Architecture and democracy: Contestations in and of the open society

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In many ways the work and ideas of Jaap Bakema epitomize the best of the architecture of the post-war Dutch welfare state: it is utterly unapologetic about its modernity as well as its drive to be universal and egalitarian. Bakema firmly
positioned his office and its production at the heart of the Dutch welfare state system. Not only did he, together with his office partner Jo van den Broek, succeed in developing a systemized approach towards housing and planning,
integrated design, construction, and advanced typological research, he also presented the construction of the Dutch welfare state as the opportunity par excellence to recast Dutch society as a forward-looking, humane, modern and
rationalist welfare state society within the new global reality of the Cold War.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationJaap Bakema and the Open Society
EditorsDirk van den Heuvel
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)9789077966570
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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  • modern architecture
  • architecture history
  • housing
  • urban planning
  • CIAM
  • Team 10
  • welfare state


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