Interdisciplinary Research Program – TUDelft Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment
Territory as a Project 2023 – Inland, Seaward Notes on a Project Symposium / Counter-Territories Exhibition

organised and convened by

Taneha Kuzniecow Bacchin
Luisa Maria Calabrese
Nikos Katsikis
Diego Sepulveda Carmona
Transitional Territories Studio Graduates

under the framework of Transitional Territories Studio and Research, Delta Urbanism—Section of Urban Design. Department of Urbanism, TUDelft Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment.

TT Studio leader
Taneha Kuniecow Bacchin

The annual symposium ‘Territory as a Project: Inland-Seaward Notes on a Project’ organized by the Transitional Territories Studio and Research explores the agency of design as a mode of investigation and reflexive transformation of the ever-changing interrelations between natural processes, societal practices, and (geo)political frameworks. This year marks the end of a three-year cycle of investigations of our research group and graduation studio called ‘Inland-Seaward’ which aimed to bring together perspectives from urban theories, critical media, and design to explore spatial concepts that can help us decipher the material processes of anthropogenic transformation across scales, and the possible social and ecological (re)organization of the coastal and terrestrial landscape continuum. The event combines with an exhibition and review which reflects the progress that the students of our graduation studio have made with their thesis so far. The collection of work presented in “Territory as a Project: Counter-Territories” exhibition critically analyses the de- / re-territorialization of places, structures and cultures between land and sea: the palimpsest of traces of inhabitation, production, and infrastructure projected on land, river, and ocean grounds, which define the urban as a material and socio-ecological space. As guiding principle, the iterative notions of accumulation and clearance are at the core of the study. By looking into centres and repeated cycles of accumulation and their externalities, we aim to document urbanisation, its impact on present and future environment and life. The project continues in search for alternative forms of critical design as acts of care.

Online exhibition:
(official launch 14th April 2023)


Territory as a Project Symposium and Exhibition

April 14th 2023

Berlagezaal 1&2 BK-TUDelftTime:
Exhibition Opening/ Design Critics



Territory as a Project
‘Inland, Seaward: Notes on Project’ Symposium


Counter-Territories Exhibition
Opening (one day on site / online)


invited speakers

Camillo Boano
Professor of Urban Design and Critical Theory
Development Planning Unit
UCL Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment

Robert De Paauw Solé
Landscape Urbanist and Architect
Adjunct Lecturer DUOT-ETSAB / EEABB
Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · Barcelona Tech – UPC

invited design critics

Heidi Sohn
Architecture Theory BK TUDelft

Elena Longhin
Urban Design/ Delta Urbanism BK TUDelft



Counter-Territories Exhibition Opening,
Berlagezaal 2

13:30 – 15:00
Design Critics TT Studio 2022-2023 Graduation Projects with invited speakers and design criticis


Territory as a Project Symposium
Berlagezaal 1

15:30 – 16:15
Inland, Seaward – Notes on a Project
Taneha Bacchin
Nikos Katsikis
Diego Sepulveda
Luisa Calabrese

16:30 – 17:30
Robert De Paawn
‘Strategic Actions in the Landscape’

17:30 – 18:30 (keynote)
Camillo Boano
‘Architecture of Livability. From Refusal to Abolition’



Camillo Boano is Professor of Urban Design and Critical Theory at The Bartlett Development Planning Unit (University College London) and professor of Architecture and Urban Design at the Dipartimento Interateneo di Scienze, Progetto e Politiche, Territorio del Politecnico di Torino, Italy. He is Co- Director of the UCL Urban Laboratory. Camillo’s research has centred on the complex encounters between critical theory, radical philosophy and urban design processes, specifically engaging with informal urbanizations, urban collective actions, as well as crisis-generated urbanisms with specific focus on migration, borders and the urban project. He is working on a series of interconnected research projects in Latin America, South East Asia and the Middle East on urban infrastructures, habitability and city-wide upgrade. He had worked in several interconnected research and consultancies on camps, cities and migrations entanglements and in Post conflict and Recovery operations in Asia, Middle East and the Balkans.

Robert de Paauw is Adjunct Professor in the Department of Urbanism, Territorial Planning, and Landscape Architecture at the School of Architecture of Barcelona at the UPC. He has recently been designated as an expert evaluator consultant at the European Community Horizon Program-Solutions for the sustainable, resilient, inclusive, and accessible regeneration of neighbourhoods enabling low carbon footprint lifestyles and businesses (Built4People). His professional career is carried out over 25 years in the public sector through interventions in the field of landscape urbanism, urban planning, and sustainable community development. Dealing with projects related to climate change adaptation, urban resilience, and social inclusiveness strategies, he has worked in Europe, Latin America, Africa, and Asia. Leading the DE PAAUW ARCHITECTURE team, with offices in Barcelona and São Paulo, they are currently busy with challenges such as boosting active mobility civic axes on conventional roads or dealing with sustainable urban growth in the delta´s sensitive areas, both in Barcelona´s area. Also fostering solutions for flood mitigation issues in Burundi or planning an eco-town masterplan in China. Some of their projects have been recognized with the 2021 Urbanism, Urban Planning and City Award of the IAB-Institute of Architects (northern area), the 2019 FAD City and Landscape Award, the 7th European Public Space Award in 2012, as well as selected for the Venice Architecture Biennale International Exhibition at the Pavilion of Spain in 2016 and the Pavilion of Brazil in 2018.

After Territory Symposium / Inland-Seaward End-of-Cycle Exhibition – Transitional Territories Studio and Research
Section of Urban Design/Transitional Territories Lecture Series—After Territory—Session 3