The Architectural Project and its Foundations

Key projects

DASH

Delft Architectural Studies on Housing

DASH (Delft Architectural Studies on Housing) is a thematic journal that is wholly devoted to residential design. Inquiry into historical and contemporary projects and conditions is the central focus of DASH. New types of housing but also existing models and changing trends will be thoroughly charted and examined. The target is the future: with thought-provoking analyses, DASH aims to give new impetus to innovative housing design. Over the past few centuries, the Netherlands has built up a housing tradition that is renowned throughout the world. With its periodical DASH , the Chair of Architecture and Dwelling of Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) intends to bring the richness of housing design back on centre stage.

DASH journal (NAi publishers)

Facts
Self-funded project
Principal Researcher: Dick van GamerenDirk van den Heuvel
Coordinator: Acciona 
Duration: 12/2009 >> 

Old school, new school

Research on re-use of school buildings

What are the possibilities of how to use an existing school building in an efficient way? What does this mean for the dimension of the spaces, the positioning relative towards each other, the use of colours, the climate and the outdoor areas? Commissioned by the Netwerkbureau Kinderopvang (childcare) the faculty of Architecture of the TU Delft did research to the possibilities of the transformation of existing school buildings. The research cumulated in a book that presents twenty prototypical school buildings. The book shows a theoretical substantiation of the possibilities of transform existing school buildings into “buildings for children’.

Facts
Private commissioning
Netwerkbureau Kinderopvang (Child care) 
Grant: € 130.000 
Principal Researcher: Susanne Komossa 
Duration: 2010 - 2011

Chandhigarh and Casablanca

Modern Urbanism, New Geographies

This research documents two different but complementary urban realities that have played a fundamental role in the imagination, definition, and redefinition of the twentieth-century modern city:

  • Chandigarh, planned by a team consisting of Le Corbusier, Jeanneret, Frey, Drew, and Indian architects and planners;
  • the new neighborhoods of Casablanca, conceived by Écochard and a team of young French and Moroccan architects.

The contemporary gaze shifts here from the symbolic use of architecture in the construction ofmonumental masterpieces to the formation of public space, housing, and social facilities. Structured in the form of a glossary that presents the concepts, actors, and international organizations that drove these developments, this exploration is reinforced by visual contributions by Yto Barrada and Takashi Homma—two non-Western photographers.

Facts
Programme
Canadian Centre for Architecture 
Grant: € 200.000 
Principal Researcher: Tom Avermaete 
Duration: 2012 - 2014

Tacit knowledge: architecture knowledge and scientific research

This Tacit Knowledge proposal builds on the supposition that there is an uncodifiable form of knowledge embodied in the material products of architecture from treatises and drawings to models and buildings 'that, in fact, we can' know more than we can tell? (Polanyi, 1968).

Certain aspects of this tacit knowledge can be articulated. What are the types of criteria that identify the knowledge specific to architecture? How can we enhance traditional standards of scientific research through the knowledge generated in the studio and materialized in professional practice? As such, it focuses on material products as the basis for evaluation and analysis.

Departing from the idea that 'designerly ways of knowing' may contribute to the criteria and approaches of scientific research in general, this project draws together a network of European scholars already working at the crossroads of design, cultural analysis, history and philosophy. In combining the efforts of reflective cultural analysis and the material propositions of design, architecture stands as a test case for a new perspective on knowledge.

Facts
Programme 
NWO - Dutch Programme Council for Educational Research (PROO) 
Grant: € 35.500 
Role: Lead partner 
Principal Researcher: Lara Schrijver 
Coordinator: TU Delft 
Duration: 6/2010 - 6/2013

The Postwar European shopping centre: a place for encounter between avant-garde discourse and daily

The research focuses on a new urban figure that emerged in Western-Europe in the post-war period: the shopping centre. Given the strong similarities between the newly developed welfare state centres and the post-war shopping centre, this research puts forth the hypothesis that crossfertilization occurred between the work of the avant-garde and commercial "day-to-day" building practices. The shopping centre as a new urban figure is used as the vantage point to research the interaction between these two ends of the architectural spectrum in post-war Western Europe.

After the Second World War had ended, many Western European countries committed to the full deployment of a social welfare state system, which aimed at the redistribution of wealth, knowledge and political power through - amongst others - the construction of planning institutions, a new bureaucracy and, last but not least, new building programmes.

From a social point of view, the post-war shopping centre (that was often privately developed) had much in common with the newly constructed welfare state centres; they both offered spatial centrality, public focus and human density. The recurrence of these qualities in both disparate developments is however not coincidental. Following the apparent demise of pre-war modernism, the post-war avantgarde was concerned that people's sense of responsibility to their local communities was eroding and expected architecture and urban design, by causing people to identify with their immediate locale, to help buttress people's sense of belonging.

Facts
Programme
NWO-Veni 2012 
Grant: € 229.000 
Principal Researcher: Janina Gosseye 
Coordinator: TUDelft 
Duration: 1/2013 - 7/2016

Research programme

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Participating departments

Architecture