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2018
19
Oct

Habitat: Expanding Architecture is a research installation which captures a key moment in the history of architecture and urban planning: the tenth CIAM conference at Dubrovnik in 1956. Here the concept 'habitat' was a central theme: a broader understanding of architecture through a new ecological approach viewing architecture less as an autonomous discipline than as part of larger, dynamic whole.

2018
13
Dec

Hadas Steiner (University at Buffalo, NY) will give a lecture about the history of ecological thinking in architecture and urban planning. She will talk about how this concept entered the architectural discourse through the biological sciences, and how the understanding of these terms changed throughout the 1950s, 60s and 70s as they were variously reinterpreted and employed by architects like Peter and Alison Smithson or John McHale. Among other topics, she will discuss the ornithological architecture of Cedric Price, who designed the aviary for the London Zoo. 

2019
25
Apr

The Jaap Bakema Study Centre organizes an International PhD Workshop together with the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment of the Delft University of Technology. The subject of the workshop will be 'Architecture and Democracy', which is also the focus of the newly launched PhD-programme of the Jaap Bakema Study Centre.

 

Past events

2018
28
Nov

The 2018 edition of the annual conference of the Jaap Bakema Study Centre is dedicated to Aldo and Hannie van Eyck. In honour of their achievements and as a celebration of their work, the conference aims to bring together scholars and practitioners to explore the rich legacy of their ideas and aspirations for a humanist architecture.

2018
01
Nov

In collaboration with TU Delft, the Jaap Bakema Study Centre is organizing a research and archive seminar with Leonardo Zuccaro Marchi and Elisa Dainese. On this occasion, the new PhD programme, Architecture and Democracy, will also be announced.

2018
25
Oct

As part of the discursive programme accompanying Habitat: Expanding Architecture, Alessandra Ponte will give a lecture about the concept of ‘total environment’ and how this relates to energy landscapes and megastructures in Canada. She will focus on mining in a region on the border of Labrador and Quebec. Developed after World War II, it includes a model town with a megastructure regulating its climate.

2018
26
Sep
16:00 – 18:00
Faculteit Bouwkunde, TU Delft

Following on from 2016’s Queering Architecture seminar, the Jaap Bakema Study Centre is organizing another event around the theme. On this occasion Joel Sanders, architect and professor at Yale University, will give a lecture about diversity and inclusivity in architecture, based on the notion of the ‘noncompliant body’.

2018
26
Mar
14:00 – 18:00
 

On March 26, the Jaap Bakema Study Centre in collaboration with TU Eindhoven and TU Delft is hosting an afternoon devoted to innovative living concepts for seniors. With Floris Alkemade, Dick van Gameren, and Ioulia Ossokina, among others.

2018
18
Mar

On March 18, the Jaap Bakema Study Centre and Archis/Volume 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. With Dirk van den Heuvel, Brita Bakema, Arnold Reijndorp, Dick van Gameren, Frans Hooykaas, and Herman Hertzberger.

2018
01
Feb

An evening of speculation about alternative strategies for the reuse and preservation of architecture. Lionel Devlieger (Rotor), Suzanne Mulder (Het Nieuwe Instituut), Neil Bingham (Victoria & Albert Museum) and Dirk van den Heuvel (Jaap Bakema Study Centre) will discuss the subject in the context of the case of the Ministry of Social Affairs building and the Robin Hood Gardens building in London.

2017
23
Nov

From Vitruvius and Villard de Honnecourt up till Building Information Modeling (BIM), the art of architectural design has been propelled by an ongoing process of division of labor within the building industry. In his lecture, Michiel Riedijk investigated what this process implies for both practice and education in architecture.

2017
22
Nov
22/11/2017 – 24/11/2017
 

For its Fourth Annual Conference, the Jaap Bakema Study Centre hosted the fifth thematic conference of the European Architecture History Network, The Tools of the Architect, in collaboration with the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment of TU Delft. The conference was held between November 22-24, 2017. On the afternoon of November 23, the conference moved to Het Nieuwe Instituut, where a series of paper sessions and a keynote lecture by Michiel Riedijk took place.

2017
29
Jun

On June 29, an exhibition of dismantled building components of the former building of the Ministry of Social Affairs was held in situ during the final review of Studio Rotor: Deconstruction. The session marked the end of an intensive ten-week workshop programme with TU Delft Visiting Professors Lionel Devlieger and Maarten Gielen of the Brussels-based office Rotor. The programme combined an international conference at TU Delft and archival seminars at Het Nieuwe Instituut, with analyses of case studies, site visits, and radical redesign.

2017
16
Jun

On June 16 2017 the Jaap Bakema Study Centre convened a symposium on the pressing issue of affordable housing, its architecture and planning. The symposium was part of the International Social Housing Festival 2017 and brought together a range of international scholars and designers: Kenny Cupers, Anne Kockelkorn, Jörg Stollmann, René Boer, Mirjana Milanovic, and Dick van Gameren. 

2017
09
Feb
14:00 – 17:30
Het Nieuwe Instituut

The symposium Crossovers brought together a vibrant network of Ph.D. researchers, professional, and experts to discuss from diverse perspectives current issues affecting the built environment: circularity, informality, and digital craftsmanship. They reflected on the state of the art of doctoral research in the Netherlands on the fields of architecture, history, theory, urbanism, real estate and building technology. With short presentations by Ph.D. researchers, talks and responses by Janneke van Kersen, Siebe Bakker, Ton Bastein, Alex Jachnow, Marta-Malé Alemany, and a keynote lecture by Dietmar Offenhuber.

2016
11
Dec
14:30 – 16:30
 

On December 11 2016 the Jaap Bakema Study Centre hosted an afternoon dedicated to the Smithsons' recently published book The Space Between. With Andrew Ballantyne, M. Christine Boyer, Carme Pinós, Max Risselada and Dirk van den Heuvel.

2016
01
Dec
20:00 – 22:00
 

What exactly is an architectural drawing today? How are authorship and originality re-conceptualised in an age of electronic reproduction? From beautiful BIM to the immortal quality of the hand-drawn. In collaboration with the Jaap Bakema Study Centre. With architect and artist Will Alsop.

2016
15
Sep

By ‘queering’ the discipline of architecture, we sought to discuss new ways to arrive at an inclusive approach to architecture and urban planning from the LGBT perspective. Speakers included Jasmine Rault, who wrote a book on Eileen Gray and Sapphic modernity; Henry Urbach, who organized the exhibition Queer Space in New York in 1994; Wolfgang Voigt, who is preparing a book publication on gay architects together with Uwe Bresan; and Riëtte van der Werff who is building a project for LGBT-seniors in Amsterdam.

2015
01
Dec
20:00 – 22:00
Het Nieuwe Instituut

Maarten Gielens' lecture was the closing event of the two-day conference 'Research on Display. The Architecture Exhibition as a Model for Knowledge Production' organised by the Jaap Bakema Study Centre together with TU Delft. 

2015
30
Nov
30/11/2015 – 01/12/2015
Faculteit Bouwkunde, TU Delft

For its second annual conference The Jaap Bakema Study Centre wanted to take a closer look at the relationship between research and the exhibition medium. Curators, researchers and designers from various international institutes discussed the way knowledge production, innovation and exhibition design are interrelated.

2015
02
Nov

The Jaap Bakema Study Centre organised the second Total Space research workshop on November 2nd in Het Nieuwe Instituut. The research workshop was part of the research project into structuralism, and is part of the preparations for an exhibition at Het Nieuwe Instituut in 2017. The workshop aimed to explore current developments in the digital realm and their impact on city planning and architecture.

2015
09
Jun
20:00 – 22:00
Het Nieuwe Instituut

On 9 June Professor M. Christine Boyer (Princeton University, USA) delivered a lecture on the open society and the relationship between architecture, planning and democracy in the 20th century. The lecture was followed by a conversation in response to issue #16 of Footprint, which examines the commons and the urban environment.

2015
08
Jun

The Jaap Bakema Study Centre organised the first Total Space research workshop on June 8 in Het Nieuwe Instituut. The research workshop was part of the research project into structuralism, and is part of the preparations for an exhibition at Het Nieuwe Instituut in the period 2017-2020. The workshop focused on the historical developments in architecture and planning around structuralism.

2014
04
Dec

Discussion about the current definition of 'social space', which was so vital to the architects of structuralism. The space where people meet is now a virtual realm too. How do spatial designers and digital designers see this new social space?

2014
25
Nov
09:30 – 17:00
Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, TU Delft

The Jaap Bakema Study Centre organized a special conference on the work of Jaap Bakema (1914-1981) and his idea to build towards an open society. Speakers included professor Tom Avermaete, professor Carola Hein (both TU Delft), professor Mark Swenarton (University of Liverpool) and Christoph Grafe, director of the Flemish Architecture Institute (VAi). The conference acted as a conclusion to the Dutch presentation for this year's Venice Biennale Open: A Bakema Celebration.

2014
13
Nov

A number of structuralist buildings have recently undergone major renovation to meet current requirements, or have lost their original function. Are these buildings indeed designed in such a way that new occupants – in another time and for another purpose – are able to appropriate them? Is successful reuse possible? During (Re-)Using Structuralism, Het Nieuwe Instituut assesses the subject with researchers, architects, occupants, owners and performers.

2014
28
Oct

On 28 October, Het Nieuwe Instituut and the Jaap Bakema Study Centre organised in cooperation with the Van Eesteren-Fluck & Van Lohuizen Foundation (EFL) and the Archives of the Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture (gta) at the ETH Zurich a symposium on the occasion of the publication of the Atlas of the Functional City. 

2014
28
Oct

On October 28, the Jaap Bakema Study Centre hosted a first PhD Workshop organized between gta/ETH Zurich and the department of architecture at the TU Delft. The central topic concerned archives of modern architecture and PhD research. 

2014
20
Sep
16:30 – 19:00
 

Het Nieuwe Instituut cordially invites you to the festive opening of Structuralism  on Saturday 20 September, at 4.30 pm. The exhibition will be officially opened at 5 pm. Children are especially welcome and can join an exclusive preview of the exhibition at 4:45 pm.

2014
28
Jun
28/06/2014 – 05/10/2014
Het Nieuwe Instituut

Whereas the Dutch show at the 2014 Venice Biennale of Architecture highlighted the public facets of the architect Jaap Bakema (1914-1981), in Rotterdam the attention was turned towards the private life of Bakema and his creative collaboration with his wife and artist Sia Bakema (1919-2006).

2014
19
Jun
20:00 – 21:30
Bakema Serre

The Venice Architecture Biennale opened on Saturday 7 June. Director Rem Koolhaas has invited the curators of all national pavilions to present exhibitions that respond to the theme ‘Absorbing Modernity: 1914-2014’. On Thursday 19 June Het Nieuwe Instituut welcomes the curators of the Dutch and the British Biennale pavilions.