Exhibition The Right to Build: Self-build Between Dreams and Reality

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.

In the past ten years, there has been a great deal of experimentation in the field of self-build in Amsterdam and Almere. This has not only resulted in unique single families homes, but also in terrace houses from catalogues, collectively realised housing complexes, and complete area developments.

After decades of social individualisation, self-build now also offers the consumer space for personal expression in the field of housing. But is there still space for self-build now that the city is growing and densifying under high pressure? Do we have the right to realise our own living environment and to what extent can or should a government stimulate or regulate this type of urban development?

The Amsterdam Architecture Centre will be temporarily transformed into a real self-build area and will fuel the discussion on this phenomenon by examining twelve projects, among which are the floating neighbourhood Schoonschip, the ADM terrain, Palais Récup and Almere Oosterwold.

to stimulate the debate about the upcoming ten years of self-build, architecture firms KRFT, LOA and SLA have been invited to develop a vision for the future of self-build. What kind of contribution can self-build offer to the 250,000 extra homes which are needed in the Amsterdam metropolitan region? Who is allowed to build what, and what kind of city should result from this?

Images Maarten Nauw

Side programme
During the exhibition The Right to Build, there will be an extensive side programme with lectures, research meetings and discussion evenings. Speakers include Adri Duijvesteijn and many others.

This exhibition is produced by the Amsterdam Architecture Centre, curated by Mark Minkjan and René Boer (Failed Architecture) and designed by Architecture Atelier Tomas Dirrix and Team Thursday.

The exhibition was developed following from an initiative by the Centre for Urban Studies (University of Amsterdam), Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences and University of São Paulo.

The exhibition is financially supported by the Dutch Research Council (NWO),Van Eesteren-Fluck & Van Lohuizen Stichting, Centre of Urban Studies, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences and Architecture Centre Amsterdam.

Materials are kindly sponsored by Bouwmaat and Hermans. 



(NL) Self-ish City


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(NL) Debatavond | De toekomst van zelfbouw

03 Dec 2019 : Archief : News

(NL) Debatteer mee over de komende tien jaar zelfbouw met architectenbureaus KRFT, LOA en bureau SLA!

Seminar International Experiences of Self-Building

21 Nov 2019 : Archief : News

An international seminar on self-building on three different continents!

(NL) Herfstexcursie | zelfbouw Homeruskwartier, Almere

27 Oct 2019 - 27 Oct 2019 : Archief : Event : News

(NL) Wandel in oktober mee op een architectonische ontdekkingstocht in deze twee zelfbouwwijken!

(NL) UITVERKOCHT! Herfst excursie: zelfbouw in Buiksloterham

20 Oct 2019 - 20 Oct 2019 : Archief : Event : News

(NL) Wandel in oktober mee op een architectonische ontdekkingstocht in deze twee zelfbouwwijken!

(NL) Ugly Belgian Houses


(NL) Dagelijks sneuvelen bijna tien voetbalvelden aan openbare ruimte in België.

(NL) Carel Weeber en Adri Duivesteijn over zelfbouw


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(NL) Albert & Alberti – please DO touch!


(NL) Bureau SLA presenteert: Albert & Alberti. Aanraken moet!

Debate on Self-build with Adri Duivesteijn

25 Sep 2019 : Archief : News

(NL) Een discussieavond over de politiek van zelfbouw, met o.a. Adri Duivesteijn en Carel Weeber.

(NL) Opening tentoonstelling The Right to Build + afscheid Yvonne Franquinet

28 Jun 2019 : Archief : News

(NL) Feestelijke opening van The Right to Build, mét afscheid van Yvonne Franquinet

The Self-build Archives

28 Jun 2019 - 01 Sep 2019 : Archief : News

Visit the first self-building archive of the Netherlands!