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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 six locations 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 publication is also available in a digital format via the project’s webmagazine.

Artistic and General Director Het Nieuwe Instituut: Guus Beumer
Editors: René Boer, Marina Otero Verzier, Katía Truijen; in collaboration with the communities of ADM, Landbouwbelang, Plantage Dok, Poortgebouw, Vluchtmaat and Wijde Heisteeg 7
Graphic Design: Maud Vervenne
Photography: Johannes Schwartz
Art Director: Maureen Mooren
Published by Het Nieuwe Instituut
Printed by Raddraaier
English edition, 369 pages, 222 illustrations.
Available via Idea Books. Price EUR 25,- The revenues will be used to contribute to the legal costs of squatting communities who are threatened with eviction.

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