Dutch boundaries Hoekstra Rixt In many schools of architecture the 1970s have been an important watershed for the way in which architecture was taught. For example, recent studies have stressed the importance of Aldo Rossi for the changes in the teaching of architec-ture at the ETH in Z├╝rich that before was based on orthodox modern principles. A similar struggle between an orthodox conception of modernity and its criticism took place at the architectural faculty of Delft, in the Netherlands. Although Delft is an important European school of architecture, the theoretical work produced during this period is not largely known outside the Netherlands. This is perhaps due to the fact that most studies were published in Dutch. With this article, I intend to make the architectural theory developed during this period known to a larger public. The article describes the intellectual journey made by Dutch stu-dents of architecture in the 1970s and 1980s. This was the quest to receive recognition for the intellectual substance of architecture: the insight architecture could be a discourse and a form of knowledge and not only a method of building. Specifically, the work of the architectural theoretician Wim Nijenhuis is highlight-ed. However, as I point out in this article, the results of this journey also had its problematic sides. This becomes clear from the following sentence taken from the dissertation of Wim Nijenhuis: "The search for metaphysical fiction and the tendency towards a technological informed absolute through fully transparent and simultaneous information, should be contested by a fantasy dimension, that does not wish to 'overcome' a given situation and that does not rely on 'creativi-ty' (that would still be historical and humanistic)." Texts like this have a hermet-ic quality that is not easy to comprehend for an architectural public. Even more, there is an important debate looming behind these sentences. As an important outcome of their quest the architectural students in Delft asked themselves: how do we give form to architectural theory once its claim to truth is exposed as an illusion? For Nijenhuis, the discourse about architecture is a mere 'artful game with words': a fiction, besides other forms of fiction like poetry or literature. The question is then if we have not entered the realm of total subjectivity and relativ-ism with this position. From what can the discourse of architecture derive its authority after the death of God? 1960-1990 Ad Habets Aldo van Eyck Delft Dromocracy Dutch architect.intellectuals Felix Guattari Gilles Deleuze Hermann Hertzberger Jan de Graaf Manfredo Tafuri Meten en regelen Michel Foucault Paul Virilio Rixt Hoekstra Technical University of Delft Western urbanism Wim Nijenhuis alternative studies architectural history architectural theory border boundary city walls communication theory discourse intellectual history language mobility modern architecture modernity poststructuralist philosophy rebel-students rebellious identity social critique theoretical history urban history 720 100 periodical academic journal archimaera grenzwertig 005 2013 1865-7001 urn:nbn:de:0009-21-35909 http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:0009-21-35909 hoekstra2013