Conference: Architecture and democracy 1965-1989

20 November 2019 09:00 till 17:00 - Location: Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Berlage Rooms - By: Communication BK | Add to my calendar

On 20 November, the Jaap Bakema Study Centre organises the conference ‘Architecture and Democracy 1965-1989: Urban Renewal, Populism and the Welfare State’, together with Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam.

In light of the current crises in liberal democracies around the world, the conference probes the complicated relationship between architecture and democracy during the 1965-1989 period. At what intersections was architecture able to propose a new, if precarious, balance between planning and citizens’ empowerment? How did this impact the disciplinary institutions of architecture and its epistemologies? And perhaps more speculatively, where do these shifting conditions leave architecture today, considering questions of democratic values, a ruthless market logic that penetrates all sectors of society, and a divisive populism dominating the public debate?
Twenty international speakers will present their research from housing policies, to counterculture movements, and postmodernist critique.


Additional lectures are organised at Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam on 21 November 2019. For more information and and register, click here.

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