Producing the Contemporary City

24 May - 2 September 2007
A Better World - Another Power

24 May - 21 October 2007

Netherlands Architecture Institute

The exhibition A Better World - Another Power shows a fresh, innovative look at architecture. The four design firms involved in this exhibition did not work based on the plans of bureaucrats, authorities and market players, but instead listened to the residents and users of the buildings.


Roof Houses, Santiago Cirugeda/Recetas Urbanas

Image: Roof Houses, Santiago Cirugeda/Recetas Urbanas 

A Better World - Another Power shows the work of groups of architects and artists who, in their practice, are not interested in defining just the form of a building, but rather in stimulating collective processes, spontaneous creativity and activism in order to incite a new political role for architecture.


F.A.S.T. in Amsterdam, Jeanne van Heeswijk and Dennis Kaspori in Rotterdam, Santiago Cirugeda in Sevilla, and Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP) in New York City are actively working to establish a bottom up relation to urban planning and design. The work of these practices is to listen to people's remarks, understand their problems and to develop tools that stimulate people to think critically and actively about the built environment.


With A Better World - Another Power the Netherlands Architecture Institute (NAI) presents the power and potential of an architecture that chooses to make the opinions of its most important users in the city, the residents, count once more.


In May and June the NAI will host several debates and lectures marking the exhibition A Better World - Another Power.


For more information about the Netherlands Architecture Institute, please visit http://www.nai.nl


“The perpetuation and increase in the empowerment of the INFORMAL communities, gives them permanent ownership of their destiny.” (Alfredo Brillembourg, 2007)