[artinfo] Architecture of Appropriation. On Squatting as Spatial Practice.

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Architecture of Appropriation. On Squatting as Spatial Practice.

New publication


The book marks the outcome of a long term research program and 
collective endeavor by Het Nieuwe Instituut and a large network of 
collaborators and communities since June 2016.

The squatting movement has played a major role in the design of the 
urban fabric and domestic interior, and continues to propose 
alternatives to dominant, market-oriented housing policies. 
Architecture of Appropriation. On Squatting as Spatial Practice 
acknowledges squatting as an architectural practice. The publication 
analyzes the places of six still existing communities through 
architectural drawings, interviews, and archival material to build up 
a record of past and current struggles, spaces, and oral histories, 
forming the basis for a new acquisition policy for the State Archive 
for Dutch Architecture and Urban Planning. The project brings the 
expertise of the squatting movement together with architects, 
archivists, scholars, and lawyers, to discuss approaches to the 
research, archival practices and representation of precarious, 
non-author-based, and often criminalized spatial practices in the 
institutional framework of an archive and museum.

The book revenues will be used to contribute to the legal costs of 
squatting communities who are threatened with eviction. The 
publication is also available in a digital format via the project's 

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