Sanz Serif, a makeshift nickname earned as a result of my typographic likes, is the umbrella under which I present the diverse facets of my work: academic research on architecture and urbanism, design speculations, graphic design, curatorial and editorial work, and writings developed individually or collaborately, in institutional settings or independently.

Current focus: Workscapes.


Automated Landscapes in Venice highlighted in NRC by Tracy Metz

Architecture critic Tracy Metz recently published a piece on the Dutch pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2018, with the suggestive title "Not Only Prostitutes Work from Bed". In it, she highlights the installation #OFFICE on the research project Automated Landscapes presented by Marten Kuijpers and myself as one of the presentations in the pavilion that manages to successfully convey its message.

Marten Kuipers and Victor Muñoz Sanz from Het Nieuwe Instituut discuss the influence of automation on our environment. Large numbers of land, such as the port of Rotterdam or large livestock farms, are no longer human - everything that happens there is driven by algorithms.

Read the full piece (in Dutch) here.

Architecture Exhibitions as a Critical Knowledge Production: Discussion Panel

Photo: Iddo Ginat
Architecture Exhibitions as a Critical Knowledge Production: Discussion Panel
Venue: Arsenale, Venice, May 27th 10:00 - 12:00
Organizers: Iddo Ginat and Adina Kamien-Kazhdan
Barry Bergdoll, Tamar Shafrir, Ifat Finkelman, Gabriel Kozlowski, Víctor Muñoz Sanz, Léa-Catherine Szacka

The Bezalel Academy’s department of architecture participated in the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale Sessions with a panel discussion on the agency of exhibitions in the production of critical knowledge in the fields of architecture and design.
Professor Barry Bergdoll of Columbia University presented his curatorial work on exhibitions at the Canadian Centre for Architecture and at the Museum of Modern Art, where he served as Philip Johnson Chief Curator from 2007 to 2013.

The presentation was followed by a short survey of some of the exhibits of the Biennale, and a discussion moderated by Tamar Shafrir of the Het Nieuwe Instituut. The panel guests discussed the following questions based on the presentations and their personal and professional experience:

- which formats and design typologies could foster the relation between research and display?
- how does one create an open-ended / ambiguous narrative in the curatorial process?
- how could the audience become an active agent in the process of knowledge creation in the exhibition?
- what is the relation between original objects of display and reproductions/images and its implication on curatorial decisions?

Useful Life / Interview with JaJaJaNeeNeeNee and Failed Architecture

Photo: René BoerIn the context of our presentation on Automated Landscapes and #OFFICE, Marten Kuijpers and myself were interviewed in Venice by René Boer and Arif Kornweitz for the forthcoming podcast series Useful Life. 

This series of dialogues will explore the multi-faceted effects of automation processes on the organisation of work, the freedom of bodies and the nature of the spaces they inhabit. One of the premises of the debates around the impact of automation is that these processes render (non)-human bodies and spaces obsolete. Yet automation processes may also revitalise those entities or create new ones. In unscripted gatherings that infiltrated the Dutch Pavilion during the Biennale’s opening days, René Boer and Arif Kornweitz explored these questions together with participants and guests. The conversations, recorded and available as a podcast series on the websites of Het Nieuwe Instituut, Creative Industries Fund NL and Ja Ja Ja Nee Nee Nee, capture the energy, dynamism and wealth of ideas circulating during the opening days of the Dutch Pavilion.

Available soon.


Automated Landscapes: Who is the Architect? [event]

Maasvlakte II Rotterdam, 2016. Photo: Victor Muñoz Sanz
May 25 2018, 15.00 -16.00
Moderated by Arjen Oosterman, with Lilet Breddels, Dan Handel, Nina Rappaport, Marten Kuijpers, and Victor Muñoz Sanz.

Under the premise that automation disrupts not only labor markets but the configuration of entire territories, the installation Automated Landscapes reflects upon the emerging architectures of automated labor. In this event, Arjen Oosterman (Archis / Volume) will engage in a conversation on the spatial implications of automation for the built environment with Lilet Breddels, Dan Handel, Nina Rappaport and and Dutch pavilion contributors Marten Kuijpers and Víctor Muñoz Sanz, and speculate on the role of architects in this transformation.
Jointly organized by Archis / Volume.

Office / Automated Landscapes opens at the Dutch Pavilion, Venice Biennale

#Office, at Dutch Pavilion WORK, BODY, LEISURE. 16th International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia, FREESPACE. Photo: Daria Scagliola

With the title WORK, BODY, LEISURE, the Dutch Pavilion at the 16th Venice International Architecture Biennale addresses the spatial configurations, modes of living, and notions of the human body engendered by disruptive changes in labor ethos and conditions. The project, commissioned by Het Nieuwe Instituut  includes contributions by a group of architects, artists, designers, historians, musicians and theorists selected by the curatorial team and through a number of open calls. This collaborative endeavor seeks to foster new forms of creativity and responsibility within the architectural field in response to emerging technologies of automation. With #OFFICE, Marten Kuijpers and myself are presenting our research on Automated Landscapes.

 More than forty years after Constant’s New Babylon, the architecture of full automation is currently being implemented across the Netherlands, from the country’s main port in Rotterdam to its productive hinterlands. If in New Babylon there was only play, the territory of the Netherlands could be seen as its counterpart: a productive Cartesian landscape, designed for unprecedented efficiency. Behind this apparent banality, a machinic, data-filled beauty reveals itself—but only on screens in the control rooms inside the contemporary office, from where automated spaces are controlled and monitored.

The Dutch Pavilion at the 16th Venice International Architecture Biennale
May 26–November 25, 2018 

Dutch Pavilion at the Venice International Architecture Biennale