Lecture date: 1998-05-16
The Dutch government plans to build one million houses by the year 2010. What makes the Dutch situation unique is the employment – and the influence – of leading architects and planners. Arguably, at no other time this century have architects been in a similar situation where they could have such an impact on the future of suburbia. The symposium addresses this subject through a number of themes including questions of density (notably how architects and planners are responding to the new Vinex policy), social individualisation and its impact on housing types, and the consequences of the privatisation of housing on the design of housing and neighbourhoods.
Nathalie de Vries, co-founder of MVRDV, explores ideas concerning the compact city and low density urbanism in relation to MVRDV’s Silodam project.
Panel discussion with Kees Christiaanse, Michiel Riedijk, Nathalie de Vries and Gerard Maccreanor, moderated by Paul Finch.