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New Netherlands—Extreme Ecologies

On Thursday February 7, 2019 Geert van der Meulen, Researcher at Delta Urbanism, presented his graduation project called ‘New Netherlands’, projecting the spatial outcome of extreme sea level rise in the country, to Cora van Nieuwenhuizen (Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management) with the aim of inspiring… Read More

D-i 2017-2018 Seminars – n.12: Becoming Infrastructural

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Monday, February 19th 2018, we are hosting our ‘Seminar Series n.12
Delta Interventions Studio North-Sea Landscapes of Coexistence’:

Becoming Infrastructural
Monday, February 19th — 14:00 – 16:00
Berlagezaal 1 — Faculty of Architecture , TUDelft
dr. Rossi Exo Adams
Assistant Professor of Architecture, College of Design – Iowa State University USA

Becoming-Infrastructural
“It is hard to imagine how the many ruptures that have occurred in the composition of whatever may be called “normality” today do not render canonical architectural knowledge a distant constellation, receding from our present. Nor is it difficult to see how such ruptures are themselves a stern reminder of our need for new forms of knowledge altogether—forms that reject the assurances of a professionalized architectural discourse, and that call instead for a new horizon of common, intersectional and necessarily partisan modes of inquiry. For, what do the ongoing events of climate change, the displacement of peoples across the surface of the earth, the emboldening of racist violence, or the neocolonial plunder of the natural world have in common if not an emerging struggle over how the figure of the human in the world is to be understood?
The figure of the human body has played a consistent role throughout history in both the way space is imagined and how power finds its form. There is a history, yet to be written, in which key representations of the human body at once call into existence and justify certain modes of government while simultaneously suggesting ideal ways to organize the spaces of the world. Yet representations of the body that dominate any given period not only offer an ideal: they must also conceal secrets by which the masses of real, fleshy bodies may be governed; they must at once offer an exemplary figure and its inherent flaw or defect—both a universal truth to guide bodies and a ubiquitous site of intervention through which to coerce them.
This is also a spatial matter: if the body can suggest certain inherent principles of justice and order by which to best organize human life, the body will inevitably inscribe itself into the spaces, architectures, and worlds of human experience. Representations of the human body, we might say, are coded diagrams that collect certain knowledges of the human condition in order to grant access to the ways in which power and space intersect.”

More information at: https://rossexoadams.com

This seminar is part of the MSc3-4 Seminar Series of D-i 2017-2018 Graduation Studio

1. Re-Nature
Taneha Bacchin

2. Lowlands/ Coastal Design
Han Meyer & Janneke van Bergen

3. On Representation
Stefano Milani

4. The Limits of the City
Nicola Marzot

5. Coastal Landscapes
Stefan Aarninkhof

6. Ecologies of Power
Hamed Khosravi

7. Ways of Seeing
Frits Palmboom

8. On Perception
Catherine Vennart

9. Layers, Times, Scales
Han Meyer

10. North Sea Odyssey
Dirk Sijmons

11. The Agency of the Section
Fransje Hooimeijer

12. Becoming Infrastructural
Roos Exo Adams

13. Grounding deregulation and contemporary warfare
Nick Axel

14. Scapes
Giovanna Silva

Territory as a Project – Extreme Ecologies, Infrastructure, and Forms of Life. One-day Symposium and Exhibition

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

 

Presents:
One-day Symposium and Exhibition on Extreme Ecologies, Infrastructure, and Forms of Life 

Territory as a Project

11th December 2017
09:30 – 17:30
Faculty of Architecture & the Built Environment, TU Delft
Berlagezaal 1&2

— The Day in Pictures

Until recently, territory designated space as a project and as a resource that mainly concerned corporations and institutions. In most early modern European countries, the spaces of everyday life, of artisanal production and local commercial exchanges, were gradually integrated into territories through private commercial and state endeavours ranging from the development of long-range trade routes to the construction of transportation infrastructures. Trade often paved the way for territorial enterprises.

As a project, territory was synonymous with an ideal of the easy circulation of men and goods, an ideal that the Enlightenment would also translate in intellectual and social terms by relating this easy physical circulation with the abandonment of former prejudices and the promotion of social mobility.

Another understanding of this is to characterise territory as space mastered and policed by institutions and corporations.

Through this process, which was analogous to that which led to the ‘death of nature’ in the 17th century, territorialised space became synonymous with a set of passive resources. Just like nature, space gradually lost part of its former vital dimension, with its somewhat feminine connotation of primeval fecundity, in order to become fully measurable, quantifiable and exploitable.

The perception of territory was made possible by the distance that separated the administrator or the professional in charge of its management and transformation and the various geographical places that it comprised. Landscape appeared also as the product of distance, but whereas territorial awareness presupposed a certain degree of interest or even greed, landscape sensitivity, at least according to Kantian aesthetics, was inseparable from disinterestedness.

Such disinterestedness was, for instance, at the core of the Romantic attitude towards natural scenery that a painting like Caspar David Friedrich’s ‘Wanderer above a Sea of Fog’ conveys particularly well.

Contrary to what is often assumed by historiography, territory and landscape, in their traditional meanings, represented distinct and complementary perspectives, both based on an estrangement from immediate experience. The mental attitudes that lay at the core of their perception could not be more different one from another.

Often using the same remote point of view, the territorial entrepreneur charted resources where the landscape amateur experienced disinterested emotions.

The emergence of an environmental approach at the end of the 19th century could have led to a radical critique of the type of distance that was thus presupposed. Jacob von Uexküll’s notion of ‘Umwelt’ was precisely based on the refusal to consider such a distance between living beings and their environment. Uexküll’s Umwelt was all about how living beings perceive their environment, a perception involving intimate and permanent exchange between them and their surroundings.

What happened to territory? It used to be synonymous with a distant, planning, almost scheming gaze. It now appears with an immediacy bordering immanence.

In continuity with it, architecture has no longer to defend its status vis-à-vis planning by asserting the shaping power of the built object. Seen as an integral component of territory, architecture is expected to perform with an efficiency and effectiveness that used to be reserved for living beings or machines.

From environmental behaviour to the production of affects bridging the former split between object and subject, contemporary architectural performalism is intimately linked to this new territorial dimension.

Such an evolution does not only present advantages; it is also accompanied by new ambiguities. The main ones have probably to do with the political dimension. Territory used to be associated with administrative action. It was in particular often related to the construction of the nation-state. What are the political forces at work in the new fields explored by designers today?

 *Excerpt from ‘What has happened to territory?’ by Antoine Picon published in Architectural Design Special Issue: Territory: Architecture Beyond Environment, May/June 2010, 94–99.

Conveners:
Dr. Arch. Hamed Khosravi
Dr. Arch. Taneha Kuzniecow Bacchin

Curators:
Geert van der Meulen
Elise van Herwaarden
Gerben van den Oever
(Delta Interventions Graduation Studio)

Programme:

09:45
Welcome by Dr. Taneha K. Bacchin and Dr. Hamed Khosravi
Delta Interventions Studio (Delta Urbanism Research Group), TU Delft


10:00
Lecture by Dr. Marina Otero Verzier
Head of Research and Development at Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam
Lecturer at the Royal College of Art, London


11:00
Exhibition Opening and Discussions
Delta Interventions Graduation Studio 2017-2018 ’North Sea: Landscapes of Coexistence’


12:00
Lecture by Dr. Godofredo Pereira
Head of Environmental Architecture Programme, Royal College of Art, London
Senior Researcher at the Forensic Architecture, London


13:00
Lunch Break


14:00
Lecture by Dr. Pier Vittorio Aureli
Head of City/Architecture PhD programme, and Studio Master Diploma 14 at the  Architectural Association, School of Architecture, London
Louis I. Kahn Visiting Professor at the Yale School of Architecture, New Haven


15:00
Round Table Discussion and Final Remarks


16:30
Closing/ Drinks


 

Talks:

“Roving Institutions: Architectures for the democratization of the metropolitan cultural condition, or propaganda machines”
The construction of transportable urban environments had been embraced throughout the 20th century by cultural institutions as a mechanism to mitigate the growing imbalance between the countryside and the metropolis.

By enhancing the movement of people, information, goods, and capital throughout the territory, projects such as the Misiones Pedagógicas (Spain), 1931-1936, the Cátedra Ambulante Francisco Franco (Spain), 1939-1977, or The Centre Pompidou Mobile (France), 2011-2013, responded to the interest in injecting urban dynamics in culturally isolated areas. The multi-scalar architecture of these institutions in flux was materialized in standing structures, but also in larger entanglements between spaces, territories and individuals articulated around these circulatory processes.
This lecture aims to shed light on how these mobile infrastructures were designed to carry information services, education and entertainment, as well as diverse political ideologies; how were conceived as a mechanism of social order, and a tool for urban development, and nation-building processes.

— Dr. Marina Otero Verzier is an architect based in Rotterdam, where she is Head of Research and Development at Het Nieuwe Instituut. Previously she was Chief Curator of the Oslo Architecture Triennale 2016 with the After Belonging Agency. From 2011-2015 Otero was based in New York, where she was Director of Global Network Programming at Studio-X and Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia-GSAPP. She is currently teaching at ETSAM, and has taught seminars and studios at ETSAM, Barnard College, and Columbia GSAPP.

 

“Nation-building from below”
The presentation will look at the relation between nature and political projects by tracing how the Venezuelan bolivarian government has shifted the political role of oil, from an invisible source of power –the Magical State- into a central object of politics. In particular it will focus the geopolitical, territorial and social imaginations that in the case of Venezuela, have emerged around extractive practices, including the Gran Gasoducto del Sur project, a proposal of a 5,000km pipeline connecting the Orinoco oil belt to Buenos Aires. Drawing comparisons with contemporary disputes around resource extraction in Chile and in Nigeria the presentation will focus the role that certain objects from the underground have in the re-imagination of collective politics, and on the isomorphic relations that ground the revolution: Venezuela=Bolívar; Bolívar=oil; oil=the people. Finally, it will be argued that the underground has in itself become a resource: a potential for the constant emergence of territorial and architectural projects.

— Dr. Godofredo Enes Pereira is the course leader for the MA in Environmental Architecture and teaches ADS7 Ecologies of Existence design studio at the RCA, where he also leads the Architecture and Social Movements Research group. His doctoral research ‘The Underground Frontier: Technoscience and Collective Politics’ investigated political and territorial conflicts within the planetary race for underground resources. He is a member of Forensic Architecture where he led the Atacama Desert project; and was the curator of the exhibition Object / Project (Lisbon Architecture Triennial, 2016).

 

“Territory and Primitive (and On-going) Accumulation”
To settle is one of the primary forms of land appropriation and the primary form for architecture. In the settlement architecture reveals its most fundamental capacities, such as to orient, to limit and to define distances and proximities. While the act of settling expresses a desire for stability and sense of orientation, settlements always confront situations of crisis, disorder and failure. Here the politicisation of architecture is no longer ‘discursive’ but instead embedded in the very material constitution of its elements: walls, passages, rooms and streets. Especially in times of danger, crisis, warfare and colonisation, ‘to settle’ becomes a mechanism for social mobilisation. It helps us to define and reproduce specific forms of life. In this sense, the settlement is the architecture of the territory. Limits, boundaries, thresholds, topography, topology, logistics and infrastructure become direct indexes of the way political forces directly inform human subjectivity.

While the concept of ‘territory’ is today taken for granted as the concrete ground in which we live, its political and cultural genealogy is very complex and yet relatively recent. By territory we mean the concrete – physical – trace of man’s forms of life. By using the term ‘territory’ rather than ‘city’ we imply that this physical evidence transcends the traditional dichotomy city-countryside and goes beyond the physical, political and juridical discriminations that make the concept of the city.

A first step towards the definition of ‘The architecture of the Territory’ is to think urbanization no longer as the ‘natural’ fate of society but as a historical process whose traces can be defined in the way in which the modern city has come into being. In ancient times a territory was a vast open-ended realm within which the first cities were isolated human settlements. Yet already at this stage the territory is interpreted as a canvas in which topographic features such as mountains, rivers, plateaus, islands are not just ‘places’ to inhabit or to use as resources, but points of reference that orient the settlers.

— Dr. Pier Vittorio Aureli is the head of the City/Architecture PhD Programme at the Architectural Association, Louis Kahn Visiting Professor at the School of Architecture at Yale University, and the author of The Possibility of an Absolute Architecture (2011) and The Project of Autonomy: Politics and Architecture Within and Against Architecture (2008). Pier is co-founder of Dogma, an architectural studio based in Brussels and focused on the project of the city; his research and projects focus on the relationship between architectural form, political theory and urban history.

*There are limited places available for the event. Please register by sending email to
Elise van Herwaarden: elisevanherwaarden(at)gmail.com

 

Landscapes in Transition – International Seminar TUDelft & MIT


Delta Interventions – Interdisciplinary Graduation Studio 2017-2018
Delta Urbanism Research Program

Seminar: Landscapes in Transition
06th October 2017
16:30 – 18:30

Berlage 1, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment

Design Studios Talk
organised by
Delta Urbanism/ Delta Interventions Studio, TUD
North Sea: Landscapes of Coexistence
Taneha Bacchin, Hamed Khosravi

Urban Design Studio, MIT
Cities by Sea: Urbanism in the Age of Sea Level Rise
Rafi Segal, Alan Berger, Jonah Susskind

with
Urban Systems Studio, Dalhousie Architecture School – Halifax/ Canada
Catherine Venart

Program:

16:30 – 17:00
‘Ways of Seeing’
Frist Palmboom (TUD/ PALMBOUT Urban Landscapes)

‘Northscape’
D-i Graduate Students

Taneha Bacchin (TUD)
Hamed Khosravi (TUD)
Stefano Milani, Nicola Marzot, Diego Sepulveda, Filippo laFleur (TUD)

17:00 – 18:00
‘Landscapes in Transition’
Han Meyer (TUD)
Alan Berger (MIT)

Seminar host by Delta Interventions Studio North Sea: Landscapes of Coexistence welcoming the visit of the Urban Design Studio ‘Cities by Sea: Urbanism in the Age of Sea Level Rise’, led by  Rafi Segal, Alan Berger, Jonah Susskind — MIT.  

D-i Studio will briefly present the first results of the research design on the North Sea, being developed jointly with the Urban Systems Studio, Dalhousie Architecture School – Halifax/ Canada, for the academic year 2017-2018.

 

Graduation Days – D-i Studio 2017-2018

Delta Interventions Studio 2017-2018
North Sea: Landscapes of Coexistence
Transitional Spaces, Infrastructure and Power


Closing the year with an extraordinary feeling of pride of this beautiful group of architects, urbanists, landscape architect and water manager. For all their dedication and work, addressing the complexity of issues, the transcalarity, and the interdisciplinary approach proposed by our study.
— Delta Interventions (Transitional Territories) Studio Team

— Link to Studio Booklet

Ailsa Craigen

Aikaterina Myserli

Geert van der Meulen

Yelin Zhang

Jie Wang

Deniz Üstem

Jan Michael Cyganski

Xiaoyue Hu

Junzhong Chen

Fathima Nafeesa Hamza

Alexandra Farmazon

Wenxin Jin

Ye Hu

Joanna Kosowicz

Niroopa

Gerben van den Oever

Neil Moncrieff

Malou Visser | Qing Ma | Shaoning Wu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Students:
Architecture
Ailsa Craigen/ Deniz Üstem/ Efrain Fajardo Ibarra/ Elise van Herwaarden/ Fathima Nafeesa Hamza/ Gerben van den Oever/ Joanna Kosowicz/ Julia Holtland/ Karlijn Scholtens/ Mihai Turtoi/ Xiaoyue Hu

Urbanism
Aikaterina Myserli / Alexandra Farmazon/ Jan Michael Cyganski/ Jie Wang/ Junzhong Chen/ Neil Moncrieff/ Niroopa/ Qing Ma/ Shaoning Wu/ Ye Hu/ Yelin Zhang/ Yi-Chuan Huang/ Wenxin Jin

Landscape Architecture
Malou Visser

Water Management
Geert van der Meulen

Instructors/ Mentors:
Architecture & Urbanism
dr.ir.
Taneha Kuzniecow Bacchin
dr.ir. Hamed Khosravi
Architecture
ir. Stefano Milani

dr.ir.
Nicola Marzot
Urbanism
dr.
Fransje Hooimeijer
dr. Diego Carmona Sepulveda
ir. Kristel Aalbers
ir. Filippo laFleur
Landscape Architecture
dr.ir.
Inge Bobbink
dr. Steffen Nijhuis
ir.
Denise Piccinini
Building Technology
ir. Sjap Holst

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

Adaptation by Design – Exhibition and Seminar Delta Interventions Studio 2016-2017

Delta Interventions – Interdisciplinary Graduation Studio 2016-2017
Delta Urbanism Research Program

Exhibition

— See pictures here

27th – 30th June 2017
Model Hall, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment

Exhibition Design
D-i 2016-2017 Graduate Students with dr.ir. Taneha K. Bacchin, dr.ir. Daniele Cannatella, ir. Filippo laFleur and Thuy-Trang

D-i Studio Mentors
prof.dr.ir. Han Meyer, Urbanism
dr.ir. Taneha K. Bacchin, Architecture & Urbanism
ir. Stefan de Koning, Architecture
ir. Sjap Holst, Building Technology
dr. Fransje Hooimeijer, Urbanism
dr. Diego Sepulveda, Urbanism
ir. Kristel Aalbers, Urbanism
D-i Teaching Assistant
ir. Filippo laFleur

Seminar

29th June 2017
09:30 – 12:30
Room BG West 030, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment­­

prof.dr.ir. Han Meyer (Delta Urbanism)
dr.ir. Taneha K. Bacchin (Urban Compositions/ Delta Urbanism)

Panel reflection
prof.ir. Frist Palmboom
van Eesteren Chair/ Palmbout Urban Landscapes
dr.ir. Peter van Veelen
DIMI Urban Deltas
Marcel van der Meijs
Palmbout Urban Landscapes
Pieter Schengenga
H+N+S Landscape Archtiects

Delta Interventions studio will present the research developed jointly with UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design and a synthesis of Architecture and Urbanism Thesis projects in San Francisco Bay, California for the academic year 2016-2017. Parallel to the exhibition, the studio will host a seminar with invited experts to critically reflect on the question of designing adaptation in the North American context and not only.

Delta Interventions Studio 2016-2017 topic was a precursor to the design competition launched in May 2017 San Francisco Bay Area, Resilience by Design by the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC), California Coastal Conservancy (CCC), San Francisco Estuary Institute (SFEI), San Francisco Bay Area Urban Planning and Research Association (SPUR), City of San Francisco Planning Department and the Resiliency Offices of the Cities of San Francisco and Oakland. Inspired by ‘New York’s Rebuild by Design’ the design competition aims at addressing challenges affecting the resiliency of San Francisco Bay Area neighbourhoods, environment, and infrastructure in an era of climate uncertainty. In collaboration with the University of California, Berkeley, College of Environmental Design, Delta Interventions Studio focused on innovative projects to increase Bay Area’s adaptive capacity and local area performance in response to future uncertainty in climate and urbanisation patterns.

Themes
System Thinking – Working with Layers, Times and Scales
Landscape Dynamics, Narratives and Values
Urban Morphology, Performance and Affordances
Landscape Infrastructure Design (Building with Nature – Green/Blue Infrastructures)
Adaptation Pathways
Cultural Heritage and Adaptive Reuse

Delta Interventions Graduation Studio has a strong emphasis on the agency of spatial interventions in the production of territories. The studio investigates the possibilities to combine flood protection and water management strategies with urban design, landscape design and spatial planning, aiming at improving spatial forms and structures in urban and metropolitan delta regions. Part of Delta Urbanism Interdisciplinary Research Group, the studio develops design and planning approaches and methods which contribute to make urban delta landscapes more sustainable, attractive and adaptive.


Joint Design Studio Concept
Text by
Prof. Peter Bosselmann
College of Environmental Design/ University of California at Berkeley/ Master Program in the Design of Urban Places/ Urban Places Advanced Studio

San Francisco Bay is a tidal estuary of the Pacific Ocean connected to the inland delta of the Sacramento and San Joachim Rivers. The landform in which the Bay resides has a roughly 500,000 year history. Here estuaries existed 7 times, each time during interglacial periods. In its current form the Bay existed for approximately 8.000 years. Tidal estuaries form a water to land transition zone. By the mid 1800’s the Bay had formed an estuarine to terrestrial transition zone of over 250,000 acres or 110,000 ha. This large area is referred to as the baylands. Prior to urbanisation this transition zone was primarily made up of tidal marshes and tidal mud flats. The use of the baylands changed greatly in the 200 years of urbanisation. Approximately 50.000 acres of reclaimed land were added.  In the year 2000 only 60,000 acres of tidal marshes and tidal flats remained. The baylands in their changed condition still exist at roughly at the same low elevations. It is this transition zone that is most precious as society confronts sea level rise. Here design decisions have to be made. Some designs include tidal marsh restoration that also protects upland conditions from sea level rise. These restorations are referred to as soft edge solutions. Approximately 9,000 acres of restored tidal marshes have been added since 1999. In other areas decisions still have to be made with a current emphasis on restoring the transition zone. That leaves around 84,000 acres where urbanisation has occupied lands close to the water’s edge and where hard edge solutions will be necessary. For the landscape ecologist these 84,000 acres are degraded ecosystems or patches. For an urban designer the design of such patches needs to include human activities, sometimes intensely human, allowing people, sometimes in great numbers, access right up to the water’s edge. It is the design of such places that is most challenging. Residing in proximity to water, overlooking water, stepping down to water, sensing water on approach to the shoreline—these are profoundly human experiences that sustain human life in cities; especially the life of those who live in cities near water. The dichotomy implied in these words between designing in support of natural processes and designing for human needs and values will be reflected in our studio work.

The discussion about the design of the transition zone between water and land has been discussed since 1965, when the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission was established. A more current discussion about the future of the transition zone is only in the beginning stages as the sciences about the consequences of climate change have become better known. The design of the transition zone requires a balance between engineering solutions that protect the functions of communities, and the repair or reconstruction of ecological systems. Cities around San Francisco Bay are discussing adaptation strategies with built-in redundancies. Such strategies introduce multiple and overlapping designs to create redundancy in the defense against flooding. Wherever available space permits, redundancy is preferred over a single line of defense. Redundancy increases safety in the long run.

The danger is that the maps showing projected inundations of the transition zone by some date in the distant or not so distant future will scare society into making major mistakes that would have otherwise never been considered.   I would consider it a mistake, if for example infrastructure funding to improve bridges and highways would make large coastal engineering protection measures feasible without examining more benign interventions. A moveable barrier at the Golden Gate between San Francisco and Marin County would be such a mistake.  Mistakes will be made; an approach to design is necessary that is incremental and allows us to repair mistakes. Much more frequently than in the past, the context of climate change forces designers to ask, how do we repair our designs, if they fail?

To start our work we will travel to different locations around San Francisco Bay. We will draw a transect over the baylands to select locations that are representative of the transition zone between land and water. From such a survey we will select 10 sites that will potentially become the sites for the actual 2017 competition. Individually, or in small groups we will produce “tentative designs”. I have borrowed the term tentative design from Giancarlo di Carlo, the Italian architect and educator who coined the term to clarify that spatial design is like any other form of decision making effort. To approach a decision in the context of many interrelated variables a designer works on spatial solutions to test the implications of decisions made.  Such a process can only be tentative at first, done by a designer who keeps an open mind about initial solutions and understands that revisions and changes will become necessary.

 

 

 

Award Ceremony Archiprix 2017

Archiprix 2017 Prizes. Congratulations Laura!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our D-i 2015-2016 graduate ir. Laura Langridge, honourable mention Archiprix 2017 with her project: Ivalo River Sandbanks. 

On the banks of the Ivalo River in Finland, 250 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle, time is marked by a unique ritual of seasons. In the far North, summer and winter pass by in extremes, and the turns of the seasons bring forth both beauty and challenge. For the people of Ivalo, time, river and culture are intertwined. While the river represents nourishment, recreation and transport for the village, it equally and critically also represents risk. Seasonal floods threaten to overcome existing engineered barriers, and the village’s current building practices are ill-suited for flood exposure. In response to this context, the project proposes a more passive architectural typology for the floodplain. Heavy stone and concrete bases temper the demands of water and ice, while light wood construction above addresses variations in daylight and the passage of time via weathering and renewal. This strategy is elaborated through a series of small buildings placed independently along sandbanks at the river’s edge. The buildings are uniquely site specific, but as a family they suggest a robust and unified architectural approach for the river in tune with the needs of both the landscape and the culture.

 

Prijsuitreiking Archiprix 2017_ 17 juni
Koepelgevangenis _ Haarlem Harmenjansweg 4, 2031 WK Haarlem
Jury:
Andy van den Dobbelsteen (theorie)
Karen de Groot (landschapsarchitectuur)
Frank Havermans (architectuur)
Caro van de Venne (architectuur)
Daan Zandbelt (stedenbouw)

 

New Delta Urbanism Website / New D-i Studio 2017-2018 North Sea

New Delta Urbanism Website (site under construction, additional information soon!)

 

— Sign up for D-i Studio
North Sea: Landscapes of Coexistence
Transitional Spaces, Infrastructure and Power
Download information folder D-i Studio 2017-2018

Fall Semester 2017-2018
Enrolment MSc 3/4 Studio Architecture & Urbanism tracks  (including the accompanying courses).
Studio’s Max. Capacity: 15 architecture students + 15 urbanism/ landscape architecture/ water engineering/ policy analysis students  

Additional information at TU Delft Enrolment
Coordinator dr.ir. Taneha Kuzniecow Bacchin, t.bacchin (at) tudelft.nl

Courtesy of The Future Commons 2070
Map C01 – Harwich to Hoek van Holland and Dover Strait.
Density of the Commons

North Sea – D-i Studio 2017-2018

Courtesy of Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC @ visibleearth.nasa.gov

Delta Interventions Studio 2017-2018
North Sea: Landscapes of Coexistence.
Transitional Spaces, Infrastructure and Power.

See here: Year Final Studio Exhibition
See here: Graduation Days

In collaboration with
RCA Royal College of Art, London
AA School Architecture, London
UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education
Het Nieuwe Instituut

Joint Design Studio with
Dalhousie Architecture School – Halifax/ Canada

Studio Leader
dr.ir. Taneha Kuzniecow Bacchin, t.bacchin (at) tudelft.nl
Coordinators

dr.ir. Taneha Kuzniecow Bacchin
dr.ir. Hamed Khosravi

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

Student Assistant
Elise van Herwaarden

Graduation Sections
Urban Design
Architecture & Public Building
Environmental Modelling
Landscape Architecture
Policy Analysis
Hydraulic Structures & Flood Risk
Water Management


Delta Interventions (D-i) is an interdisciplinary graduation studio (architecture, urbanism, landscape architecture, hydraulic structures/ flood risk, water management, policy analysis) focusing on the transformations of delta/ coastal landscapes – the dynamic relation between natural processes and societal practices in both opportunities and threats for future urbanisation. D-i has a strong emphasis on the agency of spatial interventions in the production of territories, forming a narrative of space occupancy over time.  The studio takes stock of contemporary landscape urbanism theories and practice, next to the mutual relationships between architecture, engineering and territory, to explore potential paths forward in design thinking and practice.

For the academic year 2017-2018 Delta Interventions Studio focuses on the North Sea territory/region, particularly on its expected transformation driven by the consequences of extreme climate — recent studies (see ‘Nature’ article) concerning climate change scenarios suggest that by 2100 sea levels could rise up to 3 – 3.5 meters (instead of the 1.3 meter expected by the ‘extreme scenario’ of the Dutch Delta Program). 

D-i will explore the future geography of this common space and the possibility of a shifting position between land and water in which the sea becomes a transnational ground for climate adaptation strategies. As a landscape, the North Sea is the product of the dynamic relations between natural processes and the intensity of manmade activities. Its progressive urbanisation along the coastline creates disperse intensities structured by discontinuous and diverse infrastructure spaces.

Landscapes of Coexistence — A territorial perspective
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 would celebrate 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, would be challenged and revisited through the lens of the North Sea as a referenced territory for new spatial interventions. Students are 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Studio Assignment

During the graduation year students will be asked to reflect on aspects of spatial morphology (scale, form, structure, performance), landform (geology, altimetry/bathymetry, topography), and the diachrony/ diversity of mechanisms (e.g. logistics, energy production, coastal management, migration) re-shaping the North Sea continuously. D-i studio individual projects will be sited in different geographic locations along the sea’s east and west coastlines. Within the scope of the D-i studio, students will be able to formulate their fascination and choose their own assignment (design, engineering, policy) which can vary from buildings, constructions and public works to urban areas, landscapes and regions.

Studio Meta-Themes

– Risk and beyond: exploring a projective dimension towards the sea (and/or triggered by the sea), and in the specific context of the North Sea region

– Exploration of the limit: the notion of “limit” as conceptual framework at the base for an explorative design research in the North Sea region

– Water related design as a creative (or, conversely, innovative) form for reimagining Architecture/Urbanism/Landscape Architecture/Water Engineering purpose and their collective character

North Sea: 4 Studio Themes

1. Imagination
North Sea as State of Exception
Poetics of Infrastructure

2. Re-Nature
A Third Nature Manifesto

3. The Limits of the City
From Cities to Urban Systems: Territorialism

4. Ecologies of Power
Political Ecology of Urban Form and Integrated Infrastructure Space

North Sea: 4 Geographies

1. North Netherlands-Germany – from Bremen (Weser Estuary) to Den Helder, including the northern dutch islands
2. Dutch-Flemish Delta – from Rotterdam to Antwerp
3. South-east UK coast – from the coast of Norwich to the Thames Estuary
4. Norwegian South-west coast – from Bergen to the Skagerrak Strait (Kristiansand)

Studio objectives

  • To develop an innovative didactic exchange among the disciplines of Architecture, Urbanism, Landscape, Water Engineering and Policy Analysis
  • To operate analytical research at the large territorial scale of delta regions
  • To formulate comprehensive Architecture, Urbanism, Landscape, Engineering and Policy design strategies (considering the different spatial and temporal scales relevant for the design)
  • To elaborate and apply a comprehensive Architecture, Urbanism, Landscape, Water Engineering and Policy Analysis research and innovative design methodologies
  • To prepare students to work on both research innovation and design projects in design offices and governmental departments

Learning objectives

  • Students will be able to operate analytical research at a large territorial scale of delta regions
  • Students specific architectural/urban/landscape/engineering/policy interscalar design task
  • Students will be able to share and integrate knowledge from other disciplines
  • Students will be able to formulate a highly individualised design approach
  • Students will be able to apply innovative design methodologies and creative techniques for their design
  • Students will be able to select and apply comprehensive constructive techniques
  • Students will be able to express and represent their design ideas at appropriate scales

Courtesy of H+N+S: NORTH SEA+ENERGY 2050 – An Energetic Odyssey. Commissioned Study for IABR 2016  > See video 

Courtesy of OMA – Zeekracht, The North Sea – Netherlands. Commissioned Study for Natuur en Milieu 2008 > See report

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Students

Architecture
Ailsa Craigen/ Deniz Üstem/ Efrain Fajardo Ibarra/ Elise van Herwaarden/ Fathima Nafeesa Hamza/ Gerben van den Oever/ Joanna Kosowicz/ Julia Holtland/ Karlijn Scholtens/ Mihai Turtoi/ Xiaoyue Hu

Urbanism
Aikaterina Myserli / Alexandra Farmazon/ Jan Michael Cyganski/ Jie Wang/ Junzhong Chen/ Neil Moncrieff/ Niroopa/ Qing Ma/ Shaoning Wu/ Ye Hu/ Yelin Zhang/ Yi-Chuan Huang/ Wenxin Jin

Landscape Architecture
Malou Visser

Water Management
Geert van der Meulen

Delta Interventions Studio 2017-2018 @ North Sea Field Trip. With Dalhousie Architecture School Joint Design Studio. October 2017, Lincoln, South-East England, UK

San Francisco Bay, USA

Courtesy of EROS Data Center

Delta Interventions Studio 2016-2017 (first round of graduations July 2017)
San Francisco Bay – Resilience by Design.
Designing for uncertain delta-landscape futures.

Joint Design Studio
TU Delft / UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design
Supported by DIMI Delft Deltas, Infrastructure & Mobility Initiative

UC Berkeley 
Advanced Urban Design Studio
Responsible Instructor/ Coordinator
prof.dr.ir. Peter Bosselmann

TU Delft
Responsible Instructor/ Coordinator
dr.ir. Taneha Kuzniecow Bacchin, t.bacchin (at) tudelft.nl
Professors
prof.dr.ir. Han Meyer (emeritus)
prof.ir. Frits Palmboom (emeritus)

Instructors/ Mentors
Architecture & Urbanism
dr.ir.
Taneha Kuzniecow Bacchin
Architecture
ir. Stefan de Koning
Urbanism
dr.
Fransje Hooimeijer
dr. Diego Carmona Sepulveda
ir. Kristel Aalbers
Landscape Architecture
dr.ir.
Inge Bobbink
Building Technology
ir. Sjap Holst

Teaching Assistant
ir. Filippo laFleur

Graduation Sections
Urban Design
Architecture & Public Building
Environmental Modelling
Landscape Architecture
Policy Analysis
Hydraulic Structures & Flood Risk
Water Management


Delta Interventions (D-i) is an interdisciplinary graduation studio (architecture, urbanism, landscape architecture, hydraulic structures/ flood risk, water management, policy analysis) focusing on the transformations of delta landscapes – the dynamic relation between natural processes and societal practices in both opportunities and threats for future urbanisation. D-i has a strong emphasis on the agency of spatial interventions in the production of territories. The studio investigates the possibilities to combine flood protection and water management strategies with urban design, landscape design and spatial planning, aiming at improving spatial forms and structures in urban and metropolitan delta regions. Part of Delta Urbanism Interdisciplinary Research Group, the studio develops design and planning approaches and methods which contribute to make urban delta landscapes more sustainable, attractive and adaptive.

For the academic year 2016-2017 the focus of the studio will be the assignment provided by the ‘Bay Area Resilience by Design Challenge’ launched in April 2016 by Chief Resiliency Officers from San Francisco, Oakland, and Berkeley, Bay Conservation and Development Commission, Association of Bay Area Governments, Bay Area Regional Collaborative, San Francisco Estuary Institute, SPUR, the Climate Readiness Institute, and the California Coastal Conservancy. Inspired by ‘New York’s Rebuild by Design’ the design competition aims at addressing challenges affecting the resiliency of San Francisco Bay Area neighbourhoods, environment, and infrastructure in an era of climate uncertainty. In collaboration with the University of California, Berkeley, College of Environmental Design, Delta Interventions Studio seeks to develop innovative projects to increase Bay Area’s adaptive capacity and local area performance in response to future uncertainty in climate and urbanisation patterns.

Within this scope of the delta, students are free to follow their fascination and choose their own assignment (design, engineering, policy and management) which can vary from buildings, constructions and public works to urban areas, landscapes and regions.

Courtesy of DigitalGlobe @ visibleearth.nasa.gov

Image copyright GeoEye @ visibleearth.nasa.gov

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Students

Architecture
Bjorn Marsman/ Dinah Carolina Pastor/ Felix Ahuis/ Gijs Beckman/ Lujia Xu/ Sacha Noorlander/
Tijs Niessen/ Zhuting Li/ Mehran Samiyi/ Licheng Wang

Urbanism
Supriya Krishnan/ Sergio Abraham Berumen/ Milburn Sumanth Subbarao/ Pim Monsma/ Seul Lee/
Sahil Ajay/ Kanekar Rahul Dewan/ Max Suijkerbuijk/ Jeroen van der Kwaak/ Lisanne Viergeves/
Menghan Zheng/ Peter Steehouder

Landscape Architecture
Leyang Chen/ Menghan Fu/ Jiayan Tan

Technology, Policy & Management (elective course)
Nishchal Sardjoe

Water Management (elective course)
Geert van der Meulen

Delta Interventions Studio 2016-2017 @ San Francisco Bay Field Trip/ UC Berkeley Joint Design Studio. October 2016, Hunters Point, SF, California

 

 

 

Joint Design Studio Concept
Text by 
Prof. Peter Bosselmann
College of Environmental Design/ University of California at Berkeley/ Master Program in the Design of Urban Places/ Urban Places Advanced Studio

San Francisco Bay is a tidal estuary of the Pacific Ocean connected to the inland delta of the Sacramento and San Joachim Rivers. The landform in which the Bay resides has a roughly 500,000 year history. Here estuaries existed 7 times, each time during interglacial periods. In its current form the Bay existed for approximately 8.000 years. Tidal estuaries form a water to land transition zone. By the mid 1800’s the Bay had formed an estuarine to terrestrial transition zone of over 250,000 acres or 110,000 ha. This large area is referred to as the baylands. Prior to urbanisation this transition zone was primarily made up of tidal marshes and tidal mud flats. The use of the baylands changed greatly in the 200 years of urbanisation. Approximately 50.000 acres of reclaimed land were added.  In the year 2000 only 60,000 acres of tidal marshes and tidal flats remained. The baylands in their changed condition still exist at roughly at the same low elevations. It is this transition zone that is most precious as society confronts sea level rise. Here design decisions have to be made. Some designs include tidal marsh restoration that also protects upland conditions from sea level rise. These restorations are referred to as soft edge solutions. Approximately 9,000 acres of restored tidal marshes have been added since 1999. In other areas decisions still have to be made with a current emphasis on restoring the transition zone. That leaves around 84,000 acres where urbanisation has occupied lands close to the water’s edge and where hard edge solutions will be necessary. For the landscape ecologist these 84,000 acres are degraded ecosystems or patches. For an urban designer the design of such patches needs to include human activities, sometimes intensely human, allowing people, sometimes in great numbers, access right up to the water’s edge. It is the design of such places that is most challenging. Residing in proximity to water, overlooking water, stepping down to water, sensing water on approach to the shoreline—these are profoundly human experiences that sustain human life in cities; especially the life of those who live in cities near water. The dichotomy implied in these words between designing in support of natural processes and designing for human needs and values will be reflected in our studio work.

The discussion about the design of the transition zone between water and land has been discussed since 1965, when the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission was established. A more current discussion about the future of the transition zone is only in the beginning stages as the sciences about the consequences of climate change have become better known. The design of the transition zone requires a balance between engineering solutions that protect the functions of communities, and the repair or reconstruction of ecological systems. Cities around San Francisco Bay are discussing adaptation strategies with built-in redundancies. Such strategies introduce multiple and overlapping designs to create redundancy in the defense against flooding. Wherever available space permits, redundancy is preferred over a single line of defense. Redundancy increases safety in the long run.

The danger is that the maps showing projected inundations of the transition zone by some date in the distant or not so distant future will scare society into making major mistakes that would have otherwise never been considered.   I would consider it a mistake, if for example infrastructure funding to improve bridges and highways would make large coastal engineering protection measures feasible without examining more benign interventions. A moveable barrier at the Golden Gate between San Francisco and Marin County would be such a mistake.  Mistakes will be made; an approach to design is necessary that is incremental and allows us to repair mistakes. Much more frequently than in the past, the context of climate change forces designers to ask, how do we repair our designs, if they fail?

To start our work we will travel to different locations around San Francisco Bay. We will draw a transect over the baylands to select locations that are representative of the transition zone between land and water. From such a survey we will select 10 sites that will potentially become the sites for the actual 2017 competition. Individually, or in small groups we will produce “tentative designs”. I have borrowed the term tentative design from Giancarlo di Carlo, the Italian architect and educator who coined the term to clarify that spatial design is like any other form of decision making effort. To approach a decision in the context of many interrelated variables a designer works on spatial solutions to test the implications of decisions made.  Such a process can only be tentative at first, done by a designer who keeps an open mind about initial solutions and understands that revisions and changes will become necessary.