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Habitat: Expanding Architecture is a research installation which captures a key moment in the history of architecture and urban planning: the tenth CIAM conference at Dubrovnik in 1956. Here the concept 'habitat' was a central theme: a broader understanding of architecture through a new ecological approach viewing architecture less as an autonomous discipline than as part of larger, dynamic whole. Habitat shows work from the archives of Aldo van Eyck, Jaap Bakema and Alison & Peter Smithson, together with more recent work by Pjotr Gonggrijp and Frits Palmboom. The installation serves as a platform for further study and conversation about the meaning of ‘habitat’ then and now.


Het Nieuwe Instituut
Museumpark 25
3015 CB Rotterdam


Aldo & Hannie van Eyck Conference

During Habitat the fifth annual Jaap Bakema Study Centre conference will take place dedicated in 2018 to the work of Aldo & Hannie van Eyck. The conference, entitled The Irritant Principle of Renewal, will run from 28-30 November 2018.

Total Space

Habitat is the first in a series of Total Space programme installations following the Structuralism exhibition of 2014. Total Space delves into the State Archive for Dutch Architecture and Urban Planning to reflect on today’s questions, in particular the interdisciplinary traffic between architecture, planning, anthropology and system theory that marked the 1950s and 60s. The first publication and two international workshops were realised in 2015-2016.