Architecture & Public Building

Recent Publications

  • Esin Kömez - Reclaiming Context: Trajectories in Architectural Theory, Pedagogy and Practice since 1950

    Context is a crucial concept in architecture, despite the frequent ambiguity around its use. It is present in many architectural thoughts and discussions, while a critical discursive reflection is absent from contemporary architectural theory and practice. Situated within this schizophrenic condition in which the notion is both absent and present, this study aims at creating a historical and theoretical basis for a contemporary discussion on context.

    This research argues that the context debate developed as a multi-layered dense body of knowledge and concepts in the 1950s, when various architects, theorists and teachers cultivated several perspectives on context as to address some of the ill effects of modern architectural orthodoxy and the destructive effects of post-war reconstructions. Despite being a topic of layered and productive debate in the post-war years, context lost popularity in the critical architectural discourse of the 1980s when it was absorbed by postmodern historicism and eclecticism, co-opted by traditionalists and conservationists, and consequentially attacked by the neo avant-gardes for its blinkered understanding.

    This research presents a critical archaeology of the context debate, aiming to reclaim the notion by uncovering its erased, forgotten and abandoned dimensions. To do so, it challenges the governing paradigm of 1980s postmodern architecture by making inquiries into the history and genealogy of its particular trajectories with a criticism from within. Taking 1980 as a starting point, coinciding with the First Venice Architecture Biennale, the research traces the debate on context back to the 1950s through an in-depth study and interpretation of the ideas and works of Aldo Rossi, Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown and Colin Rowe. This reverse chronology reveals that in the works of these protagonists the understanding of context has shifted from “place to memory”, from “spatial to iconographic” and from “layers to object”, where the former categories still hold the capacity to recover the notion as a critical concept that is intrinsic to the architectural design process. In brief, by drawing upon the vast resources available in different media, such as exhibitions, archival materials, student projects, publications, buildings, etc., the study constructs “the context debate” as it was articulated in architectural culture in the period between 1950s and 1980s.

    Some of the results of this research were previously published as: “The Context Debate: An Archaeology” in Architectural Theory Review 20:2 (2015): 266-279 and “Karl Popper’s Architectural Legacy: An Intertextual Reading of Collage City” in METU Journal of the Faculty of Architecture 33:1 (2016): 107-119.


  • Oscar Rommens, Dr. ir. Marc Schoonderbeek - X Agendas For Architecture

    X agendas for Architecture offers an overview of recent agendas or architecture, presenting a range of contributors into a structured discourse to highlight issues and extend questions on the necessity of 'an' agenda within the historical turning point(s) of contemporary architecture. This speculative publication collates ideas from architectural professionals and educators to the up-and-coming generation of agenda-makers. 

    Marc Schoonderbeek, Oscar Rommens, Loed Stolte, eds. (London: Artifice books on Architecture, 2016)


  • Dr. ir. Susanne Komossa - Prototypes and paradigms: Architectural research vis-à-vis research-by-design

    After 10 years of exploring the possibilities and ways to integrate Research-by-Design into Architecture Design Studio Teaching and PhD Theses in Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Urbanism at various universities in Europe and around the world, the time has come to investigate these matured/maturing research approaches in relation to existing paradigms of architectural research & design.

    After some decades of development, design research has come of age. Dynamism, originality and particularity are major features of this field of research, and they must be cherished. There is no longer any merit in demonstrating the actual existence of high level academic design research, nor in demonstrating the breadth of this field, nor the multitude and diversity of issues that it tackles. Instead there is a need for a stronger establishment of this field of research, in order to reach and convince a broader audience, inside and outside the field of architecture, researchers as well as practitioners, institutions and industry as well as policy makers. 

    Johan De Walsche, Susanne Komossa (editors)

    Publisher: Delft, TU Delft Open, 2016

    DR_SoM Design Research Series on Method

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  • - Delft Lectures on Architectural Design

    The idea of this lecture series is to enable various full professors, associate professors and researchers to present the main positions held in architectural design within the faculty’s master track in architecture. Apart from their collaboration in the actual lectures, which are organized as debates, the Faculty staff each has handed in a contribution to this reader, in which the lecturers upon both contemporary key problems within the field of architecture, and/or their own sources of inspiration and illumination. The introduction of the reader illuminates the way in which certain
    approaches to research and design evolved at the Delft Faculty of Architecture since 1968. It traces the roots of what today might be considered specific to the Delft approach to architecture in contrast to other schools across Europe.


  • Susanne Komossa, Nicola Marzot - New urban configurations


  • Susanne Komossa, Nicola Marzot - The almost perfect urban block.

    Susanne Komossa, Nicola Marzot, ‘The almost perfect urban block: towards a new urbanity’ in: Project International, PI37, 2014, 17-52.


  • Prof. ir. Michiel Riedijk, ir. Filip Geerts - Onder weg!

    The Province of North Holland wholeheartedly opts for Transit Oriented Development (TOD), an integrated approach to public transport and spatial development. TOD is usually the domain of traffic engineers and planners; this book however gives designers free reign. BNA Research gave ten professional design teams and five teams of Delft University of Technology students the opportunity to research the Zaancorridor by design. Onder Weg! (Under Way!) includes their plans and analyses the results. 

    BNA Onderzoek. (Brugge: die Keure, 2014)


  • Michiel Riedijk - Neutelings Riedijk 2003-2012, Convenciones e identidad, conventions and identity

    Starting with a conversation between Enrique Walker and the Dutch architects, and an introduction (Plain weirdness. The architecture of Neutelings Riedijk) and text (Raw steak on the drawing board on conventions and identity in architecture) by Aaron Betsky this issue of El Croquis presents the buildings and projects done in the last nine years by Neutelings Riedijk.

    Willem Jan Neutelings, Michiel Riedijk, Neutelings Riedijk 2003-2012, Convenciones e identidad, conventions and identity (Madrid: El Croquis 159, 2012)


  • Susanne Komossa, Sien van Dam - De transformatie van het schoolgebouw

    Commissioned by the Netwerkbureau Kinderopvang (childcare) the faculty of Architecture of the TU Delft did research to the possibilities of the transformation of existing school buildings. What are the possibilities of how to use an existing school building in an efficient way? What does this mean for the dimension of the spaces, the positioning relative towards each other, the use of colours, the climate and the outdoor areas?
    This book contains the results of the research of twenty prototypical school buildings. The book shows a theoretical substantiation of the possibilities of transform existing school buildings into “buildings for children’. A number of essays about the several design aspects act as background information. A selection of projects, made by students, offers a number of solutions, which in the first place maybe aren’t immediately mend to be realized, but show inspirational results.

    Sien van Dam, Susanne Komossa, Lidwine Spoormans, De transformatie van het schoolgebouw 
(Bussum: Thoth, 2011)


  • Susanne Komossa - The Dutch Urban Block and the Public Realm

    Susanne Komossa, Hollands bouwblok en publiek domein; model, regel, ideaal (Dutch edition); The Dutch urban block and the public realm; models, rules, ideals (English edition), Nijmegen, Vantilt  fall 2010.
    The research focuses on the transformation of the urban block in relation to the public realm of the two great Dutch cities Amsterdam and Rotterdam throughout the last 400 years. Differing from the general notion of public space as space that is not private, the public realm of the city is more specifically defined as those places where citizens and visitors with a variety of backgrounds (ex)change ideas and opinions, goods, labour, knowledge and sometimes even get into conflict with each other. In order to analyse the process of transformation, Dutch urban blocks are selected that can be considered as paradigms of subsequent historical periods.

    Komossa, Susanne (ed), The Dutch Urban Block and the Public Realm. (Nijmegen: Van Tilt, 2010)


  • - Architecture as a Craft.

    The 15 essays in ‘Architecture as a Craft’ present a vision of the architectural discipline in which the essence is sought in the craft itself. The book is based on the symposium of the same name that the Delft University of Technology organised in 2009. The craft of the architect is approached in this book from three perspectives: the Position adopted by the architect in the design and construction process, the Composition of the design, and the choice of Materials of the design. Design drawings, scale models and texts play an important role in this process. They are the products with which architects explain their position, the composition and the choice of materials of the design to others.

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    Michiel Riedijk (ed.) Architecture as a Craft. (Amsterdam: SUN Publishers, 2010)


Selected Publications

  • Chair of Architecture & Public Building

    • 2016

    • S Lee, ‘Techné and Dispositif of Architecture’, in: S Murrani, MD Hosale & A De Campo (eds.), Worldmaking as Techné: Participatory Art, Music and Architecture (Waterloo: Riverside Architectural Press, 2016), pp. 2-25. >>
    • 2015

    • M Schoonderbeek, ‘Complexity and Simultaneity. The border as spatial condition’ in: Territorio, no. 72, 2015, pp. 95-100. >>
    • F Geerts & M Riedijk ‘The cross-section: Four designs for the Zaan Corridor’, in: RJ Rutte, HJ Engel, EH Gramsbergen & OR Diesfeldt (eds.), OverHolland 16/17 (Nijmegen: Vantilt, 2015), pp. 76-109. >>
    • 2014

    • S Milani, ‘Notes on Dogma's project’, in: HJ Engel, EH Gramsbergen, H Hoeks & RJ Rutte (eds.), OverHolland, no. 14/15, 2014, pp. 73-91 >>
    • M Schoonderbeek & K Havik, ‘Reading and reacting: from the research of border conditions to experimental methods in architectural and urban design’, in: Nordlit, no. 31, 2014, pp. 49-58. >>
    • 2013

    • M Schoonderbeek (ed.), Modi Operandi Series #01: Spaces, Poetics and Voids (Amsterdam: Architectura & Natura Press, 2013). >>
    • M Riedijk, D Sijmons, M Hertogh, J Rots, F Geerts, A Schmets, J van der Velde, J de Boer & J Wilbers (eds.), Integraal ontwerpen van infrastructuren: aanzet tot een agenda voor onderwijs en onderzoek (Delft: TU Delft Integrated Infrastructure Design, 2013). >>
    • M Schoonderbeek, ‘The border as threshold space of simultaneities’, in: Archimaera, no. 5, 2013, pp. 151-165. >>
    • 2012

    • S Milani, ‘Watergate Hotel’, in: T Avermaete & A Massay (eds.), Hotel Lobbies and Lounges (Abingdon: Routledge, 2012), pp. 145-150.
    • 2011

    • S Lee (ed.), Aesthetics of Sustainable Architecture (Rotterdam: 010 Publishers, 2011). >>
    • N Sanaan Bensi & A Mashayekhi, ‘The Persistence of the Iranian Bazaar’, in: Archis, no. 27, ‘Aging’, 2011, pp. 116-123.
    • S Lee, ‘Wall-façade as surface’, in: C3 Architecture-Landscape-Urbanism, no. 324, 2011, pp. 50-55. >>
    • M Riedijk, ‘Craft and composition: Notes on architectural authorship’, in: S Balutsch, M Frei, S Hägele & P Jorisch (eds.), ‘Composition’, Trans, no. 19, 2011, pp. 30-35.
    • Job Floris, Susanne Komossa, Nicola Marzot, Roberto Cavallo, Arie Lengkeek, GROOT, Tekenboek stadsgebouwen; functie stapelingen, publieke binnenwerelden, in één blok. (Rotterdam: AIR 2011) >>
    • 2010

    • F Geerts, H Teerds, H Engel & R Cavallo (eds.), Liber Batavorum. S. Umberto Barbieri: Laveren tussen ontwerp, kritiek en onderwijs (Delft: TU Delft, Faculteit Bouwkunde, 2010).
    • S Milani & M Schoonderbeek, ‘Drawing Theory: An introduction’, in: Footprint, no. 7, 2010, pp. 1-8. >>
    • F Geerts & I Hurkxkens, ‘Paradise Regained. The watchman, the sleeper, the dreamer and the city’, in: OverHolland, no. 9, 2010, pp. 5-23.
    • Schoonderbeek, Marc (ed), Border Conditions. (Amsterdam: Architectura & Natura Press, 2009) >>
    • 2009

    • Riedijk, Michiel, De tekening. The drawing. De bestaansreden van de architect. The architect’s raison d’être. (Rotterdam: 010 Publishers, 2009) >>
    • Susanne Komossa, Kees Rouw, Joost Hillen (ed.) Kleur in de hedendaagse architectuur; projecten,essays, tijdlijn, manifesten / Colour in contemporary Architecture; projects, essays, calendar, manifestoes. (Amsterdam SUN 2009) >>
    • 2008

    • Berg, JaapJan - Tahl Kaminer - Marc Schoonderbeek - Joost Zonneveld.(red.) Huizen in transformatie Interventies in Europese gentrification. (Rotterdam:NAI Publishers,2008) ISBN 978-90-5662-060-8 >>
    • 2007

    • Nicola Marzot (ed.), Il consumo della città (Bologna: Editrice Compositori, 2009) >>
    • Baumeister, Ruth - Sang Lee (ed.), The Domestic and the Foreign in Architecture. (Rotterdam: 010 Publishers,2007) ISBN 978 90 6450 566 9 >>
    • Stefano Milani (ed.) Franco Purini; Disegnare architetture / Drawing Architectures. (Bologna, Editrice Compositori, 2007) >>