Together with René Boer (Failed Architecture) en and the Built Environment Department at TU Eindhoven, over the past few months Het Nieuwe Instituut has been investigating five very different examples of locations in Amsterdam and Rotterdam that were either formerly squatted or still are: the ADM terrein, het Poortgebouw, Plantage Dok, Wijde Heisteeg 7 en Vluchtmaat.
The locations were squatted at various moments in time and for different reasons, whether it be to offer housing to refugees, or to start an autonomous space, or to build a place that combined living and workspace. The spatial transformation of these spaces over time has been examined in conjunction with the residents and other stakeholders. The exhibition displays historical material and drawings, as well as a photo essay by Johannes Schwartz of the five locations.
Squatting in the Archive
Parallel to the research Architecture of Appropriation, the State Archive for Architecture and Urban Planning has been looking at the spatial legacy and influence of squatting on the development of Dutch cities and how this can be preserved for the future. The personal archive of architect Hein de Haan and the photography archive ‘Improvised Architecture’ by British artist Dave Carr-Smith form the basis for a conversation about the preservation of documents and materials around ‘squatted architecture’.
AOA On Air
AOA on Air is a regular event that takes place in the exihibition space of Architecture of Appropriation. Makers, thinkers, squatters and designers meet to talk about contemporary forms of urban appropriation, in the form of interviews, collective reading sessions and discussions. The conversations are recorded and can be listened to in the exhibition and in the podcasts published in this web magazine.
Check the activities page for an overview of the AOA On Air programme