Aldo + Hannie van Eyck conference at the new institute in Rotterdam and TU Delft

Dates: 28-30 November, 2018

The Irritant Principle of Renewal: 100 years of Aldo & Hannie van Eyck…/100-jaar-aldo-hannie-van-eyck

The 2018 edition of the annual conference of the Jaap Bakema Study Centre is dedicated to Aldo and Hannie van Eyck. In honour of their achievements and as a celebration of their work, the conference aims to bring together scholars and practitioners to explore the rich legacy of their ideas and aspirations for a humanist architecture.

Aldo and Hannie van Eyck were one of the most remarkable and influential architect couples of the second half of the 20th century, not only in the Netherlands but also in the international architecture community. In their inexhaustible quest for a renewal of post-war modern architecture, they placed the human being at the centre of their work and thinking. They found profound inspiration in ‘the child, the city and the artist’, as the famous title of Aldo van Eyck’s manifesto goes. Seminal works include the Municipal Orphanage in Amsterdam, the Arnhem Sonsbeek Sculpture Pavilion, and more than 700 children’s playgrounds in Amsterdam. It is in the context of the latter that Aldo van Eyck spoke of the ‘irritant principle of renewal’: a playground in a city was like a grain of sand in an oyster, triggering a transformation and regeneration of the urban social fabric.

‘The Irritant Principle of Renewal’ is both the motto for the conference and its challenge. Next to the demonstration of the internal developments of the body of work and thinking of the Van Eycks, the Jaap Bakema Study Centre suggests a set of topics for further exploration and debate. Academics and practitioners alike were invited to submit to the call for papers.

Programme Wednesday 28 November

Location: TU Delft

Dick van Gameren (chair of the department of Architecture, TU Delft)
Dirk van den Heuvel (head of the Jaap Bakema Study Centre)

10.00 – 10.45 OPENING LECTURE
Francis Strauven – Aldo and Hannie van Eyck: in search of built meaning

11.00 – 12.30 PAPER SESSION 1
moderator: Carola Hein (TU Delft)
Alejandro Campos Uribe – On the Van Eyck home in Loenen aan de Vecht
Anat Falbel – In the path of the “in-between”: Brazilian repercussions of Aldo van Eyck’s concept
Marianna Charitonidou – Aldo van Eyck’s critique against Postmodernism: between the “configurative discipline” and “the irritant principle of renewal”
Andreas Kalpakci – Imaging the Human House

13.45 – 15.00 PAPER SESSION 2
moderator: Andrej Radman (TU Delft)
Nelson Mota – Architecture and social ecology: the role of visual ethnography in design education
Lidwine Spoormans – Towards continuous renewal. Re-use design of 1970s architecture and design education
Dirk Somers & Daniel Rosbottom – Playgrounds as pedagogic tools for architecture students

15.15 – 16.30 PAPER SESSION 3
Anthropology and Ethnography
moderator: Heidi Sohn (TU Delft)
Karin Jaschke – Whatever happened in Mali: re-telling the story of the Dogon journey
Beatriz Rocha – Spirals of time: between Aldo van Eyck and Lina Bo Bardi
Elisa Dainese – The impact of Aldo van Eyck on North American university curricula

16.30 – 17.15 KEYNOTE
Stanislaus von Moos – Child, City, Artist. The Swiss Connection.

18.00 – 19.00 PUBLIC LECTURE
Herman Hertzberger – Learning from Van Eyck

Programme Thursday 29 November

Location: TU Delft (morning) and Het Nieuwe Instituut (afternoon)

09.30 – 10.45 PAPER SESSION 4
Other Histories
moderator: Jurjen Zeinstra (TU Delft)
Linda Vlassenrood – Jakoba Mulder and the Amsterdam playgrounds
Daphne Bakker – Van Eyck, Risselada and Lafour – the “other” architects
Rixt Hoekstra – The role of the ETH in the formation of Dutch female architects in the 1930s

11.00 – 12.30 PAPER SESSION 5
Between art and architecture
moderator: Jorge Mejia Hernandez (TU Delft)
Janno Martens – Two birds: Aldo van Eyck and Carel Visser
Ellen Smit – The story of another way of drawing
Oliver Sack – In-between, twin phenomena and the Court of Audit
Jorn Konijn – The ball I threw: the exhibitions of Aldo and Hannie Van Eyck

14.30 – 15.30 EXHIBITION TOUR
Habitat: Expanding Architecture

Seminar and conversation
moderator: Sebastiano Brandolini (A+H van Eyck Foundation)
Abel Blom
Alejandro Campos Uribe
Maria Müller-Schareck
Tim Pitman
Julyan Wickham

20.00 – 21.00 KEYNOTE
Céline Condorelli – Support Structures

Programme Friday 30 November

Location: (morning and afternoon) visit to an Aldo van Eyck building in the Hague