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InDeSem (International Design Seminar) is organized every two years by students of the faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment of Delft University of Technology. InDeSem is week full of lectures and a workshop were students of the faculty and international students work on a design project with a specific guiding theme. The seminar provides an environment where students, architects, theorists and teachers can engage in conversation with each other about the current and future position of the architect. The purpose of the seminar is to raise awareness of the consequences of the changing society within the architectural world.


In previous editions the frictions between the different scales in architecture (InDeSem 2013 – Scale Matters), the reduced influence of the built environment as a platform for human interaction (InDeSem 2011 – Losing Ground), the perception of architecture senses other than purely visual (InDeSem 2009 – Point of View), the role of the architect and his legacy (InDeSem 2007 – The Legacy) and the responsibility of the architect in geopolitics: territorial, social, ethnic and religious conflicts and the production and consolidation of power (InDeSem 2005 – A Political Act) was discussed.


InDeSem includes a workshop for 80 students (40 enrolled at the Faculty of Architecture in Delft and 40 external / international), a public lecture series, multiple debates and several exhibitions. In the past InDeSem has already met many famous architects to TU Delft, including Winy Maas, Aldo van Eyck, Adriaan Geuze, Jean Nouvel, Herman Hertzberger, Rem Koolhaas, Ben van Berkel and Renzo Piano as well as theorists Saskia Sassen, Bruno Latour, Anthony Vidler and Michael Speaks.


The InDeSem board, which consists of 6 full time and 5 part time students for this edition, is guided and supported by renowned professors of the faculty. Earlier editions of the seminar were organized under the supervision of Herman Hertzberger, Wick Roling, Michiel Riedijk and Winy Maas. For several editions the head of the Environmental Design department Machiel van Dorst operates as a connecting factor between the different editions.






We live in an era of rapid technological change. With the emergence of interactive environments, adaptive architecture, data-driven design and new manufacturing techniques society as we know it can change dramatically. As a result, the role of the architect will be redefined inevitably.


The transition from the first to the second Industrial Revolution has had a large impact on the development of our buildings and cities, as well as on how these were created. Ever since the Industrial Revolution the design and making has been separated. The architect was placed far away from the actual production process and therefore separated from the development and innovation of production. Makers became the executers of the ideas produced on the drawing board. However, the last decade has seen a change. We stand at the start of the third Industrial Revolution, which is catalysed by technology and digital production. Digital fabrication techniques and innovation have the potential to rapidly change the shape of our living environment. It is time to investigate its impact on our society, on the scale of products and rooms, to buildings and cities.


The growing possibilities of new technologies generate new ways of creating, making, distribution, personalization and sharing. Digital fabrication not only offers great new technical possibilities, it may also bring the designer closer to the actual process of making again. The relation between the skill of the making and the quality on the final product is applicable to architecture. The design quality should continuously be tested by means of thinking and doing. New fabrication techniques can give the designer new insights in the design process as models can be tested and made easily. Designers and architects have always communicated through sketches, models, diagrams and charts. These means have, in addition to communicating with others, a role in the design process. One could say the architect comes closer to the design again, as the architect of the past. Or does the distance between the architect and his design become bigger with the decrease of hand drawings?


The process may change, but the outcome may certainly differ as well. Architecture may acquire a greater extent of sophistication and uniqueness in design when using these technical developments, as society’s response to the serial production of the past century. Technological innovation can create a richer and unique architecture. By making the architect is placed in a position to investigate the abilities and limitations of the material. When creating and making becomes one the designer may become the executor of buildings without the interference of a constructor or contractor. By means of 1:1 prototyping research is executed to investigate the possibilities of using digital fabrication techniques in the building industry. It may enable more and more on-site production, on scale and at an appropriate time.


With the theme ‘re.craft’ InDeSem 2015 will discuss and reflect on the way emerging technologies may have an impact on the architecture practice.  It is about being critical on the available tools, technologies and materials. Looking at the advantages and disadvantages to determine what can be used best to manufacture the wanted form and architecture. By asking critical questions and discuss the changes and opportunities we can develop more insight in our field, but also in the creative sector as a larger whole. Through lectures and a hands-on approach in the form of a workshop ideas will be exchanged and deepened.