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Introducing: Springtime Weekend Bike Trips

With the 2021 spring equinox coming up this Saturday, March 20, we are launching a new section in our weekly posts – Springtime Weekend Bike Trips!!

The first one is the Bridge in Schipluiden – Vlietland nature area Loop starting from Delft, which takes 2 hours for the round-trip.

For the detailed trip and an interactive map to follow during your journey follow this link >> https://www.komoot.com/smarttour/2002457

And for motivation..

whoever completes the trip and sends us their favourite photo(s) as proof will receive a free annual of their choice!!

Check out the images below for inspo:

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Thursday Reading suggestion:

Anticipating Fabulous Futures

by Isabelle Doucet

Take a closer look at what it means to progress, through Cedric Price’s Ducklands project in Hamburg.

Cedric Price Architects, Ducklands proposal , Hamburg, 1989–1991, skyline montage showing structures to be demolished. Courtesy Cedric Price fonds, Canadian Centre for Architecture.

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This Tuesday’s movie:

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.

Find the link below ..

Woody Allen’s MANHATTAN

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Christmas Annual Sale!!!

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 🙂

Join after your studio day with your friends!

See you there from 4pm, everyday 7-11 December

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Join Argus

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 mail.argus@gmail.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!

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The voices in the grass —- — — the colours in the wind the –

<<excerpts from the ZINE we produced. 2019/2020>>

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. 

MANIFESTO:

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.