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Within the framework of The Architecture of Staged Realities, Het Nieuwe Instituut and curator Saskia van Stein have invited various designers, artists, scientists and other authors to reflect on the current significance of Walt Disney's legacy, drawing on their own (embodied) knowledge or (lived) experience.

Lara Schrijver

Growing Up a Disney Girl

Architectural historian Lara Schrijver was invited to reflect and write about the contemporary resonance of Disney's cultural production. Schrijver examines how Disney's utopian ideas and ideologies produce a particular narrative and how the emancipation of the female protagonist is reflected in architectural encenances.

Léa-Catherine Szacka

"Main Street" and the Architecture of Illusion

Architecture researcher and historian Léa-Catherine Szacka explores aspects of the architecture of staged realities, looking specifically at the Main Street as a case study, and reflecting on ideas of placemaking and performativity built on façades.

The Architecture of Staged Realities was made possible thanks to the generous support of:

Saskia van Stein
Frédérique Albert-Bordenave
Irene Stracuzzi