This seminar will frame housing as a political question related to issues of equal access to the city. It aims to combine reflective and academic views with socially conscious and political outlooks.

The seminar is connected to the research project and exhibition ‘The Architecture of Appropriation’ currently on show at Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam, which investigates squatting as an architectural practice in order to re-examine notions of vacancy and property and propose alternative urban and domestic arrangements to the dominant, market-oriented housing policies. Speakers will be announced shortly.

This event aims for an audience of academic and professionals and those otherwise interested in the field.


   Kenny Cupers (University of Basel) will present the case of early post-war housing in France and how it gave rise to the call for a right to the city.

   Anne Kockelkorn (ETH Zurich) will discuss the Parisian grands ensembles of Ricardo Bofill to show the development of notions of ‘centrality’, housing and planning before and after the neoliberal reforms of 1977.

   Jörg Stollmann (TU Berlin) will talk about the re-empowerment of local communities in post-war housing in Berlin, contrasting Kreuzberg and Gropiusstadt examples.

   René Boer (Failed Architecture) will look into the relation of squatting, citizens protests and social housing policies in Amsterdam from the 70s until today.

   Mirjana Milanovic (DRO Amsterdam) will reflect on the place of social housing in current planning policies in Amsterdam.

   Dick van Gameren (TU Delft/Mecanoo) will talk about the planning and design of Thamesmead, the Brutalist housing estate in south-east London, and Mecanoo’s work  for its future restructuring.



The Jaap Bakema Study Centre is a research collaboration between Het Nieuwe Instituut (Rotterdam) and the Faculty of Architecture of the TU Delft. It develops an international academic research programme based on the collections of HNI and the agendas of both institutes.


Date, time: Friday 16 June 2017, 13:30 to 16:30 hrs

Location: Het Nieuwe Instituut, Museumpark 25, Rotterdam

Fee: none, registration required

Language: English

Organizers: Dirk van den Heuvel and Victor M. Sanz, v.m.sanz@hetnieuweinstituut.nl