December 2018

Lost in Limbo

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Lost in Limbo

transitional times / a moving / ongoing /a condition of prolonged uncertainty orneglect / an imaginary place for lost,forgotten, or unwanted persons or things/ a prison or confinement / an unknownintermediate place or condition betweentwo extremes / things cast aside / a landforgotten / an ideal out of date /

Editorial team

Elena Rossoni, Jan Pruszyński, Jack Oliver Petch, Sam Eadington

With contributions from

Ecaterina Stefanescu, Eva ten Velden, Ollie Palmer, Tom Hilsee

Cover design by

Editorial team

Editorial

What is ‘Lost in Limbo’ anyhow? It is a betweenness state. Not quite one thing, not quite the other. When being in the middle is impossible, nothing is clear. Limbo is the feeling you get when you need to decide if you’re hungry enough to go to the shops or if you have enough food in the cupboard. It is an uncertain period of awaiting a decision or resolution. Lost in Limbo can mean finding your identity, it can mean not knowing how to act when you find out new information but also: being lost doesn’t always mean something bad, the unknown can be exhilarating.

This is the second edition of Bnieuws, our first time off the training wheels of the last team and the first time we’ve been working with our contributors. We gave them a series of prompts all about limbo and received some amazing articles that we know you will enjoy. We have only just begun, but this has been a great start to hear and represent more voices of the student body of BK. If you want to be involved, check out the last page for more info.

This issue, Elena has been investigating into what the repercussions are when catering bodies shift; Jan has been investigating who we, as architects, really design for and lastly, we’ve been thinking a whole lot about Brexit.

If you’re experiencing the stress of choosing new courses, we understand, we have all been there. “I want to pick this one, but my friend told me they are doing something different” or “I heard this tutor can be intimidating, maybe the one with the starchitect will look good on my CV.” The struggle is real but the solution is simple. Do your homework and speak to as many people as possible - tutors, current students or alumni - and create an opinion for yourself. Do not let the insane amount of options overwhelm you, every chair has its strengths and weaknesses. One thing to keep in mind is that regardless if you don’t get into your desired chair, you can always cultivate your own interests in one way or another. Keep doing what you are best at: being open to new possibilities and suggestions.

Lastly, our last piece of advice is to continue challenging the norms and we promise that you will make your final years of studying unforgettable.

Contents

The Last Cup of Coffee in BK?

From the editors

1

As the new academic year found TU Delft’s catering management completely altered, abrupt changes have occurred in all university faculties. In BK, these changes were particularly felt, as the Espresso Bar corner served more than just a daily dose of caffeine. The new prices and change of familiar staff have recently driven most users away; thankfully, students from our faculty decided to react and take charge of the situation.

Who Do We Design For?

From the editors

2

I have recently stumbled upon an article titled “Why you hate contemporary architecture” by Brianna Rennix and Nathan J. Robinson of the “Current Affairs” magazine. It was an extremely interesting read, as the authors are not architects themselves and their impressions of contemporary buildings were those of normal people. At first I was skeptic about how naive some of their ideas were, but the further into the article I got, the more I agreed with their comments. Perhaps there really is something wrong with much of modern architecture?