Graduation studio fall semester 2012

The enrollment period for education of the fall semester 2012-2013 has started! Looking for a cool graduation studio? Check ours: ‘We The People – Democracy, Architecture and the City’. Enrollment is open to Architects and Urbanists and open until Friday May 25th. In this graduation studio we want you to look for ways in which design can give people the power over their environment.  Does that happen through participation? Through autarkic self-determination, through gaming and social media? Or through timeless classic representative democracy where you delegate your decisions by means of voting to professional politicians? It’s up to you! Read more… Read More

Info meeting new DasP graduation studio

We are happy to announce our new graduation studio ‘ We The People: Democracy, Architecture and the City’. Starting Fall 2012.  The question: who are you designing for? For the developer? For the Government? Or for the people? All over the world there are movements for more democracy, and for the right to choose (and build!) your own environment. At the same time architects and planners are making themselves dependent on multinational corporations and undemocratic governments. In this graduation studio we want you to look for ways in which design can give people the power over their environment.  Does that happen… Read More

Blame the Architect Assignment

Dear students from the Blame the Architect lecture series, The submission deadline for your riot video has expired on the 15th of March. We look very much forward to enjoy your creations!  Below you find a list of student numbers from which we received a movie. Not on the list? Send an email to Marta Relats. We will grade you around the 30th of April. Received video’s + grade: 1210696     7,5 1285343       7 1302693       9 1387324    6,5 1509934       6 1353063       7 1362178        8 1516981     7,5 4120590       6… Read More

Lecture and Debate

After a period of exams and final presentations, the faculty of Architecture in Delft will have some pretty cool events coming up and Design as Politics will be there! First on Tuesday (Feb.14) at 18:00, the why factory will present two new books ‘Hong Kong Fantasies’ and ‘Vertical Village’. After the book launch, Wouter Vanstiphout will join the debate with – among others- Winny Maas, Paul Schnabel and Arnold Reijndorp on city branding and bottom-up urbanism. Sounds like a lot of Fun! If you want more, check the Stylos Social Engineering Week, with lectures, workshops, exhibitions and debates around the… Read More

Lecture Series Video

Dear students of the Blame the Architect lecture series, This is what you should do to get your grade. Make a Youtube video of 5 to 10 minutes, describing an urban riot that could happen in a place you know. Incorporate the themes presented in the lecture series and project them on a fictional situation, giving special attention to the role of architecture and urban planning. Use images, texts, maps, diagrams, drawings, numbers or just use your hands. Be creative! Like the Danish. If you need more inspiration click Here, Here, Here and Here. Still completely lost? Follow the Roadmap… Read More

Blame the Architect update

Tomorrow Tuesday 10th January, 10.45-12.45, Berlagezaal 1 Program: “Racaille!” The Banlieue riots, France 2005 -part II “Broken city” The 2011 UK riots Conclusions Assignment description Hope to see you all tomorrow!

Dear students and other attendees of the Blame the Architect lecture series, Unfortunately, the tuesday 20th December lecture is cancelled. Next and last lecture Tuesday 10th January, 10.45-12.45, Berlagezaal 1 Program: “Racaille!” The Banlieue riots, France 2005 -part II “Broken city” The 2011 UK riots Conclusions  Assignment description Happy holidays and see you all in 2012!

More background stuff on riots – this week we speak French. It’s  October 2005, when suddenly a wave of violence and unrest sweeps the modernist suburbs of France. A story of two boys, a tragic accident, thousands of burning cars and a hardline politician who would become president very soon. Two movies, two articles, and some music this week. The very first thing you should do is watch La Haine: a moving, amazing, and apparently extremely realistic depiction of life in France’s ghetto’s. Nice soundtrack, too. The movie can be watched on YouTube – in non-subtitled ghetto-French, which supposedly is quite… Read More

It’s procrastinate-o-clock again! This time, the most glamorous riot of them all: the Rodney King riots. Los Angeles, 1992. Lots of anger. Lots of guns. Lots of helicopters and cameras. And gangster rap. Ah, Los Angeles. Design as Politics loves it, admittedly because Reyner Banham does too. His book about the city is amazing, but this is even better: watching Banham himself cruise through town for about an hour is indeed an hour well spent. But that’s enough reality for now: more than anything Los Angeles is a place of myth and media and fiction. The city of course stars in… Read More

We at Design as Politics love New Towns – urbanism rarely gets more visibly political than when governments start planning entirely new cities. Also, operating in the DMZ between policy and design ourselves, we like interdisciplinarity very much. If you combine these two, you get a new INTI lecture series which will be held in the spring 2012 semester at both the University of Amsterdam and the TU Delft. I you’re a student of either university – or another one for that matter – and you got some (read: 10) ECTS to tackle next semester, do enroll asap: the program… Read More