Transitional Territories Studio — New Academic Year. North Sea Landscapes of Coexistence: A Topography of Chance


Daniel Spoerri
Topographie anécdotée du hasard 1962
 © 2019 Daniel Spoerri / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ProLitteris, Switzerland. Retried from: MoMA Collection.                                                 

Please join us on April 12th, 12:45-13:45 Room Q, TUDelft Faculty of Architecture & the Built Environment for the introduction of our new academic year and the final year of a three year-long research and pedagogical project on the North Sea Region.

Transitional Territories Studio 2019-2020
North Sea: Landscapes of Coexistence
‘A Topography of Chance’

For the academic year 2019-2020, starting in September 2019, Transitional Territories Studio closes the three year-long cycle on the North Sea territory, focusing on its altered state as the outcome of increased urbanisation and environmental degradation, and on the consequences of projected extreme weather and resource scarcity. These changes take place and are represented in different levels – from the transcalar and often invisible levels of processes to the scale of the architecture. Having explored the consequences of its altered geography in the past two years, this time the studio will project and delineate a radically different seascape architecture for the North Sea territory. Inspired by the ‘Topographie Anecdotée du Hasard’ by Daniel Spoerri, the studio will set in motion a conversation between strategic projects for the future of the North Sea region which were briefed together with a group of scientists, philosophers, policy makers, architects, engineers and artists.

Therefore, in the ‘North Sea: Landscapes of Coexistence, A Topography of Chance Studio’ we will celebrate the coexistence between different claims in the sea, ranging from extractivism, energy, fishery, ecology, logistics and migration to carbon storage and climatic shifts structured into four lines of inquiry: tension, release, mediation, and emancipation. Under this framework, the sea is not seen anymore as an extra-territorial space and a limit to the land, but rather as the central space through which the political, environmental, economic and societal questions could be addressed. In this way any spatial proposition, whether landscape, urban or architectural, would be challenged and revisited through the lens of the sea and its relational spaces, and by designed / desired associations between the identified strategic projects.

Studio Leader:
dr.arch. Taneha Kuzniecow Bacchin
Guest Professors: Dirk Sijmons, Han Meyer
ir. Geert van der Meulen

Instructors/ Mentors:
Taneha Kuzniecow Bacchin
Luisa Calabrese
Fransje Hooimeijer
dr. Diego Carmona Sepulveda
Daniele Cannatella

Project lines:
Open sea: edge / island state / structures at sea
Coastal dynamics / geomorphology: inundation / erosion / ice
Infrastructure space / flows: energy / fishery / logistics / data
Extractivism: oil / minerals / sand
Externalities: polluted grounds / salt intrusion / carbon & methane emissions / extreme weather
Political divisions / migration
Cultural heritage / landscape biographies

Scales and subjects: