Exhibition North Sea: Landscapes of Coexistence

22 June 2018 00:00 till 27 June 2018 00:00 - Location: Faculty of architecture and the built environment, bk expo - By: Communication BK

The exhibition displays the outcomes of a year-long research design interdisciplinary graduation studio on the North Sea as Landscapes of Coexistence, focusing on its transitional spaces, infrastructure, and power. The exhibition will be opened on 22 June, 16:00 – 17:00.

Historically, the North Sea has been contested territory. While bordering mainland Europe, it has often been turned into a platform for geopolitical affairs with the UK, as well as the Nordic countries. This strategic role has manifested itself in various military, religious, economic, and social ties and divides, that consequently made the North Sea a conflicted common ground. The ongoing refugee crisis and Brexit are recent examples of this long history. As a result, the sea is not seen as a periphery of Europe anymore, but rather as a central territory and a point of departure through which the idea of Europe would be defined or challenged. Therefore, the studio North Sea: Landscapes of Coexistence celebrates these controversial aspects of the sea; not as an extra-territorial space and a limit to the land, but rather as the primary point of an autonomous entity through which the political, environmental, economic and societal questions can be addressed. In this way any spatial proposition, be it landscape, urban or architectural, is challenged and revisited through the lens of the North Sea as a referenced territory for new spatial interventions. Students were encouraged to redefine the role of the sea’s territory and in particular its land borders/ coastal cities, addressing the complex, yet not so visible, spatial, juridical, environmental and geopolitical natures of the North Sea for the design of spatial interventions that are informed by climate adaptation and clean energy futures.

Instructors/ Mentors:

Architecture & Urbanism

  • dr.ir. Taneha Kuzniecow Bacchin
  • dr.ir. Hamed Khosravi


  • ir. Stefano Milani
  • dr.ir. Nicola Marzot


  • dr. Fransje Hooimeijer
  • dr. Diego Carmona Sepulveda
  • ir. Kristel Aalbers
  • ir. Filippo laFleur

Landscape Architecture

  • dr.ir. Inge Bobbink
  • dr. Steffen Nijhuis
  • ir. Denise Piccinini

Building Technology

  • ir. Sjap Holst


  • dr.arch. Taneha Kuzniecow Bacchin
  • dr.arch. Hamed Khosravi

Exhibition Curators:

  • Geert van der Meulen
  • Elise van Herwaarden
  • Gerben van den Oever
  • Alexandra Farmazon
  • Katerina Myserli
  • Neil Moncrieff
  • Ailsa Craigen

(Delta Interventions Graduation Studio)

Norwegian coastline, Yelin Zhang, 2017