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The Jaap Bakema Study Centre is a research centre, founded by Het Nieuwe Instituut and The Delft University of Technology. Het Nieuwe Instituut manages one of the largest architecture collections in the world. Delft University of Technology is internationally recognised for its distinguished research in the architectural field. Working together allows the two organisations to profit from each other’s expertise, resources and contacts. The Jaap Bakema Study Centre is based at Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam, and headed by Dirk van den Heuvel, Associate Professor at the Faculty of Architecture TU Delft.

Platform for research findings

Het Nieuwe Instituut and Delft University of Technology collaborate to further expand the intellectual infrastructure focused on innovation and the exchange and export of knowledge. Historical materials from the archive of Het Nieuwe Instituut’s are placed in the service of current research and public discourse. The research of Delft University of Technology will strengthen the position of Het Nieuwe Instituut’s collection within a broad, international scholarly network. Het Nieuwe Instituut provides a platform for the research findings of Delft University of Technology, allowing these to be shared with the general public. In addition, the two institutes collaborate in the areas of collection management and digitization.

Dutch structuralism

The first joint research programme is a broadly conceived study of the history and contemporary relevance of Dutch structuralism, a movement that sought to return architecture to a human scale. The appreciation of heritage with respect to the reuse and transformation of postwar garden cities and 1970s suburbs will play a role in the research. The study will lead to various publications, exhibitions and conferences. The first public presentation was the dual exhibition Structuralism, in cooperation with Herman Hertzberger.



On March 18, the Jaap Bakema Study Centre will host the presentation of the book Jaap Bakema and the Open Society, the first extensive publication on the Dutch architect Jaap Bakema, his ideas and ideals for society at large.

Manner or Method: the Tools of the Architect Reconsidered by Michiel Riedijk

Keynote lecture of the fifth thematic conference of the European Architecture History Network, 23/11/17

The Tools of the Architect

Conference, 22/11/17

Studio Rotor: Deconstruction

Exhibition report, 29/06/17