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Architectural Heritage: Affordances, affect, politics


Faculté d'Architecture de Delft
Delft, Pays-Bas


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Architectural Heritage: Affordances, affect, politics

This one-day transdisciplinary colloquium will explore the links between (cultural) affordances, affective tonalities, shifting politics, collective memory, and the design of architectural heritage. By entangling the perspectives of architecture, embodied and affective cognition, phenomenological philosophy, affective geography, and heritage and memory studies, the colloquium explores how architectural heritage and places of memory are produced, registered, and experienced.

We aim to address some key questions in this emerging area of research such as:

  • bodily, spatial, and affective experience in places of heritage;
  • nature and mechanisms of affective engagement with the built environment;
  • affordances, affective atmospheres, and collective memory;
  • socio-political factors influencing cultural affordances and understanding of heritage;

and ultimately, how can these be (un)intentionally created and manipulated through architectural design.

The colloquium will bring esteemed scholars from disciplines of architecture, philosophy of cognitive science, and affective geography with the aim to discuss this emerging new field and to build new networks for future collaboration.

Organizing Comittee

Scientific Comittee

  • Klaske Havik (TU Delft, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, The Chair of Methods and Analysis)
  • Andrej Radman (TU Delft Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, The Chair of Architecture Theory)


The event is co-sponsored by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship, hosted at TU Delft Faculty of Architecture, in collaboration with the Department of Architecture, Design and Media Technology, Aalborg University with media support by Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture (ANFA).

Friday 18th October 2019
Venue: TU Delft Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Berlage Rooms (1&2), 09:00-17:30
The colloquium is open to everyone.
  • 09:00 – 09:30 – Opening notes
Aleksandar Staničić, Klaske Havik, Andrea Jelić


  • 09:30 – 10:25 – “Hardcore Heritage”
Erik Rietveld, University of Amsterdam, RAAAF. Respondent: Andrej Radman, TU Delft


  • 10:30 – 11:25 – “Rethinking the Urban, circa 1948”
Lucia Allais, Princeton University. Respondent: Tom Avermaete, ETH Zurich


  • 11:30 – 12:25 – “Habitat or Niche? The Affordance of a Dream of Paradise”
Harry Mallgrave, Illinois Institute of Technology. Respondent: Angeliki Sioli, TU Delft


  • 14:00 – 14:55 – “Architectural Spaces as Material Affective Scaffolds”
Giovanna Colombetti, University of Exeter. Respondent: Andrea Jelić, Aalborg University


  • 15:00 – 15:55 – “Thinking Memory Sites Atmospherically”
Shanti Sumartojo: Monash University. Respondent: Klaske Havik, TU Delft


  • 16:30 – 17:30 – Panel discussion + Concluding remark


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