“Collective Comeback” – The return of collective architecture in Amsterdam at ARCAM

Collective living and building makes a comeback in Amsterdam architecture. As in the period 1965-1985, where architects designed shared spaces and facilities on a large scale, today’s architects once again focus on collectivity. With models, drawings, films and photographs of iconic buildings, Collective Comeback mirrors the collective architecture of that time with that of today.

 

Studentenhuis Weesperstraat, Amsterdam (1959-1966). Herman Hertzberger, Tjakko Hazewinkel, Henk Dicke. © Herman Hertzberger

After the post-war reconstruction, a change in architecture took place.  Prosperity is increasing, housing needs are decreasing and the architect can focus on comfort and quality. Designers set their sights on collective architecture. The projects in the exhibition show the innovative nature of this new building ideal, such as the emphasis on ‘the meeting’ in Herman Hertzbergers Drie Hoven and involving residents in the design process of the Bickerseiland.


 

Practical information

“Collective Comeback”
11 January – 23 June, 2019
ARCAM Amsterdam Centre for Architecture
Prins Hendrikkade 600, VX Amsterdam
Netherlands

 


Today, about fifty years later, collective architecture is once again topical. Compact homes with shared facilities offer solace in a densifying and sustainable Amsterdam. More and more inhabitants of Amsterdam are living outside the conventional family context. For them, collective architecture offers an affordable means in the tense housing market. Not only new concepts of living together, such as Friends-living, but also new forms of co-commissioning are emerging.

 

“Collective Comeback” © ARCAM

“Collective Comeback” © ARCAM

“Collective Comeback” © ARCAM

 

With Collective Comeback, Architectuurcentrum Amsterdam puts these two movements of collective architecture into perspective for the first time. Discover how collectivity took shape in the period 1965-1985 and how this phenomenon is taking shape again today.

 

“Collective Comeback” © ARCAM

“Collective Comeback” © ARCAM


 

News source: Aedes Architekturforum
Subscribe here to get weekly updates about architecture events and exhibitions.