Monthly Event #7 ARGUS X Writingplace: (Space ± Time) / Narrative


On 30th. – 31st March, ARGUS and Writingplace teamed up to organise a 2-day workshop and seminar on the topic of narrative imagination and perception in relation to architectural design. The seminar provided the theoretical foundation for the workshop.

Klaske Havik presented the new book that she co-edited: Writingplace, a diverse collection of academic and literary essays on literature and design. Wim van den Bergh, professor in architecture at RWTH Aachen University, did an intricate description of the projects and educational methods of John Hejduk, with whom he worked at Cooper Union. Bart Keunen, professor in comparative literature at Ghent University, laid out a theoretical framework on narrative imagination.

During the workshop, participants took their current projects or previous projects and used literary design methods to activate the narrative qualities of their design. For some participants, this meant to shift their perspective: one student wrote and performed a monologue as a forgotten colonial statue in Bogota, another wrote poems as a raindrop falling on a building, the buildings suddenly unfolding as a world of edges and surfaces to flow along. For other participants it meant to view their project in a specific scenario: an evening party in Virginia Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway took off in the anti-chamber and living room of a MSc1 project.

If you’re interested in getting more information about literature and architecture, read more on Writingplace:

Call for Board Members 2017/18

ARGUS is looking for a diverse new board for the academic year or 2017/2018! ARGUS Board is based on part-time (about one day per week) commitment of 6 students, who will all have their specific roles within the board. You can continue your own studies next to it without any problems. The term officially begins September 2017 and lasts through the academic year.

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Monthly Event #6 ARGUS X BNA: Future Professions in Architecture

ARGUS X BNA – Future Profession(s) in Architecture was organized in relation to the Next Step Program, a contest organised by BNA and Synchroon. Among the speakers were Fred Schoorl (BNA, director), Susanne Komossa (Architect and associate professor at TU Delft), Marc Koehler (Nominee of the Next Step Program; Marc Koehler Architects), Joost Baks and Remi Versteeg (Nominees; Space Encounters), Robbert-Jan de Kort and Sander van Schaik (Nominees; DeKortVanSchaik) and Catherine Koekoek (Chairman of ARGUS). The evening was moderated by Carola Hein (Professor and head of the chair of History of Architecture & Urban Planning, TU Delft).

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Room For Discussion #1 Inclusiveness

The first Room For Discussion on ‘Inclusiveness’ was successfully held on 28th February.

We were joined by a diverse group of students, employees and professors. The discussion started with an informal report concluding information we collected from interviews and a survey conducted before the event. After a short-time panel discussion, the participants were randomly divided into 6 to 8 person/group to have in-depth discussion on critical issues. We want to thank you all for being there with us! Following the event articles and booklet will be produced to continuing sharing the discussion in BK. Read more here.

Organizers: Catherine Koekoek, XIE Hai(ARGUS), Nihat Mert Ogut (BouT),  Meryam Ajari (FSR), Ijsbrand Heeringa (Polis).

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#4 Back to Delirious

For our fourth monthly event ARGUS is promoting the reflection on how cities built from scratch can be designed for prosperity. The case of Rotterdam is used as a trigger for further debate after the screening of the Rotterdam 2040 documentary.
Bakema introduced the problem of The Heart of the City in the CIAM 8 congress (1951). As a kind of provocation, the architect de ned the core as “the relationship between man and the things”, that when manifested reflect the lavishness of life as a consequence of cooperative action. The non-orchestrated behaviour of people in the major central squares of many European cities are outstanding examples of how life is celebrated in a well composed city centre, but what happens when cities lack such a historical attachment to its squares? What if planned cities, like the new towns in the United Kingdom, fail to establish a successful interaction between its citizens and its supposed core?

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