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Vacancy Studies

Experiments & Strategic Interventions in Architecture

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An indispensable reference work for anyone who deals with vacant spaces

> RAAAF was awarded the title Dutch Architect of the Year 2013
> Worlds first Master’s Programme in Vacancy Studies at the Sandberg Institute

Many bunkers, forts, churches, castles, hospitals, water towers, post offices, prisons, palaces, and airports are empty. 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. This book 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.

- The publication provides readers with an optimistic perspective on vacancy. - Designboom.com

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ISBN 978-94-6208-146-8 | 1. edition | June 2014 | available | Hoofdredacteurs/Editors-in-Chief: Ronald Rietveld & Erik Rietveld; Redactie/Editors: Martine Zoeteman & Arna Mackic; Auteurs/Authors: Ronald Rietveld, Erik Rietveld, Jurgen Bey, Arna Mackic, Barbara Visser, Ester van de Wiel, Martine Zoeteman | design: Studio Joost Grootens | Dutch, English | hardcover | 17 x 23 cm | 192 pages | illustrated (215 full color)

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