The Right to Build: Self-build Between Dreams and Reality
This research project and exhibition, shown at the Amsterdam Centre for Architecture (ARCAM) in 2019 and curated in collaboration with architecture critic Mark Minkjan, examines a decade of self-building in Amsterdam and beyond. It addresses the tension between self-builders' personal desires and the collective nature of the city.
After decades of social individualisation, self-build now also offers the opportunity for personal expression in the field of housing. But is there still space for self-build now that the city is growing and densifying under high pressure? Do we have the right to realise our own living environment and to what extent can or should a government stimulate or regulate this type of urban development?
To stimulate the debate about the upcoming ten years of self-build, architecture firms krft, LOA and bureau SLA have been invited to develop a vision for the future of self-build. What kind of contribution can self-build offer to the 250,000 extra homes which are needed in the Amsterdam metropolitan region? Who is allowed to build what, and what kind of city should result from this?
The exhibition was developed following from an initiative by the University of Amsterdam's Centre for Urban Studies, the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences and the University of São Paulo. Exhibition design by Atelier Tomas Dirrix and graphic design by Team Thursday.