Situated Architecture

The research group Situated Architecture recognises that the experience of architecture is bound to “situations”, which architecture both articulates and produces. The consideration of these situations includes material cultures, languages, representation, and a multitude of framings and mediations. The issue of a situated architecture demands inquiry into the complex nature of the conditions of its appearances and of its experience. This research group takes the notion of situated experience as a common ground between academia and practice; as a topic to explore both conceptually and through material and building practice.

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Experiencing: Perception of Place

Exploring the complexities of the experience of place and architecture, giving privilege to phenomena––such as material, mass, light, and space––and the specific effects of cultures on architecture and the environment, its materialisations and expressions. The specific solutions, conventions, arrangements, and fantasies inscribed in places are all constituent elements of experience.

Narrating: Language and Representation

Investigating the relationship between the physical reality of place and the way it is imagined and expressed. We sue reflections on oral history, narrative, literary imagination and everyday spatial practices as lenses to reflect on how architecture is situated: not only in terms of its physical connection to place, but also socially and culturally.

Making: Material Culture

Ideas find themselves translated into atmospheric, spatial and material phenomena and expressions of material culture. Material culture refers to the ideas of culture(s) that are embedded in things, in artefacts: objects, interiors, places, buildings, cities; in their arrangements; in the ways they are made; in their appearances and the language of those appearances. Analyses of situated architecture are deeply indebted to how one interacts with the world through things.



Communities of Tacit Knowledge: Architecture and its Ways of Knowing

The 'Communities of Tacit Knowledge' (TACK) project focuses on the concept of tacit knowledge in architecture. Tacit knowledge is a type of practical or implicit knowledge that architects employ when designing, and which is also embodied in the specific media and instruments that they work with, from treatises and drawings to models and buildings. Marie Curie ITN PhD network TACK: Communities of Tacit Knowledge | Scheme of the 10 interconnected PhD projects at 10 participating universities The project trains young researchers in the development of advanced theoretical frameworks and specialized methods for the analysis of tacit knowledge used by architects. It focuses on the characteristics, the dissemination and the heuristic potential of this knowledge particular to architectural design practice. The TACK project is a unique, joint effort of ten European universities together with three cultural institutes and nine architectural practices, and constitutes an Innovative Training Network as part of the Marie-Sklodowska Curie Actions within the European Framework Program Horizon 2020. It is structured around three training axes: Approaching Tacit Knowledge: Identifying Methods and Histories, Probing Tacit Knowledge: Concrete Cases and Approaches Situating Tacit Knowledge: Concepts and Theories. The project will result in ten PhDs, three online training modules, an international colloquium, a major exhibition, a lecture- and debate series, a synthetic reader, a book, and a website providing public access to research results and events. Facts Funder: EU Programme: Horizon 2020 Grant amount: € 2,711,998 Grant number: 860413 Role TU Delft: Project partner Project duration: September 2019 - August 2023 TU Delft researchers: Dr. Janina Gosseye Prof. Klaske Havik Dr. Dirk van den Heuvel Prof. Paul Vermeulen Mechthild Stuhlmacher Eric Crevels Project partners ETH Zürich, KTH Stockholm, Arkitektur og designhogskolen i Oslo (AHO), Bergische Universität Wuppertal, Politecnico di Milano, Akademie der Bildende Künste Wien, Universiteit Antwerpen, University College London, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Universität Hannover, Het Nieuwe Instituut, Vlaams Architectuur Instituut, Architekturzentrum Wien, Architecten De Vylder Vinck, Kortekenie Stuhlmacher Architecten, Spridd, De Smet Vermeulen, Cityfoerster, One Fine Day Architects, SOMA Architecture, Onsite Studio, Haworth Tompkins. Visit the project website Contact Dr. Janina Gosseye 0 This project has received funding from the European Union.

Writing Urban Places

Writing Urban Places proposes an innovative investigation and implementation of a process for developing human understanding of communities, their society, and their situatedness, by narrative methods. It focuses particularly on the potential of narrative methods for urban development in European medium-sized cities.By recognising the value of local urban narratives – stories rich in information regarding citizens socio-spatial practices, perceptions and expectations – the Action aims to articulate a set of concrete literary devices within a host of spatial disciplines; bringing together scientific research in the fields of literary studies, urban planning and architecture; and positioning this knowledge vis-à-vis progressive redevelopment policies carried out in medium-sized cities in Europe. COST Action Writing Urban Places, meeting in Delft, October 2019 Writing Urban Places comprises three thematic targets to be explored theoretically as well as in case studies: Meaningfulness: offering local communities and professionals the ability to improve their understanding of their built environment; Appropriation: empowering communities by improving their ability to project their feelings on their built environment. Integration: offering concrete tools and methods for the construction of common grounds among communities, based on relations of meaningfulness and appropriation of their built environment. Based on a robust investigative tradition in these fields, the Writing Urban Places Action brings together solid experience in linking the literary and narrative and the built and offers the necessary scientific background for the assessment of the contemporary city, while cherishing and enhancing the specificity of local urban cultures in the European context. Facts Funder: European Network Cost Grant amount: € 600.000 Grant number: Action CA 18126 Role TU Delft: Lead partner Project duration: 2019 - 2023 TU Delft researchers: Klaske Havik Visit the project website Contact Klaske Havik +31 15 27 89018 0


The Writingplace journal for Architecture and Literature is the first peer-reviewed, open-access journal of architecture and literature, focused on the exchange of knowledge on the relationship between architecture and literature. Through thematic issues, it aims to address and promote alternative ways of looking at architecture, urban places and landscapes through literary methods. Next to academic articles the journal is open to accounts of experiments in education and works of design or spatial analysis in which literary tools have been explored. The journal follows earlier projects of the Writingplace team including the international Writingplace conference on literary methods in architectural research and design in 2013 and the book Writingplace: Investigations in Architecture and Literature in 2016. In 2019, the Writingplace team received an EU COST Action grant for the international network Writing Urban Places, which is expected to result (among others) in a number of issues of the Writingplace journal. Facts Funder: NWO Programme: Kiem Grant amount: € 15.000 Grant number: 314-98-085 Role TU Delft: Lead partner Project duration: March 2017 - March 2018 TU Delft researchers: Klaske Havik Jorge Mejía Hernández Project partners Universidade de Lisboa, RWTHA, Mike Schäfer, RWTH Aachen, Ghent University, Bartlett University - UCL London, McGill University, Montreal, Nai010 Publishers Visit the project website Contact Dr. ir. Klaske Havik 0