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Bouwkunde at Venice Biennale | Excursions

Customizable selection of excursions. Create your own set of excursions on the available menu of activities that ARGUS will provide. The excursions will be held in Venice, its surrounding islands and the mainland Veneto (with Palladio’s Villa Rotonda for instance).


Museums (e. g. Punta Della Dogana)

Surrounding Islands (e. g. Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore)

Veneto (e.g. Andrea Palladio)

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Biennale di Venezia 2012 Event – Join the team

At the coming 13th International Architecture Exhibition “Common Ground” at the Biennale di Venezia,
The Delft School of Design (DSD) will be representing the TU Delft Faculty of architecture during the Biennale Sessions.

The DSD will organise with Andrej Radman and Marc Boumeester and their graduation studio an intense 3-day event by the name of “Somæsthetics” within the Biennale venues for our group, other universities and vistors.

The event will take place at the end of september 2012, where we will represent the TU Delft with a group of
50 students and tutors and within the span of a week we will visit the Biennale session and Venice itself.

The event will be organized in collaboration with ARGUS,
the student association of architecture master students.

We are looking for motivated students that are interested
in supporting the organization of the trip.

Are you eager to join up for the team, let us know! Send us an email at
Do not hesitate to ask for further information or comment on this post.

For more information visit:
Delft School of Design (DSD)
Biennale Sessions
Info around Somæsthetics

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Lecture Pritzker Price 2012, Why Wang Shu?

Lecture by Martijn de Geus, Master of Architecture (Tsinghua University, Beijing)

Background and overview of contemporary Chinese Architecture seen from a conceptual historic perspective.
Introducing China’s rising architects, amongst which:
– Ma Yansoong first Chinese to win competition abroad (2006)
– Li Xiaodong first Chinese that wins Aga Khan (2010) and as AIA honorable member (2012)
– Wang Shu first Chinese Pritzker Prize (2012)

What is their background, their current context and what can we expect next?

March 30th, 2012
12.45 – 13.45 (Lunch Lecture!)

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Andrei Tarkovsky Film Series

Andrei Tarkovsky Retrospective
(text by: Marc Schoonderbeek)


While the discussion of spatial issues in cinematic discourse is well established[1], aspects of cinema in architecture are less evident. The discussion of the influence and relevance of cinema for architecture has unfortunately mostly focused on the stage sets created for the enfolding drama of films, with Das Kabinett des Doktor Caligari or Blade Runner as the classic examples of subliminal architectural expression in film. Only in a few exceptional instances has cinema been discussed with less factual and directly translated considerations. Manfredo Tafuri’s analysis of the ‘ambiguity of language’ in Sergei Eisenstein’s study on Piranesi’s Caceri constitutes a theoretical discussion of formal principles and techniques implemented in both disciplines.[2] The Manhattan Transcripts of Bernard Tschumi[3] is another exemplary project that offers a clear and highly original treating of cinema in terms of an architectural inquiry. Tschumi’s project offers an analysis of New York based on small-scale events and their spatial consequences. In this specific project, the architectural consideration of cinema is especially intriguing since it combines the implementation of specific formal techniques with the development of a system of representation that is related to the exploration of urban space. By following the small scenario’s scripts, the city is presented as a potentially interesting field of research where the relationships between space, image and daily life are explored. In this instance, and through the implementation of specifically developed spatial representations, aspects of architecture and cinema are brought into close proximity.

Andrei Tarkovski passed away 25 years ago, on 27 December 1986, not long after finishing his eighth film, Offret/The Sacrifice. To commemorate his extraordinary work, the BC group of the department of Public Building (chaired by Michiel Riedijk) in cooperation with Argus offers a Tarkovski retrospective during which 4 films are viewed and the relationship between architecture and cinema will be discussed. With this retrospective, the organizers intend to offer an extended exploration of the relationship between cinema and architecture. In cinema, explorations of space express temporality via issues of ‘context’, ‘exploration’, ‘ordering’, ‘narrative’ and ‘sequential imaging’. Tarkovski’s work is considered particularly relevant for architecture, as the themes of his films not only cover a variety of spatial and architectural topics, they form a very elaborate and integrated body of work as well where several dimensions of architecture come together. In Nostalghia, the cultural heritage experienced by an artist in exile is part of an extended exploration of the quest for artistic relevance coinciding with a longing for ‘home’. In Andrei Rublov, the role of intuition and reason in artistic practice forms the kernel of the film’s meditations. In Stalker, the voyage into an industrial wasteland becomes part of an inner journey towards salvation while the question of the border, of inclusion and exclusion, of freedom and imprisonment, are also part of the film’s narrative.

Perhaps what connects these films is the systematic deconstruction of the house as home. In each of these films, the house is both the place of being and belonging, as well as a haunted space, a place where elements of decay and alienation play a crucial role in the overall experience of space. The minimal (house) versus maximum (zone) place of dwelling in Stalker; the invasion, doubling and ultimately sacrificial destruction in Offret/Sacrifice; the return to the distant, fatherly home in Solaris and Nostalgia, appearing in dream-like sequences; or even the house of god in Rublov, where perhaps painting becomes the ultimate place of home at the end of the movie, are different manifestations of a recurring architectural theme in Tarkosvki’s work.



The movies are shown on four consecutive Tuesday evenings in room C starting March the 20th at 18.00. (note the last movie showing on April 10th will start at 18.45) we’ll start each evening with an introduction of the movie and after the showing there is room for some drinks and discussions until we’re kicked out of the building. Drinks will be available for 1 euro and you’re able to order your pizza for each evening. You can order a pizza by the use of Paypal, iDeal (not yet) and cash.

Tuesday 20 March:


introduced by Michiel Riedijk


introduced by Stefano Milani

Andrei Rublov

introduced by Henriette Bier

One Day in the Life of Andrei Arsenevich, a film by Chris Marker

introduced by Marc Schoonderbeek

[1] See, for instance: Pudovkin’s distinction between ‘filmic time’ and ‘filmic space’ or Stephen Heath’s ‘narrative space’ and David Bordwell’s ‘scenographic space’ in film.

[2] Manfredo Tafuri,  The Sphere and the Labyrinth; Avant-Gardes and Architecture from Piranesi to the 1970s (Cambridge (MA): The MIT Press, 1990), chapter 2: ‘The Historicity of the Avant-Garde: Piranesi and Eisenstein’, pp. 55-91.

[3] Bernard Tschumi, The Manhattan Transcripts (London: Academy Editions, 1994).