Street stories I - Lecture by Jacob Voorthuis

Mexico Stad, 4 uur ‘s ochtends. Foto: J. Voorthuis
Van wie is de straat?
lecture

Street stories I Lecture by Jacob Voorthuis

31/03/2016
19:00 - 20:30

Lecture series Who Owns The Street?

Street stories I: How does form behave and how is behaviour formed? A reflective walk through the history of the street

On 31 March Jacob Voorthuis (Associate Professor (UHD) Philosophy in Architecture aan de TU/E) will offer a reflective walk through the history of the street. 

The street is a public space, but it is one with a very special form. It is public space that governs the boundaries of private space. The Latin word privare means to steal. The street is the residue of the stolen space; it is the remaining space and the border area which actually forms the heart of our society.  The houses and offices look out onto it and open out onto it, so that the street compels us to engage in social interaction. Anyone who lays a claim on the street determines the nature of society. This has just become clear again with the events in Cologne on New Year’s Eve, and the complex network of consequences. The street is also under pressure because of the changing ways in which people buy things.

Throughout history many different forms have developed to satisfactorily express this constantly fascinating tension between the street, its form and behaviour, both in the field of legislation and in the field of design. This history of the form of the street and the behaviour within the street will be explored on the basis of a few significant examples. (In Dutch)

Tickets

The entrance is €5. Order your tickets 
Location: auditorium Van Abbemuseum.

Series of lectures and debates

This lecture evening is part of a nine-part series of lectures and debates related to the exhibition Who Owns The Street? This exhibition shows different ways of seeing the street – our public space. Who uses this public space? Who manages, controls and abuses it? Who is the owner and what responsibilities does this ownership entail? The series of lectures and debates takes place in the museum on Thursday evenings, and is organised in cooperation with Architectuurcentrum Eindhoven.

Click here for more information about the exhibition and the series of lectures and debates.

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