Taking Place

Reflections from the Fieldworker


  • Aleksandar Staničić Delft University of Technology
  • Klaske Havik Delft University of Technology
  • Slobodan Velevski University Ss. Cyril and Methodius in Skopje
  • Luís Santiago Baptista Lusofona University, Lisbon




taking place, fieldworker, fieldwork, operational knowledge, tacit architecture


This issue of Writingplace Journal moves into the field, exploring the moment when reflection turns into action, and questions how knowledge produced via research is appraised and applied on the ground. In the articles, authors reflect upon their concrete experiences where insights regarding the city and its narratives have been made operational. Understanding the urban as a complex expression of social, historical, material, spatial and temporal relations between people and their built environment, we argue that this comprehension of places demands and envisions action, by which active and transformative processes take place in the real world. Fieldwork is in this sense both research and event, both investigative process and performative project.

Author Biographies

Aleksandar Staničić, Delft University of Technology

Aleksandar Staničić is an architect and assistant professor at TU Delft Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment. Previously he was Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow at TU Delft (2018-2020), postdoctoral fellow at the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at MIT (2017-2018), and research scholar at the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies, Columbia University (2016-2017). His most recent work includes edited volume War Diaries: Design After the Destruction of Art and Architecture (University of Virginia Press, 2022), and numerous research articles in The Journal of Architecture, Footprint, Architecture and Culture, and others.

Klaske Havik, Delft University of Technology

Klaske Havik is Professor of Methods of Analysis and Imagination at the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands. Her book Urban Literacy. Reading and Writing Architecture (2014) proposed a literary approach to architecture and urbanism. The edited book Writingplace. Investigations in Architecture and Literature, resulting from the Writingplace conference held in Delft in 2013, appeared in 2016. Klaske Havik was editor of de Architect and OASE, and initiated the Writingplace Journal for Architecture and Literature in 2017. Havik is leading the EU COST Action Writing Urban Places.

Slobodan Velevski, University Ss. Cyril and Methodius in Skopje

Holding a PhD in Architecture and Urbanism, Slobodan is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Architecture in Skopje, N. Macedonia. Previously he graduated in Skopje and concluded his master studies at Dessau Institute of Architecture in Germany. In 2018 together with Marija Mano Velevska he co-curated the exhibition Freeingspace, representing the Republic of Macedonia at the 16th Architectural exhibition La Biennale di Venezia. His academic and design interests are mainly focused on research that explores the scale and complexities of architecture and urban design. 

Luís Santiago Baptista, Lusofona University, Lisbon

Architect, researcher and curator. Assistant professor, Department of Architecture of Lusofona University (ULHT), Lisbon, Portugal, and School of Arts and Design (ESAD-CR), Caldas da Rainha, Portugal. Master degree in Contemporary Architectural Culture in the Faculty of Architecture of the Technical University of Lisbon (FA-UTL), Portugal, and is PhD candidate in Architecture and Urban Culture in the School of Architecture of University of Coimbra (DARQ-UC), Portugal. His research interests are contemporary theory of architecture and urban culture. He is working group leader in the European project Writing Urban Places: New Narratives of the European City. He develops a multifaceted activity encompassing professional practice, teaching, criticism, curatorship and publishing. He was the winner, with Maria Rita Pais, of FAD Award of Theory and Criticism 2020 with the book Journey into the Invisible.