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The squatting movement has played a major role in the design of the urban fabric and domestic interior, and continues to propose alternatives to dominant, market-oriented housing policies. Architecture of Appropriation acknowledges squatting as an architectural practice. The project analyzes six locations in the Netherlands through architectural drawings, interviews, and archival material to build up a record of past and current struggles, spaces, and oral histories, forming the basis for a new acquisition policy for the State Archive for Dutch Architecture and Urban Planning. The project brings the expertise of the squatting movement together with architects, archivists, scholars, and lawyers, to discuss approaches to the research, archival practices and representation of precarious, non-author-based, and often criminalized spatial practices in the institutional framework of an archive and museum. 


Architecture of Appropriation at SBAU: Frames of Resistance

The Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism is collaborating with the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Seoul and Het Nieuwe Instituut to host Frames of Resistance, part of the opening weekend of the Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbansim (SBAU). The symposium is part of the Thematic Exhibition (DDP, Seoul), and involves Dutch Participants of the Thematic and Cities exhibitions of the Seoul Biennale and other architects and academics from the Netherlands.

Spaces of Assembly Workshop, São Paulo International Architecture Biennial

The workshop ‘Spaces of Assembly’ was held in the 9 de Julho-building in São Paulo from November 4-7 November 2017. It aimed to provide an assembly, a central gathering space for small groups to discuss strategies to enhance an inclusive city that accommodates its diverse population.

Podcast Architecture of Appropriation

15 OCTOBER 2020

Gesprek tussen René Boer, Marina Otero Verzier, Katía Truijen (curatoren en redacteuren van Architecture of Appropriation) en Guus Beumer, directeur van Het Nieuwe Instituut.

Graham Foundation Grant 2017

4 AUGUST 2017

Architecture of Appropriation, Het Nieuwe Instituut's long-term research project and upcoming publication on squatting as spatial practice, has been awarded a 2017 Graham Foundation Grant to organisations.

MuseumNext presentation

15 JUNE 2017

Taking as a departure point the collective research that Het Nieuwe Instituut is conducting into squatting as an architectural practice (Architecture of Appropriation), Marina Otero Verzier and Katia Truijen will present a paper at the international MuseumNext conference in Rotterdam on 28 June 2017 that examines the role of museums in the construction of the history of the city and its inhabitants.

Interview René Boer

20 APRIL 2017

Urban and architectural researcher, writer and activist René Boer is part of the curatorial team for the exhibition Architecture of Appropriation.

Architecture of Control in The New Garden

20 APRIL 2017

A small plot of land in Het Nieuwe Instituut’s New Garden has been appropriated! Every ten days the initiators of ‘Architecture of Control’ will transform the white tower they installed, investigating different functions of the tower as an object.

Interview with Jakub Straka

9 APRIL 2017

An interview with graphic designer Jakub Straka.

Fight, Squat, Resist: Housing Alternatives of Social Movements in Architecture of Appropriation

31 MARCH 2017

From Thursday 30 March 2017 the installation Fight, Squat, Resist: Housing Alternatives of Social Movements will be on view as part of Architecture of Appropriation, a long-term research project on squatting as a form of architecture, now on at Het Nieuwe Instituut.

Listen to: Squatting as the Performance of Justice

16 FEBRUARY 2017

We often think of architecture as representing this or that. As if it is primarily a symbolic language speaking to us about other things without itself doing much else. But what if it is more than that? Architecture helps us perform our lives, even in its symbolic deeds. With Jacob Voorthuis and Students from the Master in Architecture, Urban Design and Engineering (AUDE) at Eindhoven University of Technology.


15/04/2022 – 16/04/2022
Independent School for the City, Delftsestraat 33 III

As the housing movement gains new momentum, Het Nieuwe Instituut and the Independent School for the City host two days of conversations about spatial strategies for housing alternatives and non-normative forms of living. Housing Futures will provide a platform to discuss everything from the future of squatting to the rise of new models for cooperative housing, while at the same time rethinking how to document and preserve these spatial, social and political strategies for future generations. Housing Futures aims to contribute to the growing housing movement with new ideas, fresh connections and practical solutions. Entrance is free. The language is English, but with translations and segments in Dutch.


29/01 – 20/08/2017

Het Nieuwe Instituut
Museumpark 25
3015 CB Rotterdam

René Boer, Marina Otero Verzier and Katía Truijen in collaboration with the communities of ADM, Plantage Dok, Poortgebouw, Wijde Heisteeg 7, Landbouwbelang and Vluchtmaat
Graphic design: Maud Vervenne (publication), Jakub Straka with Sepus Noordmans (installation)
ZUS [Zones Urbaines Sensibles]
Johannes Schwartz
Cathy Brickwood, Aurora Bertoli

This project is part of the programme track Landscape and Interior and the folder A series on the changing landscape.