This week’s guest speaker, Marc Schoonderbeek, is the program director of the research group ‘Border Conditions & Territories’ (BC&T) and received his doctorate in architecture from TU Delft in 2015. The BC&T group is an international architectural research and design network engaged in experimental projects based on investigations of socio-political contexts by tracing contemporary spatial phenomena and conditions in cities and across territories. Marc’s dissertation, 'Place-Time Discontinuities; Mapping in Architectural Discourse', presented a theory of mapping in architectural discourse by making explicit the relationship between spatial analysis and architectural design. He has practiced architecture in the Netherlands, Germany and Israel. In 1998, he and his partner Pnina Avidar founded '12PM-Architecture; Office for Architecture and Urbanism, Design and Research' in Amsterdam. He edited the journal Footprint, lectured at numerous architecture institutes, and contributed to architectural magazines. In 2004, he co-founded 66EAST Centre for Urban Culture in Amsterdam and published 'Houses in Transformation: Interventions in European Gentrification' (2008; with J.J. Berg, T. Kaminer, and J. Zonneveld); ‘Border Conditions’ (2010), the ‘Modi Operandi' series (initiated in 2013) and 'X Agendas for Architecture (2015, with O. Rommens and L. Stolte).
Architectural Adjacencies: the dérive, mapping and 2.5D
As a tool for spatial analysis, mapping has received ample attention in architectural discourse the last decades as a means with which the complexity of urban contexts can be traced and made available for architectural responses. The moment of transition between spatial analysis and architectural design, however, has hardly been addressed nor theorised, as architects continue to regard architectural design an intrinsically mysterious act where vision emerges from an undisclosed mental process. This presentation will address the potential of mapping for architectural production by discussing (1) the way the dérive as exploratory act can be regarded as an investigative tool in architecture through this very act of cartographical conceptualisation; (2) the fundamental characteristics of mapping for architectural construct through the theorisation of mapping's modalities and (3) the way mappings are translated into architectural construct by introducing an understanding of space that is situated between the 2nd and 3rd dimension. Each of these three architectural adjacencies are intended as an attempt to critically access the black box of architectural 'ingenuity'.