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Renske Maria van Dam, PhD

My work exploits tiny perceptions to open up alternative worlds of experience and action. dispose of the de-natured 'white lab coat' approach to spatial intervention in favor of a hands-on, 'dark, dirty and wild' immersion in and experimentation with the world. 

My spatial practice moves at the crossroad between architecture and art, academia and life. 

In affiliation with NGO’s, educational institutes or architectural design firms, and always in collaboration with the environment, I engage

in design projects beneficent to social and ecological concerns. My research departs from an interest in the correspondence between

non-Western spatial practices and recent findings in the cognitive sciences that emphasize the centrality of the moving body for the experience of architectural space.

My work draws on my amateur background as theatrical performer, zookeeper, and yogi as much as it does on my professional engagement with architectuurstudio Herman Hertzberger in Amsterdam (NL)  and Atelier Li Xiaodong in Bejing (CN), and on my pedagogical involvement at the Royal Academy  of Arts/ArtScience Interfaculty in The Hague (NL).

Recently, I have finished my practice-based doctoral research "Working With/In the Gap: Japan-ness in Architecture of Experience", conducted through the Radical Materiality Research Group at KU Leuven, Brussels (BE).

I graduated from the architecture faculty of the TU-Delft (2013) with additional studies in the philosophy, sociology and anthropology of cities and in Asian conceptions of space. I have

co-founded the pro-active design and discussion platform Vision Included (2009-2011) and the intra-disciplinary laboratory for exploration of progressive heuristics ALEPH (2013-2014).

Presently, I am affiliated with Slow Research Lab in Amsterdam (NL), active board member at TAAT (NL/BE) and host the creative practice research community Spacious (NL). I am always interested in new collaborations. Don’t hesitate to contact me.

Education 

2017 - 2021

PhD Architecture, KU Leuven (BE)
Working With/in the Gap: Japan-ness in Architecture of Experience

2010 - 2013

MSc Architecture, TUDelft, (NL)

TuDelft Honors Program
Bridge’in difference: Crossing borders between Hong Kong & Shenzen 

2007 - 2010

BSc Architecture, TUDelft, (NL)
@Twitterhouse

2006 - 2007

Propaedeutic Exam Philosophy, Leiden University (NL)  

Residencies

2020/1

2019

2018

2018

Residency AIR Guiniguada, Gran Canary (SP) 

Residency SenseLab: Laboratory for thought in motion
hosted by La Trobe University Art Gallery, Bendigo (AUS)            

Residency Cloud/Danslab, The Hague (NL)

Residency Reversible Destiny Lofts, Mitaka, Tokyo (JP).       

2018

Residency Studies of the Architectural Body Research Group Kansai University, Osaka (JP)         

2018

2017

Residency Bioscleave House, East Hampton, NY (USA)  

Residency BodyWeather, Linguria (IT)

2013

Residency at Treignac Project, Treignac (FR)

Honors and Grants (Selected)

2020

2019

2018

2018

2017

2016

2014

Research grant "Spacious" , University of the Arts The Hague (NL)

Travel grant Australia, FWO Research Foundation Flanders (BE)

Travel grant Japan, FWO Research Foundation Flanders (BE)

Travel grant United States, KULeuven New York Hub (BE)

Research Grant "Working With/In the Gap", University of the Arts The Hague (NL)

Research Grant "Building the Insensible", University of the Arts The Hague (NL)

Project Grant, Sustainabilty Fund, Municipality of The Hague (NL)

2014

Promising young Dutch architect
Selected by Kees Christiaanse (KCAP) and Harmen van de Wal (Krill Architecture) in the context of ‘Future of  Craftsmanship in Architecture’ at the Venice Biennale. 

Installations  (Selected)

2019

Minor Movements: A rethinking of an exhibition.

La Trobe University Art Institute, Bendigo (AUS).

with Senselab: A Laboratory for Thought in Motion

2019

It is Going to Rain Soon.

Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam (NL).

with students of the Architecture and Jewelry departments. 

2018

Teigyoku-ken Teahouse Iterations. 

Cloud/DansLab, The Hague (NL).

2018

Moments of Ma.

Architecture Faculty, TUDelft (NL).

with students of the ArtScience Interfaculty, The Hague. 

2017

Transformances.             

A Grin without a cat, 6th Annual Lowlands Deleuze Scholarship Conference, Aki-ArtEZ, Enschede (NL).

with Sjoerd van Oevelen 

2009

Europe Crisis?!

In Rien Ne Va Plus at NAI, Maastricht (NL). 

with Vision Included

Architecture & Urban Design 

2016-2017

2016

Het Leidse Gasthuis (Research by Design) 

with Gaaga Architecture (NL)

De Ruimte van Loosduinen (Urban Design)

with Buro Plint (NL)

2014-2017

De Vergeten Binnentuin (Community Garden)

with Stichting Haagse Hulp (NL)

2018

The Screen (Architecture)

with Atelier Li Xiaodong (CN)

Publications 

Book Chapters

2021

Reversing destiny: Initial findings on Japan-ness in Arawaka  and Gins.

In A. Radman & S. Kousoulas (Eds.), Architectures of life and death.

Lanham, England: Rowman and Littlefield International.

2021

Grasping ma

In A. Radman & S. Kousoulas (Eds.), Architectures of life and death.

Lanham, England: Rowman and Littlefield International.

2021

Time near windows is time well spent: Practicing full emptiness in architecture.

In C.F. Strauss (Ed.), Slow Spatial Reader: Chronicles of Radical Affection.

Amsterdam, Netherlands: Valiz.

2020

Yellow sphere, how are you today?

(N. Onuki, Trans.). In T. Kadobayashi (Ed.), Shusaku Arakawa and Madeline Gins: Philosophy of body in the 22nd century. Tokyo, Japan: Film Art.  

2019

Home within movement: Sensing space-time intensity.        

In G. Bracken (Ed.), Care of the self:  Ancient and modern practices

of citizenship in Asia and the West (241-257).

Netherlands: Amsterdam University Press., 2019. 

Articles

2018

Intensive cartography: Sensing the shipyard.

Sonic Acts Academy Reader, 2018, 104-114. Amsterdam, Netherlands: Sonic Acts, 2018

2017

Met de wind mee is de horizon niet altijd recht.

Landing Sites, 6-11. Utrecht, Netherlands: Sweigman&, 2017. 

2015

Denken met je handen. Geen architectuur zonder vakmanschap.

de Architect, 46(2), 20-28, 2015. With: M&DB Architects, Marlies Boterman Architect & Lilith, Ronner, van Hooijdonk Architects. 

2014

Learning from Hong Kong: Place as relation.

The Newsletter, 68, 6. Leiden, Netherlands: Institute for Asian Studies.

Lectures (Selected)

2019

Un/Balancing textures

Monash University, Faculty of Architecture, Melbourne (AUS) 

2018

Ma & Blank

Kansai University, Faculty of Humanities, Osaka (JP)

2018

Moving on, 間 [ma] 40 years after

Tu Delft, Faculty of Architecture (NL)

2018

10 days at Bioscleave House

Architectural Body Research Foundation, New York (US)

2018

Summersaulting horizons and making sense of sensorial journeys  

Sonic Acts, Amsterdam (NL)

2018

Dirty Co-Creation

INSIDE: Corrupted Spaces, Royal Academy of Arts The Hague (NL) 

2017

A beautiful catastrophe

Environmental Asia,  Annual Nordic NIAS Conference, Oslo (N)

2014

Place is Relation

The future of craftsmanship in architecture symposium, Venice Biennale (IT)

2011

JetLag Society 

Beijing Design Week, 798 Beijing (CN)