Interdisciplinary Research Program – TUDelft Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment
UD-TT Lecture Series—Territories of Accumulation—Session 6

Within the framework of:

Section of Urban Design
Delta Urbanism Research Group
Graduation Studio—Transitional Territories
(Joint Studio with AA, Diploma Unit 9, Third Territorial Attractor)

Curated by:
Nikos Katsikis

Convened by:
Nikos Katsikis and Taneha Kuzniecow Bacchin
Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Section of Urban Design—TUDelft



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The Transitional Territories lecture series 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. The 2021-2021 edition introduces as an investigative lens the notion of accumulation broadly conceived: as a material process of anthropogenic transformation of the earth, but also as a process of – often unequal – social and ecological (re)organisation. From the ecopolitics and hydropolitics of accumulation, to its multi-scalar metabolisms, the series aims to offer critical insights around the state and agency of the territorial project within the pressing context of the climate crisis and the associated social and ecological tensions.

Session 6

03 March 2022

17:00—18:00 CET


Design Earth

Rania Ghosn and El Hadi Jazairy

DESIGN EARTH is a research practice that deploys the speculative project — drawing and narrative — to make public the climate crisis. DESIGN EARTH has received numerous awards including the United States Artist Fellowship, the Prize for Young Architects + Designers by the Architectural League, Jacques Rougerie Foundation Award and ACSA Faculty Design Awards. Their work has been exhibited at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Triennale Milano, Matadero Madrid, the Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism, Oslo Architecture Triennale, Sursock Museum in Beirut and Times Museum in Guangzhou; and is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Their recent projects include “Climate Inheritance” at the Bauhaus Museum Dessau and “The Planet After Geoengineering” at the Venice Architecture Biennale.


Rania Ghosn and El Hadi Jazairy are founding partners of DESIGN EARTH. Rania is Associate Professor of Architecture and Urbanism at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. El Hadi is Associate Professor and Director of Master of Urban Design degree program at the University of Michigan Taubman College. Ghosn and Jazairy hold Doctor of Design degrees from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, where they were founding editors of the journal New Geographies and editors respectively of Landscapes of Energy and Scales of the Earth. They are authors of Geographies of Trash (2015), Geostories: Another Architecture for the Environment (3rd ed. 2022) and The Planet After Geoengineering (2021).




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