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The Observers Observed. Architectural Uses of Ethnography

November 2021

Proceedings of the 8th annual conference of the Jaap Bakema Study Centre conference, exploring ethnography’s influence on architecture. Since the 19th century, architects have used ethnography – a form of research in which immersion in a community allows observers to closely study behaviours and interactions – to develop the discipline and reshape the architect’s social role. However, being firmly rooted in colonialism, capitalism and Eurocentrism, ethnography is not an innocent discipline. Nevertheless, it offers new insights and inspiration that can help improve people’s daily lives.

Repositioning Architecture in the Digital

November 2020

Proceedings of the 7th conference of the Jaap Bakema Study Centre. This year’s conference critically explored the interplay between architecture and digital culture since the 1970s. How has the emergent data society materialized in architecture? What new typologies have been developed? And what role did architecture play in the emerging discussion about artificial intelligence? With contributions from Georg Vrachliotis, Armin Linke and Alessandra Ponte.

Habitat Ecology Thinking in Architecture

June 2020

Habitat: Ecology Thinking in Architecture, a new look at ecological thinking and a contribution to its historiography, is the result of research undertaken in the National Collection for Dutch Architecture and Urban Planning and in various international archives. The book features a fundamental rereading of classic sources like CIAM and Team 10, supplemented by lesser-known contributions from recent history and from leading designers today. Including work by Jaap Bakema, Aldo van Eyck, Alison and Peter Smithson, James Stirling, Arne Korsmo and Geir Grung, Pjotr Gonggrijp, RAAAF, Frits Palmboom and many others, the book, published by nai010, stems from the exhibition Habitat Expanding Architecture, which took place at Het Nieuwe Instituut in 2018.

Architecture and Democracy 1965-1989: Urban Renewal, Populism and the Welfare State

November 2019

Proceedings of the 6th annual conference of the Jaap Bakema Study Centre. The conference focused on the years 1965 to 1989, in which welfare state arrangements were contested on both left and right, by counterculture movements and the rise of populism. While government institutions sought a proper response, urban renewal and city repair became a new field of work for architects and planners.

Jaap Bakema and the Open Society

February 2018

Jaap Bakema and the Open Society is the first extensive publication on the Dutch architect Jaap Bakema, his ideas and ideals for society at large.This historical document will highlight internationally acclaimed and lesser known work through texts and first translations, accompanied by a rich, visual documentation from the archives. The book contains interviews with contemporaries, who worked with him in different contexts, and essays that critically probe the socially engaged aspects of his work and the contexts in which they came into being. Jaap Bakema and the Open Society, published by Archis, has been compiled and edited by Dirk van den Heuvel.


Richard Rogers Fellowship: Dirk van den Heuvel reporting from London

Dirk van den Heuvel, head of the Jaap Bakema Study Centre at Het Nieuwe Instituut was in residency in fall 2017 at the Wimbledon House as one of the Richard Rogers Fellows, inaugurating a new program for architectural and urban research of the Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD).

He used his residency to continue his research on Alison and Peter Smithson and the New Brutalism within in the context of the postwar British welfare state. During the three months of his stay, he reported periodically from London on the interrelations between architecture, planning, and housing policies. 



Volume #51, November 2017

In the spring semester of 2017, the Jaap Bakema Study Centre welcomed the TU Delft Visiting Professors Lionel Devlieger and Maarten Gielen of the Brussels-based office Rotor. This publication documents an intensive ten-week workshop programme in which students imagined the potential for reuse of the legacy of post-war modernist buildings as well as some iconic and didactic contemporary projects. With contributions by Lionel Devlieger, Keller Easterling, Metahaven, Victor Muñoz Sanz, and Dirk van den Heuvel.



Total Space

Volume #50, December 2016

This insert is based on two research workshops organized by the Jaap Bakema Study Centre in 2015. Total Space investigates the international dimensions of Structuralism, cross-disciplinary exchange, and aims to connect recent history with speculations on the future of our lifestyles. With contributions by Tom Avermaete, M. Christine Boyer, Benjamin H. Bratton, Femke Herregraven, Ellen Smit, Laurent Stalder, Richard Vijgen, Victor Muñoz Sanz, and Dirk van den Heuvel.


Volume #44, July 2015

This insert presents documentation compiled by the Jaap Bakema Study Centre as a reflection upon the recent installations by Andreas Angelidakis and Inside Outside / Petra Blaisse produced by Het Nieuwe Instituut as part of its exhibition programme in 2015. With contributions by Floor van Ast, Guus Beumer, Dirk van den Heuvel, Marten Kuijpers, Andreas Angelidakis, Petra Blaisse, Hetty Berens, and Patrick Healy.



Structuralism: An Installation in Four Acts

Volume #42, December 2014

The history and the contemporary relevance of Dutch Structuralism were at the center of the publication Structuralism: An Installation in Four Acts'. With contributions from, among others, Guus Beumer, Piet Blom, Dirk van den Heuvel, John Habraken, Joop Hardy, Herman Hertzberger and Lada Hršak / Bureau LADA.

Open: A Bakema Celebration

Volume #41, October 2014

This special publication was issued as part of the Dutch contribution to the 14th edition of the Venice Biennale. With contributions from Guus Beumer, Dirk van den Heuvel, Failed Architecture, Luca Molinari and Johannes Schwartz, among others.

Open Structures: An Introductory Dossier on Dutch Structuralism

Volume #35, April 2013

The publication was the outcome of a collaboration between The Berlage, TU Delft, Het Nieuwe Instituut and Volume. It contains interviews, statements and design proposals, both historical and contemporary ones. The dossier includes the results of a Master Class held at The Berlage, and contributions by Dirk van den Heuvel, Tom Avermaete, Herman Hertzberger, Arjen Oosterman, and Brendan Cormier, among others.