Arcadian Anthropocene

Every architects' ambition is that their design will not contribute to society's waste problem, but this is not the case. Most of the buildings that we design will inevitably be demolished, often even during our lifetime. Demolishing means, in the conventional mode of thinking, producing waste. In current society we, as architects, design this waste. We are - on the drawing board - responsible for the production of half of our society's waste.

 This means that we will have to design in such a way that we take care of the afterlife of our buildings. The objective of this studio is to examine ways of thinking that helps us doing so. In two exercises we will design buildings that are future proof, that is: truly designed for eternity.  We will research circular thinking in design through two projects. The first project consists of designing a strategy for an (imaginary) squatting intervention in the centre of Amsterdam. The second project is the design of a mixed-use housing complex in the newly transformed area of Amsterdam North.

Studio Professors
Peter van Assche, Dillon Pranger

Allison Bernett, Linsen Chai, Grace Cheng, Ami Kurosaki, Jesus Luna, Olivia Meyers, Ruben Posada, Yu Sun, Jacob Swain, Cornelius Tulloch, Tim Qi, Tongyu (Volver) Zhang


A blueprint for a proposed architectural project wit desks, stairs, trees, and rooms.

Work by Ami Kurosaki (B.Arch. '21).
  • A collage of old cars, brick buildings, statues, and people standing around.

    Work by Linsen Chai (M.Arch. '20).
  • A 3d computer model of an architectural structure, with grid wires and parking lots.

    Work by Yu Sun (M.Arch '20).

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