Complex Projects


  • Extra places available MSc2 studio ‘Housing under the Himalaya’

    Kullu, India

    Dear students,


    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)

    For more info:

    Study guide:

  • "One Mould"

    Kees Kaan, Public lecture on April 13th, 2016 at ETSAM (Madrid, Spain) Faculty of Architecture's Aula Magna

    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.

  • AR3CP010 HAVANA Studio

    MSc 3 Caribbean Studio

    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):

  • Workshop EXTRA MOENIA Readings 16th/20th November

    in cooperation with IBA PARKSTAD 2020

    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 ( 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

  • Complex Projects IN Chicago

    In search of a region's ideology | September 10th | 19:00 | Archeworks, Chicago

    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.



    The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways. The point, however, is to change it.

     K. Marx

    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.

  • Complex Projects IN CHICAGO

    April 2nd | Room X | 16:00

  • Complex Projects Spring 2015 Chair Opening

    February 12th | Orange Hall | 10:00

  • Complex Projects Fall 2014 Chair Opening

    september 4th | Room A

    09.00 | WELCOME ADDRESS | Olindo Caso

    09.30 | VISION LECTURE | Kees Kaan

    10.30 | G1 PRESENTATION | Narina Gyulkhasyan, Marija Mateljan, Hrvoje Smidihen



  • CP Chair Manual on issuu

    Fall semester 2016-2017

    Take a look at: Complex Projects Chair Manual Fall semester 2016-2017



  • MSc IN Aruba (spring 2016)


  • Water Seminar SESSION #1

    16TH FEBRUARY 2016 at 9:45 Room U

    "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

  • Chair Opening | Spring 2016

    11 February at 12:45 room P


    Workshop | November 17th-25th | TU Delft | lectures by Mecanoo, DOKLab, FryskLab, University of Copenhagen

    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:

    more information about this research project are available in: 

  • HUMANITY: Dominance through symbolic logic

    Guest Lecture Kevin McLeod

    Anthropocene Lecture #4

    Tuesday 10th of March

    16.30 - 18.30

    ROOM T

  • Mixed methods & the dismantling of the academy

    November 13th | Room K

    Lecture by professor Andrew Balster, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, USA.

    15:30 Room K.

  • Friday 06.12.2013 Room A

    Lecture Kees Kaan

  • Friday 13.12.2013 Room F 17.00

    Lecture Jan Sukiennik

  • 10th DEC 18.00 - 19.00 Evening Lecture Orange Hall Mark Sarkisian SOM Architects

    Light | Structure | Emergence

    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. 

  • 2 x 4 Lecture; Directions on being lost 13.09.13 Room C 16.00

    Lecture by Jeffrey Ludlow, principal/creative director 2 x 4 Office Madrid

  • Introduction Chair of Complex Projects

    General introduction of the new chair 03.09.2013 Oostserre (Orange room) 13:00 -16:00

    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.

  • The Contradictions of Complexity by Giovanni Corbellini

    LUNCH LECTURE 13.09.2013 Lecture room F 12.45 - 13.45

    It's been almost fifty years since the release of Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture, a book which tried to reintroduce the beauty of the heterogeneous into the design world. Although Venturi addressed issues of composition, essentially rooted in the discipline “interiority,” his vision was nourished also by the observation of urban realities more or less spontaneous, as the American main streets and suburbs. A few years before, this time analyzing metropolitan densities, Jane Jacobs had invited us to understand their intricate organizations as “complex orders,” similar to complicated mechanical devices or biological organisms. The aim of both was to criticize the anxiety for simplification of modernism that played a central role in its successes and failures. It can be said, without going too far from the truth, that the functionalism reduction was a reaction to the increasing complexity of the problems posed by the size and speed of contemporary social and productive developments. This reduction has been effective in communicating a synthesis somehow reassuring (“Architecture ou Révolution”), but unable to actually deal with the pressure of uncontrollable events.
    The issue of control or, in other words, the dialectic between determinism and indeterminacy has thus become central in the reflection of contemporary design and is constantly pushed to the fore by the gradual erosion of hierarchical structures on which was based the identity of the architect and her operative role. The liquefaction of the decision-making process, triggered by the emergence of new political actors and the volatility of economic opportunities, asked architecture of the last century to reinvent tools forged in times of absolute powers, often radically transforming them in order to cope with the uncertain contemporary dynamics.
    Giovanni Corbellini (1959), architect, PhD in architectural design, critic of contemporary architecture, taught in Venice, Ferrara and Milan. He is currently assistant professor at the University of Trieste and member of the International Doctorate “Villard de Honnecourt”. Author of many essays his latest books are: Ex libris. 16 parole chiave dell’architettura contemporanea (22 publishing, 2007), Bioreboot. The architecture of R&Sie(n) (Princeton Architectural Press, 2009), Le pillole del dott. Corbellini (LetteraVentidue, 2010, translated in french by Le Cabanon, 2012), Housing is Back in Town (LetteraVentidue, 2012), Parametrico nostrano (with Cecilia Morassi, LetteraVentidue, 2013).