Interdisciplinary Research Program – TUDelft Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment
Transdisciplinary Lecture Series—5 Conversations on the Present (state of)—Session 3 (Topos)

Within the framework of:

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

Dalhousie University
Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning
Graduate Design Studio—Facts or Fictions: Cities on the Sea

Hosted by:

Taneha Kuzniecow Bacchin
Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Section of Urban Design—Delta Urbanism, TUDelft

Catherine Ann Somerville Venart
School of Architecture, Faculty of Architecture and Planning
Dalhousie University

Luisa Maria Calabrese
Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Section of Urban Design—Delta Urbanism, TUDelft

Isabella Coutand
Department of Earth and Environmental Science, Faculty of Science
Dalhousie University

Two views points on the subject, followed by a short discussion on overlaps, differences, provocations, oppositions.



17:00—19:00 CET / 12:00-14:00 Atlantic

Thomas Pathuret
“A place is not a problem but a riddle”
“Today abstraction is no longer that of the map, the double, the mirror, or the concept. Simulation is no longer that of a territory, a referential being or substance. It is the generation by models of a real without origin or reality: A hyperreal. The territory no longer precedes the map, nor does it survive it. It is nevertheless the map that precedes the territory—precession of simulacra—that engenders the territory.”
[Jean Baudrillard ‘Abstraction’]

Thomas Pathuret graduated from the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (M.Arch, 2016) as well as the École d’architecture de la ville et des territoires de Marne-la-Vallée (B.Arch, 2013). He had the pleasure of working for Atelier Charles-Henri Tachon in Paris, Clément Vergély Architectes in Lyon and Made in Sàrl in Geneva. Aside his activity as an architect in a small rural village in the Pyrénées Catalanes, he is also the editor of Atlas of Places and a cartographer.


Ludovica Galeazzo
Venice’s Archipelago
Reinterpreting the Early Modern Lagoon through Mapping”
In the early modern period, the cluster of over sixty islands scattered throughout Venice’s lagoon served as capillary structures for the political, socio-economic, and cultural interests of the capital cityThese settlements were indispensable to the larger Venetian society as loci dedicated to the city’s food supply, spiritual places for religious communities, centers for housing fortified outposts and public hospitals, and spaces for state lodging services. The political events that followed the fall of the Republic (1797) profoundly changed this understanding and totally altered the reading of the city as an organic entity that encompasses its water environment. In some cases, interventions significantly transformed the islands’ geographic configuration and functions.
The project Archipelago: Mapping the Islands of the Venetian Lagoon investigates the long-term history and transformation of the lagoon islands between the late fifteenth and eighteenth centuries through a systematic and geographic-based analysis. This combines historical and digital methods by employing a geospatial research infrastructure for mapping, visualizing, and exploring urban data over time.

Ludovica Galeazzo is an architectural and urban historian whose research focuses on Italian architecture of the early modern period. She was Research Fellow at the Università Iuav di Venezia and Postdoctoral Associate at Duke University. She was involved as assistant curator in three exhibitions displayed at the Ducal Palace in Venice and the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke. Since 2011, she is a member of the research group Visualizing Venice. Author of several articles about the urban and architectural history of Venice, her first book, Venezia e i margini urbani. L’insula dei Gesuiti in età moderna, was published by the Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti 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