Architecture Theory


  • Presentation: Andrej Radman, Stavros Kousoulas

    Virtuality, Becoming and Life

    Deleuze Studies Conference Rome 2016


    Andrej Radman : On Architecture as Psychotropic Practice

    Stavros Kousoulas: Correlational Variables: Modes of Architectural Access

  • New Issue: Footprint: Delft Architecture Theory Journal. Issue 18 (vol. 10/1), Constellation of Awakening: Benjamin and Architecture, Spring 2016.



    Volume 10, Number 1




    SPRING / SUMMER 2016

    Edited by Patrick Healy and Andrej Radman


    Print copies of the issue will be available for purchase at the website of Jap Sam Publishers:





    How to Read (With) Benjamin:

    From Cultural History of Materialism to Materialist History of Culture

    Patrick Healy and Andrej Radman, editors


    Visual Vertigo, Phantasmagoric Physiognomies:

    Joseph Roth and Walter Benjamin on the Visual Experience of Architecture

    Stefan Koller


    Without Pictorial Detour:

    Benjamin, Mies and the Architectural Image

    Lutz Robbers


    The Architecture of a Lifetime:

    Structures of Remembrance and Invention in Walter Benjamin and Aldo Rossi

    Jolien Paeleman


    Benjamin and Koolhaas:

    History’s Afterlife

    Frances Hsu


    Benjamin’s Dialectical Image and the Textuality of the Built Landscape

    Ross Lipton


    Revolutionary Climatology:

    Rings of Saturn, Ringed by Red Lightning

    Sarah K. Stanley


    Review Article

    The Memory Works:

    Between Monuments and Ruins, The Case of Contemporary Budapest

    Rodrigo Rieiro Díaz


    Review Article

    Paris and Berlin:

    On City Streets and Loggias

    Stéphane Symons


    Review Article

    Bankside Urban Forest:

    Walter Benjamin and City Making

    Stephen Witherford


    If you wish to access Footprint’s online repository of current and past issues, please visit

  • Research Day Department of Architecture Friday March 11, 2016

    The Architectural Project and its Foundations

    Research Day Department of Architecture

    Friday March 11, 2016

    The Architectural Project and its Foundations


    Seminar, peer review and debates


    as modes of architectural research


    Session 3 WRITING: Journals and Books

    FOOTPRINT Delft Architecture Theory Journal

    Critical and Clinical Cartographies

    Andrej Radman and Heidi Sohn, editors


    Chair: Klaske Havik

    This session focuses on scholars who investigate architectural and urban questions to the lens of philosophy and critical theory. How can often abstract theoretical notions be related to everyday architectural practice? The second part of the session discusses journals as outcome of architectural knowledge production. What is the profile and outreach of the journals of the department? Do they focus on a scholarly audience or do they address profession in a wider sense? How do they deal with such issues as open access, journal ranking, peer reviewing?


  • Vacancy: Delft University of Technology Professor of Architecture Theory


    Delft University of Technology

    Professor of Architecture Theory


    The chair of Architecture Theory, together with the chair of History of Architecture and Urban Planning and the chair of Methods and Analysis, provides the fundamental theoretical, historical and methodological frameworks for research and education within the Architecture Department.


    The chair is expected to study and develop a framework of architectural theory that can play an important role for contemporary design practice in the Netherlands and beyond. In research and education the chair examines doctrines of the past and present, the investigation of thinking in select architectural groups, offices and guidelines, as well as inquiries into ethico-aesthetics. The duties of the Professor are based on a broad international orientation. He or she will have to convey a broad vision with regard to the character and the relevance of contemporary architecture theory, and will contribute to the treatment of and debate on historical and contemporary architectural theories.


    The duties will consist of providing education in the Bachelor, Master and PhD programmes of the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment and establishing research related to architecture theory from a broad and general perspective.


  • Presentations: Andrej Radman and Stavros Kousoulas, Deleuze + Art: Multiplicities | Thresholds | Potentialities

    8 – 10 April 2016, Trinity College Dublin, Éire

    Deleuze + Art: Multiplicities | Thresholds | Potentialities
    8 – 10 April 2016, Trinity College Dublin, Éire

    Photography and Cartography: Shadow | Colour | Light Andrej Radman

    Urban Correlationism: A Matter of Access
    ir. Stavros Kousoulas

    The conference invites participants to reconsider the notion of art and Deleuze/Guattari’s art philosophy as intensive multiplicities gravitating towards ever-new fields and contexts, “continually transforming [themselves] into a string of other multiplicities, according to [their] thresholds and doors”. The key concern here is how we can articulate a politics of art in these turbulent times. The conference seeks to zoom in on those mo(ve)ments of generation of new worlds at the threshold of the virtual and the actual. As Brian Massumi points out, “it is the edge of the virtual, where it leaks into actual, that counts. For that seeping edge is where potential, actually, is found.” Deleuzian onto-aesthetics is seething with such generative thresholds – suffice it to mention zones of indiscernibility, crystal-images, prosthesis-organs or the diagram in Francis Bacon’s paintings.

  • Call for papers: City and Society: The Care of the Self

    18-19 May, 2016

    8th Annual IIAS-TU Delft Seminar

    City and Society: The Care of the Self

    A comparative examination of Eastern and Western practices from Confucius to Foucault and beyond


    Theory Section, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, TU Delft

    18-19 May, 2016


    Convenor: Dr. Ir. Gregory Bracken




    ‘City and Society: The Care of the Self’ is intended to be a multi-disciplinary seminar. Contributions are welcome from architecture, urbanism, philosophy, religious studies, history, geography, social science, anthropology, etc., but please remember that the point of departure should be the built environment of Asia (East, Southeast, South) and/or the West. They can deal with the ancient and/or modern worlds, can treat of real places or remain within the realm of theory, and papers that propose comparative analyses between, or within, these areas and places will be particularly welcome.



    Thematic clusters

    What informs the thinking behind this project is the understanding that cities are not merely buildings and spaces; cities are people and their networks of interaction. Cities are the product of human endeavour and as such are one of mankind’s greatest achievements. Once built they form the generations growing up within them, who in their turn alter the built environment to meet their new needs, thereby altering the environment for the next generation, and so on. A healthy city should enjoy a symbiotic evolutionary relationship with those who inhabit it; a healthy city should embrace change. How best to achieve this change, and make it beneficial, can best be determined by proper examination of the elements that go into the making of a city, and the society that inhabits it. With this in mind some broad thematic categories have been sketched out:

    • The city; what constitutes a city? the Chinese understanding of cheng and/or shi; The Rituals of Zhou; the Western city and the notion of civitas.
    • Society; ethical and political systems for the conduct of public and family life; Confucius’ five relationships; the concepts of li and ren; tianming (Confucius and Mencius); the Western concept of ius naturale; Aristotle’s oikonomia psuchon; Laozi’s Dao (in combination with de, an ordering principle of nature, society, and the individual); the similarity of de to the Greek areté; or, more recently, of the Dao to Heidegger’s Weg.
    • The family; Richard Sennett’s distinction between public and private in the West (with his ‘fall of public man’); the notion of the stranger; what constitutes public domain?
    • The home; the Chinese understanding of jia (as house, home, and family); Gaston Bachelard’s ‘poetics of space’.
    • The care and/or conduct of the self; Confucius’ notion of chun tzu; Michel Foucault’s genealogical relationship between ancient Greek askesis and medieval asceticism.
    • The role of Utopia, from Thomas More to the twentieth-century dystopia (or Plato’s Atlantis from Timaeus and Critias).

    These are simply suggestions, intended to lead to potential points of departure for what will ultimately be a bottom-up research endeavour – the seminar’s thematic clusters will ultimately be driven by contributors’ individual interests.




    Please note, it is intended to gather a selection of the best papers from this seminar into a peer-reviewed publication (with a planned publication date for 2018). This series has an excellent track record with publications: Seminar Two (TU Delft, 2010) led to Aspects of Urbanization in China: Shanghai, Hong Kong, Guangzhou (Amsterdam University Press, 2012); Seminar Three (Hong Kong University Study Centre, Shanghai, 2011) became issue 12 of Footprint: ‘Future Publics: Politics and Space in East Asia’s Cities’ (co-edited with Jonathan D. Solomon) (spring 2013); and Seminar Five (IIAS, Leiden, 2013) saw the publication of Asian Cities: Colonial to Global (Amsterdam University Press, 2015). As can be seen, all publications were produced within a two-year period – it is hoped that this seminar, and its publication, will achieve the same result.




    Abstracts should be submitted to Dr. Ir. Gregory Bracken, Theory Section, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Technical University of Delft, the Netherlands.


    Deadline: 31 January 2016


    Abstracts should consist of:

    • Title
    • Abstract (300 words maximum)
    • Contributor’s name
    • Academic discipline
    • Affiliation


    Please note that neither the IIAS nor TU Delft will be in a position to help fund contributors’ trips to the seminar should they be selected.

  • Critical and Clinical Cartographies Conference - Call For Papers - Extension of Deadline!

    13-14 November, Delft

    The ambition of the 3C conference is to rethink medical and design pedagogies in the context of digital technologies. Cyber-physical technologies, a current locus of architectural and medical practices, assist the shift from the physical body to embodiment. Long after its impact on medical practices, digitalisation further challenges the ecological, economic and aesthetic habits of the architectural milieu. 

    Will the practice of cartography help in exploring relations between the human body as an organism and the machine technologies used both in (medical) care and (architectural) design? Can we map the ever-shifting thresholds between the organic and the inorganic, the innate and the acquired? 

    We invite research that approaches the development of diverse cartographic experimentations which will not render the visible, but render visible.

    -How has the concept of EMBODIMENT, or thinking par le milieu, mutated under the exponential proliferation of digital TECHNOLOGY? 

    -What is the impact of the ‘digital turn’ on the contemporary medical and architectural education and/or practice? 

    -How does the ‘posthuman turn’ influence the possible convergence of medical and architectural education and/or practice? 

    -How has the biopolitical concept of CARE mutated under the proliferation of digital TECHNOLOGY? 

    -What is the role of digital simulations in medical and architectural education and/or practice? 

    -What is the role of robotics in medical and architectural education and/or practice? 

    -How has the concept of CARE mutated under the growth of DESIGN culture based on the nature-culture continuum? 

    -What are the main ethical and/or political issues in medical and architectural research given the nature-nurture continuum? 

    -How could medical research contribute to architectural design and how could design, in turn, contribute to the improvement of health care? 

    -How has the concept of EMBODIMENT mutated under the growth of DESIGN culture? 



    Send your titled abstract (max. 250 words) with five key words, your name, contact information and institutional affiliation to before October 15, 2014 (e-mail subject: 3Cconference).


    For more information about the conference click here

  • Courses open for inscription

    AT Fall 2014 Courses/Electives

    AT theory and design electives are NOW open for inscription. Please consult the 2014 - 2015 study guide and our website for course details. Questions can be directed to AT-MSc-BK@tudelft.

    AR2AT020 - MSc 2 - Architecture Theory Design Studio
    AR2AT030 - MSc 2 - Architecture Theory Thesis
    AR2AT040 - MSc 2 - Philosophy of the Image and Architecture.
    AR3AT060 - MSc 3 - New Urban Questions or Minor Infractions.

  • Courses open for inscription

    Fall 2013 - AT Courses / Electives.

    AT theory and design electives are NOW open for inscription. Please consult the 2013 - 2014 study guide for course details. Questions can be directed to AT-MSc-BK@tudelft.

    AR2AT020 - MSc 2 - Architecture Theory Design Studio
    AR2AT030 - MSc 2 - Architecture Theory Thesis
    AR2AT040 - MSc 2 - Philosophy of the Image and Architecture.
    AR3AT060 - MSc 3 - New Urban Questions or Minor Infractions.

  • New DSD Director

    Deborah Hauptmann appointed as new Director of the Delft School of Design.

    Since of September 2010, Deborah Hauptmann is appointed as the new Head of the Delft School of Design at the Faculty of Architecture at Delft University of Technology. She is the 2nd Director to the Delft School of Design, and replaces Arie Graafland as director.

    For the past decade Deborah Hauptmann has been engaged in both theory and design teaching at the Faculty of Architecture, TU Delft. Prior to the founding of the DSD she was Masters program coordinator for the Architecture Theory department where she developed much of core curriculum still taught in that department. Hauptmann lectures internationally and contributes actively to conferences as a speaker and moderator, both at the TU and abroad.

  • DSD UA Graduations

    We would like to congratulate the following students who graduated from the DSD Urban Asymmetries program:

    Tom KOLNAAR - Architecture [Final Presentation]

    Levan ASABASHVILI - Architecture [Final Presentation]

    Tania GUERRERO - Architecture [Final Presentation]

    Taufan TER WEEL - Architecture [Final Presentation]

    Martynas MAROZAS - Urbanism [Final Presentation]

    Anouk DISTELBRINK - Urbanism [Final Presentation]

    Amber MAESSEN - Architecture [Final Presentation]

    Sylvia BIZZARRI - Urbanism [Final Presentation]

    Yan BAI - Urbanism [Final Presentation]

    Phillip LÜHL - Architecture [Final Presentation]

    Carlos GARCIA SANCHO - Arcitecture [Final Presentation]

    Idan ZVEIBIL - Urbanism [Final Presentation]

  • Cognitive Architecture - Book Launch

    COGNITIVE ARCHITECTURE - FROM BIOPOLITICS TO NOOPOLITICS, edited by Deborah Hauptmann and Warren Neidich, 010 Publishers, 2010.

    Cognitive Architecture questions of how evolving modalities - from bio-politics to noo-politics - can be mapped upon the city under contemporary conditions of urbanization and globalization. Noo-politics, most broadly understood as a power exerted over the life of the mind, re-configures perception, memory and attention, and also implicates potential ways and means by which neurobiological architecture is undergoing reconfiguration. This volume, motivated by theories such as 'cognitive capitalism' and concepts such as 'neural plasticity', shows how architecture and urban processes and products commingle to form complex systems that produce novel forms of networks that empower the imagination and constitute the cultural landscape. This volume rethinks the relations between form and forms of communication, calling for a new logic of representation; it examines the manner in which information, with its non-hierarchical and distributed format is contributing both to the sculpting of brain and production of mind. Cognitive Architecture brings together renowned specialists in the areas of political and aesthetic philosophy, neuroscience, socio-cultural and architecture theory, visual and spatial theorists and practitioners; the contributions elucidate original ideas for thinking the city as a framework for possible gestations of noo-politics.

  • Departure: Roemer van Toorn

    Roemer van Toorn appointed as Theory & Media professor at the Umeå School of Architecture, University of Umeå Sweden.

    Roemer van Toorn has recently been appointed Theory & Media professor at the Umeå School of Achitecture at the University of Umeå Sweden.

    The Umeå School of Architecture (UMA) was founded in 2009 as the fourth academic school in Sweden providing a professional degree in architecture. Unlike the other Architectural Schools in Sweden, UMA has a spoken policy of a social, political and sustainable development of architecture through an integrated idea of design, and aims to grow into an international laboratory of experimental architectural development. The Danish architect Peter Kjaer, who has been the former dean of the Aarhus school of architecture, is appointed rector of the school.

  • Shirin Jaffri Nominated for Best TU Delft Graduate

    We are honored to announce that Shirin Jaffri, a graduate of the DSD's Urban Asymmetries Program, has been selected to represent the Faculty of Architecture for the UfD Mecanoo Award for Best University Graduate, 2010.

    Prizes are awarded annually to the best graduates of the eight faculties at TU Delft, which are nominated by the respective faculty Deans. The Rector Magnificus commences the ceremony signaling the latest and most relevant thoughts and within the University. From the 8 candidates, one is selected as the best graduate of the Delft University of Technology. Shirin will represent the Faculty at the November 25th ceremony in the Aula, at 3pm.

    Shirin's graduation project was part of the Urban Asymmetries La Victoria, Santiago de Chile graduation studio during 2008/2009, presenting her P5 in November 2009. She graduated as MSc Architecture, specialization in Urbanism, with the project titled 'Socioeconomic and Spatial Integration Strategies for Improved Housing and Modes of Production in La Victoria and San Joaquín in Santiago de Chile'.

    Shirin received both Cum Laude and honorable mention for her academic achievements.

  • Temporary Faculty premises - 2008

    The Faculty of Architecture was recently destroyed by fire. At this time, our teaching program operates from the Faculty of Architectures tent site. Administration activities and logistics are dealt with at the TNW building.
    Please refer to the contact details for directions to either of these locations.
  • Semester 2008/2009

    New academic year commences

    The new semester has officially commenced for 2008 / 2009.
    All students are advised to refer to the TU Delft Blackboard for course information and meeting schedules.

  • Fire engulfs faculty building.

    Homage to the old faculty building

  • A New Building for Bouwkunde

    Design brief for the new Faculty

    Berlageweg 1 burned down on May 13th, 2008, triggering a lot of emotions. The Building for Bouwkunde initiative aims to harness our emotions and use them in a creative way. We call on proactive people to get involved in a positive effort. By bringing people and ideas together in creative workshops, we hope to create a Gallery of Visions that will give everyone's visions a place. Everyone is welcome!

    Please see the following link for more details:


  • Presentation Andrej Radman: Sound, Ethics, Art, and Morality

    Tel Aviv University, May 29 - 30, 2016


    Surpassing Figuration:

    Faces and Landscapes as Haecceities A. Radman, TU Delft, MMXVI



    According to the diagnosis by the Dutch architect Spuybroek, architects have difficulties understanding order and contingency in an ontological relationship, as co-constitutive. Rather, they see them as structures. The major part of our technological and aesthetic tradition has been oriented towards structure as stable and homeostatic. But the system is more accurately defined by the events as incorporeal effects than by a mere description of the ‘physical substrate’ in which these events act as quasi-causes. What is required is a concept of structure that is not detached from what it structures. Deleuze and Guattari’s concept of rhythm makes it possible to break with the hylomorphic moulding (architectonics) for the immanent ontopowerful continuous variation (pragmatics).


    It is high time for the discipline of architecture to awaken from the slumber of anthropocentrism and to adopt a major reconfiguration of ethology to become a theory of capacity. Behaviour can no longer be localised in individuals conceived as preformed homunculi, but has to be treated epi(phylo)genetically. Put simply, the rhythm (relation) comes before that which it places in relation (relata). To meet the ethical challenge, there needs to occur a fundamental change in the architect’s role from a synaptic visionary - a psychological subject whose private meanings and public expressions are crucial to understanding his work and its effects - to a more humble clinical/critical explorer of rhythmic modulation. The concept of ritornello becomes indispensible on account of not relying on external (transcendent) unifying principle, but by being located at the level of the non-organic vitality of matter.

  • Presentations: Andrej Radman, Stavros Kousoulas, Robert Gorny, 'Machinic Ecologies'

    Annual National Deleuze Conference 2016, 20 May 2016, University Library, UvA, Amsterdam

    Presentations: Andrej Radman, Stavros Kousoulas, Robert Gorny, 'Machinic Ecologies' Annual National Deleuze Conference 2016, 20 May 2016, University Library, UvA, Amsterdam


    Panel: A Flight of Architectural Lines


    Architecture as Collective Equipment:

    The Unconscious of the Built Environment

    Dr. ir. Andrej Radman


    The Bifurcation of Architecture: Correlational Strata

    ir. Stavros Kousoulas


    A Flat Theory / Toward a Genealogy of Apartments

    ir. Robert Gorny


    The Annual National Deleuze Scholarship Conference is a conference intended to bring together scholars, students, activists, artists, and others working on the philosophy of Gilles Deleuze. Each year, the conference is hosted at a different university in the Netherlands. In 2016 the conference is organized by the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA) of the University of Amsterdam. This year the conference will revolve around the works of Deleuze with Guattari and the transversal relations to Guattari's own work. Focus will be given on topics concerning technology and its relation to the three ecologies of the environmental, the social and the mental. 


  • Patrick Healy moderates debate at book launch "The Myth of the Contemporaneity"

    Amsterdam, Wednesday November 11th 2015, 19:30

    19.30    welcome

    19.40    lecture Amelia Groom

    20.25    dialogue Amelia / Pieter Vermeulen led by Patrick Healy

    20.45    Q&A

    21.00    closing with drinks

  • Presentation Andrej Radman The Dark Precursor Ghent 2015

    9th of November 2015, Ghent

    Presentation Andrej Radman
    The Dark Precursor
    Ghent 2015

    Zigzagging: Bound by the Absence of Tie

    Andrej Radman, 09-11-2015
    The Dark Precursor: International Conference on Deleuze and Artistic Research, Ghent 2015.
    DARE 2015 explores possibilities, uses and appropriations of Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari’s philosophy in the field of Artistic Research. Hosted by the Orpheus Research Centre in Music and MusicExperiment21, DARE 2015 will take place from 9th to the 11th November 2015 at the Orpheus Institute in Ghent (Belgium). As references to Deleuze’s philosophy, alone or in collaboration with Guattari, have become frequent across the varied expressions of artistic research, the conference aims to identify, trace and map concepts and practices that connect artistic research projects to their philosophy, both from the scholar and the practitioner’s perspectives. The Orpheus Institute is the European leading center for artistic research in music, home to the docARTES doctoral program, the Orpheus Research Centre in Music (ORCiM) and the MusicExperiment21 project funded by the European Research Council.

  • Lecture Patrick Healy Stedelijk Museum

    November 8th, 2015

    SUNDAY NOV. 8, 2015

    10:00 - 17:00 ZEROTIME open
    13:00 - 13:30 The Nationale Opera has a special performance-opera (at the ZERO entrance)

    13:30 - 15:00 Patrice Baumel play an ambient set (till your introduction)
    15:00 - 15:05 Margrite Schavemaker introduce Patrick Healy

    15:05 - 15:30 Patrick Healy introduction

    15:30 - 16:30 Patrice Baumel play an ambient set outside the Auditorium

    17:00 - 17:00 ZEROTIME close

  • Lecture Patrick Healy

    Wednesday 4 November 2015, 10:30-11:30 Design Academy Eindhoven Emmasingel 14, 5th floor, Eindhoven Entrance is free


    10.00  Arrival
    10.25  Welcome
    10.30  Patrick Healy  Domus Communis: Strategies of Intimacy
    11.30  Christoph Grafe  Prerequisites of dwelling
    12.30  Lunch break
    13.30  Jurjen Zeinstra  Drawing distinctions: The home of Heinrich Tessenow
    14.15  Tamar Shafrir  The home does not exist
    15.00  Coffee break
    15.15  Nick Axel  Shelter is not a thing
    16.00  Mikel van Gelderen  Collectivity

    Patrick Healy
    Domus Communis:
    Strategies of Intimacy

    The presentation by Patrick Healy will examine the relation between the significance of thinking and dwelling in the work of Heidegger and the problem of image-fragment in both Benjamin and Bachelard, to ask if the notion of building and housing answers to the philosophical developments with regard to dwelling and thinking  in what way the current discussions on ecology and sustainability challenge architecture. A clarification of the Heideggerian proposal  ‘poetically man dwells’ is the aim of the lecture. The consequences of the distinction and division  between ‘poetically man dwells’ and the use of image/montage in relation to strategies of in-habitation and the human horizon will be examined.  

    Patrick Healy works as a researcher and teacher at the Faculty of Architecture and Built Environment in Delft. He is titular Professor of inter-disciplinary research at the F.I.U. Amsterdam ( Free International University Amsterdam) since 1997. His publications can be found at

  • Patrick Healy moderates debate: Design By Choice

    11th of November 2015, 19:30, Karman-Auditorium, Fo4, Aachen

  • Affect Theory Conference: Worldings / Tensions / Futures

    October 14 - 17, 2015, Millersville University's Ware Center, Lancaster PA


    Andrej Radman: Affective Warping of Manifolds / No Movement, No Brain

  • Asian Cities: Colonial to Global - Seminar and Book Presentation by Gregory Bracken

    12th of November, 13.00, Room C, Faculty of Architecture

    Seminar and bookpresentation

  • New Aesthetic Matters Lectures

    3rd of June, Delft

    INDESEM: New Aesthetic Matters Lectures

    17:00-17:20 - Andrej Radman
    17:20-18:05 - Tobias Wallisser
    18:05-18:50 - Greg Lynn
    18:50-19:20 - Peter Russell


    Where: TU Delft, BK City, Orange Hall
    When: Wednesday 3. June 2015, 17.00h

    This lecture series examines the formalistic and (a)semiotic possibilities of the new materialities compelled by digital fabrication techniques. As these new methodologies allow and induce a new mediation of signification through matter, architects are destined to rethink their operational language, and redefine their translation of intention and knowledge into our common ontological and epistemological being. To further explore these matters the first lecture intends to elaborate on a philosophical framework for new materialism. Consequently seeking to apply this thinking to the concept of the informed material and ornament. Is the notion of beauty to be understood as something not thoughtfully crafted but rather emerges through an experimental and ecological process?

  • Open Societies, Common Spaces - Lecture Christine Boyer

    9th of June, Het Nieuwe Instituut

    Respondents S. Kousoulas and H. Sohn (AT Section)

    On the 9th of June Professor M. Christine Boyer (Princeton University, USA) will deliver a lecture on the open society and the relationship between architecture, planning and democracy in the 20th century. The lecture will be followed by a conversation in response to issue #16 of Footprint, which examines the commons and the urban environment.

    For more information and to sign up go to:

  • Figuration in the architecture of DOGMA(?)

    8 May, Delft

    May 8, 16h00 – Lecture room A, Faculty of Architecture, TU Delft, Julianalaan 134

    16h05              Welcome by Henk Engel

    16h10              The Work of DOGMA, statement by Pier Vittorio Aureli

    16h30              Figuration in Architecture, statement by Stefano Milani

    16h50              Conversation, moderated by Patrick Healy

    17h30              Drinks

  • Lecture by Peter Goché [ISU] - CHIAROSCURO: Black Contemporary and the Act of Construction

    Peter Goché, interdisciplinary artist and educator, Iowa State University

    Chiaroscuro: Black Contemporary and the Act of Construction

    Our experience as occupants of a particular setting begins with the impulse to instantaneously scrutinize everything. This impulse is sustained through an often precisely choreographed threshold. As architect and artist, my goal is to assist the occupant in maintaining their initial ontological wakefulness through staging, often-temporary assemblies within a host space and thereby enhance its topographic fidelity.

    In this presentation, I will discuss the creative practices surrounding Black Contemporary, a field station dedicated to the study of spatial phenomena. In using the term here, I am referring to a way of knowing that seeks to describe the underlying, essential qualities of human experience and the context in which that experience happens. Using perceptual logic as spatial conditioner, current studio projects focus on the act of making and curating a series of research assemblies within a dormant seed-drying facility constructed in 1979. Each inquiry is part of a process by which the cultural history and future potential of an abandoned typology is revealed. It is a subconscious engagement whereby we become immersed in the world and do not succeed in distancing ourselves from it in order to achieve consciousness of the world.

    On a deeper level, however, I am interested in cultivating a way of knowing that seeks to describe the underlying, essential qualities of human experience and the context in which that experience happens. The subsequent acts build on the role spatial phenomena has always had in architectural thinking and to assist the resurgence of experimental productions in design education and practice. As the process of architectural design delivery has become almost completely reliant on digital means, spatial experiments in real time with real people and real materials at full size are a crucial counterpoint.

    Peter P. Goché is an interdisciplinary artist and educator whose practice engages spatial phenomenon, perception and material culture. He is known for creating deeply thoughtful works that explore space, time and movement. He is founder and executive curator of Black Contemporary, a rural field station dedicated to the study of spatial phenomena and perception. He is co-investigator/author of Guidelines for Spatial Regeneration in Iowa funded by the 2007 AIA Board of Knowledge Committee. Goché has exhibited and lectured on his creative practice and scholarship at many conferences and cultural institutions throughout North America and Western Europe. As educator in the Department of Architecture and Industrial Design at Iowa State University, Goché holds both B. Arch and M. Arch degrees in architectural studies from Iowa State University. He taught in the Department of Art at Drake University before joining the faculty at the Iowa State University, where he coordinates and teaches design studios. His understanding and sensibilities regarding spatial experience and ethno-specific design stem from this agrarian upbringing and ongoing research in art, architecture and anthropology at Iowa State University. Equally, his travel throughout the Czech Republic, Western Europe and Spain has nurtured his interest in human beings, their practices and the ways they occupy and perceive space.

  • Graduate Seminar on Gilles Deleuze and Cultural Studies

    Guest Lecture Andrej Radman, the 8th of May 2014

    Academic year 2013-2014

    Tuesday afternoons, 14.00-17.00

    Location: Stijlkamer van Ravensteijn , Kromme Nieuwe Gracht 80, Utrecht University.

    Organised by: the OSL (Onderzoekschool Literatuurwetenschap) with the Centre for the Humanities at Utrecht University.

    Convened by: Professor Rosi Braidotti and Dr. Rick Dolphijn (Utrecht University)

    SESSION 8, May 13, 2014: SAMUEL BECKETT

    GUEST LECTURER: Dr. Anrej Radman (Technical University Delft)


    Registration: please send an e-mail, including a biographical text of up to 100 words stating your affiliation and motivation for the seminar, to Eloe Kingma,


    For more information please see OSL website.

  • Architecture Theory Symposium

    National Symposium on Deleuze Scholarship #2 Delft May 29, 2013

    National Symposium on Deleuze Scholarship #2

    Delft May 29, 2013

    Asignifying Semiotics: Or How to Paint Pink on Pink

    The second one-day Symposium continues to assess the state of Deleuze scholarship in The Lowlands, with a strong emphasis on new directions of study and new generations of scholars operating under the ‘Affective Turn’.


    Theory Department (formerly known as DSD) | Faculty of Architecture |TU Delft, The Netherlands

    Organising Committee

    Deborah Hauptmann, Marc Boumeester and Andrej Radman




    Faculty of Architecture, Berlage Zaal 1, Julianalaan 134, 2628 BL Delft

    Scientific Committee

    Rosi Braidotti, Rick Dolphijn, Sjoerd van Tuinen and Andrej Radman

    Key Note

    Gary Genosko


    09:30 – 12:00 | i/iv KICKOFF

    10:00|Deborah Hauptmann


    10:15|Gary Genosko

    11:00|Key Note

    11:00|Andrej Radman


    11:30|Marc Boumeester

    12:00|YEN: prosaic propensity; a-signifying singularity

                                        - break -

    12:15 – 13:45 | ii/iv PHILOSOPHY Moderator: Rick Dolphijn

    12:15| Patrick Healy

    12:45|Lucretius in Bergson and Deleuze

    12:45| Louis Schreel

    13:15| The Erewhon of the image: On sense and sensation in Deleuze's aesthetics

    13:15|Arjen Kleinherenbrink

    13:45| Houses, signs, affects: Deleuze and Kierkegaard

                                        - lunch -

    14:45 – 16:15 | iii/iv PEDAGOGY Moderator: Andrej Radman

    14:45| Gregory J. Seigworth

    16:15| Affect theory as pedagogy of the ‘non-‘

    15:15| Agnieszka Anna Wołodźko

    15:45| Affect That Matters

    15:45|Piotrek Swiatkowski

    16:15| Gothic ontology or how to think constructivism?

                a discussion between Deleuze and Spuybroek

                                        - break -

    16:30 – 18:00 |iv/iv ART Moderator: Marc Boumeester

    16:30| Stella Baraklianou

    17:00| Moire, noise, clipping: the ‘index’ of the digital image

    17:00| Tom Idema

    17:30|A Thought Beyond Knowledge? Rethinking Communication

                with Contemporary Science and SF

    17:30| Nur Ozgenalp

    18:00| Becoming Echo: Micropolitics of Dollhouse

                                        - break -

    18:15 – 19:00 |ROUND TABLE Moderator: Lisa Blackman

  • DSD Colloquia

    Revisions: Reconsidering Post-war Architecture and Culture

    Delft School of Design and the Department of Architecture, Faculty of Architecture, TU Delft

    Date: 2 March 2010

    Time: 14.30-16.30

    Venue: DSD | Faculty of Architecture, Julianalaan 132, Delft

    In recent years design concepts, projects and buildings that were conceived in the first three decades after 1945 have attracted an increased interest of architectural historians and academic writers. At TU Delft this attention has been directed both towards individual architects, but also to the architectural experiments of Team X, as the most international and prominent ‘movement' within the architectural culture of the 1960s and early 70s.

    How can this interest be explained? Are architects and historians trying to re-activate 'the' modern agenda for the contemporary situation? Is there an element of nostalgia for a historically unique period of sustained economic growth and increased social mobility, and the arrangements of the post-war welfare state and its architecture? Are these research projects intended as operative criticism, or historiography? What effect does this research activity have for current architectural education?

    The massive housing and public building programmes of the post-war period continue to have a large impact on European cities. Today architects have to engage daily with buildings and neighbourhoods conceived and realised during the 1950s and 1960s: cultural buildings, housing estates, universities or shopping centres, almost without exception constructed employing industrialised building technologies.

    Another reason for the renewed research interest might be the central and wide-ranging role of architecture and architects in the post-war period. Architects were given a key position in the development of the wider project of the welfare state. This particular condition resulted often in innovative -sometimes even radical - architectural and planning. Against this background, the study of the role of post-war architectures, as well as the broader debates that informed them, should have critical reverberations within the contemporary cultural and architectural debate.

    Finally, examinations of the post-war period and its architecture could be seen as an act of recovering some of the socially engaged ideas that characterised the first three decades after 1945. Against the background of the gradual erosion of the institutional infrastructure of the post-war welfare state and the optimistic social vision that once informed it, a critical evaluation of the cultural objectives and social strategies might offer a reminder of the necessity of Utopian ideas for a civilised society.

    This colloquium examines the motivations and impetuses of the interest in the architecture and urbanism of the post-war period. It will question the perspectives, role and importance of the research on post-war architecture and culture, and on architectural education.

    The event will be introduced by Arie Graafland, head of the DSD, and Tom Avermaete, head of the research programme of the Department of Architecture.

    Participants in the discussion (moderated by Christoph Grafe)
    Adrian Forty, Christine Boyer, Jean Louis Cohen, Tony Fretton, Simone Hain, Wouter Davidts and Dick van Gameren.

  • DSD Workshop

    Architectural Engineering - The Designer as Tool Builder, Performance, Geometry and Materials

    Date: Autumn 2007 | Spring 2008

    Organized by Bige Tunçer or the DSD in collaboration with Professor Ulrich Knaack and Associate Professor Andrew Bogart of the Faculty of Architecture, TU Delft.

  • DSD Workshop

    Oblique Approaches to the Virtual: Buckminster Fuller’s Geo-Logic - K Michael Hays

    Date: September 16, time; 10.00 - 17.00 & September 17, time; 9.30 -12.00
    Venue: TU Delft, EWI prakticumgebouw, drebbelweg 5, room 2a.

    Though it became famous as the most stable structure available, Fuller’s geodesics must be understood first as a system based on distances and movements, his principal model for an “omnidirectional” process of growth and change. It can also be a dome, but it is more truly a cosmic machine, plugged into and traversed by the forces of the universe. A new generation of architects who rediscover Fuller will be inspired not by self-conscious reflexivity, spatial invention, or radical cultural critique, but by his modeling of a globalized system of contingency and structure, organization and change, temporary stability and constant renewal.

    This workshop is open to Faculty of Architecture, as well as outside, PhD and advanced researchers.
    Please register by sending an email to the DSD [] with "Register: M. Hays workshop" in the subject line.

  • DSD Colloquia

    TRANS_THINKING 1- Architecture & The Mind: from bio-politics to noo-politics

    Date: October 31 & November 1, 2008.

    Venue: Faculty of Architecture, Julianalaan 132, Auditorium B.

    Organized by Deborah Hauptmann, with guest organizer Warren Neidich, Visiting Artist, Center for Cognition, Computation and Culture, Goldsmiths College, London.

    Speakers and Participants include:
    Yann M. Boutang
    Charles Wolfe
    John Proveti
    Keller Easterling
    Markus Miessen
    Bruce Wexler
    Scott Kelso
    Jordan Crandall
    Andreas Angelidakis
    Abdul - Karim Mustapha

    For participant's bios, please see below 'More Information'

    To register to attend Trans_Thinking events, please send an email to the DSD [] with "Register: Trans_Thinking" in the subject line.

  • DSD Advanced Research Seminar

    The Philosophy of the Image - with Patrick Healy

    Date: Tuesday afternoon seminars (14:00 – 16:00)
    Beginning – September 16, 2008
    Ending – December 16, 2008
    (no meeting: 21 & 28 October – mid term break)
    Venue: BK City, DSD tent 5, Delft.

    This is the third seminar to be given by Patrick Healy as the Tuesday seminar of the DSD; the previous seminars “Relations and Forms” and “ Phenomenology. Space, Place, Location” took place from the beginning of March 2004, until June, 2007.
    The seminar runs in tandem with teaching terms each Tuesday and follows a set line of reading over the course of an academic year. It also includes a round-table discussion as well as formal presentation. Part of the seminar is designed to respond in a flexible way to the participants own particular research requirement, and so it can be described as flexible and interactive. PhD candidates are encouraged to make a presentation during the course of the year in respect of the seminar material and their own focus of research.

    The Philosophy of the Image: Seminar description

    The main material for discussion in the following academic year is the philosophical reflection on image and the relation of architecture to media involved with image production and its implication for present and future practice.
    A useful starting point for this is the series of article ed. By Alexander Schnell, and published by Vrin, Paris, L’Image, in 2007. A copy will be made available at the start of the academic year. This publication contains articles on Plato, Eckhart, Wittgenstein, Fichte, Deleuze and an overview of current French scholarship.
    The first part of the seminar will be a detailed investigation into the phenomenology of seeing for archaic art and practice: this follows the research of Bruno Snell and Raymond Prier, whose papers and publications will be available for discussion during the first seminar period. Prier’s Thauma Idesthai, The Phenomenology of Sight and Appearance in Archaic Greek, The Florida State University Press, 1989, will be examined closely.
    The question of how the Ancients viewed art works and evaluated them, the significance of such discussion in the practice of architecture, and the relation of this to philosophical discussion will also be examined. Thus Plato’s various reflections on the image, and the model, the ideal, will be a crucial topic, and the argument for mimesis which ensued, both in Plato’s work, and in Aristotle. The main texts will be the Timaeus of Plato, and the Poetics of Aristotle. The seminar will propose a theory of ‘The Second Mimesis’ in the work of Deleuze and contemporary artistic practice.
    For late antique evidence we will examine the consequences of philosophical research, mostly Stoical, for the practice of art, architecture, and reflections on image making. The essential research of Krautheimer will be the point of departure. Samer Akkach’s publication on spatial sensibility in pre- modern Islam available in his Cosmology and Architecture in Pre-modern Islam, SUNNY,2005, will also be examined in light of Krautheimer’s ‘Introduction to an ‘Iconography of Medieval Architecture’, Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes, V, 1942, reprinted in Studies in Early Christian, Medieval, and Renaissance Art, New York University Press, 1969.
    For medieval evidence we will look at the conception of religious art, and current research. This will be supplemented by a close and critical reading of Panofsky’s work Gothic Art and Scholasticism.
    For the Renaissance period we will look exclusively at Vasari, the two volume translation in Penguin Classics will be the text used. The seminar will scrutinize the nature of image, text and reproduction for architectural practice, and its subsequent development in the Baroque, down to the end of the 18th century, which will be analyzed from the contributions of Gilles Deleuze, Le Pli, Leibniz et le Baroque,1988. and Walter Benjamin’s Origins of German Tragic Drama, New Left Books, London, 1977: and the broader question of ‘the modern ’and its relation to classicism and baroque.
    Again for the 19th and 20th century, the relation between image, photography, cinema and architecture will be analysed using Walter Benjamin’s late research’s on Paris as Capital of the 20th century, in his analysis of technology and seeing for the development of modern architecture.
    At the end of the academic year, current up-date of work will be reviewed. The seminar will begin again in the third week of September.
    Participants should note, that all reading material and secondary articles will be made available through electronic file or hard master-copies. They will be distributed as from the beginning of the new academic year. As with the previous seminars it is hoped that the research will eventuate in publication/s.

    To Inscribe: This seminar is open to all PhD candidates and Research staff at the Faculty of Architecture –researchers wishing to join should please send an email confirming your participation to the DSD - no later than Monday September 8th. []
    It is also possible for persons outside the Faculty of Architecture to inscribe in this seminar.
    Interested participants should please write a brief message containing comment regarding their background and motivation to join the seminar – also, no later than Monday September 8th. Please understand that as this is a seminar – space will be limited.

  • DSD Conference

    Rethinking theory, space and production: Henri Lefebvre today

    "Rethinking theory, space and production: Henri Lefebvre today"

    Date: November 11-13, 2008.

    Rethinking theory, space and production: Henri Lefebvre today.
    Organized by the Delft School of Design, in collaboration with the Jan van Eyck Academie and the ETH Zurich.

  • DSD Public Lectures

    Professor Karsten Harries

    "Architecture's Need for an Environmental Aesthetics"

    Date: Friday 13 March 2009, 11 am

    Venue: Auditorium D, Faculty of Architecture, TU Delft

    "If there is one overarching question that has guided my research, it is the question of the legitimacy and limits of that objectifying reason that presides over our science and technology and thus over the world we live in."

  • DSD Public Lectures

    Katherine Hayles & Todd Gannon

    Date: November 18 & 19, 2008.
    Venue: Faculty of Architecture, Julianalaan 132.

    Lecture 1: November 18, 2008
    Todd Gannon, November 18. 13:30pm
    Auditorium D

    Lecture 2: November 19, 2008
    Katherine Hayles, November 19. 9:30am
    Auditorium F

    "Spatialization of Time and Temporal Diversities: The Transforming Power of Digital Technologies".

    The brief description:
    Digital technologies, in addition to transforming practices in a number of fields, have had a dramatic impact on relations of space and time. This talk will explore the "spatial turn" in such fields as history and literature. The "imperial vision" that comes from surveilling space will be contrasted with the artistic implementation of space as a container for diverse temporalities.

    N. Katherine Hayles
    "Spatialization of Time and Temporal Diversities: The Transforming Power of Digital Technologies". Digital technologies, in addition to transforming practices in a number of fields, have had a dramatic impact on relations of space and time. This talk will explore the "spatial turn" in such fields as history and literature. The "imperial vision" that comes from surveilling space will be contrasted with the artistic implementation of space as a container for diverse temporalities.
    N. Kaherine Hayles, Professor of Literature at Duke University, teaches and writes on the relations of science, technology and literature in the 20th and 21st centuries. Her book "How We Became Posthuman: Virtual Bodies in Cybernetics, Literature, and Informatics" won the Rene Wellek Prize for the Best Book in Literary Theory for 1998-99, and her book "Writing Machines" won the Suzanne Langer Award for Outstanding Scholarship. She is presently at work on a book entitled "How We Think: The Transforming Power of Digital Technologies."

    Todd Gannon
    "Return of the Living Dead: Archigram and Architecture's Monstrous Media"
    Through a close examination of the influential British magazine Archigram, the talk investigates the context, development, and lasting influence of a wave of media experimentation that swept through the discipline of architecture in the 1960s.

    Todd Gannon is a registered architect and senior associate with Kovac Architects in Los Angeles. A graduate of the Ohio State University, he currently teaches architectural theory and design at the Southern California Institute of Architecture and at Otis College of Art and Design. Previously, he has held teaching positions as The Ohio State University and UCLA. As series editor of Source Books in Architecture, he has published books on the work of Morphosis, Bernard Tschumi, UN Studio, Steven Holl, Mack Scogin/Merrill Elam, Zaha Hadid, Peter Eisenman, and on the MoMA exhibition "Light Construction." His essays have appeared in Log, Loud Paper, Dialogue, and elsewhere, and he has lectured at institutions throughout the United States. He serves on the board of directors for the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design, where he recently co-organized the 20th annual Out There Doing It lecture series. His work has been recognized with awards from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Arts, the American Institute of Architects, The Ohio State University, and UCLA. He is currently at work on a dissertation at UCLA focused on the British architectural collaborative Archigram.

  • DSD Lectures: "Talks on the City"

    M. Christine Boyer (Professor of Urbanism, Princeton University)

    Date: Friday, October 24th 2008, 14:00
    Venue: Julianalaan 132, Auditorium B

    Filming, Writing, Mapping, Networking, Crossing, Remembering - the City utilize the present continuous tense. They are the subject to be explored using the words and theories of four architects: Le Corbusier, Alison and Peter Smithson, and Rem Koolhaas. Verbs represent both process and relationship, allowing for displacement and transmission across time. In this case, it concerns an encounter with the city, full of tensions and breaks, revisions and voids as images of thought are transmitted from one generation of architects to another.

  • Book launch and Exhibition opening

    Angkor: Sketches of an Ancient City by Gregory Bracken

    Hereby you are invited to the exhibition and book launch of Angkor: Sketches of an Ancient City by Gregory Bracken.

    4 to 6 pm, Saturday, 26th June
    Sociëteit De Kring
    Kleine-Gartmanplantsoen 7
    Leidseplein, Amsterdam

  • DSD MSc Information Day

    Fall 2012 - DSD Courses / Electives.

    Availible DSD courses, open for inscription to all MSc2 and MSc 3 Students.

    AR2DSD810 - Philosophy of the Image and Architecture [MSc2]

    AR2DSD820 - Architecture Theory Thesis [MSc2]

    AR3DSD040 - Urban Questions or Minor Infractions [MSc2 and MSc3]

    AR3DSD070 - Theory Project: Media Matters. [MSc2 and MSc3]

  • DSD MSc Information Day

    Spring 2012 Graduation Program

    The Delft School of Design will open two studios this Spring 2012 Semester: Architecture Thinking and the 'Athens' Urban Asymmetries studio.

    If you are interested in joining the DSD MSc 3/4 Program please come to our Information meeting:

    Date: Monday 28 November 2011

    Venue: Faculty of Architecture, Room P, 12.30 pm.

  • X Agendas for Architecture - Symposium

    Border Conditions Symposium: X Agendas for Architecture.

    Date: Thursday October 20, 2011.

    Venue: OOST-SERRE, Faculty of Architecture, Delft University of Technology, Julianalaan 134 Delft.

  • DSD Santiago de Chili

    Urban Asymmetries Program

    Photo's of the recent field research in Santiago de Chili of the Urban Asymmetries Program.

  • DSD MSc Information Day

    Urban Asymmetries Program

    Photo's of the recent information day of the Delft School of Design's new MSc program.

  • GRADUATE SEMINAR on Gilles Deleuze and Cultural Studies

    Academic year: 2011-2012

    Tuesday afternoons: 14.00-17.00

    Location: Stijlkamer van Ravensteijn , Kromme Nieuwe Gracht 80, Utrecht University

    Organised by the OSL (Onderzoekschool Literatuurwetenschap) with the Centre for the Humanities at Utrecht University

    Chaired by Professor Rosi Braidotti (Utrecht University) and Professor Anneke Smelik (Radboud University Nijmegen)

    Background: The seminar consists of six sessions in English which will run throughout the academic year 2011-12 in Utrecht. Research masters and PhD students, as well as staff members, are welcome to participate. Students can get credits for their participation by attending regularly and writing a final paper. Each session of the three-hour seminar will consist of an in-depth reading of a text by Gilles Deleuze (with or without Felix Guattari), sometimes alongside secondary texts by other theorists or philosophers. This year the theme will be Deleuze's ‘aesthetics' from the angle of cultural studies. A Thousand Plateaus will be the guideline reference text throughout the seminar.

    Participants are expected to acquire the literature themselves, but wherever possible we will make pdf files available.


    7 February, 2012: Fashion Studies

    Anneke Smelik will discuss the possibilities of using deleuzian concepts for the study of fashion.

    Reading material: Texts from The Fold, ATP and the Cinema Books.

    13 March, 2012: Guest seminar with dr Birgit Kaiser (Utrecht University)

    Theme: On Literature: Signs and Lines

    Reading material:

    Plateaus 5 (several regimes of signs) and 8 (three novellas) pp.111-148; pp. 192-207 Series 15 from Logic of Sense (on Singularities) pp. 100-108 [8 pages]

    24 April, 2012: On Music

    Rosi Braidotti will discuss the notion of the ‘ritournelle'( the refrain)

    Reading material: ATP


    Public Lecture by Prof. Michael Hardt (Duke University, USA)

    26 January: What to Do in a Crisis.

    Place: Utrecht University, Drift 21: room 0.05/Sweelinckzaal

    Abstract: The lecture will take as point of departure some of the forms of resistance that have emerged in the current economic crisis, such as the defense of labor union rights in Wisconsin and the occupations of Madrid's Puerta del sol and Athen's Syntagma Square in Spring 2011. The ultimate goal is to recognize some of the ways that it is changing what it means to be ‘the Left'.

    This lecture is part of the Intensive Programme of the Utrecht School of Critical Theory on "Risk Societies and Cosmopolitanism".

    Michael Hardt is a political philosopher and literary theorist currently based at Duke University, North Carolina. His most famous works were written in collaboration with Antonio Negri: Empire (2000); Multitude: War and Democracy in the Age of Empire (2004) and Commonwealth. Michael Hardt is also the author of Gilles Deleuze: An Apprenticeship in Philosophy (1993) and The Jameson Reader (with Kathi Weeks, 2000).

    National Symposium on Deleuze Scholarship: "Lines of Flight in the Lowlands"

    May 15, 2012

    Conveners: Rosi Braidotti and Rick Dolphijn

    The purpose of this study day is to assess the state of current Deleuze scholarship in our region, with strong emphasis on new directions of study and new generations of scholars. One session will be dedicated to the topic of ‘geo-philosophy and globalisation'; another session will be open and subject to a call for papers. Short papers will be presented with ample space reserved for discussion.

    Invited speaker: to be announced.

  • MSc Information day

    Spring '09 - MSc2 and MSc3/4 Courses


    Date: 3rd December 2008
    Venue: Room C
    Time: 12.45-13.45

    New Studios:
    1. MSc2 -- Singapore (30 ects)
    Code: AR0044 'Flim/Video/City'

    2. MSc3/4 -- New York Region (60 ects)
    Code: AR3DSD020 'Urban Asymmetries'

    We invite all students to come and attend this information session.

  • DSD book launch colloquium

    On the Social and Political Roles of Art and Architecture

    • Date: 4th May 2011, 13:30,
    • Venue: Zaal K (under the orange tribune).

    Participants: Wouter Davidts (Modern and Contemporary Art, VU), Joseph Früchtl (Faculty of Philosophy, UvA), Jane Rendell (Department of Architecture, The Bartlett).

    In his essay ‘The Author as Producer', Walter Benjamin contrasted art which is politically committed with the idea that a work of artistic quality requires disengagement. Despite the decades which have elapsed since the essay was written, and despite several onslaughts by artists on the bastions of aesthetic dogma, the inability to resolve the conflict of engagement-disengagement remains a thorn in the side of art, as Jacques Rancière's recent intervention in the debate suggests.

    This aporia has played out quite differently in architecture. As a form of art which is typically seen by the public as a form of service, social responsibility is a demand architecture has often faced; yet the idea of subjugation to a compromised society has also encouraged reactions, whether in the form of radical architecture which attempted to intervene in the political or social spheres, or in the form of an autonomous architecture which emphasizes its disciplinary singularity and shuns a direct relation to social or political issues and practices.  

    The tensions between the acceptance of a limited role for art and architecture in society and rebelling against such a condition, between a desire for commitment and an ingrained idea of aesthetic disengagement, stand at the centre of this Delft School of Design colloquium. On the Social and Political Roles of Art and Architecture, offers an opportunity to engage with contemporary critique emanating from art theory and philosophy, critique which has implications for architecture as well.

    The colloquium is organized by the Delft School of Design to celebrate and launch three new books related to the DSD: Deborah Hauptmann & Warren Niedich, Cognitive Architecture; Heidi Sohn, Tahl Kaminer & Miguel Robles-Duran, Urban Asymmetries; Tahl Kaminer, Architecture, Crisis and Resuscitation.

    Details and a program will be available soon at

    Wouter Davidts is Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art at VU University Amsterdam. He is author of Bouwen voor de kunst? (A&S/books, 2006) and editor of The Fall of the Studio: Artists at Work (Valiz, 2009; with Kim Paice) and CRACK: Koen van den Broek (Valiz, 2010). He recently curated the exhibition Abstract USA 1958-1968: In the Galleries at the Rijksmuseum Twenthe in Enschede (2010).

    Joseph Früchtl, Prof., Dr.; 2005 Chair in Philosophy of Art and Culture at the University of Amsterdam; since September 2007 Head of the Department of Philosophy. Among his publications are the monographies Mimesis - Konstellation eines Zentralbegriffs bei Adorno, Würzburg 1986; Aesthetische Erfahrung und moralisches Urteil. Eine Rehabilitierung, Frankfurt/M. 1996; Das unverschaemte Ich. Eine Heldengeschichte der Moderne, Frankfurt/M. 2004, published in English as The Impertinent Self. A Heroic History of Modernity, Stanford University Press 2009.

    Jane Rendell, Professor, is ViceDean of Research at the Bartlett, UCL. She is author of Site-Writing (2010), Art and Architecture (2006), The Pursuit of Pleasure (2002) and co-editor of many volumes, including Critical Architecture (2007) and The Unknown City (2001).

    DSD-related books being launched:
    Deborah Hauptmann & Warren Niedich, Cognitive Architecture: From Biopolitics to Noopolitics. Architecture and Mind in the Age of Communication and Information (010 Publishers). See more.

    Heidi Sohn, Tahl Kaminer & Miguel Robles-Duran, Urban Asymmetries: Studies and Projects on Neoliberal Urbanization (010 Publishers). See more. 

    Tahl Kaminer, Architecture, Crisis and Resuscitation: The Reproduction of Post-Fordism in Late-Twentieth-Century Architecture (Routledge). See more.