Sydney Uni Talk: Democracy and Welfare State Legacies: The Case of Jaap Bakema / May 23

Please join the School for a public guest lecture by Dirk van den Heuven, of TU Delft, Netherlands

Dirk van den Heuvel will talk about his research into post-war modern architecture, New Brutalism and Dutch Structuralism.

Dirk will probe the interrelations between mid-twentieth century nation-building, welfare state arrangements, housing and planning. He will do so by focusing on the work and ideas of the Dutch architect Jaap Bakema, who was one of the leading voices of Team 10. Together with his office Van den Broek and Bakema he was responsible for the most advanced urban design projects such as the Lijnbaan in Rotterdam and radical proposals for megastructure developments for Amsterdam, Skopje and Tel Aviv. 


Dirk van den Heuvel is an Associate Professor of Architecture at TU Delft. He leads the Jaap Bakema Study Centre at Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam. His expertise is in postwar modern architecture and planning, and its related fields of architecture theory and history. His most recent book publication is ‘Jaap Bakema and the Open Society’ (Archis, 2018).

In 2017 Van den Heuvel was awarded with a Richard Rogers Fellowship from Harvard GSD for his research project Socio-plastics on New Brutalism in architecture with regard to British welfare state politics. He was the curator of the Dutch pavilion for the 14th architecture exhibition of the Venice Biennale in 2014. Van den Heuvel was also curator of the exhibition ‘Structuralism’ at Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam (2014), together with Herman Hertzberger. For Bureau Europa, Maastricht he curated the show ‘Changing Ideals: Re-thinking the House’ (2008). With Max Risselada he organised two international exhibitions and publications: ‘Team 10 – In Search of a Utopia of the Present’ (NAi, 2005) and ‘Alison and Peter Smithson – from the House of the Future to a house of today’ (010, 2004). Other book publications include ‘Architecture and the Welfare State’ (Routledge, 2015, with Mark Swenarton and Tom Avermaete) and ‘Lessons: Tupker / Risselada. A Double Portrait of Dutch Architectural Education’ (SUN, 2003, with Madeleine Steigenga and Jaap van Triest).

He is an editor of the series Delft Architectural Studies on Housing, DASH (nai010 publishers) and the open-access on-line journal for architecture theory Footprint, as well as an editorial board member of the Spanish open-access, on-line research journal VLC Arquitectura. He was also an editor of the journal OASE (1993-1999). His writings have been published in various international magazines and on-line media. 

Event details

Date: Thursday 23 May
Time: 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Location: Lecture Theatre 250, Level 2, Wilkinson Building
148 City Rd, Darlington 2006

Please note: This is a free event, however please RSVP to confirm attendance