Bouwkunde at Venice Biennale

The 13th International Architecture Exhibition entitled Common Ground, directed by David Chipperfield, will open to the public from Wednesday August 29th until Sunday November 25th  2012, at the Giardini della Biennale and at the Arsenale. The Exhibition will be complemented by 55 National Participations organized, as usual, in the Pavilions at the Giardini, at the Arsenale, and in the city of Venice. At the coming  Biennale di Venezia, The Delft School of Design (DSD) will be representing the TU Delft Faculty of Architecture during the Biennale Sessions, an event for universities from all around the globe.

The DSD will collaborate with two other universities, including the Dessau Institute of Architecture (DIA), and will organise  an intense 3-day event by the name of “AAA” within the Biennale venues for our group, other universities and vistors. The event will take place from October 16th till October 18th. Besides the students from the partner universities, we will represent the TU Delft with a group of 35 students. Within the span of a week we will visit the Biennale session, The exhibition and Venice itself. The journey to Venice will be from October 15th till October 21.

The threefold program of the biennale di Venezia 2012 trip will be: Participate, Explore, and customizable excursions. If you want more information on these topics, please click on them.






The journey will be organized in collaboration with ARGUS, the student association of architecture master students. The costs of this excursion will be approximately 400€, this includes travel (transfer, plane, boat-pass), accommodation and entry to the Biennale. We are looking for motivated students that are interested in joining us at the Biennale! Because we can only accomodate 35 students and more people have shown interest already, we would like to ask you to make a very small assignment. This way we can select students together with the board of the DSD.

To apply for this excursion, click here

If you have any questions email us at: and join our facebook group!

For more information visit:
B-Nieuws article (may 2012)
Delft School of Design (DSD)
Biennale Sessions
Info around AAA

Info session

For those who couldn’t make it to our meeting: presentation infomeeting.

Next Tuesday (June 12th) 12.45 PM in room B there will be an info session to give you more information on the
Bouwkunde at Venice Biennale trip.

Besides the general info like costs, flight etc, we will give you a better understanding of the threefold idea of the trip.
Next to exploring the Biennale and visiting architectural highlights in Venice and surroundings, Bouwkunde is
participating in this year’s Biennale Sessions. This workshop is a 3-day event by the DSD, and will be held in
collaboration with students from the architecture school in Dessau and presumably Cambridge.
Teachers of the DSD will be present on Tuesday to explain the topic of this workshop.

How to apply will be explained at the meeting as well. This information will also be posted
on the website and in the facebook group, in case you can not join us at the meeting.

We’ll hope to see you all next Tuesday 12:45PM!

UPDATE for Bouwkunde at Venice Biennale


The excursion of a week to Venice, including the biennale session of the Delft School of Design is expanded.

The Delft School of Design now will be collaborating with two other universities in the biennale session project. At the moment of writing, Bauhaus / Dessau Institute of Architecture is one of them. This will result in an even more interesting biennale session in which the students that join the trip will participate. Lectures and workshops of the different universities are planned.
Besides this, there is also the opportunity to meet other universities that organise a biennale session. See the website of the biennale for the list of universities that join the biennale session project.

Due to this expansion of the program, the date of the trip is now scheduled for:

15th October till October 21st

For more information go the the Bouwkunde at Venice Bienalle page

If you have any questions email us at:

Bouwkunde at Venice Biennale | Participate

Biennale session of the DSD: AAA or “the Asignifying Affordance of Assemblage”
3-day event in collaboration with two other universities, including Bauhaus / Dessau Institute of Architecture. The event will be at the biennale venues with workshops, lectures, and exhibitions.


COMMON GROUND 13th Venice Biennale of Architecture, directed by Sir David Chipperfield

DSD TU Delft The Asignifying Affordance of Assemblage


The question of metaphysics has always been that of the ground (grund), as Mark Wigley recalls: “Its history is that of a succession of different names (logos, ratio, arche, etc.) for the ground. Each of them designates ‘being’, which is understood as […] ‘supporting presence’ for an edifice.” In other words, before the enquiry even begins, the subject is already determined as something that endures above and beyond its transitory predicates and is therefore prevented in advance from affirming the original movement through which the subject itself is affected. The cure is to bracket ‘natural perception’ in which every single thing appears as an already constituted body, quality or action. In the words of Deleuze: “To make the body a power which is not reducible to the organism, to make thought a power which is not reducible to consciousness.”

The AAA challenges a long tradition in both philosophy and psychoanalysis that has been applied to architecture critique, one which has insisted on inscribing the subject as primarily grounded in thought (Descartes) or language (Lacan). Such fetishistic subjects have deluded themselves into thinking in the mode of the ready-made that is at the centre of its various experiences and understandings, separate from the constellation of intensities that it undergoes. As Clair Colebrook puts it: “Once we try to think the origin of all that is, the very ground of being, then we arrive properly not at the origin of sensibility, but sensibility as origin.” Sensibility is ‘ground zero’.

Pitching the adequate level or finding an appropriate ‘grain’ of analysis is to affirm not the relativity of truth but the truth of relativity. A special agility of mind is needed as we find ourselves on the continuously varying but meta-stable ground of ecology where things are not logically necessary but contingently obligatory; which operates between the simultaneous realisation of two competing tendencies: the tendency of the components to couple together and to express their intrinsic independent behaviour.



B-Nieuws Article (may 2012)

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


Bouwkunde at Venice Biennale | Explore

3-day access to the entire exhibtion of the Biennale, directed by David Chipperfield.
the 13th international architecture exhibtion, entitled Common Ground, included 55 participating Countries and 58 projects at the Arsenale, the pavilions in the Giardini and around Venice.


Short video about the Biennale:


For more information visit:
Biennale di Venezia website
Domus Article

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)