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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.

Reinier Kranendonk 'squats' Architecture of Appropriation


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.

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.