Learning from... Aldo van Eyck

with Saša Radenovic and Max Risselada

Thursday 26 October 2017, 16.30 - 18.00 hrs
Location: Stroom, Hogewal 1-9, The Hague
RSVP: reserveren@stroom.nl

Language spoken: Dutch

Part of program Stroom School: Céline Condorelli: Proposals for a Qualitative Society (Spinning)

The architect Aldo van Eyck (1918-1999) designed more than 900 public playgrounds in post-war Amsterdam, commissioned by the Municipal Department of Public Works. According to Van Eyck "the unsuitability of the modern city for children calls into question its suitability for everyone." With these words in mind the architect Saša Radenovic looks at Sarajevo, the city he left in 1994. He wonders how he can use the Dutch know-how and the ideas of Van Eyck to inspire architects, urban planners and city administrators to create more space for playing children. Aldo van Eyck wrote about his ideas for the city in his text (and book) The Child, The City and the Artist (1962). Max Risselada, who was a professor at TU Delft for many years and who actually worked with Aldo van Eyck, will use this text and the work of Constant Nieuwenhuys to tell us more about the context in which the playgrounds were created. The two speakers will also engage in a discussion with the audience about why Van Eyck is still relevant today, both for the city in general and for The Hague in particular.

Overview of locations in Amsterdam where you can find traces of Aldo van Eyck's playground legacy.

The Hague wine shop De filosoof will serve wine especially selected for the occasion.

Proposals for a Qualitative Society (Spinning) is made possible through the generous support of the Mondriaan Fund, BankGiro Loterij Fonds, BPD Cultuurfonds and the City of The Hague.

Playground Aldo van Eyck
Playground Aldo van Eyck
design: The Rodina