ter Weel / Geometries of Time

Geometries of Time

Authors: Taufan ter Weel, TU Delft; Mariacristina D'Oria, University of Trieste

Supervisors: Roberto Cavallo, Dr. ir., TU Delft; Heidi Sohn, Dr. ir., TU Delft; Giovanni Corbellini, Professor, Politecnico di Torino

Research stage: Intermediate stage. Research project developed connecting our individual PhD research trajectories.

Category: Artefact


To anticipate the uncertainties we are facing, whether environmental, biological, or social, we question and contextualise the tensions between the increasingly blurring absolute representations of reality and the relative spacetime of entangled processes. By means of architectural diagrammatisation, the work cuts across deep time, traceable in geographical strata; the linear time of progress; the cyclical time of seasons, tides, and bodily rhythms; and lastly, nonlinear, relative, and relational concepts of spacetime.

The work is a critical exploration into the connections and discrepancies between these geometries of time and their implications for the ways in which we engage with the landscape. It aims to critically examine the concept of tabula rasa, the succession of superimpositions and erasures that constantly reshapes the formation, morphology and very meaning of landscape. Time cannot be disentangled from space, and space-time not from matter-energy. We want to call into question the notion of void or vacuum without matter or energy.

Keywords: Diagrammatisation, entanglements, space-time-matterings