Dirk van den Heuvel, head of the Jaap Bakema Study Centre, is taking part in the creative residency programme of the Department of Architecture at Monash Art Design & Architecture (MADA) in Melbourne, Australia. During his residency, 'Place Names: Queer ways of (not) being at home', he will pursue his research on the interrelationship between queer theory, language and domestic architecture. The research project starts with the work of Dick van Woerkom.
Dirk van den Heuvel will collaborate with XYX Lab, among others. This research studio focuses on gender-sensitive design practice and theory and is led by Associate Professors Nicole Kalms and Gene Bawden. Van den Heuvel will also present his recent book in Sydney and Melbourne. Titled Jaap Bakema and the Open Society (2018), it specifically addresses the precarious relationship between architecture, democracy and inclusivity.
Dirk van den Heuvel is a member of Queering the Collections, a network of Dutch museums and archives addressing the visibility of LGBTI heritage in public collections. He was also one of the editors of Footprint #21: Trans-Bodies / Queering Spaces.
Through Queer Eyes
Is there such a thing as ‘queer space’ and can it be designed? During this evening the Archive of Dutch architects and urban planners was being viewed through queer eyes. With archivist Alfred Marks, political scientist Mounir Samuel, filmmaker Tim Leyendekker, Prof. Jasmine Rault, architect Riëtte van der Werff and architect/researcher Dirk van den Heuvel.
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.