What’s next in design education? – panel discussion with Kees Kaan

On October 15, 2020, Kees Kaan will participate in a BK Talks panel discussion titled ‘What’s next in design education?’ with a group of professors of the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment at the TU Delft, moderated by the Dean Dick van Gameren.

University education in general, and design education in particular, are at a critical moment. Education and research must confront a multitude of challenges: from the conflict between academy and the profession to the relation to society. Does design education properly address the contemporary cultural, economic and political issues? Does the curriculum of design schools tackle the current environmental and social realities? How radical or visionary is current design pedagogy when compared to previous experimental and collaborative forms of design pedagogy?

Moreover, the current pandemic has deeply impacted the way we learn, research, exchange ideas or encounter others. Faced with immense uncertainty, academic institutions must plan alternative scenarios. What are the consequences for the ways we imagine the future built environment of this full move towards virtual means of representation? Will academic institutions implement a hybrid model of teaching, combining digital and physical learning? What are the opportunities derived from this new situation?

The panel comprising Rients Dijkstra, Carola Hein, Kees Kaan, Winy Maas, Ana Pereira Roders and Sevil Sariyildiz will raise and, hopefully, answer many of these questions.

Tune into the discussion on Thursday, October 15 at 18.30, live on YouTube via the link here.

 

Dutch profiles: Claus en Kaan Architecten

Kees Kaan started collaborating with Felix Claus as Claus en Kaan Architecten in 1988. They have created hundred projects from small private dwellings to urban development, famous for their minimalistic sobriety and conceptual approach.

In this video they are visiting one of KAAN most famous projects, the Netherlands Forensic Institute in Ypenburg, The Hague (The Netherlands).