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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.


Jaap Bakema and the Open Society

February 2018

Jaap Bakema and the Open Society is the first extensive publication on the Dutch architect Jaap Bakema, his ideas and ideals for society at large.This historical document will highlight internationally acclaimed and lesser known work through texts and first translations, accompanied by a rich, visual documentation from the archives. The book contains interviews with contemporaries, who worked with him in different contexts, and essays that critically probe the socially engaged aspects of his work and the contexts in which they came into being. Jaap Bakema and the Open Society, published by Archis, has been compiled and edited by Dirk van den Heuvel.

Aldo and Hannie van Eyck symposium

28-30 November 2018

Aldo and Hannie van Eyck were one of the most remarkable architect couples of the second half of the twentieth century in the Netherlands and much further afield. In their inexhaustible quest for renewal in modern architecture, they placed man at the centre of their spatial designs. The found inspiration, and clients, in the city, the child and the artist. Their key works include the Municipal Orphanage in Amsterdam, the Sonsbeek Sculpture Pavilion and more than 700 children’s playgrounds in Amsterdam. To celebrate their inestimable contribution to Dutch architecture, the Jaap Bakema Study Centre is devoting a congress to their life and work from 28 to 30 November. The Call for Papers will be announced in June.