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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Monthly Paper #2

Within the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, the Architecture track and its education seems to focus on the practice, a future of being an architect. Along with the projects various levels of research take place, but seem to be largely focus on executing theory, rather than generating: knowledge gained is often used to apply in design. Research done within the faculty is usually left unnoticed by the many Master’s students.

With this point of departure, ARGUS’ PhD Day tries to make visible the connection between research and education, and the relation between architectural practice and theory. The day offers a space to delve into the world of PhD’s, promoting a focus on research within the student’s university education and tries to answer questions on how to start a PhD-trajectory in the first place.

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