This Tuesday, we are continuing the city walk theme of the week with Woody Allen’s ‘MANHATTAN’ (1979) – bustling with exquisite black and white shots of Manhattan, this movie is a love letter to the city and walking. What are your favorite movies centered around the aesthetic of the urban realm? Leave a comment or DM us on Instagram.
Starting next week, we will be selling our annuals – books with best projects of the previous 3 years in front of the ARGUS office in BK! To get the spirit going, those will be accompanied by some mulled wine to warm you up in this weather. Music and good vibes also provided 🙂
With the faculty partially closed, study can be challenging. It can be difficult to feel connected or part of a community, not to mention meet new people. That’s why being part of a student association like ARGUS is so crucial at times like these. We aim to keep you up to date with goings-on, and most importantly, hear what you have to say. We want to know what you’re concerned about, what you want more of, and how the BK can make your experience here that little bit more interesting.
We are a collective of master students doing the Architecture track at TU Delft. We run a programme of creative events, excursions, lectures, workshops and debates and aim to provide a platform for students, alumni, practitioners and academics to connect, exchange ideas and explore architecture and its peripheries. Finally, we organise ARGUS Annual which is a yearly printed catalogue with selected student work. You can purchase the last three editions from the Argus office at BG.OOST.500, feel free to drop by and check if one of us is there.
If you are interested in getting involved with any of this, if you yearn to meet new people, share ideas and make things happen or if you have any concerns about your student experience, always feel free to contact us via social media or email us at email@example.com.
We also have open meetings every Monday during the lunch break (12:45-13:45).
Otherwise, be on the lookout for our upcoming events, which will be posted on social media and posters round the BK!
I can still remember the buzzy business at the faculty. The energy was always so high and around every corner people were busy with modeling or drawing or would have interesting talks. In one arm of the building, just behind the BK-Expo area and very close to the coffee place Sterk, the Argus place was situated. A good hangout space for the master students of Architecture and a place where we met once a week for our Night(s) of Philosophy discussions.
We went everywhere – all bits and parts of the world and our lifes were discussed. In the following you can read some of the conversations we had inside, outside and during our walks, mainly through Whatsapp, Zoom or Googledocx.
Our environment shows a decay of our current world view by natural disasters, higher temperatures, rising sea levels, and most recently: the Coronavirus. This invisible infectious agent*, bringing all action and production to a silent mode, enhanced the urgency of learning to deal with change and loss. We asked ourselves this year, under the theme of the Post-Anthropocene, what architecture would be in relation to decay, loss and death. By using the prefix ‘post’ in front of what is called ‘the human era’ indicates already that we are aware that old ways of inhabiting this planet should be reconsidered and that our existence is always tightly connected to change and loss. In the following we will dive into what loss, dying and change might mean and how we used these concepts in our walks and talks on site.
Literally, dying means: gradually ceasing to exist or function – in decline – being about to disappear. We tend to forget that we live arm in arm with Death – we let parts of us be lost and we always change in relation to our environment. We are always dying and as parts of a bigger network our environment reminds us of this process of decline as well as ascent. (Reminder: We are not a singularity.) We tell ourselves the most beautiful stories about growth and increase, and push out its counterparts. Disappearing, dissolving, forgetting and forgotten seem to be the painful elements in this story. But how so? Why does death scare us? Why do we feel uncomfortable even around the thought? Death is a word charged with daunting connotations. Perhaps we could think of death as something more lightweight, as a periodic summary of time, or merely a period in time’s sentence. We aim to generate space to encompass this daunting connotation and recharge it, together with our understanding of ourselves (in relation to) our environment.
On the beach, between Rotterdam and Den Haag, we will start a ritual of transition and creating a new. In this ritual we will consider OUR situatedness at The Sand Motor. This place (in Dutch: De Zandmotor) is one of the largest scientific experiments in coastal protection located at the West of the Hagues, in the Netherlands. The Sand Motor is an artificial peninsula, an adventurous coastal nature, is a human made peninsula that slowly generates it’s form. It’s shape and size is constantly changing due to the action of currents, waves and wind. The selection of the site comes to reflect on topological thinking, a way in which every element forms itself according to the demands of its occupation. The uncertainty drawn from the behaviour of the sand, current and wind is what makes the interaction with the site even more interesting.
Together, while moving along foot by foot, our minds extended and directed by the elements along our way – helping us to enter a world of relations, of life and death, and to a world beyond human centric thinking. LET’S TELL MORE STORIES! Stories that tell about the beauty of letting go, of dust and dusk – of the moment of transition. For our first walk we will go to a place of transition. The beach is the place where fine grain stones form big sand heaps which are held together by grasses, but are constantly changing by the invisible pushes of the wind. Walking over this sand our footsteps will be faded both by wind and water.
All in all, we believe that we should address stressing topics related to what we call the post-anthropocene. As we are not existing merely in locations (SPACE), but also in histories (TIME), we want to critically reflect which histories are captured in locations. We will do this by the act of walking on a long line of sand which holds many dichotomies: man-made beaches, observed and adjusted to protect the innerland, while beholding the natural processes in which great powers of wind and water remove traces of humans, easily. Here we will walk together and reflect on our actions, habits and habitats, together.
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Architecture Student Association
ARGUS is the Architecture master Student Association of the Faculty of Architecture at Delft University of Technology. ARGUS is directed by master-students that are involved on a part-time basis. The current form of ARGUS is based on the resurrection (restart) in 2010, as ARGUS had been disbanded in 2008 as the fire had burned down the old building and all data.
Our aim is to provide students with extra-curricular activities expanding their horizons in architecture and fields of study closely related to architecture, by means of excursions, lectures, workshops, debates, symposiums, etc. Every month, ARGUS issues a sheet of paper focused on a certain topic. Connected to this paper is a lecture or movie. Other events that were organized by ARGUS are the Venice Biennale excursion, the Night of Philosophy and new this year will be the PhD-day and an exhibition of final products of master projects.
As a member of ARGUS, you’ll receive the up to date news around ARGUS by email, a discount on all organized events and you become part of the Argus network. Join ARGUS by filling out the member-form on this website. In case you would like to help organizing one of the future events you can specify this in the member-form or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Because ARGUS is based upon student initiatives, we are always looking for new input and ideas. So, if you have a great idea, don’t hesitate contacting us!