InDeSem (International Design Seminar) is organized every two years by students of the faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment of Delft University of Technology. InDeSem is week full of lectures and a workshop were students of the faculty and international students work on a design project with a specific guiding theme. The seminar provides an environment where students, architects, theorists and teachers can engage in conversation with each other about the current and future position of the architect. The purpose of the seminar is to raise awareness of the consequences of the changing society within the architectural world.


In previous editions the frictions between the different scales in architecture (InDeSem 2013 – Scale Matters), the reduced influence of the built environment as a platform for human interaction (InDeSem 2011 – Losing Ground), the perception of architecture senses other than purely visual (InDeSem 2009 – Point of View), the role of the architect and his legacy (InDeSem 2007 – The Legacy) and the responsibility of the architect in geopolitics: territorial, social, ethnic and religious conflicts and the production and consolidation of power (InDeSem 2005 – A Political Act) was discussed.


InDeSem includes a workshop for 80 students (40 enrolled at the Faculty of Architecture in Delft and 40 external / international), a public lecture series, multiple debates and several exhibitions. In the past InDeSem has already met many famous architects to TU Delft, including Winy Maas, Aldo van Eyck, Adriaan Geuze, Jean Nouvel, Herman Hertzberger, Rem Koolhaas,Ben van Berkel and Renzo Piano as well as theorists Saskia Sassen,Bruno Latour, Anthony Vidler and Michael Speaks.


The InDeSem board, which consists of 6 full time and 5 part time students for this edition, is guided and supported by renowned professors of the faculty. Earlier editions of the seminar were organized under the supervision of Herman Hertzberger, Wick Roling, Michiel Riedijk and Winy Maas. For several editions the head of the Environmental Design department Machiel van Dorst operates as a connecting factor between the different editions.


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InDeSem (International Design Seminar)

29MAY-5JUNE 2015

Delft University of Technology,Netherlands



Always felt the desire to guide your design process through rapid prototyping, and 3D print everything you think of, while robotic arms craft on your final prototypes? Or do you just have an utter fascination for the very craft in architecture? InDeSem 2015 will transform the Orange Hall at the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment into an enormous FabLab of the future, in which participants will have access to a wide range of crafting techniques, such as 3D FDM printers by Ultimaker, 3D DLP printers by Atum3D, and much, much more…



InDeSem 2015 will host one of the biggest digital fabrication workshops architecture has ever seen, offering an unprecedented making experience to its 80 participants. Don’t forget to enter in the small online competition to participate in these seminars! In collaboration with Hyperbody research group, Architectural Engineering + Bucky Lab, Formstudies andInteriors, the workshop tries to establish insights into the opportunities and challenges architecture faces in relation to digital fabrication, and explores the possibilities and constraints of these new crafting techniques. The context of this assignment will be set in a public environment that will be visited during the weekend excursions in Rotterdam and Amsterdam. The participants will have to deal with the societal challenges of which digital fabrication might be the cause of or might offer solutions to.



The physical context of this assignment will be a public setting which will be visited during the weekend excursions in Rotterdam and Amsterdam. The participants will be provide with a future vision including new societal challenges of which digital fabrication might be the cause or might offer solutions to. These societal challenges are meant to provoke contrast between, and are chosen in collaboration with the departments. Preliminary topics include among others: transformation, migration, density, vacancy, monotony, mass-production and energy cycles.



The groups that are hosted by the three departments decide internally on which societal aspects they want to focus. The decision for this particular focus has to be apparent from an analysis of the physical context. Whereas some aspects of the assignment are deliberately kept open to interpretation, the groups are expected to intrinsically combine the given physical and chosen societal context with the department’s vision and fabrication method into a meaningful design.




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