Revisions: Changing ideals and Shifting Realities
This research group focusses on the rich body of architectural positions, approaches and tools as they were developed to revise modern design paradigms since the mid of the 20th century. There is a special interest in how architects can position themselves in relation to changing social, cultural and political realities. At the centre of attention are issues as the role of the architect vis-à-vis other agencies in the built environment, the changing tools of the designer, the various definitions of the architectural project, the multiple relationships between localism and globalism, the cultural and transcultural character of architectural practice, etc. The research methodology is theoretico-historical in character, implying that historical case studies (positions, approaches, tools) are investigated as instances of operative architectural knowledge. The research group holds that a critical examination of precedents offers a rich conceptual horizon against which informed positions for future action can be defined. The Revisions group is dedicated to influence contemporary architectural practice by infusing it with in-depth knowledge on case-studies from the recent past.
This research group is focussing on the following themes:
- revisions of the modern: projects, realizations, texts and methods
- architecture of the welfare state
- cross-cultural architectural practices: global-housing, modern and vernacular
- roles of the architect: participation, agencies,
- design knowledge production
The output of the research group comprises of well-known authored and edited books, articles in academic and professional journals, but also of international exhibitions such as Team 10: A Utopia of the Present (Rotterdam, New Haven, Paris, 2005-2006, 2007), In the Desert of Modernity (Berlin, Casablanca, 2009), Open: A Bakema Celebration (Venice, 2014) and How architects, experts, politicians, international agencies and citizens negotiate modern planning: Casablanca Chandigarh (Montreal, 2014). Members of the group hold editorial positions with journals like Footprint, OASE. Architectural Journal, the Journal of Architectural Education and DASH. Delft Studies on Housing.