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Aldo and Hannie van Eyck were one of the most remarkable and influential architect couples of the second half of the 20th century, not only in the Netherlands but also in the international architecture community. In their inexhaustible quest for a renewal of post-war modern architecture, they placed the human being at the centre of their work and thinking. They found profound inspiration in ‘the child, the city and the artist’, as the famous title of Aldo van Eyck’s manifesto goes. Influential works include the Municipal Orphanage in Amsterdam, the Arnhem Sonsbeek Sculpture Pavilion, and more than 700 children’s playgrounds in Amsterdam. It is in the context of the latter that Aldo van Eyck spoke of the ‘irritant principle of renewal’: a playground in a city was like a grain of sand in an oyster, triggering a transformation and regeneration of the urban social fabric.

'The Irritant Principle of Renewal’ is both the motto for the conference and its challenge. Next to the demonstration of the internal developments of the body of work and thinking of the Van Eycks, the Jaap Bakema Study Centre suggests a set of topics for further exploration and debate. Academics and practitioners alike were invited to submit to the call for papers. This year's conference has been made possible by a grant from the EFL Foundation.

Céline Condorelli, a London and Lisbon based artist and teacher, will deliver the keynote lecture for The Irritant Principle of Renewal on 29 November


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Programme Wednesday 28 November

Location: TU Delft

09.30 - 10.00 Opening and welcome
  • Dick van Gameren (chair of the department of Architecture, TU Delft)
  • Dirk van den Heuvel (head of the Jaap Bakema Study Centre)
10.00 - 10.45 Opening lecture
  • Francis Strauven - Aldo and Hannie van Eyck: in search of built meaning
11.00 - 12.30 Paper session 1

moderator: Herman van Bergeijk (TU Delft)


  • Alejandro Campos Uribe – On the Van Eyck home in Loenen aan de Vecht
  • Anat Falbel - In the path of the “in-between”: Brazilian repercussions of Aldo van Eyck’s concept
  • Marianna Charitonidou - Aldo van Eyck’s critique against Postmodernism: between the “configurative discipline” and “the irritant principle of renewal”
  • Andreas Kalpakci - Imaging the Human House
13.45 - 15.00 Paper session 2

moderator: Andrej Radman (TU Delft)


  • Nelson Mota - Architecture and social ecology: the role of visual ethnography in design education
  • Lidwine Spoormans & Lidy Meijers - Towards continuous renewal. Re-use design of 1970s architecture and design education
  • Dirk Somers & Daniel Rosbottom - Playgrounds as pedagogic tools for architecture students
15.15 - 16.30 Paper session 3
Anthropology and Ethnography

moderator: Heidi Sohn (TU Delft)


  • Karin Jaschke - Whatever happened in Mali: re-telling the story of the Dogon journey
  • Beatriz Rocha - Spirals of time: between Aldo van Eyck and Lina Bo Bardi
16.30 - 17.15 Keynote
  • Stanislaus von Moos - Child, City, Artist. The Swiss Connection.
18.00 - 19.00 Public lecture
  • Herman Hertzberger - Learning from Van Eyck

Programme Thursday 29 November

Location: TU Delft (morning) and Het Nieuwe Instituut (afternoon)

09.30 - 10.45 Paper session 4
Other Histories

moderator: Jurjen Zeinstra (TU Delft)


  • Linda Vlassenrood - Jakoba Mulder and the Amsterdam playgrounds
  • Daphne Bakker - Van Eyck, Risselada and Lafour – the “other” architects
  • Rixt Hoekstra - The role of the ETH in the formation of Dutch female architects in the 1930s
11.00 - 12.30 Paper session 5
Between art and architecture

moderator: Jorge Mejia Hernandez (TU Delft)


  • Janno Martens - Two birds: Aldo van Eyck and Carel Visser
  • Ellen Smit - The story of another way of drawing
  • Oliver Sack - In-between, twin phenomena and the Court of Audit
  • Jorn Konijn - The ball I threw: the exhibitions of Aldo and Hannie Van Eyck
14.30 - 15.30 Exhibition tour
Habitat: Expanding Architecture
15.30 - 17.30 Special session with trustees and friends of the Aldo+Hannie van Eyck Foundation
Seminar and conversation

moderator: Sebastiano Brandolini (A+H van Eyck Foundation)


  • Abel Blom 
  • Alejandro Campos Uribe 
  • Maria Müller-Schareck
  • Tim Pitman 
  • Julyan Wickham 

This session is organised by the Aldo + Hannie van Eyck foundation.

20.00 - 21.00 Keynote
  • Céline Condorelli - Support Structures

Het Nieuwe Instituut
Museumpark 25
3015 CB Rotterdam

Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, TU Delft
Julianalaan 134
2628 BL Delft