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NGE/DAA Symposium 25-26 October 2019, Eindhoven

On Friday 25 and Saturday 26 October, the yearly symposium of the NGE (Dutch Association for Aesthetics) will take place in Eindhoven. The symposium (organized by the NGE in cooperation with the department of Architecture, Urban Design and Engineering at the University of Technology, Eindhoven) will partly take place in the context of the Dutch Design Week (

Paper presentations

The quality of our built environment tends to encourage lively debate. That is because all users of the built environment are direct stakeholders: we all have an opinion about the relationship between the old and the new, between innovation and imitation, regarding issues of scale, materialization, detail and their propriety when applied in a certain context, the experiential poverty of endless repetition or the arbitrary banality of diversity for its own sake, or indeed about the arrogating power implicit in any act of building, frequently unleashing painful social processes of gentrification and slummification. Perhaps a rappel à l'ordre by the discipline of aesthetics can help those involved in the creation of the built environment to recalibrate some of those opinions.

With this call for papers, you are invited to contribute to the symposium, which will focus on these issues:

  • Philosophical questions concerning research by design;
  • The role of aesthetics in architectural and urban design education;
  • The relationship between the practice of and the reflection upon architecture and urban design.

Any contribution that lies outside of the theme of the symposium, yet is deemed relevant for discussions within contemporary aesthetics, is very much welcomed, as well.

Papers may be presented either in English or in Dutch.

Abstract submission

Send an abstract of approx. 500 words to Niels van Poecke, member of the board of NGE ( Deadline: June 15, 2019.

Conference fee

Participation fee for the symposium:

  • NGE members: free admittance
  • Non-members: € 50 (including NGE membership through to 2020)
  • Students: € 20 (including NGE membership through to 2020)

Enrolling for the symposium: please transfer the due amount to account no. IBAN: NL66INGB0006395303 attn. Ned. Genootschap voor Esthetica (BIC: INGBNL2A (SWIFT-code)), re: 'participation symposium 2019'. Current members in good standing (who do not need to transfer a participation fee) are requested to send an e-mail to, with the subject line 'participation symposium 2019'.

Papers in English may (independent of the symposium) also be presented to the NGE online open access journal: Aesthetic Investigations (
For further information, please contact Niels van Poecke (

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