Het Nieuwe Instituut and The Berlage Center for Advanced Studies in Architecture and Urban Design organised a joint symposium on 20 March on the renewed attention for Gottfried Sempers’ theory on Bekleidung. This symposium formed part of the programme running parallel to the exhibition 1:1 Sets for Erwin Olaf & Bekleidung.
This symposium with Ákos Moravánszky, Harry Mallgrave and Dirk van den Heuvel looked at the classical theory of Gottfried Semper from a contemporary point of view. Semper emphasizes the distinction between a building’s construction and its wall dressing or cladding (Bekleidung) and defines architecture’s function and the architect’s role on the basis of it. The critical potential of a theory of Bekleidung is important for contemporary forms of transparency and the construction of identity.