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Where?

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Where?

As fun as it is to lose ourselves in the imaginary worlds of movies, television series, songs or stories; here and now is where you currently are. You're probably in a room; inside, warm, comfortable, surrounded by four walls, a floor and a ceiling. But you're also on a tremendously large rock, floating in an empty black void of nothingness. So tell us, where do you see yourself?

Editorial team

Inez Margaux Spaargaren, Robert van Overveld, Oliwia Jackowska, Jonas Althuis, Alessandro Rognoni, Tuyen Le

With contributions from

Matt Roberts, Ugne Koelewijn, Ksenija Onufrijeva, The Datum Collective, Ron Barten

Cover design by

Editorial Team

Editorial

Welcome to here! Welcome to the edition of Bnieuws that is about everything displaced, relocated, adjusted and connected. Welcome to the space of this small booklet, where we explore the dimensions of our own locations across the globe and within the mind.

So... where have you been? Did you drift away into a mysterious location of your new project or did you live the life of a school kid in that shitty new Netflix series you just binged? Possibly, during the break you travelled to one of the exciting locations in Europe, because you wanted to get away from the gloomy Dutch winter. Either way, you chose to abandon a certain place to go to another one. Because as much as the question "where?" enquires about a specific location, it most of all informs us on "where not". Many of us lived around the world, and we chose to come here, to Delft, in order to pursue new things in life, but also to leave the old ones behind. Where we are, we miss the family, our friends from around the globe, and we look back at the memories of places that are no longer our abodes. While the absence can crack a void, we are here and now, and this is our opportunity.

We open this edition with The Flawed Notion of a Separate Here and There, which makes a case for the complexity of the world through interdependencies. The most distant events, in both space and time, prompt effects that could not have been accounted for. Some effects, however, do not need to be global to make an impact. Shooting at the Verge portrays the processes of urban expansion and their influence on the cinematic portraits of the urban periphery. The unclaimed in-between space exists also in the ethereal situations you might find yourself as you follow the bizarre journey in Guess! But again, don't be fooled that the places we talk about need to be geographically determined. The Modernist movement, for instance, did not seem to account for local identity, prompting the question of: Physical or Intangible? Interestingly, positioning can also relate to where we find ourselves in the context of our lives as we face the milestone of a new year; a year of both prospect and hopelessness. Goal Meets World reports on the fact that just as moving through places, we often anticipate abandoning the old self in the past year with excitement, launching the new one with impossible ambition. There is, however, an objective that Bnieuws already achieved this year. We are excited to share the collaborative piece Where is... by the editorial team of Iowa based student magazine DATUM. Finally, we close back with the notion of "nowhereness", but here the absence is not voluntary. I Feel out of Place challenges the lack of visual representation of the diversity of people in architectural drawings and its harmful consequences.

Buckle up, and let us take you away on a journey through this new edition!

Contents

The Flawed Notion of a Separate Here and There

Pen Pal

4 - 6

pg.

Some ideas appear so straightforward that we simply take them for granted and rarely, if ever, question them. The existence of - and difference between - here and there, and the related terms of now and then, are just a few of those concepts that most of us likely never think about in depth.

Six Sides Make a Home

Pen Pal

7

pg.

Guess!

From the editors

8 - 9

pg.

You're sitting at your desk on a rainy Tuesday morning when all of a sudden everything goes black. The voice of your roommate just starting to ask you if you want a cup of coffee starts to fade away as you're sucked into a dark void. A numbness starts to creep up your legs, starting at your toes and slowly making its way upwards. As it approaches your torso you think "this is it, it's really happening". A burst of memories shoot into your head as you reflect on the life you've had; "It's been nice," you think to yourself, "I've had a good life, I'm content with the things I’ve done and who I was as a person."

Goal Meets World

BK Report

10 - 11

pg.

Hello world, we are approaching March of 2022, and looking over the Dutch horizon, wildflowers are blooming, the wind is gusting through these frail tree branches. Pondering on these thoughts, what were you doing last December? Where were you in February 2021? Do you remember the last time you made a goal?  As we roll into the year of 2022, with most having aged two whole COVID years, a lot of people dread the question - So… what is your new year resolution?

Shooting at the Verge

From the editors

12 - 15

pg.

Urban cinematic realism is a phenomenon that we share globally. This is because all cities, in different ways, have experienced the same processes of expansion and sprawling, offering a chance for filmmakers around the world to portray the romantic, traumatic and dramatic conditions of the urban periphery.

Where am I?

From the editors

16 - 17

pg.

Physical or Intangible?

Pen Pal

18 - 19

pg.

Starting with the modernist movement, the idea of architectural identity as seen in the local values of vernacularity went into processes of deconstruction, and turning into international style. This transition created a range of buildings that would be adaptable within numerous urban contexts in terms of their independent position within that same urban surrounding. Not always can these buildings adapt to the way the contextual interaction develops though – the context itself might either accept the new-built intruder or reject it over time. 

South-Limburg!

From the editors

20 - 23

pg.

Perhaps you already know this part of the country, perhaps you don't; The South of Limburg. In 2016 rewarded with the best touristic destination in the world by the World Travel & Tourism Council. Also, the region which earned about 80% of the GNP in parts of the 20th century. It happens to be the place I grew up in and where I walked, cycled and enjoyed myself many times. So with today's theme "where?", I decided to take you to this unique place.

Where is...

Pen Pal

24 - 26

pg.

As we were invited to write for Bnieuws, at the TU Delft on the topic of Where, as a collective we found ourselves speculating on the situational qualities of questions of where. Where provides the possibility to question a specific site or geography whether physical or metaphysical, both important for architecture and its makers. Where, unlike the questions of who and what, begin to situate us on the continuum of history and the future. It allows us to self-position ourselves and ask where we stand as an individual and as an industry, and clear the fields of vision that are intentionally blocked out. Where, engages us in a critical self-positioning, asking where do we stand in current times as the world is in constant shift, with the pandemic, excessive environmental damage, and political conflicts. Below you will read some takes that depart from the questions of Where is.. and speculate the essential questions of CARE, COLLECTIVE, and BEAUTY.

I Feel Out of Place

From the editors

27 - 29

pg.

We are currently living, working, eating, sleeping, yawning, crying in an enclosed space. Every single built space we have is operated or inhabited by humans. Heck, you are probably reading this comfortably inside a well-lit building. Thinking further into this, before the brick and mortar phase of this very space you’re sitting in, through the expertise of architects and engineers, we can rely on computer renderings and the scale figures plotted in the scene to be convinced that “yes, this space looks comfortable and meaningful to future users.” This article is here to contribute some awareness to the underlying bias we have for the polished world of architecture rendering. It is impossible to represent architecture without representing the human, yet, in present day, adding people into an architecture render is the last thing on an architect’s task list. 

Artefact: Public Plinth

Artefact

30 - 32

pg.

Ron Barten’s photographs are part of his personal research for the Interiors Building Cities graduation studio at TU Delft.  They portray the streetscape of Rotterdam with a careful eye, looking at how the city indirectly converses with its citizens, either through text, signs, graffiti, labels, and symbols. Such a diversity of languages often occurs in the space of two metres, on the buildings’ plinth. Here, the formal language of the landlord intersects with the informal response of who dwells in the city. A discussion that changes over time; a confrontation, questioning to whom the street really belongs.

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