Exhibition: Rise of a Campus

01 December 2017 00:00 till 01 January 2018 11:28

Exhibition: Rise of a Campus


Rise of a Campus Exhibition

The Rise of a Campus exhibition opens at the Aula of TU Delft on 1 December. Using old maps, archival material, instruments, photos and films the exhibition shows how the university campus became what it is today. The exhibition is a collaboration between TU Delft Library and the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment.

The TU Delft campus underwent a long period of development. What started in the nineteenth century with a few buildings on the south side of the city, grew into what was to be the first true university campus in the Netherlands. Soon after the end of the Second World War, urban planners and architects first put down on paper their ideas for a large-scale new development project in the Wippolder. The campus was based on a fishbone model in which each department was allocated its own 'pavilion' at right angles to the central main road. At the time, the decision was made to keep the refectory, library and auditorium in the centre of Delft, and these were only moved onto the campus at a later date.

In the second half of the twentieth century, the campus underwent several further developments. The dramatic growth of the university in the post-war years continued in the sixties and seventies. However, from the eighties, criticism of the campus also began to grow. The decision was thus made to invest in 'vitality': the campus needed to become more compact, more attractive and more varied. In addition, a number of old buildings had become redundant, due among other things to the fact that computers were taking over the functions of large experiments.

Rise of a Campus provides a historical overview of the Delft campus. Moreover, the campus is compared to the TU Eindhoven campus, which developed in a very different way. The exhibition also takes a glance into the future. What plans are on the table today for developing the university campus further?

Background information

From 2017 onward, in celebration of its 175th anniversary, TU Delft is investing in raising the visibility of its academic heritage by improving the preservation of collections, initiating research projects, and organising presentations on campus in collaboration with students and academic staff. The Rise of a Campus exhibition is a collaboration between the Academic Heritage Team of TU Delft Library and the Chair of Complex Projects of the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, TU Delft. The exhibition was inspired by the periodical OverHolland 18/19 which compares the campuses of TU Delft and TU Eindhoven.

 Exhibition information

  • Rise of a Campus opens on 1 December 2017. At the start of the 2018-2019 academic year, the display will be reused in an exhibition that covers a different subject.
  • Address: TU Delft Aula Congrescentrum, Mekelweg 5, 2628 CC, Delft. The exhibition is open from 8.00 a.m. to 10.00 p.m., Monday to Friday. The exhibition is located on the second mezzanine floor of the central hall of the Aula and admission is free of charge.
  • For more information or tour requests, please contact the Academic Heritage Team of TU Delft Library at: heritage@tudelft.nl.