Explore Lab 4

School for Digital Design

School for Digital Design

Sander Mulders

Digital design and manufacturing is becoming more and more important in the design process. The integration of digital design tools is not bound to one specific practice; it can be found in various design fields amongst which automotive, aerospace, product and building design. An improvement in one field can influence the other fields.There is a need for more research and better education in this field, current educational facilities at the TU Delft are not fit for this purpose. Therefore the new facility, “SCHOOL FOR DIGITAL DESIGN”, which can be used by all faculties (and design fields), can lead to the much needed improvement. At this moment the understanding of digital tools can do is very limit partly due to the abstract level of the computer models, showing physical in combination with digital models can increase this understanding. The building creates an environment where the different disciplines can interact and learn from each other. Furthermore the building creates the possibility to exhibit what digital techniques can do by the integration of exhibition space but also the building itself is designed using various computational tools and therefor is a display of the various advantages of using digital tools. During the graduation process the steps taken in the design process, combined with the tools created, are combined into a thesis entitled “Digital Design Tools”.


Janine Toussainte

Virtual; the Reality of Cyberspace;
not idealising the virtual but use it as a platform for efficient communication and informationTime; the Duration of space;

embracing the local, generating more value for the global

Place; the feeling of Space;
creating conditions for a ‘feeling of home’ instead of designing a house

With these principals in mind an urban plan and a building design were created.
“On an urban and building scale I choose to design moments in space more than the spaces themselves. Along a timeline there are created-moments. Together they form a rhythm and by their own specific characters they transform into a melody. The moments are places to meet. Meeting between people of different cultures, between nomads and freebooters, between local inhabitants and tourists, between passengers and stayers, between artists and businesspeople, between… They are places that mostly have their qualities on a local scale and therefor can be of a special quality on a much bigger level. They embrace the local and strengthen the value of the city in global network. Maybe they are not the places that are represented on a postcard, but they are the places where you sit down and write a story on them, the places where you experience the story. They are indeed places where you can feel at home without a house”

Helping slum dwellers to get a better life

Helping slum dwellers to get a better life

Kenzo Oijevaar

Many people are living in an urban environment with inadequate access to water, sanitation and other infrastructure. One reason for this is the worldwide urbanization where poor people end up in cities without sufficient good quality living space.This project focuses on gaining an understanding how an architect can help to achieve the best quality of life for all the slum dwellers in one slum within reasonable possibilities and achieving this on the same site. As a location Bangalore in India is chosen. The result is a plan that leads to an improved quality of life for the slum dwellers. Phase one of the plan consists of steps that lead the slum dwellers to some income. This is done by forming a community consisting of the slum dwellers and getting the community to start an enterprise.In phase two the dividend of the enterprise is used to improve parts of the slum. The more money is made, the more investments can be done. Special workshops teach the community how to build these improvements themselves. This approach also guarantees cheap, safe and environmentally friendly building techniques. Improvements could start with a toilet and could end with a four-story building.
Phase three consists of access to infrastructures that will improve the life of the slum dwellers. Examples are access to schools, a recognized building plot or the possibility to vote.

The architect hereby becomes a person for guidance, who helps the slum dwellers in following the plan. And who, in the end, helps the slum dwellers in gaining a higher quality of life.

Dutch National History Museum

Dutch National History Museum

Ruben Molendijk

At the beginning of the previous decade, debates had been taking place on the need for -and relevance of- a new national history museum. The Netherlands have a number of well-regarded history museums, but none of them gives a complete picture of Dutch history.
In a time of mounting complaints about the level of historic awareness among the public, a new museum increasingly seemed like a possible antidote. At the same time, a stronger focus on the nation’s past would serve, at least according to some prominent politicians, to strengthen the ‘national identity’, whatever that may be.
Located at the ‘Kop van Java’, Amsterdam, this project proposes just such a museum. The Canon of Dutch history –the 50 ‘windows’ on the past- forms the conceptual basis of the design. However, instead of treating the Canon as simply a linear story, it is here re-imagined as a collection of loose strands, a jumble of events and trends that can coalesce in ever new ways. By cutting the Canon in small strings or threads and mixing them up, new arrangements can be devised time and again. The ‘threads’ are translated into six galleries, twisting and turning around each other, allowing the visitors to literally see from one epoch to another and opening up new and unexpected connections between strands of history.
In this way Walter Benjamin’s view on history and historiography -that different epochs are not just linked in a linear fashion, but also via themes and experiences- is given an architectural expression.