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Aldo and Hannie van Eyck were one of the most remarkable and influential architect couples of the second half of the 20th century, not only in the Netherlands but also in the international architecture community. In their inexhaustible quest for a renewal of post-war modern architecture, they placed the human being at the centre of their work and thinking. They found profound inspiration in ‘the child, the city and the artist’, as the famous title of Aldo van Eyck’s manifesto goes. Seminal works include the Municipal Orphanage in Amsterdam, the Arnhem Sonsbeek Sculpture Pavilion, and more than 700 children’s playgrounds in Amsterdam. It is in the context of the latter that Aldo van Eyck spoke of the ‘irritant principle of renewal’: a playground in a city was like a grain of sand in an oyster, triggering a transformation and regeneration of the urban social fabric.

Call for papers

'The Irritant Principle of Renewal’ is both the motto for the conference and its challenge. Next to the demonstration of the internal developments of the body of work and thinking of the Van Eycks, the Jaap Bakema Study Centre suggests a set of topics for further exploration and debate. Academics and practitioners alike are invited to submit to the call for papers.


Het Nieuwe Instituut
Museumpark 25
3015 CB Rotterdam

Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, TU Delft
Julianalaan 134
2628 BL Delft


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