Interiors Buildings Cities

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    Playgrounds, Aldo van Eyck
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    Festival C70, Rotterdam
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    Displaying Architecture

Thinking through Making

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For both studios you need to enroll under the main course code for the MSc2 of our chair (AR2Ai010). Please indicate your choice for the individual studio through a 150 words motivation sent to We strive to accommodate students in their variant of choice but we need to redistribute the participants in case one variant is over inscribed. 

The MSc2 course, Thinking through Making, encompasses design research investigations into thinking about, making and representing architecture, up to and including 1:1 scale. The MSc2 projects act a platform for special research and design projects proposed by members and associates of the Chair of Interiors Buildings Cities. At the heart of each of these projects, renewed every semester, is a research question or opportunity that yields possibilities for responses through design, and realised in tangible artefacts or ‘models’. The MSc2 project is contextualised through an annual theme, which this year is the Festive City.

The Festive City

During the 18th century no sharply defined borderlines existed between city planning and architecture, between architecture and decoration, between decoration and stage design, between stage design and landscape architecture.” 

Zucker, Paul (1955) Space and Movement in High Baroque City Planning

The form of the European city, its buildings and spaces have frequently been driven by the idea and nature of the festive moment, whether it is inscribed in the founding of the city itself, the positioning, uses and relationships of its representative spaces, or the situation and appearance of its buildings and institutions. Whether Sixtus V’s Baroque Rome, Karl Friedrich Schinkel’s Berlin, or the repurposing of city fortifications as promenades overlooking formerly hostile landscapes, the festive city engages with ideas of the theatrical, marking the urban spaces and buildings within and without as set-pieces or scenography. Such scenes are inferred in Serlio’s engravings describing ‘tragic’ and ‘comic’ scenes. At the scale of the building Gottfried Semper describes the evolution of the language of architecture as the material embodiment of ephemeral adornment, garlands of flowers or leaves, hung from walls and columns to create a festive atmosphere. This process of translation raises the relationship between day to day life and the festive moment. Within contemporary urban culture, the nature of the festival is something other, signified by the ephemeral structure. The project which the studios of Interiors Buildings Cities will focus on for 2017/18 will instead seek to reclaim the impact of the festive, at many scales of community life, on the fundamental nature of places and spaces in which we collectively live and to consider the way in which they might respond to the challenges we face in difficult, contested times.


Studio Birthday Playgrounds
Tutors: Dirk Somers, Merijn Muller

The Festive City semester celebrates Aldo van Eycks hundredth birthday by dedicating an MSc2 project to his work. The aim of the studio is to build a series of small structures that explore the themes of his work. The relativity of scale has always been a key component in the designs of Van Eyck. His Amsterdam playground designs were a decisive trigger for his career. Students are asked to design and build a series of play structures themselves. These features aren’t just study models. The studio aims at building play features that could be installed in Amsterdam kindergartens or schools. These structures combine an exploration of Van Eycks language with the diminutive character of playground architecture.

In this studio students can experience the joy of making a real scale, material object. Students will collaborate in groups of 2-4 to design and build one such structure. The eventual outcome will be evaluated by a board of 3 year old Dutch infants, amongst others. 

Studio The Beautiful South
Tutors: Anne Geenen, Sereh Mandias

Rotterdam is a city of festivals. Especially after the destruction of WWII, Rotterdam has seen a succession of festivals, events and festivities celebrating the rebuilding of the city. The MSc2 studio The Beautiful South connects to this tradition by collaborating with the Rotterdam Architecture Festival ZigZagCity. Each edition, this festival explores a different part of Rotterdam and in summer 2018, it will take place in the south of the city, in an area stretching from the seventies shopping centre Zuidplein to former harbour peninsula Katendrecht.

In this studio, we will design and build the festival’s main structure. We will study the festivals of Rotterdam’s recent past and the neighborhoods and communities the festival traverses. The design and its details will develop through building mock-ups of fragments, in ever larger scales, up to 1:1.

Important! The festival will take place in September 2018. Therefore, we will build/assemble the structure(s) in the week before the autumn semester starts, the last week of August (27 – 31 August). Taking part in this studio means you will have to be present during this week. 


Studio Displaying architecture
Tutor: Jurjen Zeinstra

In this MSc2 project, students will investigate the phenomenon of the architecture exhibition. Architecture exhibitions have a particular character: they display representations of ‘real’ buildings (drawings, photographs, models), unlike for instance art exhibition where ‘real’ artworks are shown. At the same time it is also the essence of architecture to produce and display these representations. The architecture exhibition, in that light, can be regarded as a productive space, as the editors of the architectural journal OASE have described it (OASE 88  Exhibitions; Showing and Producing Architecture, 2012)

The investigation of the architecture exhibition will run parallel with the design (and realisation) of an actual exhibition, to be shown at the Faculty of Architecture TU Delft and in the Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio and possibly other places in Europe. This exhibition wants to make clear how the works of the German architect Heinrich Tessenow (1876-1950) play a role in contemporary architectural education by showing a number of different models from different schools. Ideas for this exhibition will be developed mainly by building models of the proposed exhibition. It is recommended to combine this MSc2 Studio with a history thesis that investigates the phenomenon of the architecture exhibition in a historical perspective.


The compulsory general course of the Msc2 Architecture that runs alongside our programme is:
Delft Lectures on Architectural Sustainability