In relation to its research into the Architecture of Appropriation, the institute has acquired the archive of Hein de Haan, an architect who worked closely with squatters and devoted his life to the preservation of the existing city, small-scale construction and mixed developments incorporating housing, workplaces and other amenities.
Hein de Haan managed to rescue many old buildings and create affordable living space and studios, in collaboration with local residents. He was able to convince property owners, such as local councils and housing associations, of the need for new approaches, and lay the foundations for policies around low cost living and working space for creatives and the concept of collective-private commissioning.
De Haan’s archive comprises some 50 building files that he compiled himself, containing feasibility studies, sketches and renovation plans for squatted, often industrial complexes in Amsterdam, including the SHB port offices, Prins Hendrikkade 122, Pakhuis Wilhelmina, dock office De Oceaan, De Vergulde Koevoet, de Inktfabriek and Nieuw en Meer. A small selection of his archive can be seen in the exhibition Architecture of Appropriation.
All the material in this archive will soon be made accessible via the search portal. The theme of ‘squatting’ will also be made visible in the State Archive by tagging all relevant material with metadata.