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Reactivate! (Eng)

Innovators of Dutch Architecture

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Author: Indira van 't Klooster
Design: Eva Heisterkamp

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.

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2013, trancityxvaliz | supported by Creative Industries Fund | paperback | 256 pp. | 24 x 17 cm (h x w) | English | ISBN 978-90-78088-80-6

Press

  • Read here the review on Reactivate in arkkitehti (2014)

During the recent economic crisis, the turnover of Dutch architecture firms is falling dramatically. In the new social and financial context of the twenty-first century, a group of young Dutch architects and urban designers are taking matters into their own hands. Using the resources of architecture, these designers formulate a response to current social challenges and redefine their profession. They become developers and entrepreneurs, create their own commission situations, form new cooperatives and provide ideas that are both inspiring and also practically applicable and feasible in difficult financial times. Vacant property, processual urban design, investment standstills, social contradictions, petrified organizations and environmental demands—this generation is investigating the conceptual possibilities of the new reality.