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The Jaap Bakema Study Centre is organizing the Architecture and Democracy International PhD Colloquium together with Delft University of Technology’s Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment. The subject of the colloquium is also the focus of the Jaap Bakema Study Centre’s newly launched PhD programme.

The morning starts with three PhD proposal presentations. Íñigo Cornago Bonal presents Domestic Spatial Agency, a research project focusing on the role and impact of residents in shaping the contemporary global housing system. Burcu Köken’s proposal Mimarlık investigates the eponymous magazine and the development of a social programme for Turkish architecture between1963 and 1980. Ludovica Rolando proposes a comparative analysis of two projects: Housing’t Hool in Eindhoven by Van den Broek and Bakema (1968-1972); and Villaggio Matteotti in Terni by Giancarlo De Carlo (1970-1975).

The afternoon programme consists of four paper presentations that formulate different perspectives on the theme. Hannah Rose Feniak (New York University) examines the politics of architecture during the Franco regime in Spain. Xavier van Rooyen (University of Liège) addresses the concept of ‘open aesthetics’ by discussing a series of French references (Candilis Josic Woods, Lacaton & Vassal, and Jean Renaudie). Mo Sedighi (TU Delft) presents his research on living in Iran in relation to the socio-political programmes of the second half of the 20th century. Concluding the event, Hans Teerds (ETH Zürich) presents part of his finished PhD, At Home in the World. Architecture, the Public, and the Writings of Hannah Arendt.

The Architecture and Democracy International PhD Colloquium aims to explore how the involvement of architecture and planning in the project of democracy called for architectural experimentation and disciplinary transgression, while attempting to accommodate the masses and their everyday needs. It also aims to probe the production of the period as planned and built, and to explore the archives to question institutional memory, through contextualization and comparative analysis, as well as critical confrontation. Each of the papers presented formulates a contemporary perspective on this period and the issue of architecture and democracy. How can this historical period inform our current practices –architecturally, culturally, and even politically?

Peer reviewers are Professor Paul Vermeulen (Delft University of Technology) and Professor Isabelle Doucet (Chalmers University of Technology).

11:00 – 18:00

Het Nieuwe Instituut
Museumpark 25
3015 CB Rotterdam


Attendance is free, however places are limited. Please sign up by sending an email to:
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