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  • Open Invitation: PhD Dissertation Proposals

    Borders & Territories, Session #10

    Under the auspices of the Graduate School of the Faculty of Architecture and the Built
    Environment, Delft University of Technology, the architectural research group ‘Borders
    & Territories’ (B&T) invites PhD dissertation proposals to help expand its doctoral

    The B&T is part of the Department of Architecture’s research program ‘Architecture
    Project and its Foundations’ and is coordinated by program director dr. Marc
    Schoonderbeek and supervised by prof. Michiel Riedijk. We invite all interested academic
    and/or professional candidates who are qualified to pursue PhD-level research work
    aligned with the B&T group’s research agenda.

    The B&T program offers a rich and challenging environment that provides rewarding
    research experience. The group consists of diverse, international academics and
    professional architects. The B&T research group facilitates in-depth, independent
    research work that relates to the major themes of the B&T’s program as well as
    educational activities.

    For the new round of PhD candidacies, the B&T program will accept and consider
    proposals that will contribute to B&T’s existing research portfolio. The successful
    candidate will be expected to contribute innovative, leading-edge research work to the
    B&T group.

    Submissions accepted until 8 November 2017, 12PM.
    A thorough description of this open invitation can be found here.
    For questions, please contact B&T coordinator Marc Schoonderbeek or consult the B&T website.


  • We Desire a Kind of Freedom

    Lecture by Mark Pimlott

    We kindly invite you to 'We desire a kind of freedom', a lecture by Mark Pimlott in honour of his new book The Public Interior as Idea and Project in Het Nieuwe Instituut on Thursday 9 March, 17:00. The lecture will be followed by a discussion with Asli Çiçek and Daniel Rosbottom.

    We desire a kind of freedom: the public interior as idea and project

    In the West, we operate in a condition of interiority, an elaborate set of arrangements that are reflected in the built environment. These are the physical bases of the social contract, some of whose outcomes we might find unpalatable. There are realms within this condition where people become conscious of themselves in relation to their cities and others; and there are those in which this consciousness is sheltered, accommodated.

    The public interior is the pre-eminent public environment in the contemporary city. It is the space that historically and presently frames and situates the public. The public interior is, all too often, an instrument for the inculcation of predictable behaviour: a realm of control geared towards the acceptance of a social, political or economic order, rather than a realm for enfranchisement, association, or political action. Mark Pimlott’s recent book ‘The Public Interior as Idea and Project’ (Jap Sam Books, 2016) looked at a range of possibilities for the public interior that have emerged through time, finding––among the interiors as machines to which we have become supplicants––spaces for the imagination, for heightened consciousness of the self, the other and the world, interiors that offer a kind of freedom. The motifs employed by interiors that encouraged the latter are offered as models for the contemporary condition.

  • 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 Graduation Studio

    Fall 2016 / Spring 2017

    Studio Coordinator: Javier Arpa
    Studio Instructor: Adrien Ravon


    Egocity + Porocity + Biodivercity + 4minCity + Robotic City + Healthy City + Food City + … = MAXIMUM CITY


    Why Density?
    One of the main urban challenges of the 21th century is to balance urban growth and the consumption of huge amounts of territory and resources. Cities need thus to be denser, more compact, and more intense. Density is the best ally of sustainable development. A dense city consumes less land, which optimizes the cost of infrastructure, transport and public facilities. This in turn reduces the cost of construction and maintenance. Density is the most efficient solution because any detached house in the countryside, however efficient it may be, needs a road and, most likely, a private car to reach it. For its part, the dense city also facilitates sharing and encourages interaction with others.

    We want to explore first the maximization of density in the cities we know, in the cities we live. What if Rotterdam sees a six-fold increase of its residential density? If we did that, Rotterdam´s density (3000 inhabitants per km2) would almost reach the density of Paris (20000 inhabitants per km2). How about increasing Chicago’s density five times so as to reach Paris´ density? Paris, the most densely populated capital in Europe, is a model of compact urban development, saving territory and resources. But Paris is dense, not hyper-dense.

    Why Maximum?
    The resulting density, compactness or intensity of this initial approach to higher densities in the cities we know should not forget the need of maximizing the quality of life of the city’s residents.
    On that score, we want to build a theoretical city of 1 million inhabitants and around 20000 inhabitants per km2. How would it look like? How can we design a city as compact, as dense, as diverse, as intense, as fertile, as productive, as agile, as possible?

    In the past 10 years, The Why Factory has explored a wide array of approaches to the construction of the city (Biodivercity, Porosity, 3d Nature, 4minCity, Automated City, Vertical Village, Green Dream, Anarcity, Food City, Robotic City, Barbapapa, Egocity, Adaptive City, Absolute Leisure, World Wonders…)

    Now, in the academic year 2016/2017, the Graduation Studio Maximum City is an invitation to look at the city through each of those lenses. Students are invited to choose one or some of those topics, or introduce their own agendas, and develop a project for a city based on the maximization of those issues.

    We want to focus on the conceptualization and modeling of different cities, each within its own limited set of parameters that allow for maximal exploration of a specific subject in order to envision possible futures.

    Can Maximum City satisfy the housing desires of all its residents? Can nature exist in Maximum City? Can a Maximum City feed itself? Can Maximum City be diverse while exploding a single agenda to the max.? How automated can Maximum City be? How porous, bio-diverse, healthy, accessible, entertaining, productive, automated, green or flexible can a city be while keeping a given population density?

    Why a theoretical model?
    Maximun City explores the future of urban life. Based on current and upcoming urban urgencies, students make spatial scenarios for the city of the future.

    We want to combine different fascinations into one theoretical 3D model: an interactive platform for testing scenarios, visualize design and understand the impacts their on the built environment.

    This platform acts as a collective framework for the development of individual projects.

    Can we develop a research capable of mapping the interrelations among speed, mobility, biodiversity, food production, density, automatization, porosity, while challenging its compactness? What kind of future visions and images can this model generate?

    The Maximum City Model aims to explore and measure the potentials and limitations of the maximization of several parameters in a theoretical model city of 1 Million inhabitants.
    We want to test those parameters inside a common envelop to all projects. Each proposal will be developed in this same area, based on the requirements for a city of 1 Million inhabitants. Food, vegetation, industry, leisure, energy production, biodiversity, mobility or automation will be tested, compared and interrelated in this theoretical model.

    The graduation research and design studio will be undertaken through the interactive composition of three main components: Data collection, the Maximum City Model and the Applications Program.

    What are the requirements of a city of 1 Million inhabitants? Can we quantify them?
    In this phase, we’ll collect a large amount of data and develop a collective catalog of case studies and urban requirements. We’ll look at existing examples and numbers to make up this complete database.
    With the Maximum City model, a theoretical dynamic 3d model will be elaborated on the base of a parametric modeling approach. Based on an interdisciplinary scientific database, it will map the set of interrelations involved in our collection of topics and the urban environment.

    In the applications program, the theoretical model cities are tested in real cities (Rotterdam, Chicago…).
    This part aims to elaborate specific solutions and refine scenarios proposals to a more advanced and detailed level of feasibility. It acts as a reality check process where knowledge, data, scenarios and different strategies developed in the Maximum City Model are applied and confronted with existing urban conditions involving a large range of actors.

    The Studio
    The general thematic of the graduation studio acts as a collective umbrella under which different topics will be developed and treated individually. Possible new topics will be discussed collectively at the beginning of the semester depending on your personal interest, research or fascination.

    The studio focuses on the shaping of urban futures and involving systematic processes for thinking, planning, scripting and envisioning the future. The graduation studio (MSc3 and MSc4) includes highly integrated research and design aspects facilitated by the design lab (AR3TWF030 – 15 ECTS, AR4TWF010 – 30 ECTS), and complementary theory, programming and representation courses. In combination with The Why Factory: Future Views (AR3TWF020 – 3 ECTS) and The Why Factory: Future Models II (AR3TWF010 – 6 ECTS).

    The results of both studios will be part of a larger body of work to be disseminated through a publication, part of The Why Factory’s Future Cities Series. Additionally, the results of the studio will be curated towards the organization of an exhibition.

    For more information, please contact us:

  • 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?


  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Van Lohuizen and Van Eesteren

    Partners in Planning and Education at TH Delft

    This small booklet contains the inaugural speeches of Th. K. van Lohuizen and Cor van Eesteren on their appointments as professors at the Technical College of Delft. The texts provide novel insights into their respective teaching programs, and appear here for the first time in English. An analytical reflection on their work by the architectural historian Herman van Bergeijk introduces them.

    more information can be found here.

  • Lecture Mark Pimlott 21 May

    Mark Pimlott will be giving a lecture, 'Une ville intérieure', at the international conference IFW2015 (Interiors Forum World) at Politecnico di Milano Faculty of Architecture on 21 May 2015. The conference runs 21-22 May, with keynote speakers Franco La Cecla, Arianna Dagnino, and Andrea Branzi, with speakers Daniel Cid Moragas, Peter Leese, Andrew Martino, Jorge Mejia Hernandez, Hilde Heynen, Elena Guinta, Agnese Rebaglio, Sally Stone, Eva Storgaard, Graeme Brooker, Olgierd Nitka, Mark Pimlott, Francesco Lenzini, Gregory Marinic, Arturo Dell-Acqua Bellavitis, Obioma Oji, Clay Odom, Tiziano Aglieri Rinella, Fatima Piombo, Marie Frier Hvejsel, Anne Marie Fisker, Davide Fabio Colaci, Chiara Lionello, Marta López Marcos, and Christoph Grafe.

  • Symposium 'Reflections on the Public Interior' now available online

    two architecture chairs in discussion

    The video of the symposium ‘Reflections on the Public Interior’ is now online and can be found here

  • Klaske Havik Architect of the Year 2014

    Jury benadrukt het belang van het narratieve in de architectuur

    In de door Architectenwerk georganiseerde 'verkiezing' is door de jury (Bernard Colenbrander (vz), Sylvia Pijnenborg en Ronald Rietveld) Klaske Havik benoemd tot Architect van het jaar 2014 in de categorie 'small'. In de categorie 'groot' werd TeamCS gekroond, het samenwerkingsverband van West8, Benthem Crouwel en vh Meyer&vanSchooten dat tezamen Rotterdam CS ontwerp. De jury roemde Havik's proefschrift, dat dit jaar in handelsversie op de markt kwam, uitgegeven door nai010 publishers, Urban Literacy, met name vanwege haar vermogen een brug te slaan tussen architectuur en literatuur. Op architectenweb staat een kort verslag van de presentatie. 

  • Symposium and Excursion: Reflections on the Public Interior

    Two architecture chairs in discussion

    Reflections on the Public Interior

    Two architecture chairs in discussion


    It is our pleasure to invite you to ‘Reflections on the Public Interior’, an excursion and symposium organized by the Chair the Architecture of the Interior (TU Delft) and Fachgebiet Baukonstruktion und Entwerfen (Prof. Regine Leibinger, TU Berlin). 



    The symposium will take place on Wednesday 21 January. Both organizing chairs will present their academic positions concerning the public interior. Furthermore, we will open up the discussion to the architectural practice by inviting Jitse van de Berg (noAarchitecten, Brussels) and Thomas Schneider (Brandluber +, Berlin) who will give lectures on their work. 


    Speakers are: 

    Matthias Graf von Ballestrem, TU Berlin 

    Thomas Schneider, Brandluber +, Berlin 

    Mark Pimlott, TU Delft 

    Jitse van den Berg, noAarchitecten, Brussels 


    Reflections on the Public Interior

    21 January 10:00 – 16:00

    Faculty of Architecture, Room C

    Julianalaan 134

    2628 BL Delft



    The excursion will take place the day before, on Tuesday 20 January. We will visit a range of buildings in Belgium that integrate different scales of and strategies for public interiors. Amongst them are Budafabriek Kortrijk (51N4E), Vlasmuseum en stadhuis Menen (NoAarchitecten) and Market Hall Gent (Robbrecht en Daem). The excursion will be by bus and will depart from Delft at 8:30. 


    Participation is free. Reservation is required as there is a limited number of seats. If you wish to attend, please send an email to: Please specify which part(s) of the programme you would like to attend (symposium, excursion or both). Registration deadline for the excursion is 12 January 2015.


    Here you find more information on the complete programme.

  • Call for Abstracts: The Shopping Center, 1943-2013

    The Rise and Demise of a Ubiquitous Collective Architecture

    In the sixty years that have passed since Victor Gruen and Elsie Krummeck first published their essay ‘Shopping Center’ in Architectural Forum, much has been written about this peculiar commercial typology; commonly depicting the shopping centre as a capitalist, consumerist shopping machine, depleted of any of the social or communal rewards that Gruen and Krummeck had originally envisioned. As a result, shopping centres have rarely entered the canonical histories of architecture, while the North American dumbbell mall has become the paradigmatic pars pro toto. The conference 'The Shopping Center, 1943-2013, the Rise and Demise of a Ubiquitous Collective Architecture', which is due to June 11-12th 2015, aims for a more fine-grained, region-specific reading of the shopping centre, as well for a reassessment of its vital characteristics and crucial contributions to post-war built environments and architectural culture. The organizing committee calls for contributions to this conference, addressing four themes of investigation: From node to stich, Acculturating the Shopping Center, Building Collectives and Communities, and The Afterlife of Post-war Shopping Centers. Abstracts have to be submitted before March 1st, 2015. See for more information the website of the conference.    

  • Hans Teerds' article 'Constructing Culture' re-published by The Architectural Review

    The article features in the newly launched Education Issue

    The Architectural Review has launched its first digital issue, with a dynamic website celebrating the best student design work and academic research in architecture. Hans Teerds' recently published Architecture and Culture article 'Constructing Culture' on Hannah Arendt, her notion of culture and what that might mean for the field of architecture is featured in this issue, and therefore is now publicly and freely accessible

    The Education Issue is a digital magazine designed to respond to phones, tablets, laptops and desktops to give readers an immersive experience with beautiful typography and dramatic full-screen images. The Education Issue is the first project of its kind from The Architectural Review. It brings together some of the best student design work from architectural schools around the world in the 2014 Global Architecture Graduate Awards as well as selected research papers from academic journals and specially commissioned essays from leading architectural teachers.

  • Masterclass Architecture without Architects/Architects without Architecture

    A Campus in a Building - creative working spaces for the AMS

    Berlage post graduate students as well as participants from abroad joined forces during a Masterclass lead by Ben van Berkel and organized by the Berlage, the office of Ben van Berkel, UN Studio, and the Chair of Methods and Analysis. Central aim of the Masterclass was to investigate the changing role of the architect facing contemporary cultural and societal conditions, as well as developing designstrategies regarding the increasing importance of the working environment for the creative class. Students investigated 'new' businessmodels and organization models of companies and events like the BMW Guggenheim lab, Quirky, iversity, and so on. During the second phase of the Masterclass, these casestudies were confronted with the organization of a relative new 'creative' inititative in the city of Amsterdam, the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS), the collaborative initiative between TU Delft, Wageningen Universtity and MIT. 

  • Common Streetscapes Workshop on Coney Island

    Proto Public Space - A different approach

    Six students from the Faculty of Architecture and the Build Environment participated in a joint workshop in New York addressing pressing questions regarding the Coney Island environment during the first week of November. The workshop was organized by the chair of Methods&Analysis together with OTB, KU Leuven (The Streetscapes territories project) and the Pratt Instute, and generously supported by the Flandres House in New York and the General Consulate of The Netherlands in New York. Central theme of the workshop was the issue of 'proto-public-space', a term coined by the chair in order to investigate the challenging condition of everyday urban spaces, specifically those not yet christallized and temporal spaces that nevertheless are challenged by collective values. These spaces are regarded by the chair as being of upmost importance for the social networks beyond and beneath the urban environment, while these simultaneously are challenged by the pressing issues of the changing climate, the rise of the sea level and the increase potentiality of floodings. The students and staff were offered lectures by the team of Rebuild by Design, Deborah Gans (of Gans Studio and Professor of Architecture, Pratt Institute) and Christine Boyer (Professor of Architecture, Princeton University).   

  • Infomeeting MSc3/4

    28 November 14:00

    For those of you who are considering following one of our two graduation studio's, Craft or The Healthy Environment, but still have doubts or questions, there will be an infomeeting on November 28 at 14:00h in room 01.oost.560.

  • Bekleidung: the Experience of the Interior

    International Conference

    On 18 November, the Architecture of the Interior will present an international conference entitled ‘Bekleidung: the Experience of the Interior’. The conference is part of a workshop the Architecture of the Interior is organising on the occasion of an ATHENS-week, in which students from all over Europe will collaborate with students from the Chair. In the conference people from various backgrounds and architectural cultures will inform each other and the audience about their specific approaches, manifest in either their research or educational programmes. Central is the question of the experience of the interior and the way that Bekleidung plays a role within it.


    The meaning of the word Bekleidung resides somewhere between ‘dressing’, ‘cladding’, ‘adornment’ and ‘raiment’. Gottfried Semper is one of the first to have introduced the subject, within the ‘Principle of Dressing’ in his famous work ‘Der Stil’ (1863). From the basic assumption that walls have developed from woven elements, Semper stresses that the character of walls, and in particular their surface treatment, is deeply influenced by this textile origin. Adolf Loos, almost half a century later, extends these ideas in a text with an identical title. Here, Loos stresses the relationship between clothes on the human body and the ‘coverings’ of walls. He adds that the effects the architect seeks to arouse in the observer (fear, respect, divine awe, homeliness or cheerfulness) first of all come from the materials and their application, and only then from the space that is enclosed by those materials.
    With these two architects-writers offering an introduction, and being fully aware that these few sentences are totally insufficient in properly describing the notion of Bekleidung in their work, one might start to look at our current times and ask ourselves if this notion plays a role in the architecture of the interior of today, and how.



    Introduction by Jurjen Zeinstra



    Udo Garritzmann: The Tectonics of the Wall

    In my lecture, I will argue that there is more than one sort of tectonic. Referring to a 19th century dispute between the architectural theorists Karl Bötticher and Gottfried Semper I will propose the concepts tectonics of load-bearing and tectonics of dressing as two poles between which tectonic thinking can unfold.

    Udo Garritzmann is founder of Garritzmann Architects in Rotterdam and teaches and conducts research at the Faculty of Architecture of Delft University of Technology.


    Mark Pimlott: Bekleidung und Entkleidung
    In this lecture, I wish to challenge the exclusivity or intense personalisation that has developed around the concept of Bekleidung in discussions of the Interior: A prevailing notion within literature is that the interior is an extension of our private selves, and by interpolation, of our bodies and their clothing. Indeed, there are intimacies of various kinds in the private interior, reinforced by the very close contact between our physical bodies and the materials of the interior, which permit us to be less reserved there: we are nearly alone, we look at our reflection, we dress and undress, sleep, make love, lose ourselves. One can imagine a kind of claustrophobia arising from too much attention to that intimate relationship, or the making of the individual-interior relationship into a kind of fetish. I propose instead to explore the effects of these contrived interior settings in relation to the effects of the world without, which bring them into being. The interior does not exist in solitude, but in relation to the World; and the scenes that we characterise as private are cluttered with references and connections with that realm we think of as public. The public reaches inside to the private, and even in the space of dreams, while the private reaches toward the public through a vast catalogue of affinities manifest in the imagery, association, and atmosphere of the interior.

    Mark Pimlott is an artist, designer, writer and educator, whose practice encompasses architecture and interiors, art for public spaces, installation, film and photography. He is currently assistant professor of Architectural Design (the Architecture of the Interior) at Delft University of Technology.




    Introduction Mark Pimlott


    Jurjen Zeinstra: ‘In welchem Style sollen wir wohnen?’
    Exhibited interiors in a debate on style
    In the last hundred years exhibited domes- tic interiors have played an important role in the development of architectural ideas about style and living. The tension between a natural, anonymous tradition of crafts and comfort and a craving for a contemporary architectural style is a recurrent issue here. This talk will touch upon this issue by looking carefully at a number of these ‘style-rooms’ and the role they played in a broader debate in architecture and interior design. It is also gives a sneak preview of the upcoming publication of DASH 11 (Delft Architectural Studies on Housing), that will document 15 of these ‘style-rooms’.

    Jurjen Zeinstra is acting associate pro- fessor of The Architecture of the Interior at the TU Delft and together with Mikel van Gelderen founder of Zeinstra van Gelderen architecten.


    Merete Ahnfeldt-Mollerup: Constructing a culture
    The Danish tradition of interior design revisited and perhaps revived
    During the mid-twentieth century, Danish architecture and design were globally renowned for a high quality of work and a harmonic balance between modern formalism and popular tradition. Interiors designed by Arne Jacobsen, Finn Juhl and others of their generation were internationally published and widely praised.
    Since then, the art of the interior has all but vanished from Danish design practice. This talk will examine how and why this has happened, but also look at how the original genesis of “Danish Modern” is inspiring a new generation of architects and designers to experiment and develop their practice.

    Merete Ahnfeldt-Mollerup is an architect and associate professor at the The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation.


    Daniel Cid Moragas: Turning point
    Rilke – Kafka – Pessoa.
    Interior revisited, in provisional terms
    In a poem of Rilke to Lou-Andreas showed the rootless poet at his own decisive turning point, sitting in a hotel room, removed from himself, looking at the inner man.
    Kafka lived in sporadic places. His sister offered him the opportunity of writing surrounded by the silence of her own small house, the possibility of ‘closing the front door’ which for him was tantamount to ‘closing the door to the world’.
    Like Rilke and Kafka, Pessoa was a melancholy inhabitant of the world. Without a house of his own, from his sordid hotel, in secret privacy, Fernando Pessoa was a loner: ‘I’m a man for whom the outside world is an inner reality.’’
    The interior experience of each of them was literature.

    Daniel Cid Moragas is the Scientific Director of ELISAVA and publishes books and articles about architecture, domestic space, esthetics and literature.


    Fredrik Lund: Inside Out
    house 9 said:
    in this big room inside me:
    a certain point in the air
            in the middle of it
    told me that it is longing
            for the day
            I will be gone
    then, it said
            I will be out
            in the free landscape again
    enjoying the wind
            the fresh air
            the changing seasons
    and get my view
            to the lake back

    nextdoor house said:
    the other day I talked to a
            certain point inside me
            it was actually happy to be in me
    said it likes the way the room feels
            its light
            the smells
    the fresh air that slowly comes in
            through little openings
    and especially the dark
            oiled plywood ceilings
    said it feels protected
            and loves its view to the lake

    Frederik Lund is permanent professor of architecture at the NTNU Trondheim and founder of the office STUDIO FREDRIK LUND.

    17:00    Discussion


    18 November 9:30 - 17:30 

    Faculty of Architecture, Room P

    Julianalaan 134

    2628 BL Delft

  • forthcoming publications by Mark Pimlott

    IDEA Journal and Edges of the Experiment

    Here are some forthcoming publications by Mark Pimlott:


    Mark Pimlott, ‘Between everywhere, connecting everything, and nowhere’, in Ed Hollis, ed. IDEA Journal: Unbecoming (IDEA: Auckland 2014) 


    Mark Pimlott, ‘Picturing territories’ in Hans Gremmen, ed. Edges of the Experiment (Hans Gremmen: Amsterdam 2015)

  • Mark Pimlott to teach at the Politecnico di Milano

    + upcoming lectures

    Mark Pimlott will be visiting professor of Interior Design at Politecnico di Milano from October through December 2014 in addition to his roles in the Department of Architecture and The Architecture of the Interior


    Mark Pimlott will give a lecture, ‘Propositions regarding architecture’ at the Architectural Association, London 21 October 2014


    Mark Pimlott will give a lecture, ‘Networks, interiors and interiority’ as part of international conference, ‘Architecture/Intérieure’ at Haut-Ecôle d’Art et de Design (HEAD), Genève 20-21 February 2015


    Mark Pimlott gave a lecture, ‘Network Interiors and the case of Montréal’s ville intérieure’ and participated in a round-table discussion, as part of international conference ‘Urban Routines’ at the Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design, Moscow 3-4 July 2014.

  • The Interiors Lecture Series

    autumn 2014

    This autumn semester, the Architecture of the Interior will present a public lecture series. Its focus is on those figures that define the interior and its use, but are rarely discussed as separate topics. They will be presented by a range of speakers, whose approach will vary from historical or sociological to examples from contemporary praxis.


    Dirk Somers - Transitions
    BKCity, Room P / 12:45 – 13:45


    Mark Pimlott - The Window
    BKCity, Room F / 12:45 – 13:45

    Jiska van Veen - Wayfinding
    BKCity, Room tba. / 12:45 – 13:45

    Philippe Vierin - Encounter
    BKCity, Room P / 12:45 – 13:45


    Eireen Schreurs - Column
    BKCity, Room P / 12:45 – 13:45


    Jules Schoonman - Mirror


    BKCity, Room P / 12:45 – 13:45


    Caspar Frenken - Wall


    BKCity, Room P / 12:45 – 13:45


    Juliette Nielsen - Lighting


    BKCity, Room tba. / 12:45 – 13:45


    Gert Somers - Colour


    BKCity, Room P / 12:45 – 13:45


    Marius Grootveld - On presentations


    BKCity, Room P / 12:45 – 13:45

  • A Critical Elaboration on Domesticity

    Workshop Kortrijk

    Sneak preview of 'A Critical Elaboration on Domesticity', a workshop we're organizing in collaboration with the Dutch and Flemish schools of Interior/Architecture, het Vlaams Architectuurinstituut and the Biennale Interieur. Public presentations & opening exhibition Friday 24 October from 15:00h @ BUDA::lab

  • Tom Avermaete participates in the project Architecture of Independence between the Fronts

    Where the Modernism Project in Africa Has Made Its Mark.

    In history books on modern non-European architecture, the term “tropical modernism” is frequently applied to the architecture of Africa between the 1950s and 1970s. Based on formal criteria and with a focus on the climatic circumstances, “tropical modernism” refers to the synthesis of international-Western building styles and local building traditions. The project “Architecture of Independence between the Fronts – Where the Modernism Project in Africa Has Made Its Mark” attempts to redefine modern architecture in Africa. It ties into more recent research projects which explore the architectural development in Africa in the context of political spheres of influence and collaborations in the Cold War, or as instruments supporting national ideas of modernisation. The goal is to initiate a public debate on the complex history of building, usage and impact of five specific construction projects: a primary school in Maputo (Mozambique), the Obafemi Awolowo University in Ife (Nigeria), the National Museum in Accra (Ghana), the New Town housing project in Zanzibar (Tanzania) and the Kwa-Thema township in Johannesburg (South Africa). With its focus on educational/cultural institutions and housing settlements, the project highlights five building types which particularly represent the national agendas of that era and their conception of the social welfare state.

    The project, directed by Regina Bittner and the South African architectural theorist Hannah Le Roux, will be comprised of five micro-exhibitions at selected venues, developed in collaboration with young international researchers and local institutions and organisations. Historic and archived documents, local stories and the examples of building usage will be interwoven in these presentations. Following this working and research process, the individual projects will be presented in a comprehensive exhibition at the Bauhaus Dessau.

Artistic directors: Hannah Le Roux (ZA), Regina Bittner

    Participants: Cordelia O. Osasona (NG), Wambete Soita (RW), Ayala Levin (IL), Ana Cristina dos Santos Tostoes (PT), Viviana D’Auria (BE), Tom Avermaete (NL)



    Micro-exhibition in Accra (National Museum) 1 – 19 Apr. 2015
    Micro-exhibition in Ife (Obatemi Awolowo University) 26 Apr. – 10 May 2015
    Workshop in Zanzibar 17 – 24 May 2015
    School project in Maputo (primary school) 25 May – 7 Jun. 2015
    Neighbourhood project in the Kwa-Thema township (community center) 15 Jun. – 5 Jul. 201

  • 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

  • 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

  • Invitation Photo Exhibition Msc2 studio the Architecture of the Interior

    The students of the current MSc2 studio of the Architecture of the Interior, entiteld 'Hotel Brittania', will present their work in a public photo exhibition running from 25 - 30 June.


    During the course, students have built 1:20 models of Hotel Britannia, a once very famous but now ruinous hotel in Vlissingen. The exhibition consist of the pictures taken from these models, and will be accompanied by original historic images that were the starting point of the project.


    Photo Exhibition Hotel Brittannia

    25 - 30 June

    1.Oost.410 - 1.Oost.450 (corridor)

  • Lezing en debat: Sorry we’re Open!

    19/06/2014 20:00 – 21:30

    De curatoren van het Nederlandse en van het Britse paviljoen – net terug uit Venetië – brengen donderdag verslag uit van de eerste reacties naar aanleiding van de 14e architectuurbiënnale van Venetië. We nodigen u, uw collega's en studenten van harte uit voor Sorry we're Open! Meet the curators part 1, donderdag 19 juni om 20.00 uur in Het Nieuwe Instituut.

    For more information click here


    Hong Kong is a city without ground. This is true both physically (built on steep slopes, the city has no ground plane) and culturally (there is no concept of ground). The Architecture of the Interior has invited Jonathan Solomon and Adam Frampton, authors of the book ‘Cities without Ground’ to give a lecture on their research project.

    Room A / 12:30 – 13:30

  • INFO MEETING master courses autumn semester 2014

    For everyone who is interested in joining a master course of the Architecture of the Interior, or still has questions about a specific project, there will be an info meeting on Friday 9 May. Teachers of the different projects will be present to explain the projects and answer questions.

    The meeting will take place in room 02.West.700 from 12:15 - 13:00.

  • Mark Pimlott to give a lecture at Strelka Institute Moscow

    As part of the international conference ‘Urban Routines’ at the Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design in Moscow, Mark Pimlott will present a lecture, ‘Une ville intérieure’ 3/4 July 2014.

  • Mark Pimlott to give a lecture: 'La ville intérieure: the case of Montréal'

    On 6 May 2014, Mark Pimlott will give a lecture, ‘La ville intérieure: the case of Montréal’ for the Capita Selecta lecture series ‘Infrastructure things’ at TU Delft.

  • Studio №1: LIBRARY

    Sense and sensibility


    This Studio booklet is the first in a series of compact publications that present the teaching and research of the Department of Architecture at TU Delft in the Netherlands. The STUDIO series begins with a number of issues on teaching positions and investigates the connection between positions and didactics of the Chairs. Concept & Editing: Eireen Schreurs

    Texts by Tony Fretton, Mark Pimlott, Daniel Rosbottom, Mechthild Stuhlmacher, Eireen Schreurs, Dirk Somers

    Works by Guangjie Xue, Davey van Giesen, Petra Sejkorova, Tom Radenz, Nadine Spielmann, Bart van der Zalm, Taja Bencina


    Read & download here

  • Lecture Liesbeth Levy 'public debate: a special form of truth' now online

    Friday 11 April, Liesbeth Levy, philosopher and director of LOKAAL Rotterdam, a political centre for public debate, gave a lecture entiteld 'public debate: a special form of truth'.

    She was so kind as to share her lecture with us. You can download it here

  • New lectures by Dirk Somers, Gert Somers and Cities Without Ground

    We are happy to announce a few more lectures during the second half of the spring semester.

    Dirk Somers: Atmospheres
    Room A / 13:00 – 13:45

    Gert Somers on ONO architectuur
    Room A / 13:00 – 13:45

    Cities Without Ground
    Hong Kong is a city without ground. This is true both physically (built on steep slopes, the city has no ground plane) and culturally (there is no concept of ground). The Architecture of the Interior has invited Jonathan Solomon, Clara Wong and Adam Frampton, authors of the book ‘Cities without Ground’ to give a lecture on their research project.
    Room A / 12:30 – 13:30

  • Mechthild Stuhlmacher to give a lecture at the VAi


    As part of the 'VL-NL Reset' lecture series, Mechthild Stuhlmacher will give a lecture at the VAi on March 25th.


    That evening will also see the launch of the newest issue of OASE (#92 Codes and continuities) edited by Christoph Grafe, director of VAi and former associate professor of the Chair of Interiors; and Tom Avermaete, acting Professor of the Chair of Interiors.


    Here you find more information.

  • New lecture added to 'Interior Elements' series

    Good news! Another lecture has been added to our 'Interior Elements' lecture series. Friday March 21st, Dirk Somers will give a lecture entitled 'Domestic Elements'.

    These are the lectures still to come:

    Udo Garritzmann: the Wall
    BKCity, Room A / 13:00 – 13:45

    Dirk Somers: Domestic Elements
    BKCity, Room A / 13:00 – 13:45

  • Lecture 'Bekleidung & Entkleidung' by Mark Pimlott

    On February 27th, Mark Pimlott gave a lecture in the New Institute, related to their exhibition '1:1 Sets for Erwin Olaf & Bekleidung'.

    Here you can find a transcript of his lecture, entitled 'Bekleidung & Entkleidung'.

  • Chair of Methods and Analysis at Venice Biennale 2014

    The Balcony

    Tom Avermaete and the Chair Methods & Analysis are invited by Rem Koolhaas/OMA, the curator of the upcoming Venice Biennale 2014, to curate a gallery around the architectural element of ‘The Balcony’.

    The gallery is part of the main exhibition pavilion that is entitled Fundamentals and will focus on “architecture, not architects. After several Biennales dedicated to the celebration of the contemporary, Fundamentals will focus on histories – on the inevitable elements of all architecture used by any architect, anywhere, anytime.“ according to Koolhaas.

    Hence, the gallery curated by the Chair of Methods and Analysis can be found amidst others like  ‘the wall’, ‘the window’, ‘the stair’, ‘the floor’ and so on. Visitors will be able to experience the transparency of a modernist and the screened character of a vernacular balcony in the gallery.  In order to explore and exhibit the specific characteristics of the balcony three narrative lines will be presented.

    A first line focuses on the political role of the balcony. Visitors will be confronted with a world-wide geography of various balconies that have played a role as carriers of large political speeches (macro-political), but also as accommodators of everyday appropriations or small protests by inhabitants (micro-political).

    A second narrative will concentrate on balconies that are turning points in architectural culture. By means of full-size models the typical Haussmann balcony which articulated a bourgeois pubic sphere in Paris, will be combined with a modernist Bauhaus version and an Algerian balcony by Fernand Pouillon in which vernacular and modern definitions of the public sphere are coinciding.

    A third storyline will focus on the liminal role of the balcony. By means of photographs the gallery will illustrate how the balcony is a mediator between interior and exterior, between individual and collective, between private and public realms.

    On a whole, the balcony gallery is an invitation to contemporary architects to rethink the balcony as a full-fledged liminal architectural element, taking into consideration its spatial depth, cultural charge and experiential complexity.

    In addition to the gallery, the results of the research are presented in an essay by Tom Avermaete in the catalogue of the 14th Venice Biennale of Architecture.    


    Curatorial team: Tom Avermaete, Klaske Havik, Hans Teerds, Jorge Mejia Hernandez, Willemijn Willems-Floet, Herman Prast, Mike Schäfer, Ivan Thung, Agniezska Batkiewicz, Antje Adriaens.

  • Lecture Series ‘Interior Elements’

    This semester, The Architecture of the Interior will present a public lecture series entitled ‘Interior Elements’. Its focus is on those elements that comprise and define the interior, but are rarely discussed as separate topics: the Floor, the Entrance, the Stair, the Ceiling, the Window, Surfaces and Light. These elements will be presented by a range of speakers, who will discuss the ideas, design, making, and socio-cultural contexts that have shaped––and continue to shape–­–each of them.

    Mark Pimlott: the Floor
    BKCity, Room A / 12:45 – 13:45

    Eireen Schreurs: the Entrance
    BKCity, Room A / 12:45 – 13:45

    Jurjen Zeinstra: the Ceiling
    BKCity, Room A / 12:45 – 13:45

    Mechthild Stuhlmacher: the Stair
    BKCity, Room A / 12:45 – 13:45

    Udo Garritzmann: the Wall
    BKCity, Room R / 12:45 – 13:45

  • World at BBC

    World, a permanent art work by Mark Pimlott at BBC’s Broadcasting House in central London, was opened to the public on 7 June by HM Queen Elizabeth II. The work, which takes the form of a public square, was commissioned by the BBC through Modus Operandi art consultants in 2002, following an invited competition among a selection of internationally renowned artists.

    “World connects the buildings of the BBC’s expanded Broadcasting House to each other and to the city around them. Its surface describes an imaginary fragment of the globe, marked with lines of longitude and latitude and the names of hundreds of places. Lights scattered across its surface suggest the habitats of Man as they might be seen from high above, or the stars of the Milky Way in a flight of one’s imagination. Voices whisper in different languages from the ground. Names of places have been chosen and positioned based on Pimlott’s personal knowledge, memories and fantasies. As they are read by a strolling viewer, the names and their sounds create the possibility of a poetic litany that rouses myriad associations and images. Inspired by flying over the earth at night and listening to late-night broadcasts, the entire square as it is seen, heard and felt is intended to evoke the mystery of elsewhere; an other world, familiar, distant, strange: our great dwelling.”


    17.11.2012 to 15.02.2013



    17.11.2012 to 15.02.2013


    In the scope of Guimarães 2012 European Capital of Culture, the Fundação Cidade de Guimarães, Família Fernando Távora, Associação Casa da Arquitectura and Fundação Instituto Marques da Silva present, between the 17th of November 2012 and the 15th February 2013, the project Fernando Távora Permanent Modernity, coordinated by Álvaro Siza. This initiative will gather a number of events, from which we point out the Exhibition, the Conferences, the Guided Tours, the Exhibition Catalogue and the publication of the facsimile “On Board” Diary.

    Fernando Távora Permanent Modernity is an exhibition on the Architect Fernando Távora work, which, far from being monographic or anthological, intends to give us a transversal reading on the insisting relation between that work and the teaching practice, while being an Architecture Professor.

    Thus, it is a collection of documents, some in the scope of drawing and Architecture photography, some in the documental scope of the existing records of his classes, conferences, field trips. The final goal aims to including all documentation in a whole with legible coherence, in such a natural way as it was collected throughout life. 

    This whole does not seek, as referred, to gather the immensity and complexity of Fernando Távora’s work and thought, but rather focus on the pedagogic character of that same work and though. Aims to exploiting in what circumstances the architecture practice and the teaching one contaminate each other, where do they meet each other.


    For downloading the program click here

    Informations and booking to Conferences, Guided Tours and Publications:

  • The Future of the Amsterdam Canal House

    Workshop 8 – 17 April 2013 in Amsterdam




    Amsterdam is famous for its 17thand 18thcentury canal houses.  The urban plan of a web–like structure of canals lined with houses was designed in 1613, four hundred years ago, when the commercial success of Amsterdam attracted more and more wealthy merchants.  According to their wealth merchants bought one or two building plots of fixed proportions. Rows of identical ribbon-like building  plots  along the canal were planned to arrange as many individual houses as possible along the canals. The introduction of proportion systems from humanist architecture in the northern European merchant house brought about a unique pattern of facades and a characteristic streetscape of differently sculptured facades of more or less equal width. Celebrated as one of the first examples of urban planning  in the West the canal district is now a listed UNESCO world heritage-monument . 

    The fame of the Amsterdam canal house has always been linked to its exterior, its outer appearance, while the  secret of its survival through the ages has probably more to do with what is behind the façade,  and more in particular with the characteristics of  its interior layout.  For instance, the length of the building plot allowed for a generous garden or even an extra house, a so-called  back house, which was separated by a small inner court yard from the main canal house.  Also the depth of the canal house with its blind side walls warranted large windows in the front and back façade. 

    Hidden from the public eye most canal houses changed function over the past century.  A change of function, however, which mainly affected the interior and left the façade untouched. Initially the original residential function of the canal house was changed into offices, galleries and museums. Since the 1970s, however, offices have been turned into luxurious apartments, while a number of individual canal houses were connected to create luxurious hotels.  Creative workers and artists formed the vanguard of loft living in the canal house and were followed by successful businessmen and celebrities. Today it is as prestigious to live in a canal house as it was centuries ago.

    It may seem counter intuitive, but as a consequence of its newly appointed status as UNESCO world heritage-monument and more strict regulations on conservation the future survival of the canal district as a lively urban neighbourhood is jeopardized. Dutch architects are torn between conservation and regeneration, and tend to classify the canal district as a theme park for tourists only, and as such as a lost cause. Therefore we welcome new and challenging perspectives of especially foreign students on the future of the canal district in general and the future of the canal house in particular.

    To get to know Amsterdam and the canal district participants are strongly recommended to book accommodation in a hotel within the district.  The Amsterdam academy of architecture located in the city centre will be the group’s day-time  home base and  the canal house museum Geelvinck Hinlopen Huis (named after its original owners) will offer a characteristic and prestigious location for evening lectures. Of course, there will also be a day trip to Delft University where you will be shown around in one of the world’s leading schools of Architecture. The building of the faculty of Architecture is a fine example of reuse of a former chemistry lab.  

    To challenge your ideas on the future of the canal house we will invite experts to lecture on topics as diverse as the urban plan of the canal district, the historic interiors, and the phenomenon of  the large Dutch windows. Designers will talk about their projects in the canal district and you will visit numerous canal houses to discover their many interior disguises.  We hope that this input of information will stimulate your creativity. You are free to present your ideas  in models,  artist impressions,  drawings or photo collage.  The best plans will become part of an exhibition on the interior transformations of the canal house in the Geelvinck Hinlopen Huis.

    The Department of Architecture of Delft University of Technology invites you to join the workshop. As your host  the Department  will cover the costs of tutors, speakers, guides, facilities and materials. You have to cover your travel expenses and the costs of your hotel accommodation in Amsterdam, which will involve about 400 Euros for a stay of 10 nights in a budget hotel or hostel. However, keep in mind that meals and drinks are not (!) included and that there will be additional costs during your stay.  All students who have fulfilled the requirements of the workshop are entitled to a certificate of 3 ECTs.

  • NEW! DASH #06

    Living in a New Past - Wonen in een nieuw verleden

    Reverting to the architectural past is hardly a new phenomenon. Old forms have served as inspiration at many junctures in the history of architecture: as a protest against dominant views, as a means to bring about renewal or purely because of nostalgia for times past. Rarely has this reversion remained undisputed. In particular, attempts to bring back old forms in modern-day materials have often roused the derision of the profession, whether these involved the early nineteenth-century Gothic Revival, or the work of the twentieth-century Delft School or ‘new traditionalism’.

    In the opening article Dick van Gameren traces the parallels between several historical approaches from the previous century, which are also explored in the project documentation. This is followed by a number of essays that take a closer look at various periods from that architectural past. Wolfgang Voigt, for example, describes the work of the ‘traditional modernist’ Paul Schmitthenner in pre-WWII Germany, while Cor Wagenaar argues that both the traditionalists of the Delft School and the early modernists saw themselves as an inevitable product of history. In a comparative study of Italian Neo- Realism and the working methods of Alvaro Siza, Nelson Mota examines the relevance of critical re(gion)alism in this era.

    An interview with two generations of Bedaux architects and a critical analysis by Dirk Baalman of the nineteenth-century concept of ‘character’ in architecture mark the transition to the plan documentation, featuring work by architects as Baillie Scott, Schmitthenner, Ridolfi, Spoerry, Mecanoo, Krier, Bedaux De Brouwer and West8/AWG.

    Auteurs: Dirk Baalman, Dick van Gameren, Harald Mooij, Nelson Mota, Jeroen Schilt, Wolfgang Voigt

    Click here to order our new issue DASH #06

  • NEW DASH! #5

    The Urban Enclave / De stadsenclave

    NEW! DASH #05 - The Urban Enclave - De stadsenclave


    De idee van de pluriforme stad lijkt actueler dan ooit. Was de maatschappij 50 jaar geleden nog homogeen, nu zoeken zeer uiteenlopende levenswijzen en culturen elk een plek in onze steden. Dit vraagt om een stad die ook verschillen kent, herkenbare delen waarin gelijkgezinden elkaar vinden, verbonden met het grotere geheel, maar zonder anderen iets op te leggen.

    De recente concentratie op (grootschalige) vernieuwing binnen de bestaande stad biedt in dit verband perspectieven. In veel Nederlandse steden (maar ook elders) worden leeggekomen industrie- en bedrijfsterreinen of verouderde woongebieden opnieuw ontwikkeld. De meestal grote maat van deze gebieden creëert een (woning)bouwopgave die kan bijdragen aan de noodzakelijke binnenstedelijke differentiatie.

    DASH 5 is de weerslag van een onderzoek naar historische en hedendaagse grootschalige, binnenstedelijke woningbouwprojecten. Essays van Dirk van den Heuvel en Lara Schrijver beschouwen uiteenlopende ideeën met betrekking tot grootschaligheid en de stad, aan de hand van respectievelijk het werk van Piet Blom en Oswald Matthias Ungers. Dick van Gameren en Pierijn van der Putt onderzoeken de onderliggende typologieën van de stadsenclave. Elain Harwood analyseert de ontstaansgeschiedenis van het roemruchte Barbican in Londen en Christopher Woodward traceert het ontstaan, 200 jaar eerder in diezelfde stad, van het Adelphi, dat vaak wordt aangehaald als inspiratiebron voor Barbican. Architect en stedenbouwer Rob Krier geeft in een interview uitleg over de historische modellen die hij hanteert voor zijn stedelijke vernieuwingsprojecten.

    De plandocumentatie bevat een selectie van oude en nieuwe stadsenclaves, uitgebreid geanalyseerd en gedocumenteerd door middel van tekeningen en fotoreportages. 


  • Friday 28th January 16.00 hrs: Open House Minor House of the future

  • Piazzasalone

    Biennale internazionale di architettura di Venezia


    Mark Pimlott and Tony Fretton were invited by the curator of this year’s exhibition, the Pritzker Prize-winning architect Kazuyo Sejima to collaborate and create their installation Piazzasalone for the 12. Biennale internazionale di architettura di Venezia. The Biennale is open from 29 August through 21 November 2010.


  • PhD tuition grant

    Support for PhD candidates in covering (part of) the tuition fee

    The department of Architecture will support PhD candidates in covering (part of) the tuition fee. An open call will be published for new candidates, but both in 2017 and 2018, we offer this opportunity to 2 of our current candidates too. For 2017, the department will give 1 tuition fee waiver worth 2500 euro for one of the current PhD students.

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  • Public realm, composition & tectonics - call for PhD proposals

    Open Invitation PhD Dissertation Proposals - Research group Public buidling/Public Realm, Composition & Tectonics

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  • Peer Review Colloqium May 2017

    The Global Petroleumscape

    The research programme ‘Architectural project and its Foundations’ will organise the Peer Review Colloqium May 17- 19, 2017. This colloqium is open to all and will includes presentations, interaction and debates on on-going research. More information can be found here and here.

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  • International Planning History Society (IPHS)

    Looking for student helpers: 17-21 July 2016 TU Delft

    We are looking for student helpers for the IPHS conference. Please get in touch with Carola at

  • International Planning History Society - 2016

    History – Urbanism – Resilience

    Over many centuries, cities around the world have demonstrated an astounding resilience as they have prepared for, responded to and recovered from natural and man-made disasters. In view of current challenges from earthquakes and tsunamis, from climate change and sea level rise, from migration and demographic transformation to war and terrorism, this conference invites papers that engage with the theme of resilience and the diverse tangible and intangible structures that support it.

    From 17-21 July, our faculty will welcome some 500 planning historians from almost 50 countries during the 17th IPHS conference. For more info see

  • 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.


    Third Annual Conference of the Jaap Bakema Study Centre

    Transmedial traffic in architectural drawing

    The third annual conference of the Jaap Bakema Study Centre
    Faculty of Architecture, TU Delft and Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam

    30 November - 1 December 2016



    3D-modelling on a flat computer screen has revolutionized architectural drawing and representation. It has transformed drawing into spatial script-writing, integrating data sets and blurring boundaries between disciplines and between production modes. Not so long ago, in the 1990s when the computer invaded architectural practice, paperless studios and offices seemed the avant-gardist way forward.

    Yet currently, the architectural drawing on paper enjoys a surprising and refreshingly new interest from architects, historians and collectors alike. The digital turn in architecture did not result in the abandonment of paper. On the contrary, the predominance of the digital in contemporary communications and architectural production has elicited the rediscovery of the specific qualities of the old-fashioned architectural drawing and its representation techniques. In architecture schools and museums there is a new interest for sketching, drawing, collaging et cetera as a forgotten tool for observing and analysing.

    At the same time, one can see a new productive, transmedial traffic happening between the realms of electronic representation and the paper drawing. Experiments in digital modelling borrow from classic techniques on paper. Contemporary software enables hand drawing on touch screen devices. Annotation software faciliates immediate interaction creating electronic palimpsests. Immersive representation technologies bring about a refocus on the human body and experience.

    These new developments raise profound questions concerning the status of the architectural drawing, as a tool for communication, research, design and imagination.

    For its third annual conference, The Jaap Bakema Study Centre, in collaboration with TU Delft and Het Nieuwe Instituut, aims to look closer into this new cross-pollination between the media of paper and pixels. We are interested in contributions that bring to the conference a wide variety of perspectives, both historical and theoretical in nature, and which address, but are not limited to the following questions.

    What exactly is an architectural drawing today? Can we still talk about clear definitions here, in terms of an object, a medium of representation and communication or a tool to realize an actual building?

    Hand drawing comes with a draughts(wo)man. The drawing is a space in which an author appears. We might recognize the handwriting, an individual style. How are authorship and originality reconceptualized in an age of electronic reproduction? What happens when drawings become platforms for interaction between multiple actors, for instance in the case of BIM (Building Information Modelling) software?

    How do we keep the new architectural drawings, where do we store them? Why should we keep and store them? Are they proper 'objects' to collect? How will they transform the archive as a space of memory and knowledge (re)production?

    How does one exhibit the new drawings? The whole notion of 'exhibiting' seems in need of redefinition here, since the exhibition becomes the staging of a reproduction without original. Can we go beyond the postmodernist notions of simulation and hyperreality to understand the kind of representations we are looking at?

    And eventually, if the drawing is the ultimate medium of the architect, how is this transmedial traffic effecting the figure of the architect, his or her role, and the architectural discipline?



    Abstracts of 300-500 words plus a short bio (300 words max) should be sent to Dirk van den Heuvel:

    Deadline: Monday 29 August 2016
    Notification of selection: Monday 12 September 2016
    Dates of the conference: 30 November - 1 December 2016

    Dirk van den Heuvel (Jaap Bakema Study Centre)

    Advisory Board:
    Tom Avermaete (TU Delft)
    Hetty Berens (HNI)
    Maristella Casciato (Getty Research Institute)
    Carola Hein (TU Delft)
    Laurent Stalder (ETH Zurich)

    Faculty of Architecture and the Building Environment, TU Delft and Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam

    The selection will be made by the convenor and advisory board. Criteria are relevance and focus in relation to the call, state of the art research, innovative and challenging approach. We also encourage practitioners who are interested in academic exchange and intellectual curiosity to submit. We aim for a diverse group of speakers, among others in terms of nationality, seniority and academic and institutional background as to assure a productive and lively exchange of knowledge.

    Please note, that selected participants are requested to organize their own institutional support for travel costs and hotel accommodations.


    Image: NL Architects, BIM is Beautiful, 2014

  • EAAE General Assembly & Conference 2016


    This year’s EAAE conference, ‘For Example Delft’, will take place from the 31st of August until the 3rd of September at the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment in Delft. Taking Delft as an example the conference addresses the various approaches in architecture education looking at the past, present and future in relation to the professional practise and architectural discipline. Starting from the observation that the broad field of architecture and the built environment carries a (re)assembled character that has lost its Modern, structured and disciplinary way. From which question are asked such as what architecture research currently means and upon which policies Delft as an institution acts.

    The conference kicked off on Wednesday with the opening of a poster exposition led by Suzanne Komossa and Maurice Harteveld. This was be followed by three days filled with interesting lectures, seminars and excursions.

    Click here to view the posters on exhibition at the conference (open with LUMIN if Google Drive doesn't work).

    For an elaborate description of the program please visit:


  • 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. 


  • MSc IN Aruba (spring 2016)


  • EXHIBITION - Global Housing -Affordable Dwellings for Growing Cities - March 24, 16.00 hrs., BK Expo (Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment)

    With this exhibition, DASH (Delft Architectural Studies on Housing) presents its latest issue:

    In emerging economies all over the world, massive urbanization leads to an acute need of affordable housing. DASH Global Housing: Affordable Dwellings for Growing Cities is focused on architectural and urban planning models implemented to face this challenge worldwide. It explores the tension between the required mass production and solutions tailored to local circumstances. The emphasis is both on the design of the individual dwelling and the city as a whole. What makes a good, compact dwelling? How can new megacities do justice to the existing social and economic structures, to local production methods and the individual wishes of residents?

    Opening by Dick van Gameren on March 24, 16.00 hrs., BK Expo

    The BK Expo area  is located next to the espresso bar of the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment (Julianlaan 134, 2628 BL  Delft). For more information about DASH:



  • Global Housing: Sunday afternoon lectures 3 April 2016

    On Sunday afternoon, the 3rd of April, DASH – Global Housing will be presented in Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam.

    Dick van Gameren (founding editor of DASH, TU Delft) will lecture on The Continuous Story of Affordable Housing and Helen Gyger (University of Pennsylvania) takes us to Peru with John F.C Turner and Self-Help Housing.
    Alfredo Brillembourg and Hubert Klumpner (Urban Think Tank, ETH Zürich) go extreme with their lecture called No Cost Housing!


    13.00-14.00 | Walk in with tea and coffee


    Dick van Gameren: The Continuous Story of Affordable Hou­sing

    Helen Gyger: Harnessing Blind but Powerful Forces – John Turner and Self-Help Housing in Peru

    Alfredo Brillembourg & Hubert Klumpner – Urban Think Tank (ETH Zürich): No Cost Housing

    16.00-17.00 | Drinks

  • Borders and Territories - call for PhD proposals

    Open Invitation PhD Dissertation Proposals - Research group Borders and Territories

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  • 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

  • Chairs/Tables/Lamps/Sets

    Final Exhibition

    The Faculty of Architecture has a fabulous and extensive collection of chairs. To get them out of their shelves and into education, the Chair History of Architecture and Urban Planning went looking for partners within design education, and found them in the Chairs of Form & Modelling Studies and of Architecture of the Interior.
    During the past semester three design courses challenged students to start a dialogue with a chair, and design a lamp, table or set inspired by it. This initiative aimed at promoting design through collections  led to remarkable results. Come and see for yourself, the resulting exhibition in the Modelling Hall opens Feb. 18th, 15:30.


    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: 

  • 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

  • Modern Urban Planning. An Evaluation

    exhibition at deSingel in Antwerp, curated by Tom Avermaete

    A city that was built out of nothing fifty years ago and at the time was considered the prototype for a modern society. How does this sort of design stand the test of time? Tom Avermaete, professor in the Faculty of Architecture at TU Delft, together with his students, subjected several iconic cities such as Brasilia, Casablanca and Chandigarh to thorough analysis. The result is an exhibition with a hopeful message: ‘Good architecture is capable of modernising its own fundamentals’.

    In the late 1940s, early 1950s, several prominent architects and urban planners were given the opportunity to build completely new cities out of nothing, entirely in accordance with the principles of what is now chronicled as ‘postwar modernism’. These cities were intended to go down in history as shining symbols of modern housing, ideal models of the new collectivity, prototypes for modern life.

    A reinterpretation of the ‘modern city’
    After more than five decades of human presence, a completely new image of these cities has now arisen. In addition to their quality as inspiring symbols of modernity, they have also proven to have the ability to adapt again and again to changing needs and aspirations. Developers, contractors and inhabitants have each in turn repeatedly moulded the urbanised environment to suit themselves, while the cities have always retained their modern values and qualities.

    The exhibition entitled 'Lived-In. The Modern City as a Performative Structure’ reinterprets the modern city. Modern buildings and the neighbourhoods they stand in are not put forward as perfect pictures, but as effective and adaptive infrastructures. They are able to absorb changing individual and collective use while at the same time maintaining modernist principles. The quality of architecture that enables it to transform and incorporate, modify and resist, is not an abstract notion or simply to the credit of a handful of creative inhabitants. It is the consequence of personal architectural choices in form, typology and material. But it is also the result of specific design choices in relation to the urban morphology or the character of the public space.

    What is ‘modern architecture’?
    The capacity to repeatedly deal with changing needs and aspirations questions the import of the term ‘modern architecture’. The curator, Tom Avermaete, provides a richly documented overview of several of the cities that most appeal to the imagination and how they have developed over the last fifty years. In addition to original drawings and models of such icons of modern urban planning as Chandigarh (Fondation Le Corbusier), Brasilia (House of Lucio Costa) and Casablanca (Aga Khan Foundation), the exhibition presents a series of charts that have emerged from a study carried out by TU Delft architecture students to take a close look at the evolution of these cities.

    The many photos and films in the exhibition show that contemporary photographers and film-makers are also inspired by these gems of modernist urbanism.

    By taking a new look at some of the world’s best-known and lesser-known examples of postwar modern architecture and urban planning, this exhibition offers a new view of the concept of ‘modern architecture’.

    During this exhibition you can also visit the smaller exhibition ‘Huis Guiette’ at the entrance of the VAi, an intimate portrait of the only realization by Le Corbusier in Belgium


    organisers Flanders Architecture Institute (VAi), Centre of Flemish Architectural Archives (CVAa) and deSingel International Arts Campus
    curator Tom Avermaete (Chair of Method and Analysis, Faculty of Architecture, TU Delft) assisted by Antje Adriaens, Agnieszka Batkiewicz and Christian Maijstré
    exhibition design and charts BC Architects & Studies, Brussels
    in association with TU Delft , University of Technology
    with the support of the Flemish authorities

    Sat 26 September 2015 → Sun 10 January 2016
    open Wed → Sun | 2 → 6 pm and during evening performances
    closed on Mon, Tue and holidays
    admission: €5
    tickets on sale at the entrance to the exhibition

    Fri 25 September – preview and opening talk in the Blue Hall at 8 pm, with contributions by curator Tom Avermaete (TUDelft), architectural historian Maristella Casciato (Universiteit Bologna) and scenographer Laurens Bekemans (BC Architects). 
    free entrance
    book here for the opening and the opening talk

  • Planning History Workshop

  • 150 models of art-gallery the Kunsthal in the Kunsthal

    At the end of the third year of their studies, the students at the Faculty are required to perform a Bachelor’s assignment with the working title Gebouw&Techniek (Buildings and Technology). The past two years they had to create a new or improved Kunsthal in nine weeks. From 5 July - 30 August in the Kunsthal, Rotterdam.

    To get the process into gear, the educational content during the first week consists of lectures presented by the staff of the Kunsthal, the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), the Municipality of Rotterdam and TU Delft. This, together with a visit to the Kunsthal, forms the input to a process of meticulous documentation that is undertaken with guidance from the teaching staff. The main subjects are: What activities take place in the building? How convenient is the location in relation to the city? How are sunlighting and architectural proportions designed? How was it constructed, with what connectivity and other technical details? Why did they choose to use certain materials, how healthy is the interior climate and how sustainable is the building?

    Once this analysis has been completed, they proceed to a modelling workshop. Each group of three or four students produces a documentation model in one day, making use of the documentation material that has been gathered.

    After this intensive and inspiring workshop the project continues with each student working individually. Professors of architecture, support structures, climate and sustainability assist with the design of an improved or completely rebuilt Kunsthal that complies with modern standards. During this phase, the students are invited to present their plans in the form of a progress report to their professors. The professors offer feedback and the students then work out the details for the final presentation, which is once again judged by a jury of professors. If the students have achieved the required study results and have completed this last project successfully, they will receive their Bachelor of Science diploma. Many students go on to take a specialised two-year Master’s course.

  • Mediating [Infra]structures

    Shopping Centers

    Legend has it that Victor Gruen, the Viennese émigré who in the early 1940s together with his wife Elsie Krummeck introduced the concept of a shopping center in the United States, ended his life disclaiming responsibility for this invention, snarling ‘I refuse to pay alimony for those bastard developments’. This attitude supposedly sprung from a grave disenchantment with what the shopping center had (in the eyes of Gruen) by that time become: a capitalist, consumerist shopping machine, depleted of any of the social or communal rewards that he had originally envisioned.

    Since its inception in the early 1940s, much has been written about the shopping center. Particular emphasis has been placed on its ability (or rather ‘inability’) to function as a public space . While developers and managers of shopping centers usually cast them in a favorable, sunny light, architects and historians, by contrast, have been predominantly critical. Their views are based on opposing narratives; the former claiming that the shopping center is a common space, which facilitates community building, while the latter typically describing it as a space of contrived hyper-consumption and social control. Most criticism of the shopping center’s incapability to function as a common space is however based on user statistics and analyses of policies and regulations rather than on an in-depth architectural understanding.

    As a discipline, architecture has more often than not dismissed the shopping center as a valuable subject, precisely because it is perceived a ‘prison of consumerism’, which—in turn—has led to the assumption that their formal design is merely a solidification of commercial forces and therefore unworthy of examination. Shopping center research is furthermore commonly biased towards Northern America. These observations lead to the question: would a profound architectural reconsideration of the shopping center reveal spatial concepts and social patterns that open up the opportunity to function as a shared space and to engender a feeling of ‘collectivity’?


    June 13th, 15.00h
    Espace Louise
    Gulden-Vlieslaan/Avenue de la Toison D'or 40-42
    1050 Brussels

  • New MSc 2 Studio: Architecture and Urbanism Beyond Oil

    The course teaches students to become aware of the wide-ranging impact that petroleum has had on the physical landscape of our cities and on our lifestyles and mindsets. It argues that attempts at creating a more sustainable architecture and urbanism need to acknowledge and understand these patterns to overcome them. Building on existing research on oil and Rotterdam that is developed into an augmented reality tool, students will do a close analysis of specific sites and propose design solutions for Rotterdam after oil. Among the design options will be a redesign of the site of the oil refinery in Pernis. Working in groups with students from different disciplinary backgrounds (architecture, urbanism, real estate and housing, heritage, history, media) will experiment design conditions as they exist outside the university and will produce a collective final project.

  • 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


    spring 2015


    The spring semester 2015, the Architecture of the Interior will present a public lecture series. Its focus is on those figures that define the interior and its use, but are rarely discussed as separate topics. They will be presented by a range of speakers, whose approach will vary from historical or sociological to examples from contemporary praxis.

    Mark Pimlott - Ground
    BKCity, Room C / 12:45 – 13:45

    Susanne Pietsch - Column
    BKCity, Room C / 12:45 – 13:45

    Eireen Scheurs - Stitches
    BKCity, Room tba. / 12:45 – 13:45

    Jurjen Zeinstra - Patterns
    BKCity, Room tba. / 12:45 – 13:45

    Ana Rocha - Joint
    BKCity, Room C / 12:45 – 13:45

    Dirk Somers - Profiles
    BKCity, Room C / 12:45 – 13:45

    Juliette Nielsen - Lighting
    BKCity, Room C / 12:45 – 13:45

    Marius Grootveld - Representation
    BKCity, Room F / 12:45 – 13:45

  • Conference: Bakema and the Open Society

    including the book launch of Architecture and the Welfare State

    Bakema and the Open Society

    A conference organized by the Jaap Bakema Study Centre together with Het Nieuwe Instituut and TU Delft as a conclusion of the Dutch contribution to the 14th edition of the Venice Biennale.

    Including the book launches of:
    Christoph Grafe, People's Palaces (Architectura & Natura)
    Mark Swenarton, Tom Avermaete, Dirk van den Heuvel (eds.), Architecture and the Welfare State (Routledge)

    Tuesday 25 november, 9.00-17.30

    Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, TU Delft, Berlage rooms
    Entrance free of charge
    Info and registration:


    9.00-12.30 Morning session

    Welcome and coffee

    - Introductions by Dick van Gameren (TU Delft) and Dirk van den Heuvel (Jaap Bakema Study Centre, TU Delft, Het Nieuwe Instituut)
    - Bakema's Idea of the Open Society Seen Through the Eyes of Foreign Critics, Rixt Hoekstra (Goethe Universität, Frankfurt am Main)
    - The Internationalization of Post-1963 Skopje. Van den Broek and Bakema’s Competition Entry and Its Legacies, Jasna Stefanovska (University Ss. Cyril and Methodius, Skopje)
    - Housing in the Work of Van den Broek and Bakema. Split Level, A Way of Social Design, Alejandro Perez Duarte (Universidade FUMEC, Belo Horizonte)
    - From Hoddesdon to St. Louis. The Heart of the City as Relationship, Leonardo Zuccaro Marchi (TU Delft and KTH Stockholm)
    - Architecture and Cold War. The Case of the Hauptstadt Berlin Competition, Carola Hein (TU Delft)

    12.30-13.30 Lunch break

    13.30-17.30 Afternoon session

    - The Open Society and Its Experiments, Dirk van den Heuvel (Jaap Bakema Study Centre, TU Delft, Het Nieuwe Instituut)
    - People's Palaces. Architecture, Culture and Democracy in Post-War Western Europe, Christoph Grafe (Bergische Universität Wuppertal, VAI Antwerpen)
    - From Knoxville to Bidonville: The Peripheries of European Welfare State Architecture, Tom Avermaete (TU Delft)
    - Architectural History and the Sociology of the Welfare State, Mark Swenarton (Liverpool University)
    - Plans for the Future: Research, Archives and Institutes. Discussion panel with participants and Guus Beumer (Het Nieuwe Instituut)

    17.30 Drinks

  • Pakhuis de Zwijger: Atlas van de verstedelijking in Nederland

    1000 jaar ruimtelijke ontwikkeling

    Nederland is een stedenland. In de loop van tien eeuwen ontstond een dicht patroon van kleine, grote, oude en nieuwe steden. Hoe is dat patroon ontstaan en hoe heeft het zich ontwikkeld? En waarom zien onze steden eruit zoals ze eruitzien? Jaap Evert Abrahamse en Reinout Rutte brengen met de Atlas van de Verstedelijking duizend jaar stedenbouw in Nederland samenhangend in beeld. Aan de hand van foto’s, schilderijen en nieuw getekende kaartreeksen worden groei en krimp van de Nederlandse steden inzichtelijk gemaakt. Actuele thema’s als herbestemming, wederopbouw en de ontwikkeling van binnensteden en stadsranden krijgen speciale aandacht.

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    autumn 2014

    This autumn semester, the Architecture of the Interior will present a public lecture series. Its focus is on those figures that define the interior and its use, but are rarely discussed as separate topics. They will be presented by a range of speakers, whose approach will vary from historical or sociological to examples from contemporary praxis.


    Dirk Somers - Transitions
    BKCity, Room P / 12:45 – 13:45


    Mark Pimlott - The Window
    BKCity, Room F / 12:45 – 13:45

    Jiska van Veen - Wayfinding
    BKCity, Room A / 12:45 – 13:45

    Jitse van den Berg - Encounter
    BKCity, Room P / 12:45 – 13:45


    Eireen Schreurs - Column
    BKCity, Room P / 12:45 – 13:45


    Jules Schoonman - Mirror


    BKCity, Room P / 12:45 – 13:45


    Caspar Frenken - Wall


    BKCity, Room P / 12:45 – 13:45


    Juliette Nielsen - Lighting


    BKCity, Room tba. / 12:45 – 13:45


    Gert Somers - Paint!


    BKCity, Room P / 12:45 – 13:45


    Marius Grootveld - On presentations


    BKCity, Room P / 12:45 – 13:45

  • 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.

  • Forthcoming lectures by Mark Pimlott

    Mark Pimlott will be visiting professor of Interior Design at the Politecnico di Milano from October through December 2014 in addition to his roles in the Department of Architecture and the Architecture of the Interior

    21 October 2014 Mark Pimlott wil give a lecture entitled 'Propositions regarding architecture' at the Architectural Association, London

    20-21 February 2015 Mark Pimlott will give a lecture entitled 'Networks, interiors and interiority' as part of an international conference, 'Architecture/Intérieure' at Haut-Ecole et de Design (HEAD), Geneve.

  • On Show Now: The Balcony

    at the Venice Biennale Architettura 2014

    “Intruder”, “polluter”, “disturbance”; but also a “modern architectural element par-excellence”: so, the balcony has been qualified. Holding a special position within architectural discourse and practice, it has been both a prime site of aesthetic and technical experimentation, and a heavily charged articulator of the dependencies that exist between the public and private realms.

    The Chair of Architecture/Methods and Analysis of the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment of the Delft University of Technology, has contributed to the main exhibition ‘Elements of Architecture’ of the Venice ‘Biennala Architettura 2014’ that is curated by Rem Koolhaas. The contribution investigates the element of the balcony, which, according to the curator prof. Tom Avermaete is a remarkable architectural element in-between the private and the public sphere, an element that simultaneously connects and withdraws, separates and unites individuals and the collective.

    Visitors to the gallery, designed and constructed by the chair, are confronted with the transparency of modernist and the screened character of vernacular balconies. In addition, three narrative lines are presented:


    A first line focuses on the political role of the balcony. A worldwide geography illuminates how balconies are carriers of both pivotal political speeches and actions (macro-political) and accommodators of everyday resistances of their inhabitants (micro-political). Climactic balcony scenes such as the “renunciation” speech by Eva Perón in Buenos Aires; or the first address of the liberated Mandela at the Cape Town City Hall in 1990, are combined with more everyday, but not less political actions in the same cities.


    A second narrative concentrates on balconies that have acted as focal points in architectural culture. A full-size model of a Haussmann balcony, able to articulate the bourgeois public sphere in 19th century Paris, is confronted with the modernist transparency of the Bauhaus at Dessau and an Algerian balcony by Fernand Pouillon in which vernacular and modern definitions of the public sphere coincide.


    A third storyline focuses on the liminal role of the balcony. Images from collective housing projects illustrate how the balcony is one of these places where “the world reverses itself”, by regulating the in-formality between interior and exterior, individual and collective domains and between the private and public realms, among many other tensions. Converging on these three main narratives, this gallery invites contemporary architects to rethink the balcony as a key liminal architectural element, feeding from the power of its spatial depth, its intense cultural charge and its obvious experiential complexity. 


    Curatorial team: Tom Avermaete with Chair of Methods and Analysis, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment (A+BE), TU Delft/ Delft University of Technology: Klaske Havik, Hans Teerds, Jorge Mejía Hernández, Willemijn Willems-Floet, Herman Prast, Mike Schäfer, Ivan Thung, Agniezska Batkiewicz, Antje Adriaens

    Special thanks to: Luisa Calabresa, Leonardo Zuccaro, Anna Topolnicka, Charlotte Churchill, Mania Bien, Piotr Ruszkiewicz, Sanne Dijkstra, Simone Costa, Tadeas Riha, Xander van Dijk


    Photo’s © Ivan Thung

  • Double Day on Dwelling

    Tuesday June 24th - Wednesday June 25th, 2014, Berlagezaal

    Double Day on Dwelling


    Tuesday June 24thBerlagezaal
    Architectural Studies on Housing

    Living conditions change, but certain housing-themes and topics are repeated in history. What can be learned from the ongoing research on the dwelling? On this day noted academic speakers reflect on their research and share their findings.

    Wednesday June 25th, Berlagezaal
    Global housing

    The relentless increment in the urban divide is one of the most pressing problems faced by societies experiencing rapid growth. Tackling this problem implies a multidisciplinary commitment and new urban policies, in which housing strategies can play a fundamental role. On this day we focus on how research on affordable housing design can be connected to education in order to contribute in bridging the urban divide and support for the inclusiveness of cities.


  • The Blessings of the Sky

    Thursday, June 26th 2014, 18:00-19:00, Berlagezaal

    The Blessings of the Sky
    Lecture by Charles Correa

    Perhaps the reason is not so hard to fathom. The sky, all said and done, is the source of light - which is the most pimodial of stimuli acting on our senses. And across its face, every day, passes the sun - the origin of Life itself!...Small wonder then that man has always perceived the sky above to be the abode of the gods, and that down all these many milennia, it has exerted such extraordinary power on us and on the architecture we build.



    18:00 - Lecture by Charles Correa

    18:30 - 'Into the Unknown'  A film by Sankalp Meshram

    19:00 - Discussion with Prof. Dick van Gameren

  • 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.

  • Lecture: Bekleidung und Entkleidung – Lecture related to the theme of the exhibition ‘1:1 Sets for Erwin Olof & Bekleidung’

    MARK PIMLOTT - 27 February, 19:00, at Het Nieuwe Instituut


    Mark Pimlott's approach to the issue of Bekleidung challenges the exclusivity or intense personalisation, or psychologising, that has developed around it in discussions of the Interior: the claustrophobia that perhaps abounds in the stage sets and photographs of Erwin Olof.

        He proposes, instead, to explore the effects of these contrived interior settings in relation to the effects of the world without, which bring them into being.

        A prevailing notion within literature considering interior design and architecture is that the interior is an extension of our private selves, and by interpolation, of our bodies and their clothing. Indeed, the interior has been likened to a kind of clothing of another body that is an extension of ourselves. There are intimacies of various kinds in the private interior, reinforced by the very close contact between our physical bodies and the materials of the interior, which permit us to be less reserved there: we are nearly alone, we look at our reflection, we dress and undress, sleep, make love, lose ourselves. However, the interior does not exist in solitude, but in relation to the World; and the scenes that we characterise as private are cluttered with references and connections with that realm we think of as public. The public reaches inside to the private, and even in the space of dreams, the private reaches toward the public through a vast catalogue of affinities manifest in the imagery, association, and atmosphere of the interior.

  • Pruys-Bekaert

    Critics Lab ‘the third mind’. Een tijdelijk laboratorium voor design- en architectuurkritiek

    Op 14, 15 en 16 maart organiseren ArchiNed en Designplatform Rotterdam, in samenwerking met Domein voor Kunstkritiek, Critics Lab ‘the third mind’. Dit laboratorium is onderdeel van het Pruys-Baekertprogramma. Locatie: herberg Het Volle Leven in Appelscha

    Een weekend lang experimenteren vijftien critici samen met vijf masters met nieuwe vormen van architectuur- en designkritiek. Doel van dit Critics Lab 'op de hei' is de ontwikkeling van kritische modellen die het publieke voortgaande gesprek over architectuur en design kunnen verrijken en op hoog niveau brengen. Je verblijft in een mooie herberg, middenin het groen vlakbij Appelscha dat eenvoudig met het openbaar vervoer te bereiken is. De herberg ademt een gastvrije en tot creatieve daden verlokkende sfeer. Eigenaarkok Yt van der Ploeg kookt iedere dag een verrassend tweegangen menu met Bourgondisch vegetarische heerlijkheden.

    Critics Lab vindt plaats in herberg Het Volle leven, Oude Willem 5, 8426 SM Appelscha. Het verblijf daar loopt van vrijdagavond 14 maart met het avondeten om 19:00 uur tot zondagmiddag 16 maart 15:00 uur.


  • Lecture 'The Garden'

    MARK PIMLOTT – Monday 17 March, Politecnico di Milano


    The Garden — In many public interiors, one is asked to imagine that one is not really inside at all, but in an environment that embodies attributes of nature. The nineteenth- and twentieth-century city, and the burgeoning metropolis in particular, embraced the theme of the Garden, in linear promenades, naturalistic parks or arcadian spaces where supremacy over nature could be imagined. The evocation of Eden or Arcadia––the original nature, the place of knowledge and the other––represented an ultimate mastery over nature and its denizens. This lecture describes representations of the Garden in the architecture of the interior, and how they have been used to effect public interior and urban environments that served to legitimate the western metropolitan project.

        This lecture is part of a series of lectures connected with the international workshop ATHENS 2014, organised and hosted by Politecnico di Milano. Other speakers are Hilde de Heynen and Fàtima Pombo (KU Leuven), Graeme Brooker (Middlesex) and Gianni Ottolini (Politecnico di Milano).

  • Symposium and workshop 'Modern Interior Architecture'

    Monday 17 & Tuesday 18 March, Politecnico di Milano

  • Double lecture 'Delft Lectures on Architectural Design'

    MARK PIMLOTT, 'Fiction and significance in the public interior' & KLASKE HAVIK, 'An introduction to literary methods in architectural design and research'. — Thursday 13 March, 10:30–12:30, TU Delft

  • Exhibition 'Pasticcio - Continuïteit in de Europese architectuur'

    21 February – 7 June, at Vlaams Architectuurinstituut


    Exhibition 'Pasticcio', with contribution by MARK PIMLOTT, 'Architecture in Brussels, Antwerp and Leuven.' With BIQ, Bovenbouw, Caruso St John, Herman Czech, Hild und K, Knapkiewicz und Fickert Peter Märkli, curated by Caruso St John, installation designed by Bovenbouw.  Vlaams Architectuurinstituut

  • How architects, experts, politicians, international agencies and citizens negotiate modern planning: Casablanca Chandigarh

    Exhibition at the CCA, 26 November 2013 to 20 April 2014

    The beginning of the 1950s was a moment of global upheaval. From India to Morocco, from Guatemala to Indochina, the process of decolonization gained momentum and the Cold War began. Architects working or acting as experts in the non-Western areas of the globe could no longer plan as if sites were terrains vague and people were mute subjects. The end of colonial subjugation and the resulting self-awareness provoked new modernist attitudes and sensibilities – a true shift in thinking about the architecture of the modern city.

    The exhibition How architects, experts, politicians, international agencies and citizens negotiate modern planning: Casablanca Chandigarh presents a new history of modern urbanism based on two major experiments in the Global South that took place during this wave of decolonization. Curators Tom Avermaete and Maristella Casciato consider anew the relationship between local conditions and the international language of modern architecture, particularly in the context of the political and economic cooperation favoured by the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, and other international bodies.

    On the one hand there is Chandigarh —planned by a team consisting of Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret, Maxwell Fry, Jane Drew and local architects and planners— which created a myth of the modern city designed from the ground up by modern architects. The new capital of East Punjab, Chandigarh divided by its street grid into rectangular districts (called sectors) was indeed built in a previously rural setting. However it responded to the rural Indian landscape and preserved several existing villages through its development

    On the other hand, there is the expansion of Casablanca – conceived by Michel Écochard and a team of young French and Moroccan architects. For Écochard the problem of increasing urbanization in Morocco, due to internal migration from the countryside to the cities, was a central concern. He realized however that urban development was neither a linear nor a predictable process. The result was a large regional plan for Casablanca that projected secondary urban poles, new road networks and harbour and train infrastructure as well as industrial development. The basis for this inclusive city was the 8 × 8 metre grid, accommodating in each of its fields a walled low-rise dwelling that could be adapted.

    Through commissioned photography by Yto Barrada and Takashi Homma the exhibition addresses the capacity for these plans to allow for change, adaptation and transformation. The exhibition shows nearly 400 objects, consisting of more than 150 historic photographs, models, drawings, maps, and publications comprising experts’ reports from international organizations. It also draws from the CCA’s Pierre Jeanneret Archive. 


    Click here for a filmed overview of the exhibition as well as an introduction to the exhibition by the curators. 

  • 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. 

  • Lecture 'Places we Make' at Irish Museum of Modern Art, Kilmainham, Dublin

    MARK PIMLOTT – 2 November 2013


    Mark Pimlott will give a lecture, ‘Places we make’ in the one-day conference ‘Constructing the view’ and will take part in a panel discussion moderated by Declan Long at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Kilmainham, Dublin on 2 November 2013. Others participating in the conference are Hugh Campbell, Dennis Gilbert, David Grandorge, Fiona Kearney, Shelley McNamara, Philipp Schaerer, Alexandra Stara, Thomas Struth, and Michael Wolf.

  • Exhibition CAMLAB 10Y(ears)


    From September 18th until October 1st the exhibition CAMLAB 10Y will be on view in the faculty’s Form Studies hall / Southern Atrium.

    The initiative marks the tenth anniversary of the faculty’s Computer Aided Modelling facilities and has been planned to coincide with the international eCAADe conference in Delft, September 18th – 21st.
The exhibition gives an overview of state-of-the-art computer-aided modelling techniques and their various applications in design education and research, as initiated by the Delft Form and Modelling Studies group.
On Tuesday October 1st at 16.30 hrs. the exhibition will be festively ‘closed’ by the Dean of the Architecture faculty, professor Karin Laglas.
Staff members and students are invited to come and have a last look at the exhibited material (and to have a drink) coming first of October!
    Jack Breen, Martijn Stellingwerff and Peter Koorstra

    Form & Modelling Studies
Faculty of Architecture
TU Delft
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  • Mark Pimlott/ Habitat: architecture symposium

    'Places for art; real places; better than real places'


    Mark Pimlott gave a lecture 'Places for art; real places; better than real places' and took part in a round table discussion with sociologist Dr Paul Jones (University of Liverpool), architect Hans van der Heijden (biq stadontwerper, Rotterdam), Bryan Biggs (director, Bluecoat Liverpool), moderated by Ellis Woodman (editor, Building Design), at the Bluecoat, Liverpool, as part of the symposium 'Habitat' on 2 May, 2013. Download PDF


    exhibition in the M -museum in Leuven

    How can architecture give greater significance to its environs? And how do these environs contribute to high-quality architecture?
    On the basis of six projects that have won provincial architecture prizes in recent years, Stad en Architectuur is joining Architecture in Context in looking for answers to spatial and architectural problems for the future.

    Form & Modelling Studies has contributed to the exhibition with six contextual scale models. The models show the six projects as icons within their context. Deliberate choices were made to express the essence of each urban environment. Many computer aided fabrication methods were used: CNC milling, lasercutting and 3D printing. 

    More info:

    WHERE: M - Museum Leuven / Leopold Vanderkelenstraat 28, 3000 leuven 
    WHEN: till 02.06.2013
    OPENING HOURS: mon-sun 11:00-18:00, thur 11:00-22:00, closed on wednesday 

  • Susanne Pietsch, Mark Pimlott – Workshop Antwerpen

    'In between and everywhere, connecting everything'

    Susanne Pietsch and Mark Pimlott recently directed a workshop 'In between and everywhere, connecting everything', regarding the South Bank Centre in London, for the international workshop and lecture series ADSL2013: Dissolution, at Artesis University College, Antwerpen, 10 through 15 February 2013. Some fifteen students took part, reconsidering the entire fabric of the South Bank, and making a proposal for its detailed re-habilitation. A small book on the project was published to accompany the work: Download PDF.
  • Architecture and the Interior – Conference 23 May 2013

    23 May 2013, 9:30-19:00
    Delft University of Technology
    Faculty of Architecture

    Architecture and the Interior


    Since 1999, the focus of the Chair of Architectural Design / Interiors has been the architecture of the public interior: the critical arena for the setting out of possibilities or values for the city itself. The Chair has seen the city, in all its programmes and initiatives, as a place of values, expressed in the way the city is made and built, and in the relations between people that it implies or defines in its spaces and interiors. It is concerned with those interior spaces in the city that people share, and where they are conscious of each other as individuals in public and as a public. It has seen it as necessary to understand such places and the people who will use them so that better architecture can be made, an architecture that offers people a kind of freedom. With informed and generous viewpoints, proposals for this public interior can be made that are powerful, realisable vehicles for responsible, critical and artistic thought.

    The conference Architecture and the Interior serves as a mark of the work and discourse of the Chair’s programme Interiors, Buildings and Cities for the past fourteen years as directed by Prof Tony Fretton and an introduction to the work within the Chair in the future, in its new course The Architecture of the Interior, whose object is to address, directly, the interior as an object of cultural and specifically architectural attention.

    The morning session concerns the themes of the course during Tony Fretton’s tenure, and will include talks from Tony Fretton, Prof Christoph Grafe, Peter St John and Prof Tom Avermaete. A round table discussion, moderated by Tom Avermaete, will follow.

    The afternoon session considers the subject and themes of The Architecture of the Interior and the very large, complex interior. This session will consist of talks by Mark Pimlott, Gennaro Postiglione, Jan Benthem and Kersten Geers. A round-table discussion between individuals drawn from practice and society, moderated by Saskia van Stein, creative director of NAiM / Bureau Europa, Maastricht, will follow.

    The day concludes with a reception, and presentation of Amsterdam Studies, (Architectura & Natura: Amsterdam, 2013) — a document of the Chair’s work since 1999 — by its editor, Jurjen Zeinstra to Karin Laglas, the Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, Urbanism and Building Sciences, Delft University of Technology.

  • Mark Pimlott online interview

    An interview of Mark Pimlott by Robert Preece was published 26 December 2012 on the International Sculpture Centre Blog. "It's not about 'art' or 'design'. It's about space and a place."


    Read the interview here

  • Lecture series "Others about us"

    At the faculty of architecture, room K

    Mark Pimlott introduced a series of talks by artists, graphic artists, and a fashion designer, entitled Others about us, organised by students of the Faculty of Architecture at TU Delft, the Netherlands, on 19 November (Jan Rothuizen); 21 November (Bas Princen); 22 November (Karel Martens) and 23 November (Marga Weimans). Download PDF

  • Mark Pimlott lecture

    International lectures

    Mark Pimlott gave a lecture, ‘The interior and the clearing’ as part of the symposium Urban Encounters: the image of public space, at Tate Britain, London, on 6 October 2012. Download PDF

  • Tony Fretton is on Twitter!


    Follow Tony Fretton on Twitter for thoughts and ideas on architecture.

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  • Discussie avond "Wonen in een nieuw verleden"

    Woensdag 11 april, 19.30, Het Schieblock, Rotterdam

    ‘Wonen in een nieuw verleden’
    Het architectonisch verleden in de hedendaagse woningbouw

    Debat tussen architecten, ontwikkelaars en beschouwers over thema’s als traditie en vernieuwing, continuïteit, karakter en stijl, trends en markt.

    Naar aanleiding van de recente publicatie van DASH, 'Wonen in een nieuw verleden' wordt een publiek debat gevoerd over het hergebruik van op het architectonisch verleden voor nieuwe woningbouwopgaven. Het teruggrijpen op het verleden en de daaraan gekoppelde kwaliteiten, zijn de afgelopen jaren inzet geweest van een heuse polemiek. Dat debat wordt tot op heden niet op al te hoog niveau gevoerd. Juist de wederzijdse verkettering, waarbij het modernisme van alle hedendaagse kwalen wordt beschuldigd en het traditionalisme als populistische marketingstunt wordt weggezet, heeft de discussie geen goed gedaan.

    DASH wil deze discussie verbreden en verschillende invalshoeken uit het recente en verder liggende verleden aanvoeren ter inspiratie en verdieping. Ook het debat beoogt hier een bijdrage aan te leveren, door vanuit verschillende invalshoeken (diverse architecten, ontwikkelaars en beschouwers) het onderwerp verder te verkennen.

    Sprekers (onder anderen):
    Dirk Baalman (Het Oversticht)
    Bernard Hulsman (NRC Handelsblad)
    Dick van Gameren (TU Delft)
    Peter Drijver/Mieke Bosse (Scala architecten)
    Pieter Bedaux (Bedaux de Brouwer)
    Edzo Bindels (West 8)
    Mariet Schoenmakers (AM)
    Rob van Kalmthout (Proper-Stok)

    Piet Vollaard

    Woensdag 11 april
    Start: 19:30 (inloop vanaf 19:00 uur)

    de Dépendance – centrum voor stadscultuur
    het Schieblock
    Schiekade 189
    3013 BR Rotterdam 

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