On show for the very first time at the Venice Biennale, BK Booths present the latest research in architecture and the built environment, researched by students, post docs, and other designers of BK City. Ten booths are spread throughout the city during the Biennale: seven in Palazzo Mora, two in Palazzo Bembo, and one in Palazzo Michiel. Visit Venice and explore the knowledge generated at our faculty.

Without research, design lacks direction

The Netherlands has always had a lack of space and so using it well has always been a priority. Designing the built environment means allocating resources to maximise the value – so it is natural that design plays an important role. The TU Delft is just the place where we ask the question, ‘How can we do this even better?’

How can we reuse old building stock?
How should we react to our increasingly automated lives?
How does it work to live in a war-torn city?
How can we make climate proof cities?
How can we create self-sufficient and adjustable personal living spaces? 
How can we achieve affordable housing for everyone? Which tools do we have at our disposal?

Seeing is believing

Take Africa, its expected population growth will double by 2050, to 2.4 billion people. This is the place with the greatest potential to make more people’s lives better. It is the place where improvements can be made with big impacts. In an Addis Ababa neighbourhood for example, the city plans a series of high-rise building blocks, made from costly imported concrete. Our Master students discovered how the neighbourhood can instead profit from people-oriented, small-scale dwellings constructed from local materials. Through research by design, we generate the knowledge on how to make things more local and more sustainable. 

BK Booths

As one of the largest architecture faculties in Europe and leading design academy, BK City plays a key role in design-oriented research. Our research in architecture and the built environment ranks about the best in the world. Much of the knowledge we generate at Bouwkunde TU Delft is science with a high degree of societal relevance, appealing to the curiosity of other researchers, designers and the broader public alike. Our research contributes to the body of knowledge of architects and urban planners and managers.

Come and explore

Visit Venice between 26 May - 25 November. Plan your visit to Palazzo Mora, Palazzo Bembo, and Palazzo Michiel.

The exhibition will be officially opened in Venice on 24 May. A satellite opening in the Bouwpub will be hosted simultaneously on 24 May 18:00.