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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Scales and subjects:
Territory
Infrastructure
Landscape
Ground
Body

Transitional Territories – MSc4 Lecture Series Final: Workshop PLAY!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

— MSc4 Lecture Series Design Module: The North Sea
Closing Workshop

6th March 2019
Under the Sea: PLAY!
10:00 – 15:00
BK Faculty, TT Studio

Convened by
Harald Warmelink, Breda University of Applied Sciences, Games & Media Group
Wilco Boode, Breda University of Applied Sciences, Games & Media Group
Xander Keijser, Advisor at Rijkswaterstaat, Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management

 


 

For the closing session of the 2018-2019 Lecture Series program ‘The North Sea’, a dedicated intensive workshop session on serious gaming for Maritime Spatial Planning convened by Breda University of Applied Sciences, Games & Media Group.

The Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) Challenge 2050 is a computer supported simulation game that gives maritime spatial planners and stakeholders the ability to explore the diverse challenges of sustainable planning of human activities in the marine and coastal ecosystem.

The simulation game is built around the following blocks:
– Coexistence of uses
– Ecological, economic, environmental aspects
– Stakeholders claims and planning issues within a cross-border/ trans-national context

The coherence of specific interventions is seen in relation to other processes such like:
– Common Fisheries Policy
– Habitats and Birds Directive
– Integrated Coastal Zone Management
– Marine Strategy Framework Directive
– Renewable Energy Directive
– Strategic Environmental Assessment
– Trans-European Transport Network
– Water Framework Directive



The North Sea

The North Sea region is bordered by a number of strong economies, the United Kingdom (England and Scotland), France, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Norway (non-EU member but a member of the European Economic Area), and is one of the most heavily used seas with extensive shipping, fishing, energy (hydrocarbon and offshore wind), aggregate extraction, defence, recreation and includes 2 of the world’s largest ports (Rotterdam and Hamburg).

The Blue Growth potential of the North Sea area was analysed in a 2014 report (“Blue Growth Scenarios and Drivers for Sustainable Growth” (Ecorys, et al., 2012) which estimated that the North Sea’s maritime (blue) economy represented at least €150 billion (or approximately 30% of the EU total) and employed at least 850,000 people. The following key sectors are considered the most important in the North Sea: offshore wind, offshore oil & gas, aquaculture, shipping, shipbuilding, cruise tourism and coastal protection.

Relevant pan-North Sea MSP institutions and structures
The North Sea Commission is a politically-led cooperation platform for regions around the North Sea, bringing together the Presidents and delegates appointed by the Regional Authorities immediately below the level of Government which border the North Sea. Through dialogue and formal partnerships, they aim to promote common interests, especially in relation to European Union institutions, national governments and other organizations dealing with issues that are relevant to the North Sea. The focus for the North Sea Commission’s work is the North Sea Region 2020 strategy document. It defines the following focus areas under the priority ‘Managing Maritime Space’; maritime spatial planning, exploitation of marine resources and the North Sea Maritime Stakeholder Forum.

The Commission has a thematic working group called Marine Resources, which includes a number of measures related to MSP in the North Sea, including exchange of best practice on MSP and ICZM across the North Sea and promoting dialogue between all users of the North Sea to facilitate policy integration.

MSP in the North Sea
The nations bordering the North Sea are developing MSP to fulfil their requirements under the
EU Directive for MSP, to deliver maritime spatial planning by March 2021. The following MSP activity is under way in the North Sea:

Belgium MSP for Belgian part of the North Sea (2014)
Germany MSP for North Sea EEZ (2009)
England MSP (regional MSP is under development for the North East Inshore Plan Area, North East Offshore Plan Area, South East Inshore Plan Area, South East Offshore Plan Area. The first plans, the East Marine Plans, were published in 2014. The second plans, the South Marine Plans, were published in 2018.)
Scotland (Regional MSP is being developed for 11 Scottish Marine Regions as set out by the Scottish Marine Regions Order 2015, with 5 of these included within the North Sea) 
The Netherlands Integrated Plan for the North Sea (2015) and the North Sea 2050 Spatial Agenda

National initiatives include developing arrangements for planning across jurisdictional boundaries, however there is currently no MSP at a North Sea scale. A need for strategic action has been noted, but a lack of overarching authority with a broad enough remit to facilitate the political co-operation required presents a key challenge. There is international co-operation on a regional basis; the Wadden Sea Forum provides a mechanism for Dutch-German-Danish trilateral co-operation including on Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) and provides a basis for co-ordination with regard to MSP.

 *Excerpts from  https://www.msp-platform.eu
(for further information please visit the site)

 

The Lecture Series was curated/ convened by prof.ir. Dirk Sijmons and dr.arch. Taneha K. Bacchin under the framework of MVI North Sea Energy Lab

Transitional Territories Studio
North Sea: Landscapes of Coexistence

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

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

Scales and subjects:
Territory
Infrastructure
Landscape
Ground
Body

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

Transitional Territories – MSc4 Lecture Series: The North Sea. Closing Sessions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

— MSc4 Lecture Series Design Module: The North Sea
Concluding Sessions

11th February – 13th February
Curated/ convened by prof.ir. Dirk Sijmons and dr.arch. Taneha K. Bacchin / under the framework of MVI North Sea Energy Lab



Wicked Problems

February 11, 2019
10:00 – 11:00
BK Faculty – Classroom Q
·      Dominic Stead, TUDelft, ‘Wicked problems, complexity and uncertainty in the context of spatial planning and design’

February 12, 2019
10:00 – 11:00
BK Faculty – Classroom R
·      Pieter Bloemen, Delta Program, ‘Principles for the strategic development of the Dutch Delta Program’



Actor-Relational Approach to Planning and Design
February 13, 2019
10:30 – 12:30
BK Faculty – Berlagezaal 1
·      Luuk Boelens, Ghent University, ‘Actor Network Theory’
·      Martine Verweij, MVI-Energy/ TopSector Energy/ Green Bridges, ‘Transdisciplinary approach and co-creation’


* The lecture series program is open to the public. All cordially invited.

 

Transitional Territories Studio
North Sea: Landscapes of Coexistence

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

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

Scales and subjects:
Territory
Infrastructure
Landscape
Ground
Body

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

Transitional Territories – MSc3 Lecture Series: The North Sea

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

Seascape
September 25, 2018
08:45 – 10:45
BK Faculty – Classroom C
·      Taneha K. Bacchin, TUDelft, ‘Sea’
·      Han Meyer, TUDelft, ‘Lowland’

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

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

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

Planning and Policy
October 29
09:30 – 12:30
BK Faculty – Berlagezaal 1
·      Welcome of the Architecture Association School of Architecture, Diploma Unit 7  Fluid Territories: The North Sea. Studio Masters: Hamed Khosravi and Platon Issaias
·      Leo de Vrees, Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment, ‘(Inter)national North Sea policy’
·      Jan Matthijsen, Ed Dammers & Hans Elzenga, PBL Dutch Environmental Assessment Agency, ‘The Future of the North Sea’

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

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

 

* The lecture series program is open to the public.

Transitional Territories Studio
North Sea: Landscapes of Coexistence

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

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

Scales and subjects:
Territory
Infrastructure
Landscape
Ground
Body

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

Transitional Territories Studio — New Academic Year. North Sea Landscapes of Coexistence: Altered Natures and the Architecture of Extremes

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Studio Program  First Semester 2018-2019:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

* The lecture series program and symposium are public.

 

Transitional Territories Studio
North Sea: Landscapes of Coexistence

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

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

Scales and subjects:
Territory
Infrastructure
Landscape
Ground
Body

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

 

Transitional Territories Studio 2018-2019 North Sea

“I am most touched by those places where damage and grace are inextricably entangled.”
Frank Gohlke, Thoughts on Landscape

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

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

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

In collaboration with
MVI North Sea Energy Lab — Special Workshop and Lecture Series Program
UNESCO-IHE
TUDelft DIMI

Joint Design Studio
AA Architectural Association School of Architecture, London

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

Special Guest Professor
prof.ir. Dirk Sijmons
H+N+S Landscape Architects / MVI North Sea Energy Lab

Instructors/ Mentors

Architecture & Urbanism

dr.ir.
Taneha Kuzniecow Bacchin

Architecture
ir.
Stefano Milani (responsible instructor Architecture & Public Building)
dr.ir.
Nicola Marzot

Urbanism

dr.
Fransje Hooimeijer
dr. Diego Sepulveda Carmona

Landscape Architecture

dr. Steffen Nijhuis
ir.
Denise Piccinini

Building Technology

ir. Sjap Holst

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


Transitional Territories is an interdisciplinary design studio (architecture, urbanism, landscape architecture, hydraulic structures and flood risk, policy analysis) with a strong emphasis on the translation of research output into design concepts. During the graduation year students will develop an analytic, critical and conceptual approach to design and learn how to use research and design methods such as system analysis (spatial and temporal dimensions), perception/ phenomenology/ narration, performative/ process based design, and designing with uncertainty. The studio is founded on theories of complexity, territorialism, infrastructure space, landscape urbanism and ecology, environmental risk and transition management (dynamic adaptation).

For the academic year 2018-2019 Transitional Territories Studio focuses on the North Sea territory and its altered state as an outcome of increased urbanisation and environmental degradation, and by the consequences of extreme weather and resource scarcity. These modifications take place and are represented in different levels – from the transcalar and often invisible levels of processes to the scale of the architecture.

The studio will explore the altered geography of the North Sea territory and the possibility of a new development logic between land and sea. Therefore, in the North Sea: Landscapes of Coexistence Studio we would anticipate modifications that are expected to happen and project new spatial forms under a revised territorial narrative.

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.

 

North Sea Proteine Flows. Image Courtesy: Yelin Zhang (D-i Studio 2017-2018)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 and diversity of mechanisms (e.g. logistics, energy production, coastal management, migration) re-shaping the North Sea continuously. TT studio individual projects will be sited in different geographic locations along the sea’s north and south coastlines. Within the scope of the TT 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. North Sea as the State of Exception
Ecology, Power, and Infrastructure

2. E Mare Libertas
The Architecture of the Fluid Ground

3. Tomorrow, or the End of Time
Fourth Nature: A Manifesto 

4. Infrastructural Form
Where Architecture, City, and Territory meet

North Sea: 4 Geographies

1. North-west Denmark / South-west Norway coast
2. North-east Scotland coast
3. South-east England coast (Channel)
4. North France coast (Channel)

Troll C Platform. Image courtesy: Mihai Turtoi (D-i 2017-2018)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 lowland 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

Additional information please visit:
TUDelft Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment – MSc3/4 Studio TT 2018-2019

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.

 

D-i Studio 2015-2016

Examples of students work — graduated students year 2015-2016 — Architecture Laura Langridge — Ivalo River Sandbanks (An exploration of built form in a highly dynamic river environment) · Archiprix 2017 Honorable Prize — Urbanism Filippo laFleur — Re-Territorialisation (A vision for Milan Urban Region) · Archiprix Nominee 2018 — Landscape Urbanism Vedran… Read More