Announcement: Alumni day 2018

This year is a very special year for ExploreLab as we are celebrating our 25th group of explorers. This shouldn’t go by unnoticed!

We would like to invite you to the faculty of Architecture on Tuesday the 1st of May 2018 for an afternoon/evening full of familiar faces, interesting projects, talks and workshops. We will inform you about the exact programme at a later date. We will also be saying goodbye to Robert Nottrot, as he will be retiring at the end of the year, and welcome our new coordinator, Roel van de Pas.
On this day we will also be opening the exhibition ‘From Student to Alumni’. Here we want to exhibit work from past ExploreLab groups, as well as where those explorers are now.

We look forward to welcome you to the faculty on Tuesday the 1st of May 2018. Let us know if you’re attending at our Facebook-event.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us at alumnidayexplorelab@gmail.com.

Transitional Architectures #6: Everyday Architectures and Politics: Conflict, Ecology, Infrastructure

Everyday Architectures and Politics: Conflict, Ecology, Infrastructure

Chair of Methods and Analysis and Explore Lab invite you to participate on their sixth Transitional Architectures event and discuss about different landscapes of infrastructures influenced by warfare, ecological disasters or technological collapse.

The event will take place in the BK Expo of the Faculty.

Join us in conversation with:

Pelin Tan, sociologist. Fellow of BAK (basis for actually kunst – Utrecht, 2017 – 2018)

Host and moderator:
Armina Pilav, post-doc researcher at the Chair of Methods and Analysis

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The effects of war and the negotiations of states’ borderlines are transforming our theoretical approach and spatial methodologies to construct, observe and represent infrastructures. There are not only functional thresholds of architecture but a project of instrumentalisation of a new condition that are part of geontologies of landscape and processes of re-defining biopolitics where there is no separation between elements of Life and Non-life, as proposed by cultural anthropologist Elisabeth Povinelli.

In conversation with Pelin, we are going to discuss infrastructures as a design project to perform state power and colonization, as a function to neoliberal urban-rural policies in rescaling property and lands, as a design solution to recent war migrations that introduced architectural methodologies of building the refugee camps. We will also examine infrastructures through cases of failures and processes of uneven transformations, for example in Indian cities, or interruption of infrastructural function as in the cities in wartime that brings co-existences of alternative ways of producing infrastructures.

The process becomes more important than the complete infrastructure itself where different actors such as the state, local governments, developers and citizens are negotiating and transforming landscapes of infrastructures.

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About Pelin Tan:

Pelin Tan is a researcher in sociology, urbanism and architecture. Her practice is about research-based artistic and architectural pedagogy, territorial conflict, communing practices and urban justice.

Between 2013 – 2017 she worked as the vice-dean at the Architecture Faculty of Mardin Artuklu University (nomination for Mies Award 2017). In 2016 she was a Research Assoc. Prof. of Design Strategies at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, School of Design. In 2011 Tan was a postdoctoral fellow at the School of Architecture and Planning, ACT Program, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge and in 2012 research fellow of Japan Foundation – Osaka Urban Research Plaza. Tan is at the board of the pedagogical consortium on Refugee Heritage, Campus in Camps, Dheisheh Palestinian Refugee Camp.

She is a lead author of ‘Towards an Urban Society’, the International Panel on Social Progress (IPSP, edited by Saskia Sassen and Edgar Pieterse, 2015–2017, Cambridge Publ. 2018). She contributed to publications on architecture, urbanism, and art such as (selection): 2000+: Urgencies of Architectural Theories (GSAPP, 2015), The Silent University: Toward Transversal Pedagogy (Sternberg Press, 2016). Tan participated in many international exhibitions (selection): Oslo Architecture Triennale in 2016, Istanbul Biennale in 2007 and 2015. Tan co-directed three episodes of a film entitled ‘2084 about the future of art and society’ with artist Anton Vidokle.

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Read more about Pelin Tan and her practice:

https://conversations.e-flux.com/t/refugee-heritage-conversations-pelin-tan-camps-as-trans-local-commons/6760

http://quaderns.coac.net/en/2015/11/after-crisis-pelin-tan/

Transitional Architectures #3: Thinking, working and writing with Yona Friedman

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TRANSITIONAL ARCHITECTURES
Collective learning and cross media practices

Event 3: THINKING, WORKING AND WRITING WITH YONA FRIEDMAN
Manuel Orazi, Architectural Historian and Professor at the University of Ferrara

Manuel, in conversation with Tom Avermaete, will talk about his position regarding the history of architecture and the city, drawn from his research work and recently published book “Yona Friedman – The Dilution of Architecture” which Manuel defines as a collective publishing project. This book is a result of the long collaboration between himself and Yona Friedman.

During his long career, Yona Friedman, Hungarian-born architect, has crossed three continents, and his nine decades are marked with the tragic and exciting history of the 20th and 21st centuries. He regularly disappeared and reappeared in differing contexts and disciplines, for example from Palestine/Israel to Post-war France, or teaching different users in the US to design or redesign their spaces using the computer program “Flatwriter”, developed at MIT in 1973. He was always seen as an eccentric theorist and practitioner. In the seventies he began collaborative work with institutions, such as UN agencies, on complex territories: India, Africa and South America. Sociology, physics and poor technology are only some of the “new languages” that Friedman proposed and used to dilute architecture with ordinary people, and his colleagues’ architects. He has been in conversations with some of the most interesting architects of the 20th century, such as Georges Candilis, Bernard Rudofsky, Giancarlo De Carlo.

Manuel Orazi graduated in 2001 at IUAV University with a thesis in ‘History of the city’, under the tutorship of Donatella Calabi. In 2007 he obtained a PhD in History of Architecture and of Cities at the Foundation for Advanced Studies in Venice (SSAV) with his dissertation: “The Erratic Universe of Yona Friedman,”, under the supervision of Marco De Michelis. He has undertaken studies in Tel Aviv in 2004, as well as Paris between 2004 and 2006. Since 2002 he has been working for the publishing house Quodlibet based in Macerata, where he is editing architectural literature. He regularly writes for the magazines “Log” and “Domus” as well as a variety of Italian newspapers. In 2014 he edited the seminar “Architecture in Translation” and “The Mediation of Social and Urban Spaces” in collaboration with Siri Nergaard, at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition of la Biennale di Venezia, curated by Rem Koolhaas who also participated in the discussion.

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Transitional Architectures is a series of events exploring the capacity of architecture to shift between, merge and even reconfigure different media practices. Sliding from interventions in urban and natural environments to algorithmic and studio modelling, performing, curating and writing, the series probes into the methodological threads of architectural thinking. Through a series of hybrid events invited presenters and participants will engage in processes of exchange, experimentation and mutual learning. Our aim is to explore how cross media practices of different spatial contexts are able to first initiate and then leave behind an open space of re-action and co-creation.

The series of Transitional Architectures is organized by the chairs of ‘Methods and Analysis’ and ‘Explore Lab’ of the TU Delft, in collaboration with TU Delft students and professors, but also with artists, architects and researchers with diverse practical, educational and institutional backgrounds.

#Unfollowed: wellbeing our buildings

#Unfollowed is a symposium about wellbeing in architecture, seen from different perspectives. These perspectives are seldom discussed in our architectural education, even though they are valuable for our architectural education. These perspectives will be represented by three renowned Dutch architectural firms. EGM Architects and Atelier PRO will give lectures from the perspective of the Researcher-Architect. Annemarie Eijkelenboom of EGM Architects will speak about Evidence Based Design and how their EBD-tool helps to connect research and design. Dorte Kristensen of Atelier PRO will tell about their research into Healing Environment and how this was translated into the design for the Meander Medisch Centrum. Marlies Rohmer will speak about her new book ‘What Happened to…’, where she revisited her architectural projects to learn what really matters in architecture. The symposium will end with a discussion with the speakers and public led by Luc Willekens PhD.

Please sign up by sending an email to health-bk@tudelft.nl or via #Unfollowed Symposium’ at Facebook

#Unfollowed: wellbeing in our buildings
Thursday April 20th
12.45 – 15.00, with free lunch
BK City, The Berlage Rooms
All lectures will be held in English
#Unfollowed is organized in collaboration between ExploreLab & Platform Health@BK

 

Unfollowed-Symposium-Posters-website

Transitional Architectures #2

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Chair of Methods and Analysis and Explore Lab invite you to participate on their second Transitional Architectures event and discuss about processes of collective learning and cross media practices.

This time we are proposing you to explore how to create ILLUSIONS OF THE SPACE through the workshop on studio modelling as a collective learning and inter-scale making process lead by Willemijn Wilms Floet who is architectural education innovator.

Opening note: Armina Pilav, postdoctoral researcher at Chair of Methods and Analysis.

Moderator: Mark Pimlott, artist, architectural designer, writer and teacher.
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The ‘Illusions of the space’ event proposes participatory exploration of the new methodological approach known as ‘The magic of a box’ that Willemijn is building experimentally with her students, using different scales and modelling materials – starting from the existing Delft tradition of Plan Analysis. In the process of dismantling and re-creating existing and new design projects we will look with the workshop participants for new perspectives on this approach.

The idea of the workshop is that ‘illusion’ could be used as a medium for the analysis of existing projects and as a method for design development. The ‘suggestions’ brought up by an illusionistic analysis of a model in a context could sharpen, open up and even create new design ideas by means of: critical observation, employed modelling materials, collective creativity and the joy of making. We are interested in exploring concepts such as: diorama, eclipse, wunderkammer and trompe l’oeil.

We invite you to bring an empty shoebox including lid/top, sketch models and drawings of a design project you are interested to explore, drawing materials, scissors, cutter and other stuff you think could be usefully for a creation of an illusion.

The workshop will be introduced in the context of the Delft method of Plan Analysis since 1980s which is a mainstay of the education program at the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment.
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Willemijn Wilms Floet is an assistant professor of Architecture. Degree in Architecture from TU Delft in 1988. Practicing architect 1988-2001. Teaching and researching at the TU Delft since 1990. She developed her expertise in the documentation and analysis of architectural projects, notably: A Hundred Years of Dutch Architecture (Dutch 1999, English 2002, Chinese 2008). Willemijn is the co-author of the Zakboek voor de Woonomgeving (2001) and editor of Het ontwerp van het kleine woonhuis (2005) and Architectuurgids Delft (2011).
Willemijn obtained a joint PhD degree Villard d’Honnecourt from Venice Faculty of Architecture (IUAV) in 2012 and TU Delft 2014. This architectural study on the Dutch almshouse typology reveals the secrets of green courtyards hidden within the perimeter block, by means of drawing which resulted in a book ‘Het Hofje Bouwsteen van de Hollandse stad, 1400-2000’ (2016). Currently she is involved in the development of methods of plan analysis, to study precedents in-form-ing design in BSc and MSc education.

Mark Pimlott (1958) is an artist, architectural designer, writer, and teacher whose practice incorporates photography, art for public places, and interiors. He is the author of ‘Without and Within: Essays on Territory and the Interior’ (2007); and ‘The Public Interior as Idea and Project’ (2016). Works include ‘World’, BBC Broadcasting House, London (2013) and ‘La scala’, Aberystwyth (2003). He is a graduate of McGill University, Montreal; the Architectural Association, London, and Goldsmiths’ College, University of London, and is writing a PhD. A teacher since 1986, he is currently Assistant Professor of Architectural Design, in the Chair of Interiors Buildings Cities at TU Delft.

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Transitional Architectures is a series of events exploring the capacity of architecture to shift between, merge and even reconfigure different media practices. Sliding from interventions in urban and natural environments to algorithmic and studio modelling, performing, curating and writing, the series probes into the methodological threads of architectural thinking.

Through a series of hybrid events invited presenters and participants will engage in processes of exchange, experimentation and mutual learning. Our aim is to explore how cross media practices of different spatial contexts are able to first initiate and then leave behind an open space of re-action and co-creation.

The series of Transitional Architectures is organized by the chairs of ‘Methods and Analysis’ and ‘Explore Lab’ of the TU Delft, in collaboration with TU Delft students and professors, but also with artists, architects and researchers with diverse practical, educational and institutional backgrounds.

We would like to invite you to join us to our upcoming events and guests:
(More details soon)

#3 April 21, 2017:
Thinking, Working and Writing with Yona Friedman
Manuel Orazi, Adjunct Professor – School of Engineering and Architecture, University of Bologna

#4 June 15, 2017:
Sound, Space and Place
Nicolas Kisic Aguirre, Architect and writer, currently MIT undergraduate student
Alexis Ierides, Former student of TUD (graduated in January 2017 at Explore Lab studio with the thesis “The Touch of Sound”).

Design with Natural & Biodegradable materials

 

Design with Natural & Biodegradable materials
1st of June 2016 | BK City, Room U | 10:00 – 15:00
For BSc & MSc Students

Lecture 1 10:00 – 10:45 “Cardboard” by Jerzy Latka
Lecture 2 10:45 – 11:30 “Bamboo” by Reshmi Oemrawsingh
Lecture 3 11:30 – 12:15 “Compressed earth-blocks” by Rosku Oskam

Break 12:30 – 13:00

Workshop on detailing 13:00 – 15:00 “Re-design the Barcelona Pavillion with Natural Materials.” assisted by Hubert van der Meel

Free Lunch!

Workshop Movie Making: Creating Atmospheres

 

Creating spaces is not only limited to the workingfield of an architect or urban planner, but it is present in every aspect of our daily life. One of the most influential practices in this field is the movie industry. Movies are known for creating a certain mood or atmosphere while limited to the use of certain elements, like light and composition. Join us in this workshop to get to know how the making of spaces is done in the movie industry, with the help of professional Margarita Kouvatsou. Put yourself in the shoes of a film producer, director, cameraman or sound technician and learn to master each individual movie element…and ACTION!

“Practising Ethics”

 

 

Explorelab21 presents the first workshop activity;

Join our Reading/Discussion Group on “Practising Ethics” ;

in 5 sessions (one every two weeks) starting Thursday Nov. 5 we will raise questions through

enganged problematizations and critical explorations in intersections of art, architecture and technology.

sign up or drop us a line on practising.ethics.explorelab21@gmail.com

Explorelab Alumni Event

Dear Explorelabbers,

Soon the Explorelab Alumni Event will take place. We hope you have saved the date and written it down in your agenda. If you want to join the event and day programme you can now subscribe!

To subscribe for the event, please fill in this form (http://goo.gl/forms/vhioHoHCSZ) and pay the contribution costs by transferring € 12,50 to bank account NL38 INGB 0661 8219 94 on the names of B C Zwarteveen and/or G Baars. Please pay in advance, if you have subscribed but not payed in advance, we will not expect you to come to the event.

To summarize:

– Subscription is open from now, until Tuesday 6th of October, 12.00 h,
– Please fill in the form and transfer the contribution in advance, to complete subscription.
Recent graduates exhibition
We would like to give the students who graduated recently the possibility to present their graduation projects to all the alumni and the current students, in the form of an exhibition. Please contact us when you are interested in presenting your work at this exhibition.
If you have any questions, please feel free to email us on explorelab.alumniday@gmail.com.
Geerte Baars & Benjo Zwarteveen