Dr. Marc Schoonderbeek,

architect :


Marc Schoonderbeek is an architect, scholar and the Program Director of the research group Borders&Territories at the Faculty of Architecture, Delft University of Technology. He received his doctorate in architecture from TU Delft in 2015 with the dissertation ‘Place-Time Discontinuities; Mapping in Architectural Discourse’, which presented a theory of mapping in architectural discourse by making explicit the relationship between spatial analysis and architectural design. Marc Schoonderbeek has practiced architecture in the Netherlands, Germany and Israel. In 1998, he co-founded 12PM-Architecture; Office for Architecture and Urbanism, Design and Research in Amsterdam. He is an editor of the journal Footprint, lectured at numerous architecture institutes, and contributed to architectural magazines. In 2004, he co-founded 66EAST Centre for Urban Culture in Amsterdam. His publications include ‘Houses in Transformation: Interventions in European Gentrification’; ‘Border Conditions’, the ‘Modi Operandi’ series and ‘X Agendas for Architecture’.


Ampersand; Mapping the Complexity of the Border

This key-note lecture will discuss the conceptualisation of the 'ampersand' as a model with which the conventional relationship between 'figure' and 'ground' in architecture and urbanism can be reconsidered. With respect to architectural objects, the fields in which they operate and the relationships that can be traced between them, a radical differentiation will be acknowledged in order to properly understand the complexities of contemporary space. As a result, the question emerges whether discourse can be constructed based on differences rather than similarities. As architecture is fundamentally considered a discourse of spatial demarcations, contemporary border conditions are discussed as 'spaces of simultaneity' and this understanding of the border will be substantiated with examples of border analyses from a wide range of contexts, ranging from more traditional spaces of conflict to spaces in which a superposition of different regimes of power and spatial practices are inscribed in the territory. To study the spatial complexities of contemporary borders, mapping is proposed as a technique that allows for a tracing and representing of these border conditions. The presentation intends to make clear that an understanding of the spatial complexity of any border condition renders all activities, activisms and activations within its context highly problematic. Rather than dissecting these complexities in smaller units, a synthetic co-existence of entities allows for a confrontation between intents and purposes, ultimately resulting in the formulation of architectural construct.