Hardcore Heritage. RAAAF Studio. A lecture by Ronald and Erik Rietveld


From 1 November 2018




Garage Auditorium


The opening lecture of the cycle Rethinking Heritage. The Netherlands Experience will be delivered by the brothers Ronald and Erik Rietveld, co-founders of RAAAF (Rietveld Architecture-Art-Affordances) — a multidisciplinary studio that operates at the crossroads of visual art, architecture and philosophy.

The Hardcore Heritage approach introduced by the brothers represents a new way of thinking about monuments and cultural heritage. The national monuments Bunker 599 and Deltawerk should be read as architectural manifestos that show the power of this method. Hardcore Heritage is about transforming cultural heritage to trigger imagination. Through deliberate destruction, radical changes in context, and seemingly contradictory additions, a new field of tensions arises between present, past and future.


Ronald Rietveld is an architect, winner of the Prix de Rome award (2006), one of the Netherlands’ most prestigious awards for young artists and architects. Together with his brother Erik Rietveld he founded RAAAF [Rietveld Architecture-Art-Affordances], a multidisciplinary studio working at the crossroads of visual art, architecture and philosophy.

Erik Rietveld is a philosopher, Socrates Professor at the University of Twente (Enschede, The Netherlands) and a Senior Researcher at the University of Amsterdam. Earlier he was a Fellow in Philosophy at Harvard University and a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley’s Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute. Together with his brother Ronald Rietveld he founded the multidisciplinary studio for visual art, architecture and philosophy RAAAF [Rietveld Architecture-Art-Affordances]. Erik Rietveld publishes frequently in international journals such as Mind, Synthese, BBS, and Harvard Design Magazine.


Free admission with advance registration.

The lecture will be held in English with interpreting into Russian.