Designing Peripheries

Today’s design practice is heavily influenced by the transformation society has to undergo in the light of climate change. But it isn’t just the buildings that have to change. The role of the architect and urbanist need to go through a transformation as well.

New challenges ask for new insights and attitudes and thus for new techniques and technologies, new approaches and tools, new stakeholders and alliances, new methods and infrastructures, new values and new typologies. It asks, in short, for a new design practice that has eye for the complexity of urban challenges and that dares to pick up new tools to draw different and innovative forms and buildings that will shape the future urban regional landscape.

To explore what it takes to deal with these challenges and desired transformations, FUR shall explore the edges of the discipline in four lectures that dive into the periphery of what it means to be a designer and design researcher. What impact will the use of wood as a building material have, both on the quality of buildings and on, for instance, global forestry regimes? Does a contemporary designer need to become a data-analyst as well? How and where do we source relevant data and what do they have to offer? Do the current design challenges also challenge the way we organize our own offices? What kind of disciplines need to be present at an up to date office and how should these be put to force?

FUR is curating the lecture series on architecture in the Anthropocene together with the professorships Architecture & Circular Thinking and High Density Energy Landscapes. Lectures will be delivered by, a.o., Taneha Bacchin (TU Delft), Luis Callejas (LCLA), Daniel Ibañez (Harvard GSD). Katya Letunovskaya (Habidatum) and Rob Marsh (C.F. Møller Architects).