Two rounds of Architecture grants 2017
Putting social and civic tasks on the agenda and devising surprising solutions for pressing spatial issues are aspects that many design-driven research projects share in common. This type of research has become an integral part of the architecture discipline. The Grant Programme for Architecture has made an important contribution to this. However, we are seeing a greater diversity of project forms. So what is it that distinguishes the supported projects? In a brief look back over this year’s initial rounds, that question is answered by a selection of exemplary projects.
In the bilingual publication Een Stad van Komen en Gaan / A City of Comings and Goings, Crimson Architectural Historians investigates the spatial impact of migration on the development of cities and villages. The start-up and implementation phases of this research into the peaks and troughs in demographics as a consequence of migration were supported by the Fund. The initial results were presented in the spring at the International Social Housing Festival in Amsterdam. This project is making an important contribution to research, analysis and reflection within the realm of architecture, especially as diverse international parties were involved in working on this social theme. This contributes to the international positioning of Dutch design expertise.
In conjunction with Switzerland-based Lars Müller Publishers, Theo Deutinger is releasing his socially critical Notebook of Tyranny (NOT). This Neufert-like publication provides insight into the cruel consequences of prevailing laws and rules from all over the world by means of detailed graphic illustrations. The examples range from guidelines for the layout of frontier zones and refugee camps to urban planning measures for ‘crowd control’ and the technical guidelines for slaughterhouses. The publication calls these and other system solutions into question from an artistic and cultural angle. This project is being supported because of the experimental character and the crossover between the disciplines of architecture and graphic design. It is at the interface of disciplines that one often finds professional innovation.
series of debates
Under the title ‘Research by Debate’, De Dépendance foundation is organizing a five-part multidisciplinary series of public discussions about topical urban issues. In Rotterdam extensive research is being carried out into developments that (will) to a large degree influence life in the city. It is remarkable that the initiative started out by studying various Rotterdam-based cultural institutions. The results are now being shared with a broad public, in cooperation with the City of Rotterdam and the Algemeen Dagblad daily newspaper, to foster greater engagement with the city’s future development. This project is being supported because of the multidisciplinary cooperation between diverse actors from the cultural field and the opportunities this offers for the reinforcement of the local knowledge infrastructure.
EuropanNL has opted to follow a new course and for its 14th edition is collaborating closely with the City of Amsterdam. The ‘Productive Amsterdam’ competition asks designers to envisage new models for a social and liveable city for living and working at five locations. The focus is on the encouragement of good commissioning practices and professionalization of design practice. By supporting the winners and coaching the City Council in its role as a public commissioner, EuropanNL wants to increase the chances of the winning plans being executed. The competition has now closed, with the first jury deliberations taking place on 29 September, immediately followed by a public meeting at Pakhuis de Zwijger.
‘Unfair Amsterdam’ is an art fair that aims to foster talent development and professionalization for young artists. For the exhibition design of the upcoming edition, Unfair is joining forces with UNStudio to organize an invited design competition for talented young (interior) architects. The winning design will be realized, forming the backdrop for the presentation of new work by 40 young artists. The fringe programme will be devoting attention to the design practice of the winning architect. This project is being supported because it promotes the artistic development of young design talent and in addition brings a large, art-loving public into contact with the architecture discipline.
In the first two rounds of 2017 a total of 102 grant applications were processed, of which 29 were awarded a grant. The combined amount of subsidy provided was about €550,000. This support made it possible for projects with a total value of more than €2 million to be undertaken. By investing in the initiation phase of projects in particular, the Fund performs a pioneering role. Such grants function as a catalyst for investments by third parties.
You can find a selection of projects awarded with a grant from the Architecture Programme at the bottom of this page.
Do you want to submit a grant application for an architecture project? This year’s final deadline is on Wednesday, 18 October 2017. You can find further information about the Grant Programme for Architecture here.
It is advisable to seek contact with the Fund about an intended application or to mail in a draft proposal for feedback at least two weeks before the closing date, but preferably earlier.
Photo above: Unfair Amsterdam