Taboo you, taboo me, taboo everybody. Some things are better left unsaid, but that’s better for who exactly? Since expressing yourself is healthy, we will talk about taboos in this edition. That can be casual ones, in architecture, worldly, whatever feels best. More and more conversations are beginning to idle, we believe it is better to stay in conversation. So, let’s do that!
Katarzyna Soltysiak, Ecaterina Stefanescu, Alessandro Rognoni, Ana Herreros, Jin Chang, Juliette Khoo, Ulf Hackauf, Anne van den Berg, Raven van der Steen
In the first years in primary school, teachers had a hard time telling if I was a good student or not. I could occasionally be very bright in some areas, but sometimes I would fail at the same subject. That changed when I went to grade 7, the year that I had teachers that I absolutely adored. My grades went up significantly in every area. You, my readers, can probably tell similar stories about times where a teacher made all the difference for you.
Katarzyna and Ecaterina graduated from the Architecture department of TU Delft a couple of years ago. Soon, they hit a wall - not because of the economic crises but because of the ignorance of the industry. Nonetheless, the problems started earlier, they believe. In the following talk, they discuss greenwashing, misunderstood concepts of sustainability and reuse in academia and the industry. The topic of Taboo inspired their few-hours-long conversation. Below, you can find its most important ideas.
This is a Bnieuws article, and you are reading it. I wrote this article because I’m being paid to and because I have obligations to the editorial board to do so; because it’s my job. The world is not often discussed in this way, because it’s not usually a very comforting outlook on the world. It can at times, as shown in my opening sentences, bleed the colours out of everything even remotely interesting. This article aims to do exactly this: ‘call architecture like it is’. But is architecture a defined thing- or can it be what you want to make of it?
With our February 2021 edition Taboo, we are saying goodbye to Chris, one of the main-editors of Bnieuws in the last two years. With his relevant interviews during the Black Lives Matter movement, his creative puzzles in the dialogue edition and his intriguing philosophical thoughts in all his articles, he truly left his mark on this magazine. Chris, you have been the backbone of this magazine; thank you for everything.
With the faculty closed, and a stricter lockdown than ever, we've had to think of a new way to get you the latest edition of Bnieuws: Taboo! For this edition, we're printing 200 copies, 150 of which we will ship to addresses within the Netherlands. Sign up at the link below to get your copy! We're planning to ship around the 5th of March (05/03/2021). The edition will of course also be available online!
We've been hard at work over the past several months to make this possible, and we're very excited to have you here! Not everything is up and running yet, so please let us know if something isn't working properly! We hope to have some of our old editions digitised by the end of February.