Embracing Plurality – Growing Porosity.

The Design of the Urban Fabric graduation studio 2022/23 deals with the dynamics and interplay between the physical urban environment (elements, materials, form, scales, density and networks) and the psychological, socio-cultural, ecological, managerial and economic processes to foster sustainable and liveable places. The climate crisis and increasing social diversification and inequality are urgencies that ask for new strategies of urban transformation. The studio engages design as a method of inquiry, generating hypotheses to investigate alternative futures.

With this year’s framing theme, we question how the future city will look and work. We acknowledge the plurality of people, processes and functions tightly interacting in dense urban environments and we explore how the urban design project can shape porous spaces that can accommodate those in a sustainable and liveable way.

Focus and approach 

Graduating as part of this graduation studio implies you will start designing early in the process, as we consider design to be an excellent tool for doing research. Thus, students’ projects will begin with reading a concrete place to understand its actual urgencies, potentials and constraints. The urban impact of new technologies and developments are explored, which provides feedback on and gives insight into future challenges and possibilities. We promote two alternative starting points, both involving iterating phases of imagination and evidence: 

-Design & data. In this case, data are used to identify driving forces, uncover latent patterns and processes, and make data-driven projections. Data is also employed in the assessment of design alternatives. 

-Design & experiment. In this case, design experiments are used to explore potentials beyond the common practice and data-driven projections, and thereby potentially breaking path dependencies. The emphasis is on the disruptive function of design.

Studio coordinators: Birgit Hausleitner and Claudiu Forgaci

Available mentors:

as second mentor only:

Award Ceremony Archiprix 2021

Widasari Yunida Putri, graduate of the Urban Fabrics studio from 2020 is one of the selected nominees for the Dutch Archiprix 2021. Wida’s project ‘Re-Assembling Semarang City: A Strategic Framework for Semarang City, An Exploration of the Local Adaptive Mechanism in Urban Mitigation Planning’  aims to address the gap on soft and hard approach in urban mitigation resilience planning in concept from both social and ecological resilience perspective and positioning urban design (both from architecture, landscape, and planning) by exploring the local adaptive mechanism in the chosen coastal Kampung Kemijen, in Semarang, Indonesia. This research derived from the socio-cultural perspective, trying to explore more on the local level and how it can be translated and integrated into the larger scale urban mitigation planning.

The ARCHIPRIX ceremony will take place on June 19th at 15:00 and you can follow it live via a link on this page: https://www.archiprix.nl/national/

Visualisation (Copyright): Widasari Yunida Putri