Symposium Repositioning Urban Design: Projections, Limits, Encounters

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What is the role and positionality of Urban Design amidst the current context of multiple social and ecological crises? The one-day symposium organized by the section of Urban Design at TU Delft with occasion of the Month of Urban Design, will set to explore this question by bringing together established and emerging voices.

Presentations and debates will be addressing the disciplinary relationship of Urban Design to the broader ecosystem of design, the spatial disciplines, and beyond, as well as its socio-political relevance and agency. The symposium is structured around three axes, corresponding to three panels, with the intention to encourage cross sections between and beyond them: the first panel, Encounters, will encourage meaningful interdisciplinary conversations and their connection to urban design pedagogy; the second panel, Limits, will question the potentials and limitations of urban design as a form of critical inquiry and creative practice; the third panel, Projections, will explore the agency of urban design as it strives to respond to ongoing social and ecological urgencies. The symposium is a core event of the Urban Design month at TU Delft, a series of activities and initiatives aiming to reflect upon the past and present of the discipline, and anticipate its future positionality within an increasingly urbanized world.

10:00-10:10 Opening words by Maarten van Ham, Professor and Chair of the Department of Urbanism, TU Delft.
10:10-10:20 Welcome by Taneha Bacchin, Nikos Katsikis, Victor Muñoz Sanz.
10:20-12:20 Panel Limits: with Markus Krieger (Arch+), Ross Exo Adams (Bard College), Elisa Iturbe (Cooper Union), with a response by Maurice Harteveld.
12:20-13:20 Lunch break.
13:20-15:20 Panel Encounters: with Pelin Tan (Batman University), Kim Förster (University of Manchester), Salomon Frausto (The Berlage), with a response by Birgit Hausleitner.
15:20-15:30 Break.
15:30-17:30 Panel Projections: with Belinda Tato (Harvard GSD / Ecosistema Urbano), Elma van Boxtel & Kristian Koreman (ZUS), Alessandra Covini & Giovanni Bellotti (Studio Ossidiana), with a response by Anne Loes Nillesen.
17:30-18:30 Roundtable and Q&A.

This symposium is organized with the support of the Department of Urbanism of TU Delft, and is curated by Víctor Muñoz Sanz, Taneha Bacchin and Nikos Katsikis.
Period27 Oct 2023
Event titleProjections, Limits, Encounters: A Month of Urban Design
Event typeOther
LocationDelft, NetherlandsShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • urban design
  • interdisciplinary
  • interdisciplinary education
  • critical theory
  • theory of architecture
  • pedagogy
  • students
  • practice
  • urbanism
  • methods
  • philosophy
  • territory
  • resilience
  • ecosystem
  • delta cities
  • environmental impact
  • societal challenges
  • social sustainability
  • public space
  • human built environment
  • city of the future
  • sustainable cities and communities
  • economic activity
  • productive city
  • technology development
  • urbanisation and politics
  • ethics