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Constructed Natures | One-day Symposium and Workshop

NASA Holds Media Briefing on Carbon’s Role in Earth’s Future Climate
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Delta Urbanism Interdisciplinary Research Programme

Presents:
Constructed Natures
One-day symposium and workshop on extreme ecologies and its design space

05th April 2019
Workshop (EMU European Post-Master in Urbanism, under invitation)
09:00 – 12:30
Faculty of Architecture & the Built Environment, TU Delft
Berlagezaal 2

convened by
Taneha Kuzniecow Bacchin & Filippo LaFleur
Delta Urbanism, TUDelft
Muriz Djurdjevic
& Thomas Paturet

ATLAS OF PLACES

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Symposium (public event)
14:00 – 16:30
Faculty of Architecture & the Built Environment, TU Delft
Berlagezaal 1

keynote
Filippo Lafleur
Delta Urbanism, TUDelft

invited speakers
Daan Zandbelt
Chief Government Advisor on the Built and Rural Environment,
College van Rijksadviseurs

Dirk Sijmons
H+N+S Landscape Architects / TUDelft

Muriz Djurdjevic & Thomas Paturet
ATLAS OF PLACES

convened by
Taneha Kuzniecow Bacchin
Delta Urbanism, TUDelft

 

under the framework of
DIMI Delft Deltas, Infrastructure and Mobility Initiative NEXT-EXTREMES
EMU European Post-Master in Urbanism 
Transitional Territories Studio

Late stage capitalism, with the rise of neoliberal policies and the financialization of the economy, is exacerbating the signs of a system that creates the need for increasing cycles of extraction and production, in contrast with the actual carrying and regenerative capacity of earth systems. The extent of such impact is mostly visible in urban regions, such as the metropolitan landscape of the Randstad, where the urban landscape carpet is increasingly being operationalized to support the material streams for urbanization at the cost of an environment that is constantly being depleted.

Following a recent reconceptualization and discussion to overcome the nature – culture, economy – ecology and urban – rural dichotomy, a year-long project was set to study the extent/ feasibility of the idea that an alternative path for infrastructure and regional development is possible.

As seemingly unrelated fields, ground and atmosphere hold an inseparable bond: The Carbon cycle. Largely overlooked, the capacity of the ground to produce and sustain cycles of decomposition, recycling of organic matter, growth of plants, and carbon sequestration must be explored ‘by design’, in order to unravel possible future urban landscape transformation.

The ground, at the intersection between soil dynamics and atmospherical events, is the materialization of the photosynthetic capacity of the earth and crucial in the regulatory functioning of the carbon cycle, i.e. the major infrastructure sustaining and generating life on the planet. Answering to the most recent inquiries regarding the need of more radical climate adaptation strategies, the project aims at managing processes of change in infrastructure design, implementation and maintenance.

When analyzed diachronically, the history of modern civilization can be understood with a shift of carbon from the subsurface to carbon in the atmosphere, from the ground to the sky. Following this idea, the link between ground and carbon becomes evident.

The year-long project “Constructed Natures and The Architecture of Carbon Sequestration” would like to show and initiate a discourse on the possibilities of constructing nature as a territorial architecture of / for carbon sequestration.

The project generally explored the architecture and cultivation of regional landscapes and waterscapes as a novel or possible approach to infrastructure and public works. The outcomes of the project will be discussed with invited scholars and practioners in a one-day workshop and symposium

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The symposium is organised by the Delta Urbanism Research Group under the framework of NEXT-EXTREMES, DIMI Delft Deltas, Infrastructures and Mobility Initiative in collaboration with the EMU European Post-master in Urbanism and Transitional Territories Graduation Studio.

 

Programme Symposium

14:00
Introduction by Taneha K. Bacchin
DIMI NEXT-EXTREMES Research Project Leader
Delta Urbanism Interdisciplinary Research Program, TU Delft


14:20
Lecture by Dirk Sijmons
H+N+S Landscape Architects


14:50
Lecture by Muriz Djurdjevic & Thomas Paturet
Atlas of Places


15:20
Short break


15:30
Key-note lecture by Filippo LaFleur
DIMI NEXT-EXTREMES Principal Investigator
Delta Urbanism Interdisciplinary Research Program, TU Delft


16:00
Concluding lecture and final remarks by Daan Zandbelt
College van Rijksadviseurs


16:30
Closing/ Drinks


 

Talks:

Panorama NL
Daan Zandbelt

Panorama Nederland is a future perspective for the spatial design of the Netherlands. It shows how the major social issues of today can be the key to welcome, structural improvements in the future. An optimistic and attractive picture of the future. The Netherlands faces a number of complex issues. Climate change, the aging society, the switch to renewable energy, the acute shortage of housing and the sustainability of agriculture. Each and every one of which we will all experience the consequences, in our landscape and in our lifestyle. With Panorama Nederland, the Board of Government Advisors sketches an optimistic and attractive picture of the future. A Netherlands that remains extremely recognizable for everyone, but that works fundamentally differently in all kinds of areas. It is up to the imagination, the desire as an engine.

— Daan Zandbelt (MSc) (1975) graduated with honorable mention from Delft University of Technology as an architect and urbanist and studied in Chicago at UIC. During his studies he organized INDESEM’98. In 2002 he founded Zandbelt&vandenBerg, architecture and urban design, in Rotterdam with Rogier van den Berg. The office operated succesfully for ten years with a team of around 10 employees. It estabislished a recognized position in the Dutch ecosystem of offices in urbanism and architecture. In 2013 Daan founded ZAUD (Zandbelt Architecture Urbanism & Design) an office for architecture and urbanism, in which he conducted projects in the same fields. In 2014 he joined as a partner De Zwarte Hond, an office for architecture and urbanism based in Rotterdam, Groningen and Cologne. From 2003 till 2016 he was part of the Chair of Metropolitan and Regional Design at Delft University of Technology, where he was assistant professor. Since 2016 Daan is ‘rijksadviseur’, government Advisor on the Built and Rural Environment. As such he advises the National Government and its partners solicited and solicited on spatial issues.He is part of Quality teams that supervise keyprojects such as the revitalization of the Afsluitdijk and the stations of the Zuidas (the Dutch CBD) and Schiphol airport. He sets out research-by-design projects to promote new fields of interest for the national government. And last but not least, last year, he launched Panorama Nederland with the CRa, to promote spatial planning at the national level and as an input for the new National Plan (NOVI).


 

“Overexploited Territories”
Muriz Djurdjevic & Thomas Paturet

“Our intervention aims at confronting the classical debates for and against the primacy of economy and employment, against the argument for maintaining landscapes and ecosystems intact. Should we exploit or maintain? Parallel to this argument exists the discussion around the benefits for local versus national populations, global or European interests. What our research shows is that planning (whether it be on land or on sea) is never truly biased, regardless of the efforts by the concerned actors to provide neutrality. In the end, it amounts to a political process linked to a specific paradigm or logic. Our work intents to raise questions and generate ideas on how the exploitation, using the the Baltic Sea as case, could be organised so humans can adequately manage and use the resources offered by the sea; today and in the future. Planning will become crucial in the Baltic Sea where user pressures are currently relatively manageable but are expected to witness a strong shift in the years to come.”

— Muriz Djurdjevic & Thomas Paturet graduated in 2016 from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne under the supervision of the Laboratory Basel. Their thesis “Atlas of Overexploited Territories – Baltic Sea” was exhibited at the 2016 Venice Biennale within the Baltic Pavilion. In 2016 it won the “Best Énoncé Théorique” prize awarded by the Architecture Faculty of the EPFL. Their master project “Voyage au centre de la mer, vers un archipel industriel,” follow-up of their thesis, won the Arditi Prize for the Best Diploma Project at the EPFL as well as an Anerkennung Next Generation Prize at the Swiss Arc-Awards. It was published in the “Archizoom BestOf 2016” and the “Graduate Directory 2017” in Wallpaper* Magazine. Since 2016, Muriz works at Herzog & de Meuron in Basel, Switzerland. Former editor at ATLAS OF PLACES, he now curates the collective HdM Pills proposing an alternative reading of Herzog & de Meuron’s work. Since 2017, Thomas works at MADE IN in Geneva and as a teaching assistant for the Charbonnet-Heiz Studio at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. He is also the editor of the online journal ATLAS OF PLACES.


 

“Mobilis in Mobile”
Dirk Sijmons

In this talk, Dirk Sijmons outlines the implications of the observation that we are living in the age of mankind, the Anthropocene. Four philosophical approaches towards the Antropocene are identified (Denialism, Eco-Modernism, Post-Humanism and Anthropocentrism 2.0) and the future political energy between these approaches are briefly sketched. The four stances are illustrated with examples from design and popular culture showing how they could function as navigating tools in a new geological era.*

*The talk was originally presented under the framework of ‘School’s Out! #2’ on Friday 22 February 2019, at the Independent School for the City.

— Prof. Dirk Sijmons, landscape architect, studied at Delft University of Technology. He worked at the Nature Conservation unit of the Ministry of Culture, Recreation and Social work from 1977 until 1981. From 1981 until 1984 he was head of the strategic policy development and research coordination unit of the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature Management and Fisheries. From 1984 until 1990 he was head of the Landscape Architecture Department of the Dutch Forestry Commission. From 1990 until 1993 he was coordinator of the Landscape Architecture study programme of the Academy of Architecture in Amsterdam. In 1990 he was one of the three founders of H+N+S Landscape Architects. In 2004 Dirk Sijmons was appointed Dutch Government Advisor on Landscape. He received the prestigious Edgar Doncker award in 2007 for his contribution to Dutch culture. From 2008 until 2015 Sijmons was professor of Environmental Design at Delft University of Technology. In 2014 he was the chief curator of IABR ‘Urban by Nature’. In 2017 he received the prestigious premier award for Landscape Architecture, the IFLA – Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Award – the highest honourable carrier prize for contribution in the field of Landscape Architecture.


 

“Constructed Natures”
Filippo LaFleur

Following a recent reconceptualization and discussion to overcome the nature – culture, economy – ecology and urban – rural dichotomy, a year-long project was set to study the extent/ feasibility of the idea that an alternative path for infrastructure and regional development is possible. As seemingly unrelated fields, ground and atmosphere hold an inseparable bond: The Carbon cycle. Largely overlooked, the capacity of the ground to produce and sustain cycles of decomposition, recycling of organic matter, growth of plants, and carbon sequestration must be explored ‘by design’, in order to unravel possible future urban landscape transformation. In this talk, Filippo LaFleur presents the precedents and recent outcomes of the year-long project on the Architecture of Carbon Sequestration as an envisioned take on infrastructure design and ecology under extremes. 

— Filippo LaFleur has been a researcher at the Department of Urbanism, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, TU Delft since 2015. He is principal investigator within the Delta Urbanism Interdisciplinary Research Group under the frameworks of Transitional Territories Studio and DIMI Delft Deltas Infrastructure and Mobility Initiative ‘Special Projects’. His interest lies at the intersection between landscape, urbanism and ecology in regards to spatial and temporal transformations of both land and maritime landscapes. Through projects he investigates interrelations between natural processes, societal practices, and (geo)political dynamics. He has a strong emphasis on the agency of spatial interventions and on the role of representation and design as research instruments.


 

“There is no place but here”
Taneha K. Bacchin

Our actions are being guided by extremes and by scarcity mentality that profoundly shape and reduce our vision of the environment’s future: radical climatic changes, extreme weather conditions, natural disasters’ higher frequency, increase in average temperatures and sea levels rises are often matched with lack of knowledge, resources, insight and action. This mindset is what shapes the unlikelihood of mitigating carbon emissions, restoring the extent of polluted grounds and increasing the supply of depleted resources. What we see is the rising of narratives and dialogues on the impossibility of life as we know it, the loss of any form of (re)assurance, where few trajectories of change seem to unfold and intersect: acceptance and release, nihilism and inaction, continuing repair or retreat, and finally novelty by means of a creative revolution are at the center of discourses. All debatable. 
If architecture cannot produce life but simply frame it by affording and/or constraining movements within a given environment and time, what is the design space that is left in each of these trajectories? Can we still act without the weight of self-criticism and the fear of failure?

This brief introduction aims at setting the stage of the invited talks, ranging from a historical and philosophical reading of navigating the anthropocene (Dirk Sijmons), to an architectural and political position on overexploited territories (Muriz Djurdjevic & Thomas Paturet), and finally to the emancipation (or radical take) of spatial design by constructing new natures (Filippo LaFleur) and portraying an optimistic/ attractive  future Panorama (Daan Zandbelt). 

— Taneha Kuzniecow Bacchin is an architect, researcher and educator. She is Assistant Professor in Urban Design, Research Leader and Coordinator of Education of the Delta Urbanism Interdisciplinary Research Group at the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, TU Delft. She leads the Transitional Territories Graduation Studio and, together with Birgit Hausleitner, the EMU European Post-Master in Urbanism Spring Semester. Her research focuses on the relation between landscape architecture, infrastructure and urban form. Her current projects deal with the changing nature of the territorial project addressing extreme weather and resource scarcity. She is committee member of the International Water Association and serves as reviewer for several water journals. Her work has been funded internationally and exhibited at the Venice Biennale 2002, and 2018, and São Paulo Biennale 2013. Her upcoming books are Bio-Territoriality: the Architecture and Politics of Urban Nature, and Adaptation by Design, together with Filippo LaFleur. 

 

Territory as a Project | Parliament of the North Sea. One-day Symposium and Exhibition

Transitional Territories Graduation Studio 2018-2019 — North Sea: Landscapes of Coexistence Delta Urbanism Interdisciplinary Research Programme DIMI Delft Deltas, Infrastructure & Mobility Initiative under the framework of NEXT-EXTREMES: Constructed Natures Presents: Territory as a Project 2nd one-day symposium and exhibition on extreme ecologies, urbanisation and forms… Read More

Symposium Fluid Territories: Landscapes, Labour, and Logistics. ‘The Port and the Fall of Icarus’ for ‘Work, Body, Leisure’ Venice Architecture Biennale 2018 –

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fluid Territories: Landscapes, Labour, and Logistics
Thursday, June 14th 2018 — 13:30 – 18:00
Aula Ex-Biblioteca/ Aula Tafuri — Palazzo Badoer, School of Doctorates, IUAV University of Venice
Venice, Italy

Within the framework of the extended programme of the Dutch pavilion, ‘Work, Body, Leisure’ curated by Marina Otero Verzier at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia 2018, the project ‘The Port and the Fall of Icarus’ organizes a one-day symposium as a moment of reflection on the interlinks and interdependencies between labour, logistics, landscape and the territory of port-city-regions.

The symposium ‘Fluid Territories – Landscapes, Labour, and Logistics’ will be held on June 14th 2018, from 13:30 to 18:00 at the Palazzo Badoer, School of Doctorates, Università IUAV di Venezia.

The symposium is open to the public.

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Program
Fluid Territories – Landscapes, Labour, and Logistics

10:00 – 12:30
Guided tour to the Dutch Pavillon in the Giardini of the Biennale, and to the Installation in Riva dei Sette Martiri

13:30 – 13:45
Introduction
Hamed Khosravi, Taneha K. Bacchin, Filippo LaFleur
Section Urban Design, Delta Urbanism, Department of Urbanism, TU Delft;
Exhibitors at the Extended Programme of the Dutch Pavillon

13:45 – 14:00
Maria Chiara Tosi
Associate Professor of Urban Planning & Design, Università IUAV di Venezia

14:00 – 14:25
Han Meyer
Emeritus Professor of Urban Design Theory & Methods, TUDelft

14:25 – 14:50
Guido Zucconi
Professor of History of Architecture, Università IUAV di Venezia

14:50 – 15:15
Lori Tavasszy
Professor in Freight and Logistics, Transport Infrastructure and Logistics, TU Delft; LDE Centre for Metropolis and Mainports

15:15 – 15:30
Break

15:30 – 15:55
Antonio Revedin
Director of Strategic Planning and Development, North Adriatic Sea Port Authority, Port of Venice; President Cruise and Ferry Port Network, European Sea Ports Organisation

15:55 – 16:20
Carola Hein
Professor and Head of History of Architecture and Urban Planning, TU Delft; LDE Centre for Metropolis and Mainports

16:20 – 16:45
Paola Viganò
Professor of Urban Planning & Design, Università IUAV di Venezia

16:45 – 17:00
Break

17:00 – 18:00
Final discussion

Moderated by:

Marcel Hertogh
Professor and Head of the research group Infrastructure Design and Management of Civil iInfrastructures, TUDelft; Chairman of TUDelft DIMI Delft Deltas, Infrastructure and Mobility Initiative

 

Agenda Items
Fluid Territories – Landscapes, Labour, and Logistics

Agenda Het Nieuwe Instituut – Work, Body, Leisure. Dutch Pavilion – Venice Architecture Biennale 2018

Agenda/ Press Release IUAV University of Venice

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The Port and the Fall of Icarus
The project, ideated by Hamed Khosravi, Taneha Kuzniecow Bacchin, and Filippo LaFleur, is composed of four complementary components: an installation inside the Dutch Pavilion with fourteen drawings and seven models, a public installation at Riva dei Sette Martiri in Venice, two public events in Venice and Rotterdam, and a publication.

Departing from a rather critical proposition on the rationale of logistics, and in particular the port, the project seeks possible scenarios for the future development of the port with respect to its relationship to the city, its territory, and forms of labour. These scenarios have been generated through a year-long research and educational program in collaboration with TU Delft and IUAV Venezia.

The Port and the Fall of Icarus could have not been possible without the intellectual and financial support of Het Nieuwe Instituut, Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment TU Delft Urbanism TU Delft, Port of Venice, Port of Rotterdam, LDE Center for Metropolis and Mainport, TU Delft DIMI– Delft Deltas, Infrastructures & Mobility Initiative, and L’Ermitage Venezia

For additional information please visit the website:
fall-of-icarus.com

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

 

Territory as a Project – the day in Pictures

Territory as a Project
One-day Symposium and Exhibition on Extreme Ecologies, Infrastructure, and Forms of Life.
December 11, 2017

The symposium was organised by the
(D-i) Delta Interventions Graduation Studio 2017-2018 — North Sea: Landscapes of Coexistence
as part of Delta Urbanism Interdisciplinary Research Programme / DIMI Delft Deltas, Infrastructure & Mobility Initiative.

The day aimed at framing a transition moment: from the first months of collective work focusing on research on the North Sea Region (Sept. 2017 – Dec. 2017), towards the final months of individual work focusing on design (Jan. 2018 – Jun. 2018)  the making of a transcalar territorial project in one of the four geographical sites of concern in the North Sea Region. The design must be informed by and responsive to instability and change.

The Symposium had the presence of 3 distinguished speakers reflecting on the different meanings of the territorial project and its representation in space and time. Parallel to the Symposium, the Exhibition installation — made by D-i 28 graduate students from the tracks of Architecture, Urbanism, Landscape Architecture, Water Management and Policy Analysis — provided a space for the sharing of the student’s concepts ideas before the upcoming full development of their graduation thesis. The projects were represented by 3 means: a physical model 25x25cm, a projective image, and a short narrative or manifesto.

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

Speakers
Dr. Arch. Marina Otero Verzier  Het Nieuwe Instituut, Royal College of Art
Dr. Arch. Godofredo Pereira  Royal College of Art, Forensic Architecture
Dr. Arch. Pier Vittorio Aureli  Architectural Association, Yale School of Architecture

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

More information see:
Territory as a Project
D-i 2017-2018 North Sea: Landscapes of Coexistence

 

 

 

Landscapes of Coexistence – the day in Pictures

Landscapes of Coexistence
One-day Symposium and Exhibition
End-of-the-year Event
July 12, 2018

The symposium was organised by the
Delta Interventions Graduation Studio 2017-2018 — North Sea: Landscapes of Coexistence
as part of Delta Urbanism Interdisciplinary Research Programme / DIMI Delft Deltas, Infrastructure & Mobility Initiative.

The day aimed at celebrating the conclusion of a year-long graduation studio focusing on an interdisciplinary pedagogical project, wherein the method of research-by-design was employed to envision possible futures for the North Sea territory.

The Symposium had the presence of two distinguished guests reflecting on possible architectural, infrastructural and territorial approaches to the Sea. Parallel to the Symposium, the Exhibition installation displayed the outcomes of 26 graduation projects from the tracks of Architecture, Urbanism, Landscape Architecture, and Water Management.

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

Guest Speakers/ Design Critics
Prof. Arch. Dirk Sijmons  H+N+S Landcape Architects / TUDelft / North Sea Lab
Dr. Arch. Platon Issaias  Royal College of Art, School of Architecture, London

Curators
Delta Interventions Graduation Studio

More information see:
North Sea Landscapes of Coexistence – Final Symposium
D-i 2017-2018 North Sea: Landscapes of Coexistence

North Sea Landscapes of Coexistence – Final Symposium

North Sea: Landscapes of Coexistence 2017-2018 Graduation Studio Projects location.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Delta Interventions Graduation Studio 2017-2018 — North Sea: Landscapes of Coexistence
Delta Urbanism Interdisciplinary Research Programme

Presents:
One-day Symposium and Exhibition 

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

12th July 2018
13:30 – 17:30
Faculty of Architecture & the Built Environment, TU Delft
Berlagezaal 1&2

— The day in Pictures

“Only if we place ourselves inside this world will we be able to recognise as one particular arrangement the choice of existents and their ways of connecting that we call Nature/Culture and that has served for a long time to format our collective understanding (…). Ecology clearly is not the interruption of nature into public space but the end of “nature” as a concept that would allow us to sum up our relations to the world and pacify them. What makes us ill, justifiably, is the sense that Old Regime is coming to an end. The concept of “nature” now appears as a truncated, simplified, exaggeratedly moralistic, excessively polemical, and prematurely political version of the otherness of the world to which we must open ourselves if we are not to become collectively mad – alienated. Following the Western understanding, “nature” has made the world uninhabitable. (Therefore) the operation comes down to reopening the two canonical questions: what existents have been chosen, and what forms of existence have been preferred?”

 *Excerpt from ‘Facing Gaia – Eight Lectures on the New Climate Regime’ by Bruno Latour published Polity Press, 2017

 

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

Curatorial team:
Geert van der Meulen
Elise van Herwaarden
Gerben van den Oever
Neil Moncrieff
Alexandra Farmazon
Aikaterina Myserli
Ailsa Craigen
(Delta Interventions Graduation Studio)

Programme:

13:30
Welcome by Dr. Taneha K. Bacchin and Dr. Hamed Khosravi
Delta Interventions Studio Leaders (Delta Urbanism Research Group), TU Delft
Short Studio Introduction by Dr. Taneha K. Bacchin

13:40
Opening Lecture by Dr. Platon Issaias
Ecologies of Existence
Royal College of Art, School of Architecture, London

14:00
Short Pitches Graduation Projects Delta Interventions Graduation Studio 2017-2018
Projects divided into 4 Groups, according to 4 geographies:

1. NL North-West Coast, Wadden Sea
2. NL South-West Coast, Dutch-Flemish Delta

14:45
Intermezzo by Dr. Hamed Khosravi
Landscapes of Coexistence

15:00
Short Break

15:15
3. Norway South-West Coast
4. UK South-East Coast, Thames Estuary

15:45
Discussions and final reflections
Moderated by Dr. Hamed Khosravi

16:30
Closing Lecture by Prof. Dirk Sijmons
2050 An Energetic  Odyssey / Seascape Architecture
H+N+S Landscape Architects / North Sea Lab / TUDelft

17:00
Final Remarks / Discussion around the exhibition tables

17:30
Closing



Talks:

“Ecologies of Existence – Architecture and Modes of Living”
Ecologies of living bring together material, environmental, technical, social and mental domains. To think ecologically is not so much a matter of protecting existing ecologies, but more importantly, a matter of generating conditions for different ones to emerge and affirm themselves. Only on these terms can a properly ecological project take place.

— Dr. Platon Issaias is an architect. He studied architecture in Thessaloniki, Greece and he holds an MSc from Columbia University and a PhD from TU Delft. His thesis investigated the recent history of planning in Athens and the link between conflict, urban management and architectural form. His research interests explore architecture in relation to the politics of labour, law and social reform. Prior to the RCA, he taught at the Berlage Institute/Rotterdam and since 2012 at the MArch Urban Design at the Bartlett. Platon lectures in Greece and internationally, and his research has been published in many occasions, among others in DOMUS, Quaderns and the catalogues of the Greek entries in the 13th and the 14th Venice Architectural Biennale. He is the co-author of the book The City as a Project, published in autumn 2013 by Ruby Press, Berlin, edited by Pier Vittorio Aureli. In the summer of 2014, he participated in the 14th Venice Architectural Biennale with the collective project Mechanism of Suspension, which was exhibited at the Greek Pavilion and the Acropolis Museum in Athens.

“2050 An Energetic Odyssey / Seascape Architecture”
2050 – An Energetic Odyssey is a research by design on the possibilities, opportunities, and spatial implications of the realisation of large-scale harvesting, transportation and storage of renewable energy sources on and around the North Sea. This project demonstrates the role the North Sea could play in meeting the globally agreed two-degree target. The project seeks to conceptualise a new development strategy where meaningful and productive connections between Ecology, Energy and Proteins (Ecologie, Eiwitten & Energie) are designed, thus maximazing broad societal gain in the long run.

— Prof. Dirk Sijmons, landscape architect, studied at Delft University of Technology. He worked at the Nature Conservation unit of the Ministry of Culture, Recreation and Social work from 1977 until 1981. From 1981 until 1984 he was head of the strategic policy development and research coordination unit of the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature Management and Fisheries. From 1984 until 1990 he was head of the Landscape Architecture Department of the Dutch Forestry Commission. From 1990 until 1993 he was coordinator of the Landscape Architecture study programme of the Academy of Architecture in Amsterdam. In 1990 he was one of the three founders of H+N+S Landscape Architects. In 2004 Dirk Sijmons was appointed Dutch Government Advisor on Landscape. He received the prestigious Edgar Doncker award in 2007 for his contribution to Dutch culture. From 2008 until 2015 Sijmons was professor of Environmental Design at Delft University of Technology. In 2014 he was the chief curator of IABR ‘Urban by Nature’. In 2017 he received the prestigious premier award for Landscape Architecture, the IFLA – Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Award – the highest honourable carrier prize for contribution in the field of Landscape Architecture.



Delta Interventions Graduation Studio 2017-2018

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
 (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

In collaboration with/ invited Design Critics
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

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