Urgencies Platform

Design for Global Challenges

@ TU Delft
MSc 3/4
01 September 2009 / 18 April 2012

In the fall of 2009 and spring of 2010 The Why Factory offered a platform for the Msc3/4 graduation projects called The Urgencies Platform.

It offered a wide range of projects aiming at construction of urban and architectural prototypes. The work in the studio was structured around a number of global/general problems where students were asked to develop a specific answers to them. The Urgencies Platform took advantage of different methodologies and allowed highly individual approach to the graduation project. The proportion of the research and design, individual and group work, architectural design and scripting differed from project to project. However, all projects aimed at both being pragmatic and visionary, delivering a great image of our urban future.

Projects developed within the framework of The Urgencies Platform include: After Green by Purcy Marte, Clean Air City by Sjoerd Hoogewerf, No Stop History by Jan Twifler and Slumbooster by Klaas Boersma.


Pirjo Haikola, Ulf Hackauf, Alexander Sverdlov, Daliana Suryawianata


Purcy Marte, Sjoerd Hoogewerf, Jan Twifler, Klaas Boersma