Burghers in Suburbia: Holland 1998-2010 1/4
Date: Saturday 16 May 1998
The Dutch government plans to build one million houses by the year 2010. What makes the Dutch situation unique is the employment - and the influence - of leading architects and planners. Arguably, at no other time this century have architects been in a similar situation where they could have such an impact on the future of suburbia. The symposium addresses this subject through a number of themes including questions of density (notably how architects and planners are responding to the new VINEX policy), social individualization and its impact on housing types, and the consequences of the privatization of housing on the design of housing and neighbourhoods.
Mohsen Mostafavi supplies the welcome.
Irénée Scalbert introduces the morning session.
Noud de Vreeze gives a short survey of housing in the Netherlands and a description of the causes behind the present architectural culture there, including issues relating to the VINEX policy.
Arnold Reijndorp examines the current relationship between sociology and architecture in Holland and the interpretation of lifestyles and urbanity by architects and planners.
All lectures are open to members of the public, staff and students unless otherwise stated.