On Friday, November 17, the Berlage Design Master Class entitled “Unfinished Building” led by Dyvik Kahlen, concluded with a public event and exhibition tour in the Orange Room. Participants explored building proposals of unfinished and adaptable nature by making large, crude timber models in scale 1:25. The fortnight began with drawing and designing by hand in excessive iterations, relating to references, understanding scale and proportion, trusting their intuition. Translating drawing to object, the constructed models explore essential building elements, structural logic, and paneling. Six “unfinished buildings” will be on display in the medallion at the model hall until Friday, December 1, each represented in one model, three drawings (plan, section, elevation), and two photographs (exterior and interior).
Image: Three exterior views, photographs by Rubén Dario Kleimeer
The Berlage pays tribute to architectural historian Jean-Louis Cohen (1949–2023), a long-time friend and collaborator, who will be greatly missed. He most recently held a visiting professorship, from September 2020 to January 2021, at the TU Delft’s Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, and previously chaired the Berlage’s program committee. On display is “Twelve Imaginary Cities,” a set of illustrative plates resulting from a design-research assignment he taught; and “An Architecture of Section: Seven Interpretive Models,” a set of model-objects our students contributed to “Constructed Geographies: Paulo Mendes da Rocha” exhibition, curated by Jean-Louis and Vanessa Grossman.
The Berlage is pleased to announced its contribution, entitled to “An Architecture of Section: Seven Interpretive Models,” to the exhibition “Constructed Geographies: Paulo Mendes da Rocha.” Fourteen international students delved into Paulo Mendes de Rocha’s archives to produce a comparative series of model-objects that analyze seven of his buildings. They explored the structural geometry of each building and the respective connections of sky and ground, of man to space, of interior to exterior, of form to matter, of culture to geography. This work was completed as part of the “Architecture, Nature, and the Americas: The Work of Paulo Mendes da Rocha” proseminar taught by Vanessa Grossman in spring 2023 at the Berlage.
Photo credit: Jesse Verdoes for the Berlage
This spring’s series, entitled “Money Talks,” looked at the architecture associated with the storing, trading, management, digitization, and centralization of money. Speakers included Daniel M. Abramson, Herman van Bergeijk, Martin Gran, Carol Patterson, Lauren S. Weingarden, Amy Thomas, and Stephanie Williams.
The Berlage Keynotes is an ongoing lecture series featuring internationally prominent architects, designers, and thinkers who are at the forefront of design discourse and innovation. A selection of speakers working from different disciplinary perspectives and in different geographic, cultural, and political contexts present how their work engages with contemporary issues and debates.
Last Friday, April 21, the Berlage Theory Master Class led by Alice Bucknell entitled “Ways of Worlding” concluded with a public event and exhibition in Room K. Throughout the two weeks, students explored multiple narrative and aesthetic strategies for making worlds, traversing architecture, ecology, technology, philosophy, magic, game engines, and collaborations with artificial intelligence. To rewatch the walking tour live stream, please visit the Berlage’s Instagram profile.
Photography by Nien Yang
On Thursday, April 6, students presented Part 1 of "Project Global: The Logistics of Milk and Timber," in conversation with Caroline Sohie, Diederik de Koning, and Matiss Groskaufmanis. Part of a course led by Juan Benavides, Sanne van den Breemer, Salomon Frausto, and Benjamin Groothuijse, the work investigates production and distribution landscapes in the North Sea–Baltic Corridor through the lens of the region’s key natural resources of milk and timber. The presentation included the screening of the documentary "Moving Milk & Timber," filmed in Estonia, which follows the path of the most profitable product of each resource: fresh milk and prefabricated wooden houses.
This spring semester, speakers include Guy Nordenson, Office Winhov, Dyvik Kahlen, Alice Bucknell, Studio MNM, Luis Fernandez-Galiano, and Adamo-Faiden.
The lecture is avalable online at theberlage.nl/archive
The Berlage is pleased to announce its upcoming theory master class entitled “Ways of Worlding” led by Alice Bucknell with contributions by Lawrence Lek, Sahej Rahal, and Elvia Wilk. What is a world and how is it made? How can the creative and critical practice of worldbuilding help us imagine alternative visions for the present and future worlds to come? In this two-week-long masterclass, North American artist and writer Alice Bucknell will introduce participants to multiple narrative and aesthetic strategies for making worlds, traversing architecture, ecology, technology, philosophy, magic, game engines, and collaborations with artificial intelligence. The two weeks will be complemented by a series of public lectures and will conclude with a public event and exhibition on Friday, April 21.
River Atlas culminates the fall 2023 incarnation of the Berlage’s long-standing Project NL course organized in collaboration with TU Delft Library and Allmaps. An attempt to understand the river landscapes of the Netherlands—not as givens but rather products of complex sets of decisions, negotiations, aspirations, and at times arbitrary events—it traces broader historical shifts such as the Enlightenment’s effort to engineer nature, moments of hesitation, and gradual aspirations for coexistence.
River Atlas will be exhibited in the Department of Architecture corridor, located on the first floor of the TU Delft’s Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment’s eastern wing, from Tuesday, January 31 to Wednesday, March 1.
For the River Atlas, The Berlage collaborated with Allmaps, a platform of open source tools for curating, georeferencing and exploring digitized maps. Allmaps works on the basis of the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF), which is implemented by an increasing number of libraries and archives worldwide in order to share their digital collections
Together the collective projects Travel Agency, Supermarket, and Fashion House explore the spatial implications of the three largest global industries: tourism, food, and fashion; they speculate on contemporary architecture's capacity to push the boundaries of material cultures and natural resources.
The contribution is part of the exhibition FUTURE GENERATION in the Keilezaal which showcases a group of young design practitioners representing the promise for a hopeful future, both in the short-term and in the long run.
The Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment is pleased to announce its contribution, entitled The Auto Drives Architecture, to the exhibition “Motion. Autos, Art, Architecture," curated by the Norman Foster Foundation and held at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao from April 8 to September 18, 2022.
How will the future car transform the architecture associated with twentieth–century highways and interchanges, from gas stations and car washes to parking garages and motels? What new types of architecture will emerge alongside the future car in the second half of the twenty-first century? How will the private space of the car continue to merge with the public realm?
Traveling from an underground parking garage, filling station, drive-in pick-up point, drive-thru shopping mall, motel, and ridesharing hub, to a drive-in funeral home, drive-in cinema, battery replacement center, autocamp, car wash, and showroom, the animation tells the story of how the future car—a Mini, the exemplar of car designed for efficiency in the face of environmental crisis—could offer design opportunities for our buildings, cities, infrastructures, and territories.
The Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment's contribution to the exhibition “Motion. Autos, Art, Architecture," curated by the Norman Foster Foundation and held at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao from April 8 to September 18, 2022.
Research project team: Juan Benavides, Salomon Frausto, Dick van Gameren, and Kees Kaan
Supermarket is a collective project on the spatial implications of the food industry in the Netherlands and beyond, redesigning this now considered essential architecture to entail a paradigm shift in its journey towards optimization, sustainability, and health consciousness. It imagines a future supermarket that integrates retail experience with distribution, supply chains, and product display to ensure a fric-tionless future for conscious consumers; while, at the same time, creating a new civic presence for the city and its residents. The envisioned supply chain for the future super-market commences with the Blue Banana, enhancing the position of the Netherlands– one of the world’s largest food exporters and home to world-class research institutions–in this urbanized trade corridor.
Contributions by Georgia Katsi, Maria Finagina, Ana Herreros Cantis, Michael Tjia, Heng Yu, Jacklyn Mickey, Maria Christopoulou, Jin Young Chang, Ryan Ridge Rahardja, and Nishi Shah
In fall 2020, Jean-Louis Cohen taught the proseminar “Territories of Intertextuality: A Transurban Perspective on City Form." Since ancient times, cities have never ceased observing each other, as patterns and structures have been displaced across borders and oceans. The seminar considered how most large cities contain fragments borrowed from others: Roman layouts have shaped Versailles and St. Petersburg, while “little Parises” have proliferated in Latin America or the Balkans.
The films produced during the 2021 theory master class led by Bêka & Lemoine are now available online at ajourneyroundmyroom-theberlage.nl. The master class explored the unprecedented proximity and familiarity we have with our daily domestic environments in the wake of the successive lockdowns. Revisiting Xavier de Maistre’s eccentric 1794 novel entitled "A Journey Round My Room," one of the first examples of a literature of confinement, participants investigated film as way to bring to experience, understanding, and narration of space that other kinds of representational media—such as plans, sections, elevations, or photographs—cannot.
Photo by Juan Benavides.