Recently some extra places came available for the MSc2 studio ‘Housing under the Himalaya’, including a subsidized excursion to Northern-India.
This research and design studio is a collaboration of CP, Dwelling and AE, and focusses on how to design green, sustainable and comfortable buildings in the Himalaya area.
The best design ultimately will be built near the Dagpo Monastery. The studio starts in week 1.6 (Oct11)
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In ONE MOULD lecture Kees Kaan illustrates KAAN Architecten’s projects starting from an enlightening retrospective on the history and the actual planning and development of the Dutch urban landscape, all about water management. Put a shovel in the ground and the hole will fill itself with water immediately.
The permanent relation with the water throughout the history has settled in the DNA of our culture. Building Dutch cities implied making or reinforcing the land, keeping it in place and making foundations in the water. There is little stable and dry land available so not only buildings are constructed but so are the streets and the canals. The section canal, street and house are inherently related and intertwined: one “mould” (synonymous of build, form, shape, structure, nature, character, quality). The houses are built out of the same bricks as the docks, streets and bridges and have similar foundations.
Public, collective and private interests are constantly negotiated in these complex constructions. In the Netherlands, the production of land or vice versa the flooding of land was and is used as a military, political and economical tool. The expression ’poldermodel’ literally refers to the habit of dealing with societal issues by compromising and finding consensus among stakeholders, this implies collaboration. It produces a strong sense of shared values and interest in the ‘common’.
If architecture is supposed to reflect shared values the question is raised what extend contemporary buildings can actually represent fundamental principles of the organizations they facilitate.
CP_HAVANA (MSc 3 Caribbean studio)
The students of Complex Projects present an infographical fresco about (architectural) history of Cuba followed by the movie: Unfinished Spaces: a documentary film about the revolutionary design of the National Art Schools(Cuba). The film tells the dramatic story of the art schools from their founding by FIdel Castro and Che Guevara to their eventual abandonment and fall into ruin and recent efforts to restore them.
Unfinished Spaces trailer:
Facebook event (POST Office):
Complex Projects is taking part of the Workshop EXTRA MOENIA, ATHENS program
ON THURSDAY 19th November at 14,30 room E
Key lectures by KEES KAAN and ROBERTO CAVALLO
IBA Talk by JO COENEN
ON FRIDAY 20th November at 14,00 room E
Roundtable with TOM AVERMAETE and WESSEL DE JONG
The objective of READINGS workshop is to develop a design oriented reading, expressed through a MANIFESTO, by understanding and interpretating context, enlightening potential and inverting criticalities into positive tools for future changes. The case study of Brunssum city centre is part of a broader development program of the International Bauausstellung in Parkstad Limburg 2013/2020 (http://www.iba-parkstad.nl/). This workshop is run by TU Delft Faculty of Architecture and the Build Environment in co-operation with IBA Academy.
Coordination Lidy Meijers – Fabrizia Berlingieri
teaching staff Roberto Cavallo – Manuela Triggianese - Valentina Ciccotosto – Wouter Willers
The Midwest and Chicago have made unparalleled contributions to the 20th Century - the steel frame, Earnest Hemingway, Frank Lloyd Wright, etc. Is this simply a coincidence or a consequence of regional conditions?
A semi-autobiographical narrative of one man’s relation to Chicago as an architect and a former resident, in an effort to expose characteristics which permeate the works of critical Midwest thinkers. Beginning with a discussion of the building boom of the late 1880’s, then the love affair with the grid, the rise of the Freshwater School of Economics, the work and life of David Foster Wallace, and culminating with a simplistic genealogy of the global practice Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Dixit’s lecture will examine methods specifically born of regional conditions that are paradoxically global in their application. “IN Chicago” will be a subjective search for a region's ideology.
COMPLEX PROJECTS IN CHICAGO
CRITICAL REGIONALISM STILL
“The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways. The point, however, is to change it.”
In Chicago public lecture series revisits Kenneth Frampton’s 1983 essay on Critical Regionalism. Frampton’s desire was to bring attention to adverse effects both “modernity" & “postmodernity" had on the profession at that moment. He stated that the practice of architecture in the era of universal civilization and world culture can only be maintained ìas arriÈre-garde position, that is to say, one which distances itself equally from the Enlightenment myth of progress and from a reactionary, unrealistic impulse to return to the architectonic forms of the preindustrial past.î Though written more than a quarter of a century ago, it seems even more true today.
The contemporary culture and production is a lazy cocktail of nostalgia and modernism - a mix of mere subjective reference to the past stirred with mass-culture that flattens our locales and becomes the universal form of material production. Like Frampton in 1983, we are still left with the fundamental question: how to critically mediate between the particular and universal? How to practice architecture both locally and globally, if at all? The city of Chicago, the great example of disciplinary grid, the frame structure, the market expansion, and the mail order catalogue, is perhaps the perfect grounds to invite contemporary architects of different backgrounds to discuss the ideologies which drive their practices in times of globalization.
09.00 | WELCOME ADDRESS | Olindo Caso
09.30 | VISION LECTURE | Kees Kaan
10.30 | G1 PRESENTATION | Narina Gyulkhasyan, Marija Mateljan, Hrvoje Smidihen
Take a look at: Complex Projects Chair Manual Fall semester 2016-2017
"Due to its fundamental role in society’s life, water has a strong cultural dimension. Without understanding and considering the cultural aspects of our water problems, no sustainable solution can be found.”
Session Water and Cultural Diversity, Statement to the Ministerial Conference, 3rd World Water Forum, 22 March 2003
AR3CP040 Seminar Leader Manuela Triggianese
Coordinator: Dr. ir. Olindo Caso, Member of Network on Libraries in Urban Space
"The closings are usually due to budget cuts. Responsibles try to reduce costs by closing library branches. But with which long term effect? That rises new research questions: what is the effect of closing branch libraries to the population or the social and cultural life in the city districts?" O. Caso in: http://nlus.eu
more information about this research project are available in: http://www.library20.nl
Anthropocene Lecture #4
Tuesday 10th of March
16.30 - 18.30
Lecture by professor Andrew Balster, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, USA.
15:30 Room K.
Visible, measurable, and based on the same principles as the theory of elasticity of structures; light offers us clues to not only the origins of structures but the potential of increased efficiency and reduced materials. Structures that are derived from growth patterns and natural behavior lead to optimal coexistence with the environment, rather than merely providing resistance to imposed forces. Emergence—the interactive assembly of simple common elements in nature resulting in complex behavior—is both beautiful and insightful for considering future structures.
This lecture will focus on recent work that considers all three phenomena and the resulting ideas for new design solutions. A historic perspective including fundamental theory as well as practical applications will be presented.
Tuesday the 3rd of September there will be a general introduction of the new Chair of Complex Projects. The new students will get an introduction of their MSc 1 & MSc 3 courses, which will be followed by lectures of Roberto Cavallo and Kees Kaan.