The Jaap Bakema Study Centre is a collaborative project of Het Nieuwe Instituut and the Faculty of Architecture of TU Delft. It initiates and undertakes research projects that result in exhibitions, publications, and public events, often in collaboration with third parties and within international networks. The Jaap Bakema Study Centre combines contemporary social issues with fundamental research and knowledge development in the field of the creative industry: design, culture and society.
The Jaap Bakema Study Centre was founded at the end of 2013 by Het Nieuwe Instituut and the Faculty of Architecture of the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) to initiate scientific research in the field of architecture and urban design together with third parties. The collections of the National Collection for Dutch Architecture and Urban Planning form the basis for a research programme that is situated at the intersection of advanced historical and theoretical research and urgent social issues. The activities are divided into several long-term projects.
At the outset, in 2013, the primary focus was on the visibility and use of the National Collection for academic research and public presentations. Among other results, this led to the exhibition Structuralism, jointly curated with Herman Hertzberger, and a contribution to the Venice Architecture Biennale about Jaap Bakema’s propositions for the “open society”. The programme has now broadened and deepened with international PhD research, the Dutch Research Council (NWO) project The Critical Visitor, and forward-thinking annual conferences. New projects are developed with international partners, such as the Art on Display exhibition with the Gulbenkian Museum in Lisbon.
The Jaap Bakema Study Centre has an academic advisory board. The board members are Tom Avermaete (ETH Zurich), Hetty Berens (HNI), Maristella Casciato (Getty Institute), Carola Hein (TU Delft) and Georg Vrachliotis (TU Delft).
Virtual CIAM Museum
What would a museum without walls look like? Three prototypes, developed for a new virtual museum, explore the possibilities - using the National Collection's CIAM archives as source material.
This year’s Jaap Bakema Study Centre conference revisits a broad topic: the digital. This time, the focus is on the vast amount of data that is generated and stored, and how to view this overload in light of new possibilities for architectural design and construction, archival and heritage practices, knowledge curation and circulation through storytelling.
Summer School Report: Re-enacting Tacit Knowledge
Summer schools played a major role in 20th-century architectural culture, yet they remain largely unexplored. In Re-enacting Tacit Knowledge, a summer school about summer schools, Het Nieuwe Instituut and TACK set out to investigate and recreate the dynamics of these important but neglected events, as organiser Hamish Lonergan reports.
Multiculturalism in Architecture
Architect and researcher Alejandro Campos Uribe explains his project on multiculturalism in post-war architecture, in which he focuses on the work of Aldo van Eyck, and particularly the home he shared with Hannie van Eyck. He approaches the house as an extension of their characters. In addition, he studies the Van Eycks’ friends and contemporaries, including Herman Hertzberger, Piet Blom and members of Team 10. Alejandro Campos is currently a fellow at TU Delft and a visiting scholar at the Jaap Bakema Study Centre.
PhD Programme Architecture and Democracy
Together with the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Delft University of Technology, the Jaap Bakema Study centre has launched the new Architecture and Democracy PhD programme. This investigates how, over the course of the 20th century, architecture and urban planning played a role in representing, embodying and enabling democracy.
The Critical Visitor - Important Subsidy Allocation by NWO Smart Culture
Het Nieuwe Instituut is a partner within The Critical Visitor, a research project that investigates how heritage institutions can bring about new forms of inclusiveness and accessibility through their organisation, collections and exhibition policy. The project has received a €500,000 NWO Smart Culture grant. The five-year research project is being conducted by a consortium of fifteen cultural and scientific institutions.
The study centre is named after Jaap Bakema (1914–1981), the internationally prominent, socially engaged Dutch architect. His Rotterdam-based firm Van den Broek and Bakema produced some of the most outstanding projects of the post-war period such as the Lijnbaan shopping centre in Rotterdam. Its archive is housed in Het Nieuwe Instituut’s collection. Jaap Bakema was also an eminent professor at the Faculty of Architecture at the Delft University of Technology. Het Nieuwe Instituut and the Jaap Bakema Study Centre curated Open: A Bakema Celebration, the Dutch entry for the fourteenth International Architectural Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia. Part of the exhibition was ‘Post Box for the Open Society’, an online platform for the exchange of ideas and designs on the subject of the open society.