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Vacancy Studies. Experiments and Strategic Interventions in Architecture | Ronald Rietveld, Erik Rietveld, Jurgen Bey, Arna Mackic, Barbara Visser, Ester van de Wiel, Martine Zoeteman, Joost Grootens (design) | 9789462081468

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VACANCY STUDIES

experiments and strategic interventions in architecture

Author:Ronald Rietveld, Erik Rietveld, Martine Zoeteman, Arna Mackic

Publisher:nai010

ISBN: 978-94-6208-146-8

  • Hardcover
  • Dutch, English
  • 192 Pages
  • Jun 6, 2014

Many bunkers, forts, churches, castles, hospitals, water towers, post offices, prisons, palaces, and airports are empty. The book Vacancy Studies provides the architecture world with an optimistic perspective on the temporary reuse of vacant spaces.

According to RAAAF (Rietveld Architecture Art-Affordances), there is great potential in vacant public and government buildings. At the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2010, RAAAF visualized the gigantic scale of these vacant spaces in an installation called Vacant NL. The worldwide media attention by organizations such as The New York Times, The Guardian, and The Architectural Review shows the international relevance of their vision for the new field of Vacancy Studies.

The book 'Vacancy Studies. Experiments and Strategic Interventions in Architecture' introduces the design approach of ‘strategic interventions’, and presents new ideas and experiments. Vacancy Studies is an indispensable reference work for anyone interested in the possibilities of vacant spaces.

Many bunkers, forts, churches, castles, hospitals, water towers, post offices, prisons, palaces, and airports are empty. The book Vacancy Studies provides the architecture world with an optimistic perspective on the temporary reuse of vacant spaces.

According to RAAAF (Rietveld Architecture Art-Affordances), there is great potential in vacant public and government buildings. At the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2010, RAAAF visualized the gigantic scale of these vacant spaces in an installation called Vacant NL. The worldwide media attention by organizations such as The New York Times, The Guardian, and The Architectural Review shows the international relevance of their vision for the new field of Vacancy Studies.

Designers can make a major contribution to social issues such as vacancy, and this requires new ways of working. The field of Vacancy Studies has been further developed in the practice of RAAAF and by a multidisciplinary team at the Sandberg Institute. The book 'Vacancy Studies. Experiments and Strategic Interventions in Architecture' introduces the design approach of ‘strategic interventions’, and presents new ideas and experiments. Vacancy Studies is an indispensable reference work for anyone interested in the possibilities of vacant spaces.


This book consists of two parts: Part I, ‘Surfing on a Sea of Vacancy’, presents a vision of the potential offered by vacancy and a new way of analyzing and designing known as ‘strategic interventions’; Part II, ‘Parachuting above Vacant NL’ deals with experimentation in design education and in real life.

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