MADA Artforum: Dirk van den Heuvel
Join us for a talk with Dirk van den Heuvel who will present his research into inclusive cities, places that integrate all types of people into everyday urban life. The starting point is his research into the architecture of the postwar welfare state, including Dutch structuralism, The Smithsons and Jaap Bakema. This will be followed by a discussion on his new research project ‘Place-Names’ focusing on the ever shifting interrelationships between queer identities, language and architecture. This project commences with an investigation into the work of Dutch architect Dick van Woerkom, who created a cocktail of houses for bachelors, art collectors and photographers.
Dirk van den Heuvel is an Associate Professor with the Faculty of Architecture, TU Delft. He is also the co-founder and head of the Jaap Bakema Study Centre at Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam, a collaborative research initiative between TU Delft and Het Nieuwe Instituut, which was established in 2013. Van den Heuvel was curator of the Dutch pavilion to the 14th international architecture exhibition at the Bienale di Venezia in 2014, 'Open: A Bakema Celebration’. He is the recipient of the Richard Rogers Fellowship 2017 from Harvard GSD.
He is a member of Queering the Collections, the Dutch network of national archives and museums, and co-edited the special issue of Footprint #21 ‘Trans Bodies / Queering Spaces’ which includes the introductory essay ‘New Figurations in Architecture Theory: From Queer Performance to Becoming Trans’.
He curated various exhibitions for Het Nieuwe Instituut, most recently ‘Habitat: Expanding Architecture' on the introduction of ecological thinking in architecture and planning. Together with Herman Hertzberger he curated a show on Dutch Structuralism: 'An Installation in Four Acts. Education, Ideals, Building, the City'.
His expertise is in the field of postwar modern architecture and his dissertation investigated the work of the British architects Alison and Peter Smithson, in particular their ideas on the city, housing and the everyday. His publications include: Jaap Bakema and the Open Society (Archis 2018), Architecture and the Welfare State (Routledge 2015, with Mark Swenarton and Tom Avermaete), Team 10. In Search of a Utopia of the Present 1953-1981 (NAi Publishers 2005, with Max Risselada) and Alison and Peter Smithson. From the House of the Future to a House of Today (010 Publishers 2004, with Max Risselada). Together with Madeleine Steigenga and Jaap van Triest he authored ‘Lessons: Tupker / Risselada. A Double Portrait of Dutch Architectural Education’ (2003). He is an editor of the publication series DASH. Delft Architectural Studies on Housing (nai010publishers) as well as of the online journal for architectural theory Footprint. He was also an editor of the Dutch journal OASE (1993-1999).