Interdisciplinary Research Program – TUDelft Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment
Territory as a Project—A Topography of Chance
One-day symposium and exhibition

Transitional Territories Studio
North Sea: Landscapes of Coexistence


Territory as a Project
A Topography of Chance
one-day exhibition and symposium


invited speakers
Design studio led by Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Farresin / Geo Design – Design Academy Eindhoven / MADE Program – Siracusa Academy of Fine Arts

Nick Axel
E-flux / Architecture Department – Gerrit Rietveld Academy Amsterdam


design critics
Dirk Sijmons – H+N+S Landscape Architects / TU Delft

Timur Shabaev – DROM

Anne van Leeuwen & Saar van Blaaderen – Embassy of the North Sea


convened by
Taneha Kuzniecow Bacchin
Geert van der Meulen
Luisa Calabrese


exhibition curated by
Transitional Territories Studio


image credit
‘Cambio’ Exhibition. Serpentine Galleries. Formafantasma 2020


Welcome by Geert van der Meulen & Luisa Calabrese
Transitional Territories Studio Coordinators /
Delta Urbanism Interdisciplinary Research Program, TU Delft

Short Pitches Graduation Projects (Conceptual Phase) Transitional Territories Studio 2019-2020
Design Critics

Exhibition Opening / Lunch Break




Introduction by Taneha Kuzniecow Bacchin
Transitional Territories Studio Leader
Delta Urbanism Interdisciplinary Research Program, TU Delft

Lecture by Nick Axel
E-flux / Architecture Department – Gerrit Rietveld Academy Amsterdam

Short break

Lecture by Formafantasma
Design studio led by Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Farresin / Geo Design – Design Academy Eindhoven / MADE Program – Siracusa Academy of Fine Arts

Closing/ Drinks


Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Farresin
‘All Design is Geo-Design’

— Design has been both the greatest emancipator and worst exploiter of communities around the world, at times improving the lives of citizens and at times subjecting them to the interests of the dominant economic and political forces. Inevitably, design as a discipline has made obsolete the notion of production as a locally-situated act: as materials, energy, information, money, and people circulate rapidly around the world in search of favourable conditions, all design is GEO—DESIGN.
With the presentation Formafantasma will introduce two of their most recent works (Ore Streams, Visione Unica) and the upcoming exhibition at Serpentine Galleries, ‘Cambio’. The designers will draw links between the recent developments in their practice with the new Master program called Geo-Design, the duo will be heading from September 2020 at Design Academy Eindhoven.


Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Farresin are Studio Formafantasma, an Italian designers duo based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Their interest in product design developed on the IM master course at Design Academy Eindhoven, where they graduated in July 2009. Since then, Formafantasma has developed a coherent body of work characterised by experimental material investigations and explored issues such as the relationship between tradition and local culture, critical approaches to sustainability and the significance of objects as cultural conduits. In perceiving their role as a bridge between craft, industry, object and user, they are interested in forging links between their research-based practice and a wider design industry. Their work has been presented and published internationally and museums such as New York’s MoMA, London’s Victoria and Albert, New York’s Metropolitan Museum, the Chicago Art Institute, Paris’s Centre Georges Pompidou, the TextielMuseum in Tilburg, the Stedelijk’s-Hertogenbosch, the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, MUDAC Lausanne, the Mint Museum of Craft and Design in North Carolina, the MAK Museum in Vienna, Fondation Cartier in Paris, Centraal Museum in Utrecht, Les Arts Décoratifs and CNAP in Paris have all acquired Formafantasma’s designs for their permanent collections. In March 2011 Paola Antonelli of the Museum of Modern Art in New York and esteemed design critic Alice Rawsthorn listed their studio amongst a handful of practices that would shape the future of design.
From September 2020 they will be the head of the new GEO-DESIGN Master at the Design Academy Eindhoven. Since October 2016, they are at the head of the Design bachelor at MADE Program in Siracusa, Italy.


Nick Axel
‘Histories of Territorial Instability’

— With a particular focus on how juridical processes and policy contexts come to reshape the politics of the built environment, this lecture will look at two distinct histories of territorial instability: the 2005 deregulation of hydraulic fracturing in the United States, and the nominal pricing of homes in distressed urban areas. By way of theoretical proposition and reclaiming practical alternatives, Nick Axel will gesture towards ways of securing the ground upon which communities affected by forces of disenfranchisement and displacement stand.


Nick Axel is Deputy Editor of e-flux Architecture and Head of the Architectural Design department at Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam. He is editor of the books Superhumanity: Design of the Self (University of Minnesota Press, 2018), Superhumanity: Post-Labor, Psychopathology, Plasticity (Actar, 2018), Work, Body, Leisure (Hatje Cantz, 2018), Dimensions of Citizenship (Inventory Press, 2018), and Permanent Temporariness (Art and Theory, 2018), as well as the forthcoming Human(s) Work (Taschen, 2020) and The New Normal (Strelka Press, 2020).


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