The Institutionalisation of Architectural Culture


Interior of the Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM) in Frankfurt by Oswald Mathias Ungers. (DAM, 1984).

Architectural Analysis 2017

The analysis of the spatial and cultural qualities of architecture museums will be the key topic of the 2017 edition of Architectural Analysis. During the research, diverse museums and centers will be explored concerning their purpose and mission. The first attempts to archive architectural documents (drawings, models, sketches, et cetera) were already been made in the 19th century by private collectors. However, apart from a few exceptions the documents were not accessible to the public. Architecture museums as we know them today, publicly accessible institutions dedicated to educating visitors about various topics of architecture and urbanism, came into existence in the 20th century. Some well-known architecture museums and centers are the German Architecture Museum / DAM, founded in 1984 and the Netherlands Architecture Institute / NAI, founded in 1998. The museums reflect especially on complex themes of contemporary architecture and urbanism like the emancipatory meaning of modern architecture and the role of history in the process of modernization. More recently, they address also societal subjects like the significance of non-spectacular everyday architecture and relations between spatial regulations, political power and real estate production. In the seminar, we will collect information about the architectural, cultural and political aspects of various architectural museums and centers. With this outcome, the spatial characteristics of the numerous institutes all over the world will be analyzed with drawings and models.

Research partners:
Technische Universiteit Eindhoven

Jochem Groenland,
Hüsnü Yegenoglu and
Margit van Schaijk

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