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TU Delft: Indesem ’11 Losing Ground


March 2nd, 2011, teaching


Theme: Have you already used the ‘Like’ button today? Do you still send letters by post? Where do you interact more with your friends – on Skype or at a café? In recent years our means of interacting with one another have changed dramatically thanks to emerging virtual realities, globalization and mass customization. Where, as designers, do we now take our cues: The liquid phenomenology of the screen? The emergent qualities of advanced algorithms? Endless iterations of ‘related links’? The grassroots democracy of the ‘Like’ button? Architecture sees itself in a moment in which existing paradigms have to be redefined and new values have to be critically evaluated and tested so as to be able to properly form an active approach to the challenges posed by an increasing divide between old and new social realities.

INDESEM 2011 will investigate these questions with appropriate philosophical and practical tools. It will do so in a one-week workshop for 80 international students, comprising lectures, excursions, exhibitions, debates, documentaries and more.

Speakers: Amongst others, we have confirmed lectures by Neil Leach, Marcos Novak, Saskia SassenHerman HertzbergerDaan Roosegaarde and Kas Oosterhuis.

Workshop: The workshop will investigate the proposed theme in more detail. Students will be guided by a team of tutors composed of practicing architects as well as theoreticians with various backgrounds. For more information and participation, go here.

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