The turnover of the Dutch firms of architects is falling dramatically, but their number is increasing. A growing number of young designers are taking matters into their own hands in order to formulate a response to social challenges using the resources of architecture. They embrace a new reality in which users, residents and clients become partners. In the new social and financial context of the twenty-first century, a group of young Dutch architects and urban designers are coming up with new ideas about their profession. Vacant property, processual urban design, investment standstills, social contradictions, petrified organisations, environmental demands – this generation is investigating the conceptual possibilities of the new reality. | more
They are becoming developer and entrepreneur, creating their own commission situations, forming new cooperatives and providing ideas that are both inspiring and also practically applicable and feasible in difficult financial times.
Indira van ’t Klooster (1971) studied architectural history at the University of Amsterdam before continuing her career with such names as Arcam, TANGRAM Architecten and Architectuur Lokaal, where she acts as a consultant for local administrators in particular. She is also final editor of Architectuur Lokaal and editor-in-chief of A10, new European architecture. She has co-written several books, including 100 jaar Academie van Bouwkunst (2008), Samen bouwen aan de stad (2011), MA-SSA (2003) and Woning op Maat (2007). She has published in De Witte Raaf, De Architect, Archined and elsewhere. | more