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Architecture of Appropriation

The weekend follows on from the research project Architecture of Appropriation which collaborated with six squatting communities in the Netherlands to document their spaces through architectural drawings, interviews, and archival material. Bringing together the expertise of the squatting movement, architects, archivists, scholars and lawyers, the project discussed approaches to the research, archival practices and representation of precarious, non-author-based, and often criminalised spatial practices in the institutional framework of an archive and museum. The project has manifested in different public programmes, exhibitions and publications, and is also currently presented as part of the exhibition Appropriation as Collective Resistance (on show in Designing the Social at Het Nieuwe Instituut).

Independent School for the City

The Independent School for the City is a postgraduate educational platform based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The school is an initiative of Crimson Historians and Urbanists and ZUS (Zones Urbaines Sensibles) and is rooted in their practice of combining a critical and activist approach to the city with effecting real change through architectural and planning projects. Previously, the School organised the Summer School Let’s Be R€al: New Strategies for Collective Affordable Housing, and Taking Back Housing! in collaboration with the International New Town Institute.


Independent School for the City
Delftsestraat 33 III
​3013 AE Rotterdam



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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.