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The Port and the Fall of Icarus – A project for the Dutch Pavilion at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia 2018 


‘The Port and the Fall of Icarus’ installation at Riva dei Sette Martiri for the Dutch Pavilion ‘Work, Body, Leisure’. © Igreg Studio









‘The Port and the Fall of Icarus’ #Harbour for the Extended Program Dutch Pavilion ‘Work, Body, Leisure’. © Igreg Studio









The Port and the Fall of Icarus

A project for the Dutch Pavilion at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia 2018

Logistics originates and learns from our lives, our movements, and our desires. Frantically but efficiently, it makes connections in a laborious paranoia. It establishes associations through the aggregation of data and the expansion of infrastructure. However, no single body is really able to control logistics and, like a scientific experiment gone wrong, a monster has been conjured beyond the control of its dispersed creators.*

Free spaces of trade, storage, and distribution are transformed into centres of detention and expulsion for labourers; whose bodies are not only controlled by the automated machinery and robots but are also dominated by the obscure desires of the others.

Logistics today is a biopolitical apparatus.

This biopolitical machine is founded on the division of life, into biological life and political life. The same means of division however, is precisely what permits one to construct the unity of life: a life that is not separated from its form. As the contemporary philosopher Giorgio Agamben puts it, such form of life is not defined by its relation to a work, but rather by a potential, and by ‘inoperativity’: that is, a mode in which it is maintained in relation to a pure potential in a work, where life and its form, private and public enter into a threshold of indifference; wherein the question is neither life nor work but happiness.

“Work is an instrument to reach the truth, but inoperativity (laziness) is the real truth of mankind.”
Kazimir Malevich, 1921


The Port and the Fall of Icarus is part of the extended program of the Dutch Pavilion, ‘Work, Body, Leisure’, for the Venice Biennale 2018, curated by Marina Otero Verzier. The project 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 Creative Industries Fund NL, Port of Rotterdam, Port of Venice, LDE Center for Metropolis and Mainport, TU Delft DIMI– Delft Deltas, Infrastructures & Mobility Initiative, and L’Ermitage.


A project by:
Hamed Khosravi
Taneha Kuzniecow Bacchin
Filippo LaFleur

In collaboration with:
Miles Gertler
Baktash Sarang Javanbakht
Alessandro Pedron

Modeling and design assistant:
Mariapaola Michelotto

Graphic design (posters):

Igreg Studio

Photographic essays:
Giovanna Silva

Publisher (book):
Humboldt Books

Commissioned by:
Het Nieuwe Instituut, produced in collaboration with and supported by Creative Industries Fund NL

Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Department of Urbanism, TUDelft

* The Logistics manifesto is developed in part by Hamed Khosravi, Francesco Marullo, and Amir Djalali for the Architecture of Fulfilment at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia 2014

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North Sea Landscapes of Coexistence. Exhibition. Delta Interventions Graduation Studio Final 2017-2018

















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

Final Studio Exhibition 

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

22nd – 27th June 2018
Faculty of Architecture & the Built Environment, TU Delft
Opening : 22nd June, 16:00 – 17:00

That sea forever starting and re-starting
Paul Valery, The Graveyard By The Sea (1920)

The Sea is home to nomadic populations of humans and animals; a millennial stage for exploration, a source of food and life– and a contested space. While the seamless sea and the boundless skies deceive us as infinite spaces, they are submitted to international laws, social, political, and economic dynamics, along with the intrinsic laws of nature.
Migrant Journal, No.3 – Flowing Grounds | Papercut (2017)

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 celebrated 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, was challenged and revisited through the lens of the North Sea as a referenced territory for new spatial interventions. Students were encouraged to redefine the role of the territory of the sea and particularly its land borders/ coastal cities, addressing the complex, yet not so visible, spatial, juridical, environmental and geopolitical natures of the North Sea for the design of spatial interventions that are informed by climate adaptation and clean energy futures.

The exhibition displays the outcomes of a year-long research design graduation studio on the North Sea as Landscapes of Coexistence, focusing on its transitional spaces, infrastructure, and power.

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

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

Exhibition Curators:
Geert van der Meulen
Elise van Herwaarden
Gerben van den Oever
Alexandra Farmazon
Katerina Myserli
Neil Moncrieff
Ailsa Craigen
(Delta Interventions Graduation Studio)