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Housing Futures

The Independent School for the City and Het Nieuwe Instituut are organising the two-day gathering Housing Futures, a weekend of conversations on spatial strategies for housing alternatives and non-normative ways of living. Housing Futures hopes to give a push to the new movement, with fresh insights and practical advice on future living and on recording and archiving the rise of cooperative housing. 

Architecture of Appropriation

The Housing Futures weekend follows on from the research project Architecture of Appropriation which analysed six squatting community case studies in the Netherlands through architectural drawings, interviews and archived materials. Bringing together squatting movement expertise and architects, archivists, scholars and lawyers, the project discussed approaches to the research, archival practices and the representation of precarious, non-author-based, and often criminalised spatial practices in the institutional framework of an archive and museum. The project has led to different public programmes, exhibitions and publications, and is also currently presented as part of the exhibition Appropriation as Collective Resistance, which is part of Designing the Social at Het Nieuwe Instituut.

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19:30 – 21:15

Het Nieuwe Instituut Online

This is an online event and will take place on Zoom



Independent School for the City

The Independent School for the City is a postgraduate educational platform based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The school is an initiative of Crimson Historians and Urbanists and ZUS (Zones Urbaines Sensibles) and is rooted in their practices of combining a critical and activist approach to the city with effecting real change through architectural and planning projects. Recently, the school organised the summer school, Let’s Be R€al: New Strategies for Collective Affordable Housing (2021), and Taking Back Housing! in collaboration with the International New Town Institute (2020).

Social Talks

The Social Talks series forms part of Thursday Night Live! at Het Nieuwe Instituut. The talks offers more insight into themes from the exhibition Designing the Social: 100 Years of Idiosyncratic Living in the Netherlands. The multi-year exhibition examines how Dutch society has been redesigned over the past century. This can be seen in a series of installations in the form of themed rooms exploring the minimum dwelling’, the community centre, the experiments of Weverij De Ploeg, the design strategies of the second feminist wave, the squatters' movement, and digital pioneers. For each theme, separate teams of curators, researchers and designers have investigated the connections between archival research and current social issues.

Thursday Night at Het Nieuwe Instituut
Luca Napoli

Thursday Night Live! is a weekly programme of lectures, screenings and discussions on architecture, design and digital culture. Developments and critical insights are discussed by thinkers, designers and makers from the Netherlands and abroad.