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Discussion about the current definition of 'social space', which was so vital to the architects of structuralism. The space where people meet is now a virtual realm too. How do spatial designers and digital designers see this new social space?


8 pm Introduction to structuralists and their ideal social space, by Dirk van den Heuvel (Jaap Bakema Study Centre)
8:10 pm The meaning of urban media for the development of the city, by Martijn de Waal
8:30 Discussion: What exactly is social space and who shapes it?
Panel: Laurens Jan ten Kate (Architectuurstudio HH), Wouter Valkenier (Studio Valkenier), Afaina de Jong (AFARAI) and Jeroen van Mastrigt (We Love Your Work)
A spoken word performance by Marco Martens will add lustre to the evening.


Martijn de Waal
Martijn de Waal is a lecturer at the University of Amsterdam and cofounder of The Mobile City, a think-tank in the field of digital media and urban design. He wrote the book De stad als interface in which he describes how digital media are changing everyday life in the city.

Laurens Jan ten Kate
Laurens Jan ten Kate is an architect and director at Architectuurstudio HH. He specialises in complex assignments that centre of the transformation of organisations and stress the importance of encounters.

Wouter Valkenier
Wouter Valkenier is an architect and an initiator of Hannekes Boom and De Ceuvel, cafés created through an open design process that has continued since their opening, and organised through social media in collaboration with an active community.

Afaina de Jong
Afaina de Jong is an architect and doctoral student of cultural city dynamics at Delft University of Technology. Her fascination with the city, ownership by residents, and the role of the architect culminated in her book For the People By the People, in which she casts new light on what architecture and the city could be in the 21st century.

Jeroen van Mastrigt
Game and interaction designer Jeroen van Mastrigt is cofounder of consultancy firm We Love Your work. He propagates the potential of new media and urban games for the development of a social city.

Marco Martens
Marco Martens is a rapper, writer and teacher who mixes rap, the spoken word and theatre in an array of projects. His latest performance, entitled HARM, is now touring theatres. For this evening he will perform some well-chosen numbers from his repertoire.

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20:00 – 22:00

Het Nieuwe Instituut,
Museumpark 25,
3015 CB Rotterdam


Standaard€ 7,50
Studenten & Vrienden van Het Nieuwe Instituut€ 3,75

Herman Hertzberger / Dirk van den Heuvel
Making space, leaving space - Herman Hertzberger
An installation in four acts - Bureau LADA
Patrick Coppens

This project is part of the programme track Landscape and Interior and the folder Multiannual research on Structuralism.

The Jaap Bakema Study Centre researches the Dutch structuralism. In a double exhibition, Het Nieuwe Instituut casts light on this research into structuralism, in particular the oeuvre of one of its most prominent exponents: Herman Hertzberger.