Borders & Territories

Borders & Territories investigates spatial bordering practices in emerging territories. It focuses on the critical relationship between architectural theory, spatial analysis, and architectural design; balancing practice and theory, and research and design.

Borders & Territories questions conventions of architecture, the coherence of technique within the field of architectural production, and the limits and limitations of architectural thought. It explores and cultivates architectural edge conditions with design experiments located in contemporary liminal territories. Borders & Territories speculates on the relevance of methods and instruments that have historically not been considered as architectural ‘material’, such as cartography, literature, art, and philosophy. This is also true for constructs and objects that have historically not been considered architectural material as such within the discipline. Our projects challenge design procedures, representational techniques and theoretical concepts by centralising these other possibilities of architecture.

Borders & Territories is centred on extending the rich and profound discourse of architecture. The objects of investigation constitute the entire array of spatial phenomena and conditions, from the banal to the extraordinary, to the idiosyncratic. Borders & Territories attempts to understand contemporary spatial practices that shape urban and territorial environments. 

Both borders and territories remain relevant within the larger scope of contemporary societal developments. Both borders and territories are nowadays characterised by a series of superimposed, highly complex and differentiating spatial conditions. Their characterisation hinges on the implementation of tangible and intangible borders that define carefully delimited territories of varying scales. Hence, Borders & Territories explores borders, and traces the impact of cross-border exchange on architectural, urban and territorial entities. It investigates the role of infrastructure, networks, and migratory movements on transforming territories.

Associate Professor Marc Schoonderbeek


Nathalie Kooijmans-Bout