IN Chicago studio: Speakeasy vol.II

On March 22 and 23, 2017 starting from 6.30 PM, ARCHEWORKS HQ will host the second episode of The Chicago Speakeasy, a series of talks with leading experts exploring Chicago's past and future.

The series, conceived by the Chair of Complex Projects (TU Delft) in collaboration with ARCHEWORKS, intends to capture the spirit – the geist – that inherently orders Chicago’s social, economic and spatial decisions. Regardless of historical and contemporary periods of turmoil, The Chicago Speakeasy seek to understand the underlying essence of the city by inviting several speakers into open discussions.

The upcoming 2-days talks will be held at ARCHEWORKS (625 N Kingsbury, Chicago) and host:

The American Dream on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 (6:30–8:30PM) with Kees Kaan, Paul O’Connor, Maria Bergh, Jack Macnamara, and Ytasha Womack; and

Pursuit of Ownership on Thursday, March 23, 2017 (6:30–8:30PM) with Kees Kaan, Ghian Foreman, Luis Monterrubio, and Ryan Nestor.


OverHolland 16/17: book launch

Kees Kaan, as Chair of Complex Projects, will join the official launch of OverHolland 16/17 on January 15, 2016 organized by the editors in collaboration with The Berlage.

The main focus of OverHolland 16/17 is on the relationship between regional planning, research and architectural design. Kees Kaan will give a statement on the research carried out by Complex Projects PhD programme on mobility and transit-oriented policies in collaboration with the Faculty of Architecture of TU Delft and other chairs.

January 15, 2016 – h 16.00 | Lecture room K – Faculty of Architecture (TU Delft)


Kees Kaan “Beautification” at the Chicago Architecture Biennial

The Chair of Complex Projects (TU Delft) together with ARCHEWORKS, as affiliate partners of the first ever Chicago Architecture Biennial, are curating the lecture series "In Chicago".

In conjunction with the opening days of the biennial, Kees Kaan has been invited to give a public lecture on Friday October 2 from 19.00 at ARCHEWORKS.

Kees Kaan lecture “Beautification” states that architectural innovation in itself serves no purpose unless a proper balance between private interest and common values is established. The lecture will critically reflect on the contextual narrative as the driver of the architectural concept to generate a self-evident relation between city, building, construction and detail.

To participate, please RSVP here.



Complex Projects featured on Domus 992, June 2015 issue

Kees Kaan's chair of Complex Projects​ (Department of Architecture, TU Delft) is featured in this June issue of Domus​ magazine with a four-pages article.

The article is the monthly focus of Domus’ “Coriandoli/Confetti” column on the most interesting and established chairs and researches within the architecture faculties.

Here a little introduction to the piece: “The didactic instruction devised by Kees Kaan for the course he directs at the Delft University of Technology aims to train architects to deal with the complexity of our profession from a different point of view, involving continuous dialogue between teachers and students, and critical thinking that leads to solving diverse problems by means of non-conventional methodologies.”

To download the article, follow the PDF link down here.


Anatomy of a Landmark feat. Cruz y Ortiz – “Studio Amsterdam” presentation

The Landmark studio, part of Kees Kaan's Complex Projects chair, is hosting "Studio Amsterdam" with Antonio Cruz and Antonio Ortiz as special teaching professors in a collaboration between the Spatial Planning Department of Amsterdam and TU Delft Department of Architecture. The fall semester was under the guidance of Antonio Ortiz, the spring semester will be curated by Antonio Cruz.

This year Studio Amsterdam focuses its research on the Plantage area, an historical area in the center East part of the Dutch capital city, owing its very special character to the 17th Century historical decision to not continue the typical canal system, but to develop this as an area for urban gardens and leisure programme.

The dynamics of the Plantage today are largely influenced by developments regarding Artis, the Amsterdam zoo, and the development of the University of Amsterdam on the Roeterseiland and along the Plantage Muidergracht.

The students were asked to take critical stance on the specific character of Plantage and to think how it can be further developed taking the area as the Landmark.

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Prof. Antonio Ortiz reviewing students workProject_Hedwig van der Linden lowstudio project by Hedwig van der Linden


studio project by Milda Kulviciute


IN CHICAGO research studio launch

Kees Kaan’s Chair Complex Projects, in collaboration with ARCHEWORKS and ChicagoComplex is pleased to announce the launch of IN CHICAGO: a collaborative architecture and urbanism research studio that brings graduate students from TU Delft to Chicago.

Beginning of Fall 2015, the new studio will start a two-year objective to examine possibilities for Chicago: its growth, de-growth, infrastructure, and alternative visions for existing municipal plans. The Complex Projects chair at Department of Architecture – TU Delft has been investigating Chicago and the Midwest since 2012 as it presents a unique opportunity for both students and professionals to rethink and re-examine critical urban and regional regeneration models.

Mitesh Dixit (DOMAIN) will lead the studio. Andrew Balster, Executive Director of ARCHEWORKS and ChicagoComplex, will direct and oversee the daily work in Chicago.

Detailed information regarding the studio, lecture series, workshops, and participation in the Chicago Architecture Biennial will be announced in March.


Chair Manual 2014

The Chair of Complex Projects (CP) targets all scales of the architectural thinking, details, building, city, and region. Expanding the knowledge about design and dense urban areas development, broads the mind and thinking of future architects.

Cities are increasingly transformed by strategic interventions rather than stable long-term Master plans. Those interventions result in complex developments where multiple public and private interests must be investigated and negotiated simultaneously. The decreasing role of the Public entity, after the liberal policy especially in old Europe and US economies, has stimulated the emergence of public-private partnerships with the aim to develop interventionism. This gave rise to projects that redefine traditional urban and architectural aspects of our professional reality.

Transportation, universities, healthcare centers, architectural and urban interventions on outskirts or on former industrial areas and harbors are examples of Complex Projects. Those allow private interest to exploit commercial opportunities by dealing with public interest, which demands resources to improve and develop strategic city sites. However, to achieve balance, projects must have a way to manage and negotiate diverse factors. Due to this reality, the design becomes a communication tool where the designer takes a planner role, spokesperson or communicator, and eventually, an Architect.

As a result, the approach of the Chair challenges the strict distinction between Architecture, Urbanism, Planning and their traditional, perhaps linear roles. Studies on the emergence and development of urban areas through Architectural Projects give an understanding of the dynamics and the reasoning involved in these highly complex processes. The ultimate goal is generating analytical and critical thinking skills next to the traditional design, allowing future architects to successfully engage the multiple Complex Project demands.



Masterplanning Central Prat – Kees Kaan

Kees Kaan will be giving a lecture at the TU Delft as the Complex Projects studio - chair professor about KAAN Architecten winning project for the design of El Prat master plan in Barcelona.

Kees Kaan will be giving a lecture at the TU Delft as the Complex Projects studio – chair professor about KAAN Architecten winning project for the design of El Prat master plan in Barcelona.

Lecture will take place from 1.30pm to 3.00pm at the Room A.

Vertical Cities Asia – Seoul 2012 winning projects

The two Delft teams run by Complex Projects won the first shared prize with “The Open Ended City” and the “Life Time City”.

The annual chosen city was Seoul and the students were called to design a one square kilometer of land for 100.000 people basing the concept on density, sustainability and quality of life.

The head of judging panel said: “We wanted to distinguish a thoughtful process oriented approach, a comprehensive consideration of a variety of dimensions that contribute to city building with a clear vision towards the future, even with a relatively open formalization. Results and form really matters, but the jury wanted to highlight the attention paid to process and programs in the proposals”.

Winning teams are “The Open Ended city” (Stef Bogaerds, Claudio Saccucci, Samuel Liew, Erjen Prins, Jan Maarten Mulder); “Life Time City” (Laura Dinkla, Katerina Salonikidi, Maria Stamati, Johnny Tascon, Qiu Ye). Professors are: Mitesh Dixit, Henco Bekkering.