Research group Borders & Territories

The ‘Borders & Territories’ (B&T) research group focuses on the critical relationship between architectural theory, socio-spatial analysis and architectural design. The group explores the concept of the border and the impact of cross-border exchange on architectural, urban and territorial entities; past, present and future. It studies the role of infrastructure, networks and migratory movements on the transforming territory.  

The current state of geopolitics is characterized by a series of superimposed, highly complex and differentiating conditions, balancing between the implementation of tangible and intangible borders that define carefully delimited territories of varying scales. These differentiated conditions have a strong impact on architectural production. Studying these conditions means getting insights into how borders are produced, controlled, coded and maintained within territorial entities, and how spatial sets of (cross-border) relationships thus also produce territories.

The four main areas of research of B&T

  1. Border Conditions: The role of borders in spaces of conflict and related issues of migration;
  2. Territory / Infrastructure: The context and material conditions of architectural construct and form conceived as territorial entity; 
  3. Architectural Adjacencies: The discursive field of disciplinary ‘borders’ of architecture and the transgression of such borders; and 
  4. Modi Operandi: Speculative and practical research on drawing and on advanced inventive techniques (such as cartographies, mapping, inscription, encoding) as the basis for architectural formulation. 



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