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.


Anthony Sutcliffe Dissertation Award [prize]



My doctoral dissertation Networked Utopia: the Architecture and Urbanism of the Bata Shoe Company Satellite Citiesdefended in Madrid in 2016, has been selected as the recipient of the Anthony Sutcliffe Dissertation Award 2018 of the International Planning History Society (IPHS).

The award, created in honour of Anthony Sutcliffe (founding member of IPHS and Planning Perspectives), recognizes the best dissertation in the field of planning history written in English and completed during the two years preceding the IPHS biannual conference. There is no restriction on topic, but submissions that most directly and innovatively address the internationalism of the modern planning movement in line with much of Sutcliffe’s work were especially welcome.

According to the jury: “There are many reasons to highlight the great value this work: first because of the way in which the thesis provides a fascinating transect of the history of universal, early modern and modern approaches to urbanism and their manifestation in the urbanistic conceptions of the Bata Shoe Company Satellite Cities, including their transformation right through to their ‘post-industrial’ existence; secondly, the way in which it traces the transformation of the classic models from Howard, Garnier, and Le Corbusier linking them to the emerging concepts associated with Fordism; and thirdly, the way in which it provides an original account of the different shape the developments took in different climates. Furthermore, and more importantly, because of the highly original way in which it traces Harvey’s and Scott’s notions of ‘universal’ or ‘high modernism’, as well as of ‘ideals, types, myths and models’, through the development history of almost a century of this bundle of case studies in different parts of the world and right through to the cutting-edge developments of the technologies of the 21st century. Among the additional reasons that make this work the favorite are its design and graphic presentation.”

I received the award on the closing ceremony of the IPHS Conference in Yokohama (July 16-18, 2018).



Useful Life / Interview with JaJaJaNeeNeeNee and Failed Architecture [interview]

In 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 podcast series Useful Life

This series of dialogues explores 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.

Photo: René Boer




BIA Bilbao Urban Regeneration Forum 2018 [lecture / conversation]

On June 21, I chaired and moderated a panel on New Technological Horizons and Restructuring of Industrial Heritage part of the 2018 BIA Urban Regeneration Forum in Bilbao, Spain. The panel was opened by my lecture entitled "Platform Architectures" which builds on my essay for e-flux Architecture. This was followed by presentations by Jens Richter of Estudio Herreros, David Lorente of H Arquitectes, Yves Moreau of Studio Muoto, and Juan Francisco Paz Pascual of Sener. A one-hour long discussion and Q&A, which I moderated, ended the session.

The III BIA Urban Regeneration Forum focused on the relationship between the productive economy and the urban fabric. What role can the new productive models play in urban revitalisation? What examples of best practices can be found in our surroundings? What actions can guarantee the greatest success of the footprint of the city on the territory? Which hitherto unknown stakeholders would drive a revolution towards a more balanced territory between production and consumption?

Video recordings of the session will be made available at the conference website.


Automated Landscapes in Venice highlighted in NRC by Tracy Metz [press]

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?