University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota
School of Architecture College of Design

Dutch Complex Housing

Dutch Complex Housing


September 2, 2017 - January 28, 2017


Curated by Professor Julia Robinson, Dutch Complex Housing explores a special form of multi-family dwelling developed in response to limited location and socially responsible policy.

The exhibition profiles eight visually rich structures that are each responsive to their location and are formed to house variety of housing types and income levels plus non-housing functions to create diverse communities. In the Netherlands, where housing is a right, and urban design is central to providing adequate housing, complex housing emerged to make the best use of public transportation and infrastructure, generate income, and provide diversity of lifestyle in dense, urban settings. Can this innovative type of housing be replicated elsewhere?

Dutch Complex Housing presents this content in four parts:

  • An introduction to housing in the Netherlands
  • An introduction to typological methodology used to study housing
  • The eight examples¬† - De Muzen, Silodam, The Whale, De Zilvervloot, Avenue Plaza, Virjburcht, La Grande Cour, De Opgang, De Beeklaan
  • Principles that generate this type of housing and its potential for replicability elsewhere.

 An accompanying symposium, entitled Complexity: Dutch and American Housing Symposium, will take place over 2 -1/2 days beginning on Friday, October 6, and ending on Sunday October 8, 2017. The symposium will bring together design professionals, developers and policy-makers from the Netherlands and the USA who are involved in the design ofhousingwith the intention to learn best practices from the approaches taken in the Netherlands and the United States for improving the planning, design and construction ofhousing.

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