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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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ARGUS Night of Philosophy 10.06.2016

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This year’s Night of Philosophy is concerned with the topic of Place and Placelessness. Its general connotation has expanded beyond the discipline of human geography to merge with architecture’s praxis. “Place is now, and has ever been, part of our practice: the site of a building, dwelling, historical memory. It will be held upcoming Friday 10th of June and commence at 20:00.

Place is so deeply embedded in our daily routines/lives that we hardly take time and think about it. Now that we are surrounded by images of displacement of refugees, expats and world-travelling students, it becomes interesting to ask ourselves about what it means to have, or lose a place. Therefore the theme of this year’s Night of Philosophy will be: Place(less): Place and Identity in a Globalized World.

On this evening, guided by a philosopher, artist and a sociologist, we search for a deeper understanding of place. How are identity and social relations connected to places? We would like to address these questions and afterwards leave with more questions unanswered.

Our speakers with both a practical and theoretical background will give a short pitch of their vision regarding the topic. These pitches are followed by an informal discussion with the audience. Nelson Mota, assistant professor at the TU Delft will be our moderator for the evening.

We’re happy to announce the following speakers:
dr. Jacob Voorthuis, associate professor Philosophy in Architecture, TU Eindhoven, NL
dr. Julia Bennett, senior lecturer sociology, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK
Jasper Coppes, visual artist, NL/UK

– Online Tickets available through:

– Hard-copy Tickets will  be sold this week at the Main Entrance of the Faculty during Lunch.

ARGUS-members: 4€
Regular students: 5€
Non-students: 7.50€

Are you a student, but not a member yet?
for 19€ you can get a student-membership and admission.


The location of the event is DOK Centrum, Delft.

Feel free to come a little early (around 19.30h) so you can find a spot and/or enjoy a drink.

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#7 Monthly Activity: Chinese Urbanization – Stefan Al

Chinese Urbanization Lecture by Stefan Al PhD, MSc, MArch, LEED AP

Friday, March 18 “Lunch” Lecture – 12:45 in Room E

This month ARGUS is pleased to welcome Stefan Al PhD, a Dutch architect (founder of Stefan Al Architects) as well as an Associate Professor of Urban Design at the University of Pennsylvania (Penn). Dr. Al has conducted and published an important body of research on the multiple challenges of China’s fast changing landscape (most notably on the “urban villages” and the factory towns of Southern China), part of which he will share with us.

Our faculty’s intense interest for this part of the world became evident many times in the past. However, we believe that an open debate, which would analyse the multiple factors that shape today’s Chinese Urbanism (historical heritage, consumer society and rural exodus), is still absent.

Dr. Al’s research has been accompanied with the publication of several books on urbanization, including Factory Towns of South China, Village in the City, and Mall City. Additionally he has also worked professionally in China, most notably on the Canton Tower in Guangzhou. His full CV can be viewed here

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ARGUS Board Interest Drinks: 10.03 @ Bouwpub

ARGUS is looking for new board members!

Are you interested in doing something more at the faculty than just studying? Would you like to organize architectural related activities? Curious about how it is to get into contact with academics and practitioners in the field of architecture? Then becoming a board member of ARGUS, the architecture master study association of TU Delft, is the solution for you.

The board membership is part-time, about one day per week, which means you can continue your own studies next to it without any problems. The board will exist out of six master architecture students, who will all have their specific function within the board.  

On March 10th, between 16:00 and 18:00, the board of this year will be present at the Bouwpub in order to be able to have a chat with you. So come grab a beer and meet with us at the Bouwpub to let us know if you would like to become part of the ARGUS board 2016-2017!

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#6 Monthly Activity: 3D Printing Competition & Workshop

Have you always wanted to 3D print but never gotten around to it? Join us this month as we learn the ins and outs of printing here at BK. After an hour long intro, you’ll have 48 hours to design a uniquely ‘useful’ object within the confines of a 5x5x5 cm cube. Five euro entry fee, includes everything.

Register at Eventbrite by Monday the 22nd. (limited to 20 participants)

Workshop: Monday the 22nd 9:00-10:00, Modeling Hall
Submit your entry by the 24th at 9:00
View the results on Monday the 29th, Location TBA

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3D printing has become a pervasive element of architectural practice, from model making to bridge building, the capabilities are proving endless. TU Delft is particularly well equipped to engage with the possibilities of 3D printing, and as you most likely know, we are even able to 3D print in BK.

This workshop and competition seeks to introduce you to the 3D printing capabilities of our faculty. We will begin with a brief, yet thorough, introduction to the machines, how they can be used and how to prepare your digital files. At the conclusion of the introduction, all participants will then be given 48 hours to design and submit their competition submittal (as defined below). Submissions will be printed by the CAMlab, judged, and then displayed in the faculty before be returned to their designers in early March.

The competition asks each entrant to design a uniquely useful object. We’d like the submission to challenge the norm, yet also be a functional addition to your (or someone else’s) daily life. The printed object must fit within the bounds of a 5x5x5cm cube and must be printed with PLA. Each entry may be accompanied by a short description which will be later defined on the official brief.

Participation in the workshop is mandatory for participation in the competition. Additionally all entrants must be Master students from the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment. The cost of participating is €5, this cost includes the workshop, the entry fee, and the cost of the 3D printing. The entries will be judged by an external examiner (TBA), a first place along with two honourable mentions will be selected. First place will be awarded €15 and the honourable mentions will receive €5 each.

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