“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


Dear Explore Lab students,

We proudly present:


If you are interested in exploring…

  • Your own design process
  • Diversity in ways of designing
  • The generic elements of design
  • Group dynamics

… please SIGN UP!

In addition to explicating the design process, this workshop is also a nice opportunity to get to know your fellow explore lab students.

See attached poster for more detailed information.

Please subscribe as soon as possible (max. of 30 students) by replying to designprocessworkshop20@gmail.com.

We hope to see you there!



Veerle Rigter, Heleen van Russen Groen, Tom Thijssen, Hans Vlaskamp, Veerle de Vries

The new site is online. You can now register!

Welcome! We hope you like our new site! If you are an Explore Lab student (or alumni) you can now register and add your project. You can find a registration manual under the ‘log in button’ (or click here).

Of course we are still tweaking, so if you have any questions, comments or things that are unclear to you, please let us know via exploralabcommunity@gmail.com.

Projects from the old site are or will be added by us, however as alumni you can register to edit your project or add social media links.


Symposium: Critical Regionalism

Critical regionalism is an approach, which seeks to provide architecture rooted in the modern tradition, but tied to a geographical and cultural context. How is this approach pursued at TU Delft and translated in practice, and in reaction to which current universal socio-cultural, ecological or economic issues? During the symposium a number of scholars and practicing professionals will give their insight into this question.


The symposium on critical regionalism will be organized on the occasion of the publication of the book “Architecture of Regionalism in the Age of Globalization: Peaks and Valleys in the Flat World” (Routledge, 2011).


Dick van Gameren, Nelson Mota and Andreas Faludi will give short lectures on their hands-on methods and motivations for conscientiously dealing with the factor region in their academic work and practice. Liane Lefaivre and Alexander Tzonis will summarize the historical aspects and explain the contemporary relevance that critical regionalism has across the various fields of architectural design. Later the debate will be held with the participation of: Aldo Trim, Elisabeth Travlou, Harald Mooij, Leo Oorschot and Max Risselada. The symposium will be concluded with a screening of the film “Maison Tropicale” by Manthia Diawara, accompanied by drinks.


It is not required to sign up for this symposium but you can indicate your interest to attend on Facebook.


Visit our blog for more information about critical regionalism.


Location: BK | Berlage room
Date:  March 20th,  2014
Time: 14:00 – 20:00

Excursion: Inside the Design Studio‏

Tuesday 25th of March the ‘group of design methods’ organizes an excursion to OMA and Superuse architects. The goal of this excursion is to get an insight in the specific design methods of the firms, or with other words the story behind the final design and the architectural office.

Enroll for this excursion by filling in the following form.

Location: Rotterdam
Date: March 25th, 2014
Time: 13:00-18:00 approximately


Symposium: (in)formality wanted

What methodology can architects and planners, traditionally formal acting, apply in situations where informal processes affect the spatiality of a location? That’s the central question during this symposium, organized by Explorelab students.

The close connection between formal and informal social, economic and spatial structures in urban settlements in developing countries will be explored. The discussions and lectures will concentrate on how formally minded and educated engineers can understand informal processes to intervene in such similar situations. The theme will be introduced by pitches of Diego Sepulveda Carmona, Alexander Vollebregt (t.b.c.) and Jan van Ballegooijen (t.b.c.). The symposium will be moderated by Roberto Rocco of the Spatial Planning and Strategy Chair at the TU Delft. The guest lecturers Camillo Boano (The Bartlett UC London) and Marco Ferrario & Rakhi Mehra of Micro Home Solutions (t.b.c.) will contribute to the symposium by sharing practical experiences they gained in the field. They will show examples of projects they developed and implemented within informal urban contexts and relate this to relevant theoretical background. Graduate students of Explorelab #16 will share the gathered results of their research conducted in Medellín (Colombia), Lima (Peru), São Paulo (Brazil) and Za’atari (Jordan) to find common relevances in the formal and informal spatial working field.

This symposium as initiated by Explorelab students is supported by the Development Group of the Chair of Spatial Planning and Strategy and MoTiv. Subsequently to the symposium there will be a network event with drinks organized by the Development Group, also taking place at the Berlage Room.

Location: Berlage Room, Faculty of Architecture
Date: March 19th, 2014
Time: 14.00 h – 20.00 h

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Psychology behind Architecture [Dutch review]

After the very successful, week-long lecture series and closing workshop ‘Psychology behind Architecture’, Jorick Beijer (gebiedsontwikkeling.nu) wrote a review (Dutch). Be sure to check it out:

“Hoe zijn psychologie en architectuur verbonden? Er is een groeiende interesse in de relatie tussen mensen en hun omgeving. De lezingenreeks en workshop ‘Psychology behind Architecture’ zijn bedoeld om deze disciplines dichter bij elkaar te brengen, kennis uit te wisselen en begrippen scherp te stellen. Dinsdag 19 maart sprak dr. Machiel van Dorst over hoe ruimtelijk ontwerp gerelateerd is aan menselijk gedrag en dr. Hans Schellekens over de beleving van de stad. Twee lezingen die mooi lieten zien waar de kansen liggen in het ontwerp van de leefomgeving.”

Click here to find the full review about the ExploreLab event.