David Miet

Director and founder, Opleiades: Architecture, Research & Development

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Coordinator, BIMBY (« Build in My Back Yard ») research project, selected and funded by French National Research Agency.


Unit manager, « Innovation, Design and Urban Strategies », Département Ville Durable, CETE Ile-de-France, DRIEA, Ministère de l’Ecologie, de l’Energie, du Développement Durable et de la Mer


Member, Environmental Structure Research Group

David Miet is architect, civil engineer and urban designer.

He is conceiving, developing and deploying knowledge-based approaches of urban and architectural design. Theses approaches combine the concepts of design patterns, domain ontologies and knowledge visualization, forming a set of design models, processes and tools that are employed to restructure and disseminate the practices of design in various domains:

- the architecture of streets and public spaces,
- the spatial and temporal coordination of urban building sites,
- the densification of suburban residential areas,
- the design of houses,
- etc.

David Miet has co-elaborated and is currently coordinating the BIMBY research project, selected by the French National Research Agency (ANR) for its 2009 competition on “Sustainable Cities” and supported by the cluster ADVANCITY.

Planed for a period of 3 years, from December 2009 to December 2012, with a global investment of 3,1 millions € by 10 institutional and public partners, the BIMBY project has for primordial objective the conception, in a short timing, of a new channel (or a new model) of production of sustainable cities that will be able to work on lands that are usually out of the scope of urban and housing public policies: the residential suburbs built during the last decades, which represent today the great majority of urban lands in France but also certainly in Europe, and which are owned today by a multitude of individuals.

This BIMBY project is thus working on the definition of a radically new approach to solve the problem of urban sprawl in France: implementing strategies of piecemeal densification of residential areas by building new houses between existing houses, in order to better satisfy both actual and future habitants needs and to evolve more compact urban morphologies. Such processes are based on:

- The capacity of inhabitants’ investment for their own interest to become a major driver for the ability of cities to transform existing urban lands instead of consuming more agricultural and natural lands.
- The capacity of scientists, planners and policy makers to make a “knowledge revolution” in the way they seek to control the contemporary urban growth phenomena.

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