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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. The keynote by Georg Vrachliotis will consider the role of open data in design and social change, drawing inspiration from the Bouwcentrum Rotterdam, which was founded in 1948 as a statistics office documenting war damage in the city. 


Wednesday 23 November

10:30 Doors open, Berlage Zaal 1
10:45 Opening words and introductions by Dirk van den Heuvel and Georg Vrachliotis
11:00 Session Subjectivities, moderated by Georg Vrachliotis
  • Programming a Record of Site: Between Coding and Writing / Real-Time and Orthographic Time
    Alex Blanchard
  • Archives and Authorship: A Case Study on the Impact of Digital Architectural Collections
    Ashley Paine and Kelly Greenop
  • The Omega Project: Developing Architectural Narratives for the Age of Mass Digitalisation
    Chiara Monterumisi and Ines Tolic
  • Designing Consent: Emerging Spatialities in Data-driven Work Environments
    Victor Muñoz Sanz
  • Q&A

12:30 Lunch Break
13:30 Session Hybridisation, moderated by Fatma Tanış
  • Georeferencing Building Plans: Revisiting Nolli Maps in the Digital Age
    Jules Schoonman
  • Mambo Dogface to the Banana Patch? Talking Wrong with Deep Learning
    Erik Herrmann
  • Seeing History with Computer Vision: The Architecture of Text-to-Image Synthesis
    Matthew Mullane
  • Slides, Software, Data, Drawings: The Frank Gehry Papers as Hybrid Architectural Archive
    Emily Pugh
  • Q&A

15:00 Break, Berlage Zaal 2
15:30 Session Inclusions, moderated by Dirk van den Heuvel
  • Reading between the Lines and the Grammars of Concealment
    Xenia Vytuleva-Herz
  • Reconstructing the Speculative History of Boley, Oklahoma an All-Black Town in the Prairie
    Jared Macken
  • Smart Cities? Try Harder with Gender-Sensitive Data
    Nicole Kalms and Timothy Moore
  • Collective Storytelling of Common Architecture: Arquitectura Aqui in Portugal and Spain
    Ricardo Agarez and Diego Inglez de Souza
  • Q&A

17:00 Drinks at Berlage Zaal 2

Thursday 24 November


13.30 Session Exhibitions, moderated by Dirk van den Heuvel.

  • Alison's Room: An Extended Reality Archive
    Paula Strunden
  • Prototypes for a Virtual CIAM Museum 
    Dirk van den Heuvel
  • Open Archive 3.0
    Eline de Graaf (tbc)
  • Vertical Atlas
    Klaas Kuitenbrouwer (tbc)
  • Q&A
15:30 Session Precedents, moderated by Dennis Pohl.
  • From Structured Spaces to Unstructured Data: Herman Hertzberger from a Computer Vision Perspective
    Marija Mateljan
  • From Cybernetics to Datacenters: Searching for Reflexivity in Architecture
    Berna Göl
  • How Can a Repository Become a Digital Data Lab? About the Future of Architectural Research
    Chris Dähne and Roger Winkler
  • Q&A
18:00 Buffet at Het Nieuwe Café, and visiting exhibitions

20:00 Keynote Lecture: Bouwcentrum Rotterdam Reloaded: From Buildings to Data, and Back Again by Georg Vrachliotis, Auditorium.

Originally founded in 1948 as a statisticsl office to document the damage caused to the city of Rotterdam by the Second World War, the Bouwcentrum became a leading institution linking design, statistics, the building industry, and social (post-war) realities. Working with statistics that were systematically collected and classified, architects, civil engineers, and researchers collaborated on planning methods, industrialised housing, urban planning, material standards, and building optimisation. The Bouwcentrum saw itself as an industry of architectural knowledge production. And that meant not only statistics and technology, but also research and education. ‘The knowledge of many. Processed by the few. For the benefit of all’ — the Bouwcentrum's credo shows the direction for us as well: It is nothing less than the idea of an open data society avant la lettre. In this time of global challenges, the keynote lecture aims to demonstrate the relevance of the Bouwcentrum in finding social and sustainable solutions for our data-driven built environment.

TU Delft
Julianalaan 134
2628 BL Delft

Het Nieuwe Instituut
Museumpark 25
3015 CB Rotterdam



The conference programme, keynote excluded, is free of charge
Please register via the tickets link
Please note that a ticket for the conference does not include the keynote lecture by Georg Vrachliotis. Get your tickets for the keynote here