Ludo Groen is a doctoral candidate in the history and theory of architecture (gta) at ETH Zürich, while practicing architecture from his eponymous studio. His doctoral research, part of the SNSF-funded research project “Switzerland: A Technological Pastoral,” documents the architecture of Swiss banking before and after 1968.
        Between 2018 and 2021, he worked as a researcher at The Berlage at Delft University of Technology and Het Nieuwe Instituut, the Dutch institute for architecture, design, and digital culture. At The Berlage he was involved in the organisation of lectures, master classes, teaching, and various book projects. At Het Nieuwe Instituut, he contributed to various exhibitions and research projects, including Automated Landscapes, which will be published in the forhcoming book Automated Landscapes, documenting the emerging automated architectures of dairy farms, greenhouses, data centers, and factories, in the Netherlands and beyond.
        Ludo holds a master degree in architecture from Delft University of Technology and a post-master degree from The Berlage.


Haussmann and the House of Fashion
OASE Journal 
October, 2019

From the House of Worth to the Houses of Dior and Chanel, the notion of the ‘house’ in fashion—both physically and symbolically—can be described as a metabolic system that builds upon Haussmann’s plan for Paris to transcend the unit of the house into a constituent of an extensive urban, social and economic fabric. This contribution to OASE #104 explores the early twentieth-century Parisian domestic-cum-fashion house, a type that has disintegrated today with the decentralisation of the fashion industry supply chain.

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Automated Landscapes
Triennale di Milano/
Het Nieuwe Instituut
February—July, 2019

Automation, and the 24-hour, 365-day production cycle it enables, disrupts labour markets and the configuration, design and occupation of entire territories. This collaborative research looks at the greenhouses that occupy vast parts of the country, and where the productivity of the ground is controlled and maximised by automated technologies. In their interiors flowers and fruits grow assisted by climate control, artificial lighting, and water and nutrient distribution systems. This data-filled garden reveals itself to the outside world in the screens of the control rooms and smartphones through which operations are monitored, as well as through the colossal photo-pollution generated by greenhouse emissions.

Facades for a Canal House
The Berlage
Assistant Editor*
July, 2020

This publications presents a selection of student projects from the Berlage Design Master Class led by Hans Kollhoff with Alexander Pols, organized in November 2019, accompanied with an introductory leporello written by Hans Kollhoff. The assignment asked participants to design facades for Delft’s most prominent canal, the Oude Delft, on a small remaining plot between two of the city’s most recognizable historic buildings, at numbers 167 and 169 respectively.
*edited by Salomon Frausto. Graphic Design by Joris Kritis. Contributions by Hans Kollhoff, Alexander Pols and The Berlage Generation 30. Models by Maarten Plomp. Photography by Max Hart Nibbrig.

Safe New World
The Berlage
Assistant Editor*
July, 2020

This publications presents a selection of student projects from the Berlage Design Master Class led by Theo Deutinger, organized in November 2020.
*edited by Salomon Frausto. Graphic Design by Joris Kritis.