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Het Nieuwe Instituut presents Architecture of Appropriation at the 11th São Paulo International Architecture Biennial, from 4 November to 19 December 2017. The project includes an exhibition, two workshops and a two-day seminar that will re-examine notions of domesticity and property, and propose alternative urban and domestic arrangements to dominant, market-oriented housing policies. This knowledge exchange between Brazil and the Netherlands ultimately aims to test ideas for the pursuit of collective forms of living, and to advocate for the development of more sensible politics in the city. 


Architecture of Appropriation

Exhibition 14 November - 19 December

This exhibition presents the protocols squatters follow in carrying out their spatial interventions, as well as the history and spatial transformation brought about by squatters in five Dutch case studies. The opening will take place on 14 November 2017.

Architecture of Appropriation: on documenting collective, precarious, and criminalised urban practices

Seminar 13-14 November

The seminar on November 13 and 14 will discuss methodologies of documentation and architectural representation of non-author-based, precarious, and criminalised spatial practices. Architectural representations of squatted spaces in the Netherlands, as well as local examples from Brazil, will form the starting point for the seminar.

Spaces of Assembly

Workshop 04-07 November

The workshop ‘Spaces of Assembly’ will be held in the 9 de Julho-building in São Paulo from November 4-7 November. It aims to provide an assembly, a central gathering space for small groups to discuss strategies to enhance an inclusive city that accommodates its diverse population. 

Counter Domesticities

Workshop 09-12 November

The workshop 'Counter Domesticities’ from 9-12 November will examine how a typical apartment in São Paulo could be transformed and adapted to different forms of domesticity. A group of Dutch and local architects, activists, residents and scholars will test spatial arrangements for collective ownership, and design alternatives to market-oriented housing policies.

Ocupação 9 de Julho, Rua Álvaro de Carvalho, 427, São Paulo
Delany Boutkan, Marten Kuijpers, Klaas Kuitenbrouwer, Setareh Noorani
Alex Walker