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From a rooftop vegetable garden on a disused office building to a crowd funded bridge over a motorway, 3D printable full-sized rooms and a coffee bar entirely built from second-hand materials sourced online, the Reactivate! Innovators of Dutch Architecture exhibition at Architecture and Design Scotland, The Lighthouse, Glasgow, profiles a number of groundbreaking projects led by architects in recent years in response to changes in society.

Opening on 6 December the exhibition explores the changes in the architect’s profession and how new ways of financing buildings, new products, use of empty buildings and collaborations create new sites for social renewal. The exhibition – which is on show for the first time outside the Netherlands – also includes a number of examples of new ways of practice illustrated by Scottish architects firms.

Speaking about the exhibition the curator, Saskia van Stein from Bureau Europa, Maastricht, said “The young Dutch architectural firms highlighted in the Reactivate! exhibition have adjusted to the challenging economic and political circumstances; they are socially engaged and have an open and flexible attitude. The urge to “do something!” translates into an eagerness to have an instant impact on their surroundings and redefining the boundaries of the professional field.”

Karen Anderson, Chair of Architecture and Design Scotland welcomed the exhibition to Scotland saying “This exhibition allows visitors to understand the changing role of the architect and is illustrated with examples from Dutch and Scottish practices and their new approach to looking at places. The Scottish examples in the exhibition show a range of new approaches to working and engaging with places from small temporary spaces, use of new materials or innovative ways to collaborating with communities.”

The exhibition features a number of illustrations and case studies of work carried out by Dutch and Scottish architecture practices showing new working practices and showcasing stunning and award-winning projects.

Reactivate! Innovators of Dutch Architecture is a collaboration between Saskia van Stein (Bureau Europa) and Indira van ‘t Klooster (Editor in Chief of A10 new European architecture). The exhibition was first on show in Maastricht in 2013 and this is the first time it has been on show in the UK.

Image: Schieblock, Rotterdam, by ZUS (Zones Urbaines Sensibles), this previously empty office block has been transformed to a space for creative entrepreneurs and a lively base for events and exhibitions. The wooden bridge crossing the motorway was mainly crowd funded and the rooftop of the building features a vegetable allotment and beehives. Image by Ossip van Duivenbode.

The Dutch practices featured are:

BAVAVLA i.c.w. Studio Iris Schutten and Studio Superuse
Blok Kats van Veen Architecten
Bureau SLA i.c.w. Overtreders W
Bureau ZWIRT
DELVA Landscape Architects
Doepel Strijkers Architects
DUS Architects
FACT Architects
FLAT Architects
FRANTZEN et al architecten
LOLA Landscape Architects
Marc Koehler Architects
Mopet Architecten
NLÉ Architecture
O+A strategies & architecture
Powerhouse Company
Studio Papaver
Studio Roosegaarde
Superuse Studios
XML Architecture Research Urbanism
ZECC Architecten
ZUS [Zones Urbaines Sensibles]

The exhibition is organised around five guiding principles, they illustrate this new attitude and what they entail:

The Tradition and the New
Cycles & Time
Re-evaluating value
New Collectivism
Reactivating Landscapes

Joining the Dutch projects featured in the exhibition will also be Scottish examples of innovative practice, those practices included are:

Collective Architecture
Do Architecture
Lateral North
NORD Architecture Ltd
Pidgin Perfect
Stone Opera
TOG Studio
Follow announcements and comment on the exhibition using: #Reactivate and @ArcDesSco

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