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From 4 November to 19 December 2017, Het Nieuwe Instituut presented Architecture of Appropriation at the 11th São Paulo International Architecture Biennial. The project included an exhibition, two workshops and a seminar to re-examine notions of domesticity and property, and propose alternative urban and domestic arrangements to dominant, market-oriented housing policies. During this knowledge exchange between Brazil and the Netherlands, ideas for collective forms of living were tested, to advocate for the development of more sensible politics in the city. 

Office CCXD, Studio Knol, ZUS and GOAA were invited to join the workshop ’Spaces of Assembly’, in order to create a central gathering space in the Ocupação 9th de Julho for groups to discuss strategies to support the development of an inclusive city that accommodates its diverse population. During the 4-day workshop, they collaborated intensively with a movement of former homeless people (MSTC), who now inhabit the Ocupação 9th de Julho building. Together with the students of Escola da Cidade, they created an assembly space and a piece of furniture that provides a structure for the residents to continue to build on. Read the report by Studio KNOL, Office CCXD, GOAA and ZUS below.

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.