The State of Europe: Indira van ‘t Klooster on the Identity of European architecture

15 June 2017

As part of The State of Europe lecture series at Bureau Europa, launched in the Maastricht Treaty’s jubilee year, Indira van ‘t Klooster talks about the European signature of the built environment. Van ‘t Klooster is the founder and editor of A10 new European Architecture Cooperative, a platform for architecture in Europe.

What is the political context in which current architecture expresses itself in Europe? What are the similarities between its different countries and cultures? Can one define a typical European signature of the built environment? What is ‘European’? By demonstrating architecture is a phenomenon affecting a much broader, Europe-wide context, Van ‘t Klooster’s lecture seeks alternative inspiration sources, training, and avenues of experience for modern architecture and how it respond to what is happening economically, politically, and socially.

Indira van ‘t Klooster
Indira van ‘t Klooster is the founder, editor, and chair of A10 New European Architecture Cooperative, an organisation of architectural journalists, critics, and bloggers, which serves as a platform for activating European architecture within the broader contexts of economics, politics, Philosophy, sociology, and art. A10 New European Architecture follows on from the magazine A10, which she headed between 2010 and 2016, and informs on all architectural developments at a European level and reflects on current European themes. Van ‘t Klooster is the author of Reactive! Innovators of Dutch Architecture (Trancity, 2013) and Forty and Famous: 10 Interviews with Young European Architects (Amilcar Publishers, 2016). Van ‘t Klooster worked for Architectuur Lokaal and has sat on many juries, such as the 2016 Media Architecture Prize in Hungary, the 2015 Architect of the Year in Estonia, the 2014 Young Italian Architect Award in Italy, the 2014 Dutch Maaskant Prize, and the 2013 Doolan Prize in Scotland. She is regularly invited as a guest speaker throughout Europe.

In 2017, Van ‘t Klooster and Pakhuis De Zwijger will launch a two-month talk show, Architecture Now, about the current state of architecture in the Netherlands.

Date: Thursday 15 June, 20:00–22:00
Language: Dutch
Admission: free
Location: Bureau Europa