René Boer works as an urban and architectural researcher, writer and activist in Amsterdam, is managing editor at the research studio Failed Architecture and part of the Non-fiction team. He is currently working on the 'un/smooth city' research project and a documentary on Amsterdam's A10 ring road. He was critic-in-residence at the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam 2016 and a visiting fellow at the Cairo Institute for Liberal Arts and Sciences. He has been affiliated with urban social movements in Barcelona, Ramallah/Jerusalem and Amsterdam and has written for among others Harvard Design Magazine, Volume and Studio. René Boer holds a master degree in Urban Studies from University College London's UrbanLab and graduated with a thesis on cinematic reflections on Cairo's post-Mubarak urban transformations.
R&D, Het Nieuwe Instituut
In recent years, the concept and practice of research has attracted renewed attention within the cultural sector. In a world increasingly documented—and simultaneously obscured—by the speed and quantity of information in circulation, research plays a critical role in elucidating the relevance of both existing and new ideas, and the responsibility of institutions in their construction and promotion. The Research and Development department (R&D) at Het Nieuwe Instituut wants to acknowledge and give visibility to research projects, practices and initiatives whose success is understood not in terms of academic citations, adherence to official formats, or profitability, but in their ability to offer departures from established modes of thinking and to become the motor for sharing collective forms of knowledge.
The research of Architecture of Appropriation is conducted by R&D staff members Katía Truijen and Marten Kuijpers and led by Marina Otero Verzier (Head of R&D).
Rijksarchief voor Nederlandse Architectuur & Stedenbouw
The State Archive for Dutch Architecture & Urban Planning researches how the spatial legacy and influence of squatting in the Netherlands and its significance for contemporary architecture can be preserved for future generations. The research is led by Hetty Berens, curator at Het Nieuwe Instituut. On 2 February the State Archive was 'squatted' as part of the event 'Squatting the Archive'.
TU Eindhoven, Architecture, Urban Design and Engineering (AUDE)
Students from the Master in Architecture, Urban Design and Engineering (AUDE) at Eindhoven University of Technology take part in research in to case studies of squatting in the Netherlands. As part of the seminar ‘Performance and Occasion’ six Masters students led by Jacob Voorthuis (TU/e) and Marten Kuijpers (Het Nieuwe Instituut) carry out research in to the spatial transformation and 'architecture of appropriation' at Poortgebouw, Plantage Dok, Wijde Heisteeg 7, Vluchtmaat and ADM. This involved visiting each location and talking to curernt and former residents. The results have been transformed in to drawings and models that can be seen in the exhibition.
Participating students: Farah Abdullaa, Sander Drooge , Adam Gill, Jaquelina Sio, Damian Sobol Turina and Christiaan Wijers.
Concept installatie & ruimtelijk ontwerp
ZUS [Zones Urbaines Sensibles]
The partnership of Elma van Boxel and Kristian Koreman and their office ZUS [Zones Urbaines Sensibles], develop sollicited and unsollicited design and research in the fields of architecture, urban development and landscape design. Founded in 2001, the company consists of an international and multidisciplinary team with offices in Rotterdam and New York.
ZUS believes architecture's imaginative power can contribute to a necessary shift of boundaries between private and public, long- and short-term, and temporary and permanent. These contradictions can foster progressive projects, nurturing long-term responsibility on the one hand and inviting user and public involvement on the other. According to ZUS, such projects are never solitary statements; they are always fundamentally anchored in the city, the public domain, and within the long-standing tradition of spatial design.
Johannes Schwartz (Munich, 1970) is a photographer based in Amsterdam. Schwartz studied photography at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy between 1995 and 1998 and has been teaching there for several years, including a period as head of the photography department (2004-2010). Awards include the Esther Kroon Award (1998) and the Cobra Kunstprijs Amstelveen (2007). He was one of the artists participating in 'Opera Aperta / Loose Work', the official Dutch entry to the Venice Biennale 2011.
Jakub Straka (Ostrava, Czech Republic, 1984) is a graphic designer based in Amsterdam. Since graduating from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in 2012, his practice has focused on both online and offline projects. His commissions include visual identities for the Czech Chamber of Architects and Czech Architecture Award 2016, Archiprix 2016 publication for nai010 publishers, websites for Lost & Found (www.lost.nl) in Amsterdam, Dinamo Type foundry (www.abcdinamo.com) in Berlin & Basel, Heimspiel 2015 festival (www.heimspiel.tv) in St. Gallen or Elisa van Joolen's project 11x17 (www.11x17.nl). He was a guest teacher at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie (2012-2015). His work was part of Off Programme at the 26th International Biennial of Graphic Design Brno 2014.
For Architecture of Appropriation he collaborated with Sepus Noordmans.