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As students of architecture at Delft University of Technology, they established the ‘Architecture and Anthroposophy’ study group, organised meetings about the integration of the arts and the relationship between man, space and nature, and placed imagination and creativity at the centre of their design practice. They were responsible for the design of free schools and biodynamic farms that were established in this period. They were among the pioneers of sustainable architecture in the Netherlands and were involved in the design and construction of the first ecological residential neighbourhoods in the Netherlands. The headquarters of the ING Group (1980-84), formerly the Nederlandsche Middenstandsbank, by Alberts and Van Huut is recognised as the great breakthrough in organic architecture in the Netherlands.

This programme fits within the Neuhaus curriculum, which promotes alternative educational models and explores the formation and distribution of more-than-human knowledge.

An ecological approach to architecture is also central to the Jaap Bakema Study Centre’s Total Space programme. The idea of a ‘total space’, formulated by architect Jaap Bakema, proposed a relational approach to man and his environment.

Mini symposium

Using four themes – the integration of the arts, nature and ecology, senses, and participation and social ecology – the speakers at this mini symposium will address what organic architecture meant, its sources of inspiration, its consequences and its relevance today. Speakers include Max van Huut, Gerard Beijn, Peter Oterdoom, J'ørn and Lia Copijn, Frans van der Werf, Marien Faasse, Peter van de Cammen, Pieter van der Ree and Dolf van Aalderen.

This mini symposium is part of a series of events organised by Het Nieuwe Instituut that charts the history and development of organic architecture in the Netherlands and assesses its significance. This symposium will unravel and dissect the past while asking how this history can shed light on contemporary issues.

Het Nieuwe Instituut hopes to acquire works from a number of organic architects. This symposium has been organised to assess the materials on offer and how they fit within the institute’s collections remit.

14:00 – 17:00

Het Nieuwe Instituut
Museumpark 25
3015 CB Rotterdam


Standard€ 7,50
Students, CJP, Friends and Members of Het Nieuwe Instituut€ 3,75