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.
Spaces of Assembly workshop report
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.
Graham Foundation Grant 20174 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 presentation15 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 Boer20 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 Garden20 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 Straka9 APRIL 2017
An interview with graphic designer Jakub Straka.
Fight, Squat, Resist: Housing Alternatives of Social Movements in Architecture of Appropriation31 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 Justice16 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.
Reinier Kranendonk 'squats' Architecture of Appropriation9 FEBRUARY 2017
On 6 February 2017 artist Reinier Kranendonk took over part of the exhibition space of Architecture of Appropriation on the third floor of Het Nieuwe Institute with Todopia, the semi-mobile living / workspace he designed and that was on display in the institute's foyer the previous week. Kranendonk issued a written statement to explain his motivation, commenting that it would be in keeping with the spirit of Architecture of Appropriation to move Todopia within the exhibition itself.
Architecture of Appropriation. Between institutions and activist practices
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