Context is a word familiar to us all. Through our projects we document, analyse, reflect upon and respond to contexts of all kinds. Rarely do we stop to do the same with ourselves. Summer can be a timely reminder that life exists outside the faculty. After months of being an architect, urbanist or building scientist it is important to be reminded of our other roles in this world: as brothers and sisters; as sons and daughters; as best friends; as loyal supporters of our nation’s football team; as travellers; as someone’s summer sweetheart; as kind strangers, and as people.
We are many things beyond these faculty walls.
Isolation - whether it be architects from the general public, students from industry, or Bnieuws editors from faculty - can provide necessary space for comfort, experimentation and focus. We create bubbles for ourselves which serve as safe spaces to explore new and different ways of thinking, working and being. This allows us to fail and learn without the whole world having to face the consequences. But, sometimes, we cannot sit apart from the world entirely and by our very existence we acknowledge that we must be part of the ongoing conversation.
This first Bnieuws of the academic year is all about looking at contexts and experiences of students as they move along through education, and beyond. For those of you new to Delft, we offer some information and tips to help you find your feet amid your new surroundings. We look at life both inside and after education, where we hear about some of many possibilities available. We speak with architects from this year’s Venice Biennale to find out how their participation sits in relation to their development and future ambitions. Lastly, we cast our gaze beyond the limits of architecture in our new segment on inspirations and obsessions. Sam looks at what we can learn from journalist Jonathan Meades’ television essay on jargon, Lydia reveals the inspiration to be found in the work of Wes Anderson, and Jack writes about why he gets stuck watching YouTube videos about abandoned theme parks.
While we question our position as students and designers in the wider world, it is also a good moment for us here at Bnieuws to reflect on our role within the faculty. We say goodbye to our editors Nadine, Lydia, Ada and Kseniya, look back on their time as editors and hand over the Bnieuws baton to a new team comprised of Elena, Jack, Jan and Sam, who look forward to guiding the editorial in the future.