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Tim Peeters

, Netherlands
Tim Peeters graduated w/ honours from the TU Delft in 2011. He interned at MAD and attended SCI-Arc briefly. From 2013 until 2018 Tim worked as an architect, researcher, and lecturer at ZUS, a design office interested in place making, locality, and unsolicited design. He contributed articles and essays on architecture to a number of platforms. Recently he founded Spangen. - a design studio focused on the intricate relationship between architecture, the city, and (popular) culture.

Detached Architecture


FINAL_FINAL | First dpr-barcelona Writing Grant

Detached Architecture


FINAL_FINAL | First dpr-barcelona Writing Grant
To explore the intimate relationship between the physical and the fictive
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  • New areas of operation

City is a concentration services, connected by infrastructures; its shape is determined by attempts at optimizing exchange of these services. Social space is always a by-product: first there is a market, and then there is a square.

The city is in crisis - but in this crisis a liberation of social patterns can be read also - patterns that are detaching themselves from their traditional physical constraints. If architecture wants to stay relevant, it needs to detach itself also. It needs fiction alongside reality.

The city has been partially relieved from its traditional social obligations. City has become customizable; subjective; kaleidoscopic; metaphysical; ironic. City and society communicate through a series of interfaces - an unstable domain of interpretation, navigation and synthesis - of Instagram and AirBnB. "Dwelling, in the proper sense, is impossible," wrote Theodor Adorno - but dwelling, in the proper sense, is no longer en vogue.

Detached Architecture


FINAL_FINAL | First dpr-barcelona Writing Grant

Detached Architecture


FINAL_FINAL | First dpr-barcelona Writing Grant
To explore the intimate relationship between the physical and the fictive
File under
Type of project
  • New areas of operation

City is a concentration services, connected by infrastructures; its shape is determined by attempts at optimizing exchange of these services. Social space is always a by-product: first there is a market, and then there is a square.

The city is in crisis - but in this crisis a liberation of social patterns can be read also - patterns that are detaching themselves from their traditional physical constraints. If architecture wants to stay relevant, it needs to detach itself also. It needs fiction alongside reality.

The city has been partially relieved from its traditional social obligations. City has become customizable; subjective; kaleidoscopic; metaphysical; ironic. City and society communicate through a series of interfaces - an unstable domain of interpretation, navigation and synthesis - of Instagram and AirBnB. "Dwelling, in the proper sense, is impossible," wrote Theodor Adorno - but dwelling, in the proper sense, is no longer en vogue.


Idea by

Tim Peeters
Netherlands
Tim Peeters graduated w/ honours from the TU Delft in 2011. He interned at MAD and attended SCI-Arc briefly. From 2013 until 2018 Tim worked as an architect, researcher, and lecturer at ZUS, a design office interested in place making, locality, and unsolicited design. He contributed articles and essays on architecture to a number of platforms. Recently he founded Spangen. - a design studio focused on the intricate relationship between architecture, the city, and (popular) culture.