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the unseen spaces of extended urbanization in the North Sea

Total Cost €


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 OCEANURB project word cloud

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Project "OCEANURB" data sheet

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Organization address
address: STEVINWEG 1
city: DELFT
postcode: 2628 CN

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 Coordinator Country Netherlands [NL]
 Project website
 Total cost 133˙199 €
 EC max contribution 133˙199 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2016
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-09-01   to  2019-02-28


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT NL (DELFT) coordinator 133˙199.00


 Project objective

This proposal investigates the ocean as a spatial realm and the site of unfolding urbanization processes- a challenging new field within urban studies. The project aims to, 1. promote a holistic, inter-disciplinary view of the ocean which connects its geo-physical, biological and socio-economic dimensions through spatial means. Rather than a peripheral realm, or a void, the ocean is placed at the geographical and epistemological centre of current territorial developments, which represents a paradigm sift in perspective and is beyond the state of the art. The project proposes methods of spatial analysis that enable the invisible urbanization processes in ocean space to be represented, evaluated and shared as data to a range of stakeholders and academics- a new contribution to urban theory. 2. Support theoretical reflections by producing a case-study on current urbanization processes in the North Sea, in collaboration with a territorial study of North Sea settlement led by the supervisor’s chair. The two-way transfer of knowledge takes place across the land-sea threshold, demonstrating how the greater sea-space has influenced urban development. The North Sea project achieves a continuity of analysis across the interlocking land- and sea-sides – something that has never been achieved at the scale of the Sea as a whole and therefore stands to rewrite understandings of regional urbanization. 3. Critically examine and theorize the contradictory spatial dimensions of maritime transport as a sub-topic- although the backbone of globalization, consuming increasing on- and offshore areas, carrying increased loads, shipping’s spatial typologies are elusive, lacking architectural quality and interaction with urban contexts. Through the project the researcher will profit from first-hand experience and exchange with the European hub of maritime trade and an excellent research environment, gaining new specialist knowledge in the field which is applied to enrich urban research.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Couling, N
Oiling the Urban Machine- Grids, Gods & Giants in the North Sea
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
The Global Petroleumscape: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on the Spaces and Imaginaries of Oil -- and Ways to Overcome it 2019-08-07
2019 Couling, N & Hein, C
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Society & Space Part 3 2019-08-07
2019 Couling, N & Hein, C
Energy Logistics of the North Sea- a crowded industrial void
published pages: 21-25, ISSN: 1973-9141, DOI:
Lo Squaderno Exlorations in Space and Society. Logistics Territories \"# 51\" 2019-08-07
2018 Nancy Couling, Carola Hein
Blankness: The Architectural Void of North Sea Energy Logistics
published pages: 87-104, ISSN: 1875-1490, DOI: 10.7480/footprint.12.2.2038
Footprint. Delft Architecture Theory Journal \"#23\" 2019-08-07

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