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symposium What Future for the Architecture Museum?

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For the occasion of the public presentation of OASE 99: The Architecture Museum Effect, the symposium What Future for the Architecture Museum? is organized at the Van Abbemuseum with several dsitinguished guest speakers and moderated by Bernard Colenbrander.


Although often overlooked, the architecture museum has arguably become one of the most significant instruments in architecture’s disciplinary apparatus. By collecting archives, producing exhibitions, funding publications, organizing lectures and discussions, and even commissioning work, architecture museums have furthered discourse and practice since their inception in the early nineteenth-century. Unlike other museums, architecture museums are not content in merely shaping the context for the appreciation of their subject but aim to equally intervene in its development, both as a discipline and as a profession.

OASE 99 considers the changing societal, cultural, economic, and museographical context in order to reflect on the current and future agency of these institutions. A discussion which was approached both through historical and contemporary perspectives to establish a working understanding of architecture museums as crucial nodes in architecture’s cultural and societal apparatus;

The public presentation of OASE 99 extends the issue’s ambitions through a panel discussion with some of its authors, providing particular insights into different institutions as well as to the three levels that organize the journals’ contributions: the specific (“micro”), the broad (“macro”), and the abstract (“meta”). The conversation will not only uncover present issues but also address future challenges.

OASE 99: The Architecture Museum Effect was edited by Sergio M. Figueiredo and Hüsnü Yegenoglu, with its public presentation being organized by the Curatorial Research Collective (CRC).

event schedule:

17h00: Welcome address by Sergio M. Figueiredo and Hüsnü Yegenoglu

17h15: position statements by speakers (Omer Kanipak, Triin Ojari, Sofie de Caigny, Mirko Zardini)

18h15: discussion panel moderated by Bernard Colenbrander

19h00: questions and answers

19h30: closing drinks

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Mirko Zardini is an architect, author, curator, and has been the Director of the Canadian Centre for Architecture since 2005. His research engages with contemporary architecture by questioning and re-examining assumptions on which architects operate today. It’s All Happening so Fast, his most recent exhibition and publication, is a reflection on the often conflicting ideas about human relationships to environment. Zardini was editor for Casabella (1983 to 1988) and Lotus International (1988 to 1999), and he has taught design and theory at architecture schools including Harvard University, Princeton University, and the Swiss Federal Polytechnic University in Zurich (ETH) and in Lausanne (EPFL).

Sofie de Caigny is the new director of the Flemish Architecture Institute and has been the coordinator of the Center Flemish Architectural Archives of the Flemish Architecture Institute and Secretary General of ICAM - International Confederation of Architectural Museums. She holds a PhD from KU Leuven on Housing culture in Flanders during the interwar period (2007) and has given several lectures and workshops on architectural history and architectural archives. In 2016 she curated the exhibition MAATWERK MASSARBEIT. Custom Made Architecture from Flanders and the Netherlands at the Deutsches Architekturmuseum in Frankfurt.

Triin Ojari is an Estonian art historian whose research subjects have included the 20th century modern architecture, the housing and urban planning of the Soviet period, contemporary architecture and architectural criticism. 2001-2013 acted as editor-in chief of the Estonian architectural review MAJA. Since 2014 director of the Museum of Estonian Architecture. Author of the book 21st Century House: New Estonian Residential Architecture (Tallinn, 2007) and Positions. Articles on Architecture 1992–2011 (Tallinn, 2012).

Ömer Kanipak received his architecture degree from Istanbul Technical University in 1994, and his Master's degree from MIT School of Architecture, History Theory and Criticism department in 1998. He founded Arkitera Architecture Center in 2000 together with his partners and worked as the co-director of the center until 2011. He was a visiting professor of architecture in various universities in Istanbul until 2017. Kanipak is an architectural photographer and a communications consultant both in Istanbul and in London. He frequently writes on national and international publications, takes role as members of juries or consultants of national and international architectural awards.

Bernard Colenbrander, is professor of Architecture History and Theory at Eindhoven University of Technology. In the 1980s and 1990s, he worked at the Netherlands Architecture Institute (NAI),in the final years as chief curator. His publications include Stijl. Norm en handschrift in de Nederlandse architectuur (1993), Referentie: OMA. De sublieme start van een architectengeneratie (1995), De Verstrooide Stad (1999, PhD dissertation), Frans van Gool. Leven en werk (2005), Limes Atlas (2005, with MUST) and De Kroon. Een Europese wolkenkrabber (2012, with Christian Rapp). He recently published Nederlandse Kunst in de Wereld (2015, with Ton Bevers, Johan Heilbron and Nico Wilterdink) and David Chipperfield. The Embedded Nomad (2016, with Christian Rapp).


image credits: "La Città Nuova. Oltre Sant’Elia. Cento anni di visioni urbane 1913-2013", installation view at Villa Olmo, 2013 (Frac Centre-Val de Loire, Orléans)

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