the different actors within a territory in order to successfully transform situation.

Anousheh Kehar

Anousheh is a researcher and lecturer at the IZK – Institute for Contemporary Art (Graz University of Technology, Austria) and a PhD candidate at the Institute for Spatial Planning and Design (Vienna University of Technology, Austria). 

Double Happiness

Double Happiness is a collaboration between Nerea Feliz and Joyce Hwang. Their creative practice focuses on research and design at multiple scales, with interests in the intersections of interior design, architecture, urbanism, and ecology. Collectively, they are registered architects in Spain, the UK, and New York State. Feliz is an Assistant Professor at the School of Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin, and directs Nerea Feliz Studio. Hwang is an Associate Professor and Associate Chair at the University at Buffalo, School of Architecture and Planning, and directs Ants of the Prairie.

Andrea Batarse

Andrea is an architectural designer working in Dallas, Texas. She holds a master’s degree in Architecture with a concentration in Historic Preservation, as well as a bachelor’s degree in international politics and Diplomacy with a concentration in foreign languages from Texas A&M University. Her research interests include reconceptualizing migrant/refugee housing, post-war reconstruction and urban public space.