Bakema and the Open Society—A Lecture about Democracy and Architecture, Welfare State Ideals, and Cold War Rhetorics

  • Wednesday, April 18, 2018 • 12:00 pm
  • Kemp Auditorium, Givens Hall, Sam Fox School
April 18, 2018 | Noon
Kemp Auditorium, Givens Hall

Dirk van den Heuvel will deliver a lecture titled Bakema and the Open Society—A Lecture about Democracy and Architecture, Welfare State Ideals, and Cold War Rhetorics as part of DISCUSSIONS in Architectural History and Theory. He is an associate professor at TU Delft, as well as co-founder and head of the Jaap Bakema Study Centre at Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam, a collaborative research intiative between TU Delft and Het Nieuwe Instituut.

In 2017 van den Heuvel received a Richard Rogers Fellowship from Harvard University. He was curator of the Dutch contribution to the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2014, Open: A Bakema Celebration. He also curated the exhibition on Dutch Structuralism, An Installation in Four Acts. Education, Ideals, Building, the City, for Het Nieuwe Instituut, and a show on the architecture of the house as a paradigm for the architectural discipline, titled Changing Ideals. Re-thinking the House, in Bureau Europa, Maastricht.

His publications include the books Jaap Bakema and the Open Society (Archis 2018), Architecture and the Welfare State(Routledge 2015, with Mark Swenarton and Tom Avermaete), Team 10. In Search of a Utopia of the Present 1953-1981(NAi Publishers 2005, with Max Risselada), and Alison and Peter Smithson. From the House of the Future to a House of Today (010 Publishers 2004, with Max Risselada). Together with Madeleine Steigenga and Jaap van Triest he authored Lessons: Tupker / Risselada. A Double Portrait of Dutch Architectural Education (2003). He is an editor of the publication series DASH. Delft Architectural Studies on Housing (nai010publishers) as well as the online journal for architectural theory Footprint. He was also an editor of the Dutch journal OASE (1993-1999).

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