minimum dwelling: lilelihoods, solidarities, and others

We were commissioned to research on the topic of minimumwoning (minimum dwelling) by looking at archival material from HNI and elsewhere. In this research and design project we looked at different overlapping topics and narratives about architects, architecture, home, and worker families and we tried to re-narrate this topic from different lenses to put a focus on the notions of comfort and exhaustion in relation to the spatial arrangement and land exploitation. 

The project resulted in designing a room in the exhibition that included a total of 5 main original video works, and a spatial installation, both using archival material, and looking at the well-known history of minimumwoning from a critical and new perspective. The work was made up of the following chapters each made into a video essay using archival material, around a spatial installation in the middle of the room: 1) Introduction, 2) Clinical / industrial House, 3) Family House, 4) First food, Second rent (Rent Strikes), 5) Universal / Colonial House.

The installation is part of the permanent show at Het Nieuwe Instituut (until 2024), in the exhibiton Design of the Social (Het Sociale).

“The semi-permanent exhibition Designing the Social shows how versatile and sometimes radical the interaction between design and society has been over the past 100 years. Long before the concept of “social design” became prominent, it was professionals and, remarkably often, committed citizens and activists, who devised design strategies to bring about social change. Based on research and interpretation by a series of different researchers, curators and designers, the installation takes the visitor through a sequence of striking scenes from social history.” The first phase of the project features interpretations by Uta Eisenreich & Johanna HimmelsbachRudy GuedjSimone C NiquilleTabea NixdorffArvand Pourabbassi & Golnar Abbasi and Farida Sedoc. This project was made possible by the generosity and support of Ina Hollmann and Flora van Gaalen.