Colloquium Architectural heritage: Affordances, affect, politics

18 October 2019 09:00 till 17:30 - Location: Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Berlage rooms - By: Communication BK

'Architectural heritage: Affordances, affect, politics' is a one-day transdisciplinary colloquium. During the colloquium, the links between (cultural) affordances, affective tonalities, shifting politics, collective memory, and the design of architectural heritage will be explored.

The colloquium explores how architectural heritage and places of memory are produced, registered, and experienced. This is done by entangling the perspectives of architecture, embodied and affective cognition, phenomenological philosophy, affective geography, and heritage and memory studies. Key-topics in this emerging area of research such as these are addressed:  

  • Bodily, spatial, and affective experience in places of heritage;
  • Nature and mechanisms of affective engagement with the built environment;
  • Affordances, affective atmospheres, and collective memory;
  • Socio-political factors influencing cultural affordances and understanding of heritage;
  • How these can be (un)intentionally created and manipulated through architectural design.

The colloquium brings together esteemed scholars from the disciplines of architecture, philosophy of cognitive science, and affective geography. The aim is to discuss this emerging new field and to build new networks for future collaboration.


09:00Opening notes by Aleksandar Staničić, Klaske Havik, and Andrea Jelić
09:30‘Hardcore heritage’ by Erik Rietveld (University of Amsterdam, RAAAF)
Respondent: Andrej Radman (BK Bouwkunde)
10:30‘Rethinking the urban, circa 1948’ by Lucia Allais (Princeton University)
Respondent: Tom Avermaete (ETH Zurich)
11:30  ‘Habitat or niche? The affordance of a dream of paradise’ by Harry Mallgrave (Illinois Institute of Technology)
Respondent: Angeliki Sioli (BK Bouwkunde)
14:00 ‘Architectural spaces as material affective scaffolds’ by Giovanna Colombetti (University of Exeter)
Respondent: Andrea Jelić (Aalborg University)
15:00‘Thinking memory sites atmospherically’ by Shanti Sumartojo (Monash University)
Respondent: Klaske Havik (BK Bouwkunde)
16:30 Panel discussion and concluding remarks

More information

This event is organised by Aleksandar Staničić (BK Bouwkunde) and Andrea Jelić (Department of Architecture, Design and Media Technology, Aalborg University, Denmark). The scientific committee consists of Klaske Havik and Andrej Radman (BK Bouwkunde).

The event is sponsored by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship, hosted at BK Bouwkunde, in collaboration with the Department of Architecture, Design and Media Technology, Aalborg University and International Ambiances Network; with media support by Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture (ANFA).

For more information, please contact Aleksandar Staničić.