Victor Munoz Sanz

Victor Munoz Sanz
Delft University of Technology | TU · Department of Urbanism

Doctor in Architecture

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Introduction
I am an assistant professor at TU Delft. My research focuses on the implications for architecture and urbanization of technological transitions. I was a postdoctoral researcher at TU Delft in the project ‘Cities of Making’, and fellow at the Akademie Schloss Solitude. Prior to that, I was coordinator of the Jaap Bakema Study Centre, co-principal researcher of ‘Automated Landscapes’ at Het Nieuwe Instituut, and Emerging Curator at the Canadian Centre for Architecture.
Additional affiliations
April 2017 - September 2019
Delft University of Technology
Position
  • PostDoc Position
Description
  • Project “Cities of Making”, ERA-NET Cofund Smart Urban Futures.
September 2013 - August 2016
Delft University of Technology
Position
  • Researcher
Description
  • Ph.D. research; hosted at the Chair of Urban Design: Theory and Methods by Prof. Han Meyer.
June 2011 - July 2012
Harvard University
Position
  • Research Associate
Education
August 2009 - May 2011
Harvard University
Field of study
  • Urban Design
September 2008 - February 2016
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
Field of study
  • Architecture
September 2000 - May 2006
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
Field of study
  • Architecture

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Publications (32)
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Since the 1970s, cities world-wide have been witness to radical de-industrialisation. Manufacturing was considered incompatible with urban life and was actively pushed out. As economies have grown, public officials and developers have instinctively shifted their priorities to short-term, high-yielding land uses such as offices, retail space and hou...
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Documentation of work by Jaap Bakema, Aldo van Eyck, Alison and Peter Smithson, James Stirling, Arne Korsmo and Geir Grung, CIAM Porto, Reima Pietilä, Pjotr Gonggrijp, Willem Jan Neutelings, Frits Palmboom and many others. When the ecological term Habitat was introduced to the avant-garde circles of CIAM (Congrès Internationaux d'Architecture Mode...
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This comprehensive essay looks into the relationship between humans and Dutch dairy cattle, which of course involves exploitation and cruelty. Víctor Muñoz Sanz aims to »think along how we stopped caring about our cows as companions and how to move forward.« Introducing the concept of cow’s »Five Freedoms« – freedom from hunger, discomfort, pain, a...
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Between 1929 and 1935, the Bata Shoe Company planned the construction of a series of modern industrial satellite towns in Europe, Asia, and America. By 1935, however, their development was far from advanced, and their original town plans, following a modernist grid, had been replaced with new ones, based on garden city ideas. A transnational explan...
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The concept of “urban forest” (UF) is gaining momentum in urban planning in the context of climate adaptation. Principles from the field of urban forestry are mainstreamed into urban planning, but little is known about effective tools for the successful implementation of new UFs. This article presents explorative research comparing how three cities...
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With a combination of essays, memoirs, guided imagery, and speculative story-telling, this book reenacts Roadside Picnic, a sci-fi story addressing the problem of humanity’s contact with another intelligence through the environmental effects and wreckage left behind by the visitors. The bewildering nature of worldly Roadside Picnics pushes human an...
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In this post for the blog Backchannels of the Society for Social Studies of Science, Gent Shehu and Víctor Muñoz Sanz recount their visit to an automated glasshouse for orchid cultivation, and reflect on the implications of an architecture dictated by non-human-centered demands and affordances. This contribution is part of the research project “Ar...
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This paper examines the tension between political efforts to implement climate goals in urban planning and design and the acceptance of climate adaptation measures at the local level. We hypothesize that, while there is consensus on the desirability of climate goals, the implementation of such concerns can lead to conflicts that delay or hinder the...
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Urban manufacturing and manufacturers play a vital role in delivering circular economy ambitions through processing materials, providing skills and technology for repair or reconditioning goods and the capacity to deliver innovative technology. The transdisciplinary approach of Cities of Making (CoM) puts forward three ways of addressing manufactur...
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To what extent does the proliferation of statistical projections of job losses due to automation and the renewing of the fetish of robotic ingenuity in the second decade of the twenty-first century reinforce the myth of human obsolescence, and therefore, de facto renders human workers invisible? To address this question, in this essay I discuss mo...
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The term Man, and the humanist tradition which followed from it, have been challenged in feminist, queer, poststructuralist, and postcolonial critiques, which questioned its nature, or even pondered if we are actually human. What we seek in this issue of Footprint is to add to these perspectives cases of what we call radical conditioning, in which...
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In a moment in which the term Man, and the humanist tradition which followed from it, have been challenged in feminist, queer, poststructuralist, and postcolonial critiques, which questioned its nature, or even pondered if we are actually human, Footprint 25 seeks to add to these perspectives cases of what we call radical conditioning, in which som...
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How can we create more human-centered, resilient, and sustainable cities in the tech age? Can we make use of technology and the opportunities presented rather than resisting its fast-paced evolution? What are the biggest and most likely spatial changes that autonomous vehicles will bring in cities? How can this change in mobility contribute to a be...
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This essay looks at the role of farmers, politicians, and technology companies in how robotization and digital platforms are deployed in the Dutch countryside. The text presents for the first time signs of how technology is transforming relations and places of production in the agricultural sector.
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Beyond mainstream formats of architectural dissemination, new spatial conditions, typologies, and relationships between bodies, work, and technology are being presented and considered via corporate channels, patents, and specialized media. Revealing the distinct spatial conditions afforded by automation technologies to a broader architectural audie...
Technical Report
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Cities of making assesses the role and current state of manufacturing in three of Europe’s urban centres. Compiled by a consortium of partners in London, Brussels and Rotterdam it forms part of Cities of Making, a thirty-month programme exploring the future of urban based manufacturing in European cities. This report brings together insights about...
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The Cities of Making 'Cities Report', offers an insight into urban manufacturing in three global cities - Brussels, London and Rotterdam. Each city has had a distinctive industrial heritage and is interpreting the future of manufacturing in very different ways. This report exposes unique qualities of each and common trends that may be relevant to m...
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'Platform Architectures' is an essay commissioned for its publication in Positions, an initiative by e-flux Architecture. 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 architectur...
Research
Available at: https://www.cca.qc.ca/offreonshore and on iTunes. The audio documentary “Off:Re:OnShore” 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. This documentary was conceived and developed duri...
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In the spring semester of 2017, the Jaap Bakema Study Centre welcomed the TU Delft Visiting Professors Lionel Devlieger and Maarten Gielen of the Brussels-based office Rotor. This publication documents an intensive ten-week workshop programme in which students imagined the potential for reuse of the legacy of post-war modernist buildings as well as...
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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 Rotterda...
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Publication based on two research workshops organized by the Jaap Bakema Study Centre in 2015. Total Space investigates the international dimensions of Structuralism, cross-disciplinary exchange, and aims to connect recent history with speculations on the future of our lifestyles. With contributions by Tom Avermaete, M. Christine Boyer, Benjamin H....
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'Welcome to FutureLand' explains the economic, political, and planning rationale behind the automated containers terminals in the area Maasvlakte 2 in the Port of Rotterdam. The article explains the reasons why automation technologies were embraced, and their impact in the organization and design of infrastructures, territories, and architecture....
Thesis
From its humble beginnings as a small workshop established by Tomáš Baťa in 1874, the Bata Shoe Company became a gigantic concern in the 1920s, built on the principles of scientific management and welfare capitalism. The growth of the company engulfed Zlín (in today’s Czech Republic), its hometown, and transformed it into a modern industrial garden...
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Between 1929 and 1945, the architects of the Bata Shoe Company in Zlín (Czech Republic), planned, and built, partially or in full, more than twenty modern industrial cities in Europe, Asia, and America. These towns were part of a corporate strategy of decentralization targeted at coping with the turbulences preceding World War II. The planning of t...
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"Unfolding a Modern Palimpsest", my article on Batanagar--the modernist Bata town built in the 1930's in Kolkata--is available in the April' 13 issue of Domus India. The text is illustrated with photos by Nouman Malik and myself. The text is included in the section "Contemporary museum for architecture in India", curated by Domus India's editor Kai...
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Extreme Urbanism 2: Speculations and Alternative Futures for the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Studio research report of the Harvard Graduate School of Design Edited by Rahul Mehrotra, Gareth Doherty, and Víctor Muñoz Sanz Book design by Víctor Muñoz Sanz Extreme Urbanism 2: Speculations and Alternative Futures for the Mumbai Metropolitan Region is t...
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"Batawa, the model town" is an impressionistic narrative of my visit to the Bata company town in Canada, my first trip for the Druker Traveling Fellowship and the Networked Utopia project. Online: http://static1.1.sqspcdn.com/static/f/450845/18858202/1340206335893/batawa.pdf?token=o5UWX9jQ%2BVZOr1aB2LHVOD3DFk0%3D
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Resex: the entropic landscape of the Amazon basin" is the result of a research done at the Harvard Graduate School of Design during the seminar "Resource Extraction Urbanism". The text unveils the potential of an innovative kind of conservation of natural resources, based on conserving not just the land, but the way it has been traditionally exploi...
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Extreme Urbanism: Reimagining Mumbai's Back Bay is a Studio research report of the Harvard Graduate School of Design Edited by Rahul Mehrotra and Víctor Muñoz Sanz Book design by Víctor Muñoz Sanz Extreme Urbanism: Reimagining Mumbai's Back Bay is published with the support of the Loeb Fellowship Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Design,...
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Rio Olympics, or how to utilize the olympics opportunistically to accelerate change, is a project about developing a strategy for really using the Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro as an opportunity to accelerate a self-propelling process for change. The report consist three parts: First, the case of Barcelona 92 is studied and its success explaned....

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Goal: Amidst the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the European Commission wants to align the Biodiversity Strategy of the European Green Deal (EGD) with restoring local economies. The EGD points at the widely accepted benefits of green urban spaces, ranging from health, recreation, refuge to nature, and mitigation of climate change. More importantly, it points at how the extensive deployment of green infrastructure in urban and perturban areas has the potential to have a positive economic impact in cities: new related jobs can help tackle inequalities and ensure a just transition to climate neutrality. This research trajectory deals with understanding the spatial planning and design conditions supporting the deployment of infrastructures for the green transition (urban green, renewable energy, sustainable mobility, productive functions) and related green jobs in cities. Questions I aim to touch upon in this project include: How to increase the public acceptance of new infrastructures supporting the green transition? How to align such project with place identities, including types of landscape and labor skills? What are the precise spatial design implications and needs of such infrastructures? How can those needs be integrated into an urban setting?
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Amidst the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the European Commission wants to align the Biodiversity Strategy of the European Green Deal (EGD) with restoring local economies. The EGD points at the widely accepted benefits of green urban spaces, ranging from health, recreation, refuge to nature, and mitigation of climate change. More importantly, it points at how the extensive deployment of green infrastructure in urban and perturban areas has the potential to have a positive economic impact in cities: new related jobs can help tackle inequalities and ensure a just transition to climate neutrality. This research trajectory deals with understanding the spatial planning and design conditions supporting the deployment of infrastructures for the green transition (urban green, renewable energy, sustainable mobility, productive functions) and related green jobs in cities. Questions I aim to touch upon in this project include: How to increase the public acceptance of new infrastructures supporting the green transition? How to align such project with place identities, including types of landscape and labor skills? What are the precise spatial design implications and needs of such infrastructures? How can those needs be integrated into an urban setting?