Results of Archiprix BK 2023: Anne van den Berg and Isabella Trabucco, two urban design students out of nine projects selected

The results of the Archiprix 2023 from the faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment are in. Nine students are selected to represent the TU Delft in the national rounds. We want to congratulate students who graduated in studios offered by the Section of Urban Design: Anne van den Berg (Design of the Urban Fabric) and Isabella Trabucco (Transitional Territories). Well done and good luck in the next round.


Inward: The silence is within

This graduation thesis sheds light on a new perspective on the perception of sound in the urban landscape of Rotterdam and its influence on the psychological well-being of citizens. In this way, it stresses the urgency of noise pollution; the gap between urban design and psychology; and new layers to communicate with urban design, using sound as a means of storytelling.

The case of Rotterdam shows quality in vibrant areas but a lack of spaces to which to withdraw. In the design, I zoomed in and out, stating a multi-scalar approach with: 1. the re-design of the Lijnbaan Ensemble into a tranquil space, 2. the whisper route: the connection between existing calm spaces in Rotterdam Noord and 3. the strategy to connect vibrance and silence. This is translated back to a generic set of patterns on how to design with the perception of sound and to communicate with other disciplines.

By Anne van den Berg (Design of the Urban Fabric)


A Project of Non Resistance: Venice 21st of March 2100

The project of Non-Resistance aims to reveal the potentiality of adaptation of society and environment to the new spatial condition that the climate crisis will bring in the year 2100. The project uses critical mapping and qualitative methods, such as photo and video documentaries, to explore the presence of systems, knowledge, methods and natural processes in Venice that can help shape the new conditions through time. The approach is not to resist the forces of sea-level rise, but rather to accept the water entering the lagoon and urbanized territories, and using this force to imagine the new inhabitation, environment, politics and socio-economic layers. By accepting the water flow, the design builds upon the natural sedimentation processes that could happen through the exchange of inland and seaward. A new foundation is therefore needed to redefine the spatial condition: the poles of the foundation sustain the inland and seaward territories. Four architectural typologies facilitate, partially block or free up the sedimentation processes and the new land formation. The design finally shows that through the poles of the foundation, there is a new definition of infrastructure. From being lines that connect but divide, the infrastructural grid becomes a space where programme can thrive and the adaptation to 2100 can happen.

By Isabella Trabucco (Transitional Territories)