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:

Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam

NDSM, Amsterdam

Op Trek: Hotel Transvaal, The Hague

Worm@VOC, Rotterdam

Summerhouse hotel, Amsterdam (GECEKONDU)

Duintjer CS, Amsterdam

NU HIER, Rotterdam

Caballerofabriek, The Hague

De Verdieping, TrouwAmsterdam

Schieblock, Rotterdam

Lab Tussentijd, Arnhem

Ebbingekwartier, Groningen

[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]

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