Dutch Design Will Save You
In this free lecture, Aaron Betsky, Director of the Cincinnati
Art Museum, and former Director of the Netherlands Architecture
Institute, discusses recent developments in Dutch architecture
and design that show how the Dutch have developed responses
to large social issues such as sprawl and sustainability through
innovative design rather than merely through technological fixes.
Social housing, infrastructure, public open space, and everyday
design all make up a landscape of transformation in which the
artificiality of the environment we inhabit collectively is
the starting point, and the making of better space for everyone
is the goal.
About Aaron Betsky
Aaron Betsky is the eighth director of the Cincinnati Art Museum.
Most recently he directed the Netherlands Architecture Institute
in Rotterdam, the world’s largest architecture museum,
and prior to that post he served as Curator of Architecture,
Design and Digital Projects at the San Francisco Museum of Modern
Mr. Betsky was born in Missoula, Montana and raised in the Netherlands.
He lived in Cincinnati in the mid 1980s, where he taught design,
history and theory courses in the School of Architecture and
Interior Design at U.C. Betsky was also on the Contemporary
Arts Center’s architect selection committee for their
new building in 1998.
A prolific writer and editor, he has authored over a dozen books
and is currently working on a major volume on modernism in architecture
and design. He has been published in many newspapers and magazines,
ranging from The New York Times to Metropolitan Home. Betsky
has served as a visiting professor at major universities across
the US and in Europe and has received honors from the British
Institute of Architects and the American Institute of Architects.
He holds a B.A. in History, the Arts and Letters and a master’s
degree in architecture from Yale University, with a doctoral
degree expected in 2007 from the Technical University of Delft
in the Netherlands.