Interdisciplinary Research Program – TUDelft Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment
UD-TT Lecture Series—Territories of Accumulation—Session 8

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 8

14 April 2022

17:00—18:00 CET

Urban Markets / Rural Slums

Alison B. Hirsch


Alison B. Hirsch, PhD, FAAR is a landscape theorist, historian and designer who explores the spatial politics and performative dimensions of landscape. She is Associate Professor and Director of Landscape Architecture + Urbanism at the University of Southern California and co-founder of foreground design agency ( She additionally founded and directs the Landscape Justice Initiative at USC ( She is author of City Choreographer: Lawrence Halprin in Urban Renewal America (University of Minnesota Press, 2014). She is currently developing a book and exhibition on the working agricultural landscapes of the San Joaquin Valley, a territory of extreme inequality and risk, as well as another book titled The Performative Landscape. She is a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome (2017-2018) and was recently a Landscape Architecture Foundation’s Fellow for Innovation and Leadership (2019-2020).


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