people meet in vacant NL
In order to reveal the hidden potential of vacant property in the Netherlands, Rietveld Landscape were comissioned to depict the new “21st century form of entrepreneurship” for the Holland Pavilion at the current Venice Biennale. VACANT NL first detect all the empty buildings from t7th, 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, to propose and encourage afterwards its Zwischenutzung or Intermediary Use by means of Urban Pioneers.
In Curator Ole Bouman’s words: Is there so much unused architecture in the Netherlands?[…] It might come as a surprise […] to know that a large part of the Netherlands is indeed vacant and is growing more vacant by the day.
Vacant NL – where architecture meets ideas, shows that temporary use can give a positive impulse, inspire, and create the conditions for innovation within the creative knowledge economy […] and wants to inspire designers, property developers, and policy-makers to come up with architecture that is not just funcional and aesthetically poleasing, but which also sets a positive change in motion.
Apart from a physical model of Dutch emptiness, the exhibition refers to diverse bottom-up initiatives for urban development in the Netherlands:
Op Trek: Hotel Transvaal, The Hague
Summerhouse hotel, Amsterdam (GECEKONDU)
Duintjer CS, Amsterdam
NU HIER, Rotterdam
Caballerofabriek, The Hague
De Verdieping, TrouwAmsterdam
Lab Tussentijd, Arnhem
[image1> Vacant NL by Rietveld Landscape] [images2&3> Vacant NL model at the Venice Biennale Dutch Pavilion by deconcrete2010] [image4> map of Vacant NL from the exhibition brochure]