North Sea Landscapes of Coexistence. Exhibition. Delta Interventions Graduation Studio Final 2017-2018

















Delta Interventions Graduation Studio 2017-2018 — North Sea: Landscapes of Coexistence
Delta Urbanism Interdisciplinary Research Programme
DIMI Deltas, Infrastructure & Mobility Initiative

Final Studio Exhibition 

North Sea Landscapes of Coexistence
Transitional Spaces, Infrastructure, and Power

22nd – 27th June 2018
Faculty of Architecture & the Built Environment, TU Delft
Opening : 22nd June, 16:00 – 17:00

That sea forever starting and re-starting
Paul Valery, The Graveyard By The Sea (1920)

The Sea is home to nomadic populations of humans and animals; a millennial stage for exploration, a source of food and life– and a contested space. While the seamless sea and the boundless skies deceive us as infinite spaces, they are submitted to international laws, social, political, and economic dynamics, along with the intrinsic laws of nature.
Migrant Journal, No.3 – Flowing Grounds | Papercut (2017)

Historically, the North Sea has been a contested territory. While bordering the mainland Europe it has been often turned into a platform for geopolitical affairs with the UK as well as the Nordic countries. Such strategic role has manifested itself in various military, religious, economic, and social ties and divides, which has consequently made the North Sea a confliction common ground. The ongoing refugee crisis or the Brexit are only very recent examples of such a long history. As a result, the sea is not seen anymore a periphery of Europe but rather a central territory and a point of departure through which the idea of Europe would be defined or challenged. Therefore, in the North Sea: Landscapes of Coexistence Studio we celebrated these controversial aspects of the sea, not anymore as an extra-territorial space and a limit to the land, but rather as the main point an autonomous entity through which the political, environmental, economic and societal questions could be addressed. In this way any spatial proposition, whether landscape, urban or architectural, was challenged and revisited through the lens of the North Sea as a referenced territory for new spatial interventions. Students were encouraged to redefine the role of the territory of the sea and particularly its land borders/ coastal cities, addressing the complex, yet not so visible, spatial, juridical, environmental and geopolitical natures of the North Sea for the design of spatial interventions that are informed by climate adaptation and clean energy futures.

The exhibition displays the outcomes of a year-long research design graduation studio on the North Sea as Landscapes of Coexistence, focusing on its transitional spaces, infrastructure, and power.

Instructors/ Mentors:
Architecture & Urbanism
Taneha Kuzniecow Bacchin Hamed Khosravi
ir. Stefano Milani
Nicola Marzot
Fransje Hooimeijer
dr. Diego Carmona Sepulveda
ir. Kristel Aalbers
ir. Filippo laFleur
Landscape Architecture
Inge Bobbink
dr. Steffen Nijhuis
Denise Piccinini
Building Technology
ir. Sjap Holst

Studio Leaders:
dr.arch. Taneha Kuzniecow Bacchin
dr.arch. Hamed Khosravi

Exhibition Curators:
Geert van der Meulen
Elise van Herwaarden
Gerben van den Oever
Alexandra Farmazon
Katerina Myserli
Neil Moncrieff
Ailsa Craigen
(Delta Interventions Graduation Studio)