LH.20.006 – Past ’65: a sustainable view to the future for the built environment of 1965-1990 in the Netherlands

Route: Living history

Cluster question: 066 Does knowing about materials change the way we think about artwork, tangible cultural heritage, the built environment, and their preservation?

Today we are dealing with major social, cultural and natural changes. Climate change, demographic developments, covid-19, working from home and changed mobility force us to think about the future of our living environment: from architecture, to neighbourhood, to city and landscape. The built environment demands adaptations, sustainability, maintenance and possibly even demolition. In this changing environment, the built heritage of the period 1965-1990 is under increasing pressure. At the same time, this architecture offers a strong personal and collective identity related to its socio-cultural history, creation and users. It is loved but also hated, it is cherished but also shunned, the experimental housing, cauliflower districts, urban renewal, growth centers, recreation parks, (reflective) offices, shopping malls and university campuses. But a lot is still unknown about this period. Dealing with the built environment 1965-1990 calls for research into frameworks, criteria and instruments that do justice to the specific historical, socio-cultural, demographic and architectural backgrounds of this period on the one hand, and to the demands made on them today on the other. How can this heritage be used in future spatial tasks and be linked to sustainability, urbanisation, energy transition and quality of living and use?


1965-1990, built environment, Heritage, sustainable future, values

Other organisations

Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), LU, RCE, Reinwardt Academy, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (RUG), Utrecht University (UU), UvA, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU), WUR


Organisation TU Delft (TUD)
Name Dr. M.T.A. (Marie-Thérèse) van Thoor
E-mail m.t.a.vanthoor@tudelft.nl