Interdisciplinary Research Program – TUDelft Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment
NEXT-EXTREMES: Constructed Natures
NEXT-Extremes. Kaleidoscopic Drawing

Beyond the limits of the city—
Cultivating territories as a counteract to extreme weather and environmental loss

NEXT-EXTREMES is a research project initiative by A+BE
Delta Urbanism Research Group within the framework of
DIMI Delft Deltas, Infrastructure & Mobility Initiative

Project Leaders
dr.arch. Taneha Kuzniecow Bacchin (project coordination)
dr. Fransje Hooimeijer

Principal Investigator / Researcher
ir. Filippo LaFleur

DIMI Delft Deltas, Infrastructure & Mobility Initiative

NEXT-EXTREMES is jointly developed with the support of
TUD CEG: Integral Design of Civil Infrastructure

Starting from a reconceptualization of the field of infrastructure and environment in planning, engineering and design, NEXT-EXTREMES aims at developing a new set of design principles which are responsive to extreme societal, economic and environmental conditions.

Beside climatic drivers, other drivers such as economic and demographic growth and related land-use changes have direct impact on socio-ecological systems and their processes. The understanding of the changing nature of those drivers and their influence on the quality of the infrastructure space requires a new design approach, one that mediates system’ performance, operation, and values under the influence of various ranges of uncertainty and management scales. The working hypothesis is that the infrastructural project (a new paradigm of public works) – as science and professional practice – must evolve vis-à-vis with the complexities, magnitudes and indeterminacies of urban and environmental change, now transitioning to a state of extremes. This calls for multi/interdisciplinary influences to fully respond to the challenges at hand. Such integration is a precondition in practice, research and education development, where design, planning and engineering, environmental and political sciences must converge into new forms of infrastructure design inquiry.

The typology of infrastructural project addressed by NEXT is the hybrid blue, green and grey network system, i.e. the integration between water resource management, rehabilitation and/or formation of ecological matrices and the built environment.

Having the focus on the ground as resource and design space, NEXT aims at researching the spatial, societal, economic and environmental impacts of new constructed natures as the most essential infrastructural strategy supporting earth systems rehabilitation and a revised notion of urbanisation. Specifically NEXT will focus on plantation and cultivation as a large-scale infrastructural project and as a strategy of carbon mitigation/ adaptation/ compensation along with the formation of economies that rely on the material stream’s management of these new ecological zones.

The project emphasis on the development of two interlocking tracks:
1. (Space) Regionalization as reterritorialization aims at showing the spatial impact of the intensification of new paired programs and functions in the region’s mosaic.
2. (Time) Synchronization of landscape change (i.e. nature dynamics), climate, and urban programming.

Research by design and advanced representational techniques (horizontal, vertical, temporal and composite) are employed to depict new assemblages of spaces, ecologies of scales (succession / management) and economies in time (governance, actors and industries).

Reporting ‘space, time and everyday life’ in the Delta