InDeSem (International Design Seminar) 2017_CROWDED_26th May-2nd June
Delft University of Technology,Netherlands
WHAT IS InDeSem?
InDeSem (International Design Seminar) is a biennale, founded by a group of students in 1962 and reinitiated in 1986 by Herman Hertzberger. The biennale is hosted at the faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment of the Delft University of Technology. InDeSem has had the honor of hosting internationally acclaimed architects such as Aldo van Eijck, Adriaan Geuze, Rem Koolhaas, Wiel Arets, Ben van Berkel, Winy Maas, Daan Roosegaarde, Jean Nouvel, Shigeru Ban, Steven Holl, Greg Lynn, Peter Cook and Renzo Piano, and theorists such as Saskia Sassen, Bruno Latour, Anthony Vidler, Neil Leach and Michael Speaks.
The programme of the InDeSem seminar week consists of lectures, excursions and a workshop, all organized around a specific contemporary theme. Every edition of the seminar aims to raise awareness about this theme and its consequences for the architectural practice, in which both faculty and international students embark on an accompanying specifically themed design project. The seminar provides an environment in which students, tutors, architects and theorists engage in conversation and discussion about the current and future position of the architect within society.
InDeSem is organized by a student committee, under the supervision of renowned faculty professors. Herman Hertzberger, Wiek Röling, Michiel Riedijk and Winy Maas curated previous editions of the seminar. The InDeSem 2017 board consists of Tymon Hogenelst, Lauren Broshuis, Hugo Wijdeveld, Daphne Delissen, Ties van Benten, Thomas Dillon and Louise Remmelts, and is supervised by Machiel van der Dorst.
INDESEM 2017, “Crowded”, will address the effects of the densification of cities: decreasing social cohesion and urban stress. These developments affect us in different scales - from the scale of the person to that of the crowd - and affect our environment from the building to the city. This questions our idea of the city and calls for new visions for our urban landscapes and how we manage our crowds.
This edition would like to offer a platform for this new generation to take up their responsibility and discuss about and anticipate on the challenges we face. The event should be considered as an opportunity to define a new approach to architecture and its designers, which can contribute to a new way of dealing with this crowded world. How should cities densify and grow on different scale levels? How to intensify new urban developments? How to build the city inwards?