The Jaap Bakema Study Centre is a collaborative project of the Nieuwe Instituut and the Faculty of Architecture of TU Delft. It initiates and undertakes research projects that result in exhibitions, publications, and public events, often in collaboration with third parties and within international networks. The Jaap Bakema Study Centre combines contemporary social issues with fundamental research and knowledge development in the field of the creative industry: design, culture and society.
The Jaap Bakema Study Centre was founded at the end of 2013 by the Nieuwe Instituut and the Faculty of Architecture of the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) to initiate scientific research in the field of architecture and urban design together with third parties. The collections of the National Collection for Dutch Architecture and Urban Planning form the basis for a research programme that is situated at the intersection of advanced historical and theoretical research and urgent social issues. The activities are divided into several long-term projects.
At the outset, in 2013, the primary focus was on the visibility and use of the National Collection for academic research and public presentations. Among other results, this led to the exhibition Structuralism, jointly curated with Herman Hertzberger, and a contribution to the Venice Architecture Biennale about Jaap Bakema’s propositions for the “open society”. The programme has now broadened and deepened with international PhD research, the Dutch Research Council (NWO) project The Critical Visitor, and forward-thinking annual conferences. New projects are developed with international partners, such as the Art on Display 1949-69 exhibition with the Gulbenkian Museum in Lisbon.
The Jaap Bakema Study Centre is directed by Dirk van den Heuvel with the support of an international academic advisory board. Board members are Tom Avermaete (ETH Zurich), Hetty Berens (Nieuwe Instituut), Maristella Casciato (Getty Research Institute), Carola Hein (TU Delft) and Georg Vrachliotis (TU Delft). For more information please contact Fatma Tanış, the coordinator of the Jaap Bakema Study Centre.