Indesem 87. Aldo van Eyck

Lecture by Aldo van Eyck. International Design Seminar (Indesem) 1987. Faculty of Architecture, TU Delft.

Aldo van Eyck (March 16, 1918 in Driebergen – on January 14, 1999 in Vecht’s Loenen aan) was a Dutch architect. He was a son of the poet Pieter Nicolaas van Eyck. Aldo van Eyck lived in London from 1919 until 1935, epoch in that his father was sent there as journalistic correspondent. It would initiate his formation in the Royal Academy of Visual Arts of The Hague, and later in Zúrich’s Technical Federal School. It graduated in 1942, but it remained in Switzerland until the end of the Second World war, coming closer artistic circles of forefront in the environment of Carola Giedion-Welcker, wife of the historian Sigfried Giedion. In these years he married his companion of studies Hannie van Roojen, the one who had two children.

In 1946 it moved to Ámsterdam, where it was employed at the Municipal Department of Public Works until 1951, year at that became free. He was a teacher in the Academy of Ámsterdam’s Architecture from 1954 to 1958, and later, teacher in Delft’s Technical University from 1966 until 1984. Also he was a publisher of the magazine of architecture Forum, in the years 1959-1963 and 1967.

He was a member of the CIAM, and co-founder in 1954 of the Team 10. Aldo van Eyck crossed Europe and North America supporting the need to leave the funcionalismo, and attacking the lack of originality in the majority of the modern architecture of postwar. The co-publisher’s position of the magazine Forum helped Eyck there are going to publicize the opinions of the ” Team 10 ” in favor of a return to the humanism in the architectural design.

Aldo van Eyck recibió la Medalla de Oro del RIBA en 1990.

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