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Signing the partnership agreement. Guus Beumer (The New Institute) and Karin Laglas (Delft University).Photo: Fred Ernst
The New Institute, in partnership with the Faculty of Architecture at Delft University of Technology, has opened a new study centre: the Jaap Bakema Study Centre. The New Institute holds one of the largest architecture collections in the world. Delft University of Technology is internationally recognised for its distinguished research in the architectural field. Working together will allow the two organisations to profit from each other’s expertise, resources and contacts. The first joint research programme is a broadly conceived study of the history and contemporary relevance of Dutch structuralism. The Jaap Bakema Study Centre is based at The New Institute in Rotterdam.
Research projects initiated and carried out at the Jaap Bakema Study Centre will lead to exhibitions, publications, discussions and specific partial studies related to the activities of The New Institute and the research programme of the Delft University of Technology Faculty of Architecture. The study centre will also facilitate research conducted by and with third parties. The activities of the Jaap Bakema Study Centre will be socially relevant and generate discussion of current issues. It will also contribute to fundamental research and knowledge development in the creative industry around design, culture and society.
The New Institute and Delft University of Technology will help each other to further expand the intellectual infrastructure focused on innovation and the exchange and export of knowledge. Historical materials from The New Institute’s archive will be explicitly placed in the service of current research and public discourse. Delft University of Technology’s research will strengthen the position of The New Institute’s collection within a broad, international scholarly network. The New Institute will provide a platform for the research findings of Delft University of Technology, allowing these to be shared with the general public. Collaboration in the areas of collection management and digitisation will also be possible.
The Jaap Bakema Study Centre will be headed by Dirk van den Heuvel, Associate Professor at the Faculty of Architecture TU Delft. A leading expert on post-war modern architecture, he (co-)authored Team 10: In Search of a Utopia of the Present (1953-1981) and Alison and Peter Smithson: From the House of the Future to a House of Today. Dirk van den Heuvel is an editor of the series of DASH, Delft Architectural Studies on Housing and an editor of Footprint, Delft Architecture Theory Journal. He was a guest curator at NAiM/Bureau Europa in Maastricht and a former editor of the journal OASE.
The first joint research programme is a broadly conceived study of the history and contemporary relevance of Dutch structuralism, a movement that sought to return architecture to a human scale. The appreciation of heritage with respect to the reuse and transformation of postwar garden cities and 1970s suburbs will play a role in the research. The study will lead to various publications, exhibitions and conferences.
The study centre is named for Jaap Bakema (1914–1981), the internationally prominent, socially engaged Dutch architect. His Rotterdam-based firm Van den Broek and Bakema produced some of the most outstanding projects of the post-war period such as the Lijnbaan shopping centre in Rotterdam. Its archive is housed in The New Institute’s collection. Jaap Bakema was also an eminent professor in the Delft University of Technology Faculty of Architecture.
The New Institute
The New Institute arose on 1 January 2013 out of a merger of the Netherlands Architecture Institute; Premsela, the Netherlands Institute for Design and Fashion; and Virtueel Platform, the e-culture knowledge institute. The New Institute’s collection of objects from the archives of important architects and urban planners provides insight into the development of Dutch architecture and planning from 1850 to 1980.
Faculty of Architecture, Delft University of Technology
The Faculty of Architecture is a socially engaged department that conducts teaching and research relating to architecture and the built environment with a focus on design, construction and management. With 3,000 studenten and more than 500 staff, the department is one of the largest in the university and one of Europe’s most renowned architecture faculties.
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