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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.


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
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

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

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


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:

Colloquium Integrated Design & Engineering in Deltas

TU Delft — DIMI Deltas, Infrastructure & Mobility Initiative  When: June 28th 14:00  – 17:00 Place: Kubus Bouwcampus van der Burghweg 1 Delft One of the conclusions of DIMI’s last “Deltas & Ports of the Future” session is that there is increasingly a need for… Read More

New Year’s Post – Unpredictability and Remarks on Intelligence

At the beginning of each new cycle, the necessity to question what lies at the basis of the project itself.  To be inspired once more.

Happy New Year, full of joy and new meanings from DU group!


Paul Valery
Unpredictability and Remarks on Intelligence

The Outlook for Intelligence
Copyright 1962 ley Bollingen Foundation. Printed in the United States of America.

Unpredictability in every field is the result of the conquest of the whole of the present world by scientific power. This invasion by active knowledge tends to transform man’s environment and man himself to what extent, with what risks, what deviations from the basic conditions of existence and of the preservation of life we simply do not know. Life has become, in short, the object of an experiment of which we can say only one thing that it tends to estrange us more and more from what we were, or what we think we are, and that it is leading us … we do not know and can by no means imagine where.

(…) Furthermore, our language, and hence our logic, our concepts, our causality, our principles, have been found wanting: all this intellectual material will not fit into the nucleus of the atom, where everything is without precedent and without shape. Debatable probabilities have taken the place of definite and distinct facts, and the fundamental distinction between observation and its object is no longer conceivable.

What has happened? Simply that our means of investigation and action have far outstripped our means of representation and understanding (a crisis of meaning and representation).

(…) “Crisis?” he says first of all, “what exactly is a crisis? Let’s take a look at this term!” A crisis is the passage from one particular mode of functioning to another; a passage made perceptible by signs or symptoms. During a crisis, time seems to change its nature, duration no longer gives the same impression as in the normal state of things. Instead of measuring permanence it measures change. Every crisis involves the intervention of new “causes” that disturb the existing equilibrium, whether mobile or immobile.

How can we fit the idea of crisis, which we have now briefly reviewed, with the notion of intelligence?

We live on very vague, very crude notions, and, moreover, they live on us. What we know, we know from the operation of what we do not know.

Necessary and even sufficient though they are for quick exchanges of thought, there is not one of these incomplete and indispensable notions that can bear close inspection. Once our attention settles on one of them, we find in it a confusion of widely differing usages and examples that can never be reconciled. What was clear in passing, and readily understood, becomes obscure when we fix on it; what was whole breaks down into parts; what was with us is against us. A slight turn of some mysterious screw shifts the microscope of consciousness, adds the element of time to increase the magnifying power of our attention, and finally brings our inner confusion into focus for us.

Dwell, for example, however slightly, on words like time, universe, race, form, nature, poetry, etc., and you see how they divide to infinity, becoming incomprehensible. A few moments ago we were using them for understanding each other; now they change into means of confounding us. They took part, without our knowing it, in our plans and actions, like limbs so tractable that we forget them, until reflection sets them against us, transforms them into obstacles and difficulties. It seems, in fact, that words in movement and in combination are quite different things from the same words inert and isolated!

This general and indeed remarkable character of our instruments of thought is what engenders nearly all philosophical, moral, literary, and political life – all that activity which is as useless as can be, but also as helpful as can be in developing the subtlety, profundity, and proper action of the mind. Our enthusiasms and aversions depend directly on the vices of our language; its ambiguities promote differences, distinctions, and objections, all the sparring of intellectual adversaries. And fortunately they also prevent minds from ever coming to rest… We can observe, as we turn the pages of history, that a dispute which is not irreconcilable is a dispute of no importance.

Intelligence is one of those notions that derive all their value from the other terms coupled with them, by affinity or contrast, in some discourse. It is contrasted at various times with sensibility, with memory, with instinct, with stupidity. Sometimes it is a faculty, at other times a degree of that faculty; occasionally it is taken to be the whole of the mind itself, and is given the whole vague lot of the mind’s properties.

(…) The phrase crisis in intelligence, then, may be understood to mean the deterioration of a certain faculty in all men; or only in those most gifted in that faculty, or who should be; or again, as a crisis in all the faculties of the average mind; or further, a crisis in the value and prestige of intelligence in our society, present or to come. The someone being questioned sees at once five or six possibilities. He senses that the slightest further inquiry would bring out others. He wanders from one point of view to another, from crisis to crisis, from a crisis in one’s faculties, to a crisis in values, to a class crisis.

The Forgotten Space
Still from the movie
by Allan Sekula and Nöel Burch

Transitional Territories Graduation Studio

Reclaimed Power
Altered painting by Peter Balke. Author: Boaz Peters, TT Studio 2018-2019


— TT Studio – North Sea: Landscapes of Coexistence 2019-2020
TT Studio – North Sea: Landscapes of Coexistence 2018-2019

D-i Studio – North Sea: Landscapes of Coexistence Studio 2017-2018

Transitional Territories Graduation Studio
Transitional Territories is an interdisciplinary design studio (MSc. Architecture and MSc. Urbanism tracks in collaboration with Landscape Architecture, Hydraulic Structures & Flood Risk, Policy Analysis) focusing on the notion of territory as a constructed project across scales, subjects and media. In particular, the studio focuses on the agency of design in territories at risk between land and water (maritime, riverine, delta landscapes), and the dialectical (or inseparable) relation between nature and culture.

— Focus and approach
Informed by Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Spatial Planning & Urban Design theory & research, the studio explores—through design and representation—new pathways of inquiry moving beyond traditional methods and concepts. During the graduation year, students will develop an analytic, critical and conceptual approach to design and learn how to use the project as knowledge producer (Viganò, 2016) by means of cartography, system analysis, phenomenology (of time/ space), narration, process based design, scenario planning and systems thinking (uncertainty). The scale of individual projects can vary from buildings and (infra)structures to entire landscapes and regions. The studio is founded on notions of complexity, territorialism, infrastructure space, (landscape) ecology, environmental risk (extremes), geophilosophy, biopolitics, transition and policy analysis.

Waterscapes and territories – at sea, delta, and/or riverine landscapes – are increasingly becoming the arena of radical climatic changes, resource depletion, political/economic instability, and socio-spatial inequalities. Their fragile state requires the envisioning of an interdisciplinary design knowledge that mediates form, performance, and representation under the influence of various states and scales of control. Within this context, the central question of the studio is how biophysical, socioeconomic, cultural and political changes (and related risks) in maritime, riverine, and/or delta landscapes can be addressed by the architecture and urbanism project. The scale can vary from buildings, constructions and public works to urban areas, landscapes and regions.

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 (of choice) along the sea’s north, central 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

— 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/ initiate both research and design projects in design offices and governmental departments

— Learning objectives
Students will be able to operate analytical research across scale – from, territorial, landscape scales, to architectural, object scales

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 through writings, drawings, and physical models

— Themes & Methods (a projective approach to waterscapes)
Infrastructure & Geopolitical Space
Landscape Design and Phenomenology
Process-Based Design
Designing with Uncertainty/ Climate Adaptation
Integrated Spatial Planning & Flood Risk Management/ Water Sensitivity
Public Works (Buildings)

The studio will contribute to the collective research of the Delta Urbanism Interdisciplinary Research Program. Students will take a position on the future of urbanised landscapes (the production of territory) reflecting on new interdependencies between natural processes, societal practices and (geo)political projects. Throughout the studio, students will discuss their observations and statements with both teachers and external experts.

The Transitional Territories MSc 3-4 graduation studio is only offered in the fall semester.
For detailed course descriptions, please visit the study guide: MSc 3/4

* Please note: Urbanism students should enroll for the Laboratory Urban Transformations and Sustainability

Information: Taneha Kuzniecow Bacchin, t.bacchin (at)
Studio Leader