Transitional Territories Studio — 2018-2019 North Sea Landscapes of Coexistence: Altered Natures and the Architecture of Extremes

Personal Island, Floriade, Zoetemeer (temporary), 1992. Acconci Studio (V.A., Luis Vera, Jenny Schrider)







Look, it’s a body, floating into the land
No, it’s a body swimming out into the water
No, it’s the land itself, here, that is a body
A body of land
It’s the water itself that’s a body of water
—Nicolas Jaar. Être. Space is Only Noise. 

We started our new academic year and the second year of a three year-long research and pedagogical project on the North Sea Region.

For the academic year 2018-2019 Transitional Territories Studio focuses on the idea of ‘Altered Natures’, in face of continual violation of the earth system caused by human-induced forcings. The method of research-by-design is applied in order to cast light on a diverse meaning of urbanisation and to inform the design practice (being architectural, political, and/or environmental) under the lens of a territorial project. Hereby, we aim to investigate the possibility of new spatio-temporal formations and occupation between sea and land — or the establishment of new ground and its infrastructure space that arise from a revised balance between society and nature. By necessity, the understanding of these new formations comes as the idea of a parallel world — or The Last Lands (after Maria Ludovica Santini, 2016) — to be regarded as distant from traditional dynamics, in search for a new significance, or a lost identity and representation of being.

‘The Last Lands’ will be investigated as part of the Architecture and Hydraulic Engineering tracks – focusing on a new construction orientation within the territory of the North Sea. The program is supported by a workshop and lecture series in February 2019 on ‘Seascape Architecture’.

For the Urbanism, Landscape Architecture, and Policy Analysis tracks, the studio will centre the attention on a new development logic of the North Sea territory — addressing the state of exposure and the unfolding fragilities of its societal, cultural, political, economic, and ecological systems. The program is supported by the upcoming lecture series in October 2018 on ‘The North Sea’.

Both lecture series are curated by the studio special guest Dirk Sijmons (H+N+S Landscape Architects) under the framework of the MVI North Sea Energy Lab.

 Studio Program  First Semester 2018-2019:

— MSc3 Lecture Series Research Module: The North Sea
25th September – 29th October.
Curated/ convened by Dirk Sijmons and dr.arch. Taneha K. Bacchin / under the framework of the North Sea Energy Lab

September 25, 2018
09:30 – 11:30
TPM Faculty – Classroom H
·      Taneha K. Bacchin, TUDelft, ‘North Sea Landscapes of Coexistence’
·      Han Meyer, TUDelft, ‘Lowlands’

October 2, 2018
09:30 – 11:30
TPM Faculty – Classroom H
·      Kim Cohen, University of Utrecht, ‘The paleogeographical history of the North Sea’
·      Tinka Murk, WUR, Marine Animal Ecology, ‘Sketch of the current marine ecological system and perspectives’

October 9, 2018
09:30 – 11:30
TPM Faculty – Classroom H
·      Dirk Sijmons, TUDelft / H+N+S Landscape Architects, ‘The energy transition and its spatial implications’
·      Ernst van Zuijlen, Director of Windwerk, ‘The deployment of Offshore wind’

October 16
09:30 – 11:30
TPM Faculty – Classroom H
·      Eelco Leemans, ‘Fishery aspects of the North Sea’
·      Willem Brandenburg, WUR, ‘Marine aquaculture and protein production’

Planning and Policy
October 29
09:30 – 12:30
BK Faculty – Berlagezaal 1
·      Welcome of the Architecture Association School of Architecture, Diploma Unit 7  Fluid Territories: The North Sea. Studio Masters: Hamed Khosravi and Platon Issaias

·      Leo de Vrees, Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment, ‘(Inter)national North Sea policy’
·      Jan Matthijsen, Ed Dammers & Hans Elzenga, PBL Dutch Environmental Assessment Agency, ‘The Future of the North Sea’

November 20
09:30 – 12:30
BK Faculty – Classroom U
·      Ferdinand Diermanse, Deltares, ‘Sea level rise scenarios and its consequences for water safety and sand excavation’
·      Maarten de Jong, Imares, ‘Ecology of deep sand excavation’

November 27
09:30 – 12:30
BK Faculty – Classroom U
·      Jacqueline Heerema, Artists Collective Satellietgroep, ‘Zandmotor, a cultural phenomenon’
·      Esther Kokmeijer, Visual/ Conceptual Artist, ‘Deep meaning of voyaging’


— Field Trip 
29th October – 3rd November, 2018
Curated by Taneha K. Bacchin and Hamed Khosravi
Transitional Territories Studio, TUDelft jointly with Diploma Unit 7, Architecture Association School of Architecture.


— MSc3 One-day Symposium and Exhibition 
7th December, 2018
BK City – Berlagezaal 1 & 2
Curated/convened by  Taneha K. Bacchin with Filippo laFleur, Geert van der Meulen and TT Studio

Symposium: Territory as a Project / Exhibition: Parliament of the North Sea
Keynote/ special design critics:

Lars Lerup, Rice University / UC Berkeley; Luis Callejas, LCLA Office / Oslo School of Architecture
Dirk Sijmons, H+N+S Landscape Architects; Hamed Khosravi, AA School of Architecture

* The lecture series program and symposium are public.


Transitional Territories Studio
North Sea: Landscapes of Coexistence

Studio Leader:
dr.arch. Taneha Kuzniecow Bacchin
Guest Professor: Dirk Sijmons
ir. Filippo laFleur
ir. Geert van der Meulen

Instructors/ Mentors:
Architecture & Urbanism
Taneha Kuzniecow Bacchin
Stefano Milani
Nicola Marzot
Fransje Hooimeijer
dr. Diego Carmona Sepulveda
dr.arch. Luisa Calabrese
Landscape Architecture
Daniele Cannatella
Building Technology
ir. Sjap Holst

Scales and subjects:

Studio Themes:
State of Exception
New biopolitical order of the North Sea: ecology, energy, protein
Infrastructural Form
Where architecture, city, and territory meet
Fourth Nature
The rise of landscape as counter economy
The Last Lands
The architecture of the fluid ground