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.


Release of Off:Re:OnShore [audio documentary]

Road sign in Batanagar, India, 2012. Photograph by Nouman Malik

Today I have the pleasure to announce the launch of “Off:Re:OnShore”, an audio documentary conceived and developed during my residence at the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) as 2015–2016 Emerging Curator, and produced by the CCA. The documentary explores the legacy of industrial offshoring, the effects of corporate actions on the built environment of labour, and the role of architecture in bringing closer ideas of work and the good life. How might architecture and planning reassert the value of human work?

Featuring Keller Easterling, Rosey Hurst, Sarah Labowitz, Rahul Mehrotra, Anne Elizabeth Moore, Maitrayee Mukhopadhyay, Raúl Cárdenas Osuna, and Wouter Vanstiphout.

Listen to Off:Re:OnShore


'Platform Architectures', in Positions (e-flux Architecture)

'Platform Architectures' is an essay commissioned for its publication in Positions, an initiative by e-flux Architecture

'Platform Architectures' continues my explorations on workscapes, and the architectures of industrial innovations.

Positions is a rhetorical space for claims to be made, risks to be taken, and experiments to be rigorously conducted. A platform for the most challenging, provocative, and critical texts being written in the field of architecture today.

Positions is edited by Nick Axel, Nikolaus Hirsch, and Anton Vidokle.

Previous authors published in Positions include: Andreas Angelidakis, Andrea Bagnato, Keller Easterling, Ross Exo Adams, Samia Henni, Nicholas Korody, Reinhold Martin, V. Mitch McEwen, Shannon Mattern, and Douglas Spencer.



WORK, BODY, LEISURE - Venice Biennale 2018

Sisyphus Prototype. Simone Niquille 2017.Het Nieuwe Instituut, the commissioner of WORK, BODY, LEISURE, the official Dutch contribution to the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, has announced the commissioned exhibitors at the Rietveld Pavilion in the Biennale’s Giardini, and selected projects for the extended program. I will be one of the exhibitors at the Rietveld pavilion, presenting together with Marten Kuijpers an installation on the built environment of automation. Exhibitors include Mark Wigley, Beatriz Colomina, Amal Alhaag, Simone C. Niquille; and exhibition designer is Floris Vos.

The curator of the 2018 Dutch Pavilion, Marina Otero Verzier, has invited a group of architects, designers, historians and theorists, whose work is a reference for a critical understanding of emerging technologies of automation, and their spatial implications. Each of the contributors will conceive an intervention inside the Rietveld Pavilion as part of the collective exhibition WORK, BODY, LEISURE, and will be in dialogue with the projects developed as part of the extended program:

Amal Alhaag, curator, cultural programmer and radio host, will address technologies of the body and how these are informed by the concept of the cyborg, enslaved and ethnographic body. Alhaag will work in collaboration with The Research Center for Material Culture (RCMC), a research institute within the Tropenmuseum (Amsterdam), Museum Volkenkunde (Leiden) and the Afrika Museum (Berg en Dal), which serves as a focal point for research on ethnographic collections in the Netherlands. Architectural historian and theorist Beatriz Colomina will reexamine the bed as a unique horizontal architecture in the age of social media and will look at its use as a workspace transforming labor. Marten Kuijpers, architect and researcher, and Victor Muñoz Sanz, architect and postdoctoral researcher, will explore the architecture of full automation in the city of Rotterdam and across agricultural clusters in the Netherlands, jointly with Het Nieuwe Instituut and TU Delft. Designer and researcher Simone C. Niquille will unravel the parameters embedded in design software shaping contemporary work spaces and bodies optimised for efficiency, ergonomics and human/machine interactions. Architecture historian, theorist, and critic Mark Wigley, will revisit New Babylon by Constant Nieuwenhuys, and discuss its proposal for an alternate architecture and an alternate society in which human labor is rendered superfluous. Floris Vos, art director and set designer, has been appointed as the spatial designer for the exhibition.

See also: LOU / Lights Out!, APM / FutureLand, ALA / Automated Landscapes.


Captives in FutureLand, in Volume #51

My article 'Captives in Futureland' has been published in issue 51 of Volume, 'Augmented Technology.'

When considering the reality of automated ports, images of perfectly organised human-less landscapes come to mind. Devoid of human presence, these systems are carefully designed to minimize risks of instrusion by physical entities - but what about their cyber security? In this article, I analyse the case study of the APM Terminals' hack in Rotterdam, then the system was shut down by a malware for 12 days, arguing for a different, more resilient design - perhaps a little less elegant, but more effective one.

Get Volume #51, 'Augmented Technology' here.


Fellow at Akademie Schloss Solitude 2017-2019

I am happy to announce that I have been selected as one of the 2017-2019 fellows in Architecture of the Akademie Schloss Solitude, by the international jury around the jury chairman Kaiwan Mehta.

6,600 artists and scientists from 158 countries have downloaded the application form for the selection of the sixteenth generation of Solitude fellows and among them 1,900 candidates from 106 countries finally applied. All in all 64 fellows (34 female and 30 male) from 27 countries were selected by the jury. 461 months from a total of 542 months have already been granted. The fellowship amounts to 1,150 Euro per month. The fellowship program of Akademie Schloss Solitude is thereby largely settled until the end of 2019.

 Fellows belong to the following disciplines: Architecture (design, landscape architecture, urban planning), Visual Arts (including performance art), Performing Arts (stage design, dramatic texts, dramaturgy, musical theater, performance, direction, drama, dance), Design (fashion, costume, product and furniture design, visual communication), Literature (essay, criticism, poetry, prose, translation), Music/Sound (interpretation, sound installation, sound performance, composition), Time-based Media (including video, video installation, documentary and fiction film) and Web-based Media (web design, web development/coding, web art and digital journalism). Furthermore, scholars, scientists and professionals from the disciplines of the Humanities, Economy/Economics (Urban Policy) and History & Social Sciences (its practices of writing and politics in the contemporary) were invited to apply.

The sixteenth generation will also be the last one under the direction of Jean-Baptiste Joly, founding director of Akademie Schloss Solitude who has been running and developing the program for almost 30 years and who will retire in March 2018. The name of the future director who will take over in April 2018, will most likely be announced in fall 2017 by the Ministry for Research, Science and the Arts of the State of Baden-Württemberg.