april 28, 2011

Coming Soon: Master Vacant NL at Sandberg Institute, Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam

During the 2010 Venice Architecture Biennale, it became clear that thousands of inspiring, vacant buildings in The Netherlands have the potential to be re-used for creative entrepreneurship and innovation.

With the two-year Master Vacant NL, The Sandberg Institute realizes the ambition to train designers, craftsmen and scientists to become specialists of temporary use.

Directed by landscape architect Ronald Rietveld and philosopher Erik Rietveld (Rietveld Landscape), the course revolves around design research on the potential of vacancy. Insights and solutions from different fields of knowledge are combined to address the topic in an integrated manner. Several unique buildings are available for experimentation and the making of site-specific design interventions.

Without doubt, what The Netherlands needs this decennium is a multidisciplinary team of talented specialists in temporary re-use. The challenge posed by Vacant NL calls for a range of visionary, unorthodox, and unsolicited interventions. Design and build the impossible!

The master starts September 2011. More info on how to apply follows May 15. Questions? Please mail to: info@rietveldlandscape.nl 

More information (in Dutch) can be found here: www.mastervacantnl.nl