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Research and Programme

Architecture of Appropriation marked the start of research into squatting as an architecture of appropriation and addressed the themes of vacancy, alternative housing, the transformation of existing architecture, legislation and forms of organisation.

The exhibition presented five architectural analyses of recently squatted buildings and terrains. The research project took shape throughout the exhibition in collaboration with universities, academies and researchers, and provided a residence for temporary presentations by guests from other countries.

The State Archive for Dutch Architecture and Urban Planning will concurrently research how the spatial inheritance and influence of squatting on the development of Dutch cities may be preserved for the future. The personal archive of  Hein de Haan and the photographic archive ‘Improvised Architecture’ by artist  Dave Carr-Smith provide points of departure for a conversation about the preservation of documents and material relating to ‘squatted architecture’.

The live programme AOA on Air was held every Thursday in the exhibition space. Makers, thinkers, squatters and designers discussed contemporary forms of urban appropriation through interviews, collective reading sessions and discussions. The conversations are available to listen to in the exhibition and through podcasts in this web magazine.

René Boer (Failed Architecture), Marina Otero Verzier (Head of R&D, Het Nieuwe Instituut), Katía Truijen, Roos van Strien, Maria Duarte, Marten Kuijpers (R&D, Het Nieuwe Instituut)
ZUS [Zones Urbaines Sensibles]
Jakub Straka with Sepus Noordmans
Johannes Schwartz

This project is part of the programme track Landscape and Interior and the folder A series on the changing landscape.