Exhibition The Right to Build: Self-build Between Dreams and Reality – until 8 Dec 2019

All over the world, people are building their own homes. Sometimes this stems from a strong personal desire, at other times it follows from necessity. The Right to Build presents a snapshot of iconic, diverse types of self-build which have manifested themselves in Amsterdam and Almere in the past ten years. These initiatives are mirrored with international examples from the same period. The exhibition focuses on the tension between personal initiatives and regulations.

From 28 June to 8 December 2019
ARCAM, Prins Hendrikkade 600
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Palais Récup is part of this exhibition!

The Ox eye, which still finds no end place in Palais Récup, is part of the exhibition ‘The Right To Build: DIY between Dream and Reality’, which was also the farewell reception of ARCAM director Yvonne Franquinet, with guests including Jacqueline Tellinga (urban planner Almere) ) about the tension between own initiative and regulations. Self-build is in danger of disappearing! However, land can be used. Almere is interesting for Self-build. Did not have a tradition in Self-build, so it was squared. Including 1400 homes in the Homerus quarter! Ripe and green together. Even builders with little money. Pikety writes about ownership, return on capital. Labor does not noble, renting does not pay. Middle rent is just as expensive as self-building!

Bas van Bavel looks in his book at the open market economy. Access to capital, labor AND land! Access gives justice. If there is no right to land, civilization will collapse! Major developers bought all development rights from the port areas in Amsterdam, where you can never build yourself again. But Houthavens and Buiksloterham showed that it is possible!

Therefore municipality: the Self-build program must continue to exist! By regulation, people are entitled to self-construction !! Right to land, first offering to citizens with good information and skilled architects, such as those of Palais Récup, John Zondag. Only then to the market, the developing parties. Amsterdam once started with the cooperative, so give it a chance to really develop it further. Self-builders are responsible for the relevant social sustainable development themselves. Like now again in cooperatively built project De Warren!