About the project

The Quest for the Legitimacy of Architecture (1750-1850) is the VIDI programme awarded to Maarten Delbeke by the Dutch Science Foundation NWO. It is carried out at the Leiden University Center for the Arts in Society by a team of three researchers: project

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About the project

The Quest for the Legitimacy of Architecture (1750-1850) is the VIDI programme awarded to Maarten Delbeke by the Dutch Science Foundation NWO. It is carried out at the Leiden University Center for the Arts in Society by a team of three researchers: project

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Conference ‘Origins and the Legitimacy of Architecture in Europe, 1750-1850’, 30 April 2015

From Thursday 30 April to Saturday 2 May 2015 we will host an international conference at the Rijksmuseum van Oudheden in Leiden, to conclude our research program at the Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society (LUCAS). Supported with

Conference ‘Origins and the Legitimacy of Architecture in Europe, 1750-1850’, 30 April 2015

From Thursday 30 April to Saturday 2 May 2015 we will host an international conference at the Rijksmuseum van Oudheden in Leiden, to conclude our research program at the Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society (LUCAS). Supported with

Critical Juncture, part III: what next?

So where does it go from here? What new roads does Joseph Rykwert’s work open up for the future? That was the central question of a Rykwert symposium held at the Victoria & Albert Museum on Saturday 22 February, as

Critical Juncture, part III: what next?

So where does it go from here? What new roads does Joseph Rykwert’s work open up for the future? That was the central question of a Rykwert symposium held at the Victoria & Albert Museum on Saturday 22 February, as

Critical Juncture, part II: architectural criticism now

Yesterday I wrote about Michael Sorkin’s lecture at the Architectural Association, an extremely quotable call for responsible design and criticism. Today I will fill you in on the other lectures given that afternoon, by Rowan Moore, Danny Wicaksono, and Rafael

Critical Juncture, part II: architectural criticism now

Yesterday I wrote about Michael Sorkin’s lecture at the Architectural Association, an extremely quotable call for responsible design and criticism. Today I will fill you in on the other lectures given that afternoon, by Rowan Moore, Danny Wicaksono, and Rafael

Critical Juncture, part I: Michael Sorkin

On February 25 of this year, Joseph Rykwert was awarded the Royal Gold Medal of the Royal Institute of British Architects. Since his book on the primitive hut is a key text in my research – as you may know

Critical Juncture, part I: Michael Sorkin

On February 25 of this year, Joseph Rykwert was awarded the Royal Gold Medal of the Royal Institute of British Architects. Since his book on the primitive hut is a key text in my research – as you may know

The architectural historian between Indiana Jones and Gandalf

The Royal Institute of British Architects decided last year September to award 2014’s Royal Gold Medal to Joseph Rykwert, who inspired generations of architects with a series of –in the words of Susan Sontag – ‘gloriously erudite and ingeniously speculative’

The architectural historian between Indiana Jones and Gandalf

The Royal Institute of British Architects decided last year September to award 2014’s Royal Gold Medal to Joseph Rykwert, who inspired generations of architects with a series of –in the words of Susan Sontag – ‘gloriously erudite and ingeniously speculative’

Symposium ‘Architecture & Primitivism’, Friday 11 October

On Friday 11 October we welcome three experts in our field to Leiden, to shine their light on our research project. Part of the meeting will be open to the public, in the form of a symposium. For details, see

Symposium ‘Architecture & Primitivism’, Friday 11 October

On Friday 11 October we welcome three experts in our field to Leiden, to shine their light on our research project. Part of the meeting will be open to the public, in the form of a symposium. For details, see

Studium Generale lecture series ‘Origin Obsession’

In collaboration with Studium Generale, a platform that brings the research and teaching that is done at Leiden University to a broader audience, we have organized a series of six lectures on the 18th century obsession with origins, held this

Studium Generale lecture series ‘Origin Obsession’

In collaboration with Studium Generale, a platform that brings the research and teaching that is done at Leiden University to a broader audience, we have organized a series of six lectures on the 18th century obsession with origins, held this