Diploma 4

The Coast of Europe - Polity and Space


The European project is a vast re-moulding of the interconnections between the organisation of material spaces and the institutional structures that organise life. As it unfolds over time, across a variety of spaces, it shapes a new architecture in which construction processes and the forming of human environments are torqued by a multitude of forces. A study of the material characterisation of urbanisation processes in the Anthropocene asked what are the material movements, their consolidation, dispersal, accumulation and stratification that shape Europe today?

Eleni investigates the Qatari extractive processes as a wide and fragile global architecture operating both at the margins and in the very heart of Europe. Maria traces the elusive works of a global commodity-trading corporation to discover the complex making of an architecture of secrecy and violence. Minh analyses new forms of financial regulation to realign London to wider circulations of sea economies. Leander analysed the implications of a transcontinental electricity grid on the energy transition, visualising electro-magnetic fields of contemporary life. Konstantina unfolds a series of control and surveillance perimeters to balance the pervasive biometric spaces of a unified European airspace. Aikaterini explores withdrawal as a potential to reshape Greek mountainous environments as sites for technological and political experimentation. Susan intersects academic instrumental knowledge in postcolonial Hong Kong. Camille investigates the transformation and re-articulation of maintenance processes in metropolitan London. Nicole rediscovers connections between European climatic architecture and contemporary Chinese efforts to tackle urban and economic change. Haowen follows the Nordic model of economic development across contemporary financialised territories. Svetlana envisions a political technology disassembling multiple borderlines fracturing the territories of Ukraine. Angelina thinks British landscapes through the half-life of radioactive nuclear waste. Rula re-invents the Mesopotamian system as entangled spaces with shadows of violence always looming.

Thanks to

Andy Lowe
Lindsey Bremner
Bruno Latour
Barbara-Ann Campbell-Lange
Kelly Shannon
Javier Castañón
Didier Madoc Jones
Haus der Kulturen der Welt HKW, Berlin
Digital Humanities Laboratory EPFL Lausanne
United Nations
World Trade Organization (WTO)
British Geological Survey (BGS)
Jan Zalasiewicz
Colin Waters
Carlos Villanueva Brandt
Tobias Klein
Tom Fox
Stavros Papavassiliou
Roland Shaw
Graham Smith
Yi-Jen Chen

Unit Staff

John Palmesino and Ann-Sofi Rönnskog established Territorial Agency, an independent organisation that combines architecture, analysis, advocacy and action for integrated spatial transformation of contemporary territories. Recent projects include the international documentary project tracing the emerging thesis of the new man- made age - the Anthro- pocene Observatory, exhibited at HKW in Berlin 2013-14; Museum of Infrastructural Unconscious; North; Unfinishable Markermeer; Kiruna. They are research fellows at the Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths, University of London, where John also convenes the MA and researches for his PhD. He has been Research Advisor at the Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, and previously led the research activities of ETH Zurich/Studio Basel - Contemporary City Institute, and he is a founding member of Multiplicity. Ann-Sofi is a PhD research fellow at AHO in Oslo. She was previously a researcher at ETH Studio Basel.