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The project discusses new approaches to the research, archive and representation of precarious, non-author-based, and often criminalized spatial practices in the institutional framework of an architecture archive and museum. Taking as a departure point the case of Architecture of Appropriation - a collective research that Het Nieuwe Instituut is conducting into squatting as an architectural practice - we will examine the role that archives have in the construction of the history of the city and its inhabitants.

The squatting movement has played a major role in the design of the urban fabric and the domestic interior, and proposed alternatives to the dominant, market-oriented housing policies. By bringing together the expertise of the squatter movement with that of architects, archivists, scholars, lawyers, and policy makers from different countries, and by comparing methodologies and case studies, the project examines the role of museums and archives as social and political agents. Yet it also unveils the forms of control and consumption, and the changing conditions for inclusion and exclusion, that this position facilitates.

Architecture of Appropriation forms the basis for a new acquisition policy for the State Archive for Dutch Architecture and Urban Planning. The initiative aims to open up a discussion on the inclusion of these spatial practices in the histories of architecture and their operating platforms, while acknowledging the fragility of the communities involved as well as the need to carefully limit the processes of institutional appropriation.

Panel discussion

The presentation was followed by a panel discussion with Mirko Zardini (Director, CCA), Monika Platzer (Curator, AZW), Rebecca Bailey (Curator, HES) and moderated by Christoph Grafe (Professor of Architectural History and Theory at the University of Wuppertal).

More information on the ICAM 19 conference in Copenhagen, from 9 - 13 September 2018


Danish Architecture Center


Standard€ 7,50
Students, CJP, Friends and Members of Het Nieuwe Instituut€ 3,75

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.