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Ministry of Make

A 4-day workshop with ZUS to collectively develop a vision to combat the current housing crisis, using one of the 100 test kits. Taking place on 22/23 & 29/30 September 2022. The result will be exhibited at the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam in October 2022.

Just like many other countries in the world, the Netherlands is currently facing multiple crisis; next to a housing shortage of 1 million homes, we have to deal with the consequences of climate change, soil subsidence, a nitrogen surplus and the energy transition. Therefore ZUSMANN and the International Architecture Biennial of Rotterdam, have taken the initiative to initiate the Ministry of Make! - one ministry that thinks ahead, plans, builds and thus realizes the required 1 million extra homes in a sustainable and responsible manner with respect to future generations.

The Ministry of Make! is calling on a hundred design teams to use their collective knowledge and imagination to come up with new designs for the Netherlands. With this, the Ministry of Make! wants to contribute to the radical renovation of the Netherlands. Each team is asked to conduct research into the development of 10,000 climate-proof homes at one of the 100 selected test locations of 4 km2 using a Test Kit containing everything necessary to build a model.

During this studio we will work as a team to research one of the test sites. We will visit the location and invite inspiring speakers to provide input and give direction, to eventually develop a future proof concept for 10,000 sustainable homes. The model will eventually be united with the other 99 Test Kits to from an enormous scale model that shows the magnitude of the upcoming reconstruction of the Netherlands. The models will be exhibited from 14 October – 13 November during the 10th edition of the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam, in an old natural gas container in Rotterdam. Then we will show how together we will literally 'make' the Netherlands again.


Elma van Boxel and Kristian Koreman
Elma van Boxel and Kristian Koreman are the founding partners of ZUS [Zones Urbaines Sensibles] - a design practice that develops solicited and unsolicited projects in architecture, urbanism, and landscape design. ZUS contributes to the changing urban landscape through its dedication to architecture’s public role. Founded in 2001 by Elma van Boxel and Kristian Koreman, the studio consists of an international, 25-strong, multidisciplinary team, with offices in Rotterdam and New York. ZUS has received numerous national and international awards for their boundary-crossing work. Elma van Boxel studied Landscape Architecture at Larenstein University, Architecture at Greenwich University, and Architecture and Urbanism at the Academy for Architecture in Rotterdam. Kristian Koreman studied Landscape Architecture at Larenstein University and Philosophy at the Erasmus University. They teach and lecture at universities worldwide and regularly publishes critical articles, letters, and books, including ‘Re-public - Towards a New Spatial Politics’ (2007) and ‘101 Streets – The Implosion of the Public Domain’ (2014), and ‘The City of Permanent Temporality’ (2019).

About MANN
MANN is a creative agency founded by Stephan Petermann and Marieke van den Heuvel. Both have an interdisciplinary background in architecture, research and design. MANN develops and initiates the creation of innovative content within and outside architecture. MANN has developed hands-on master plans and strategies for cultural and financial institutions and companies. MANN works for companies, public institutions and foundations that are looking for new and creative insights and designs that help them in their development.

About IABR  
The International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam, was founded in 2001 on the conviction that architecture and especially urban planning are of great social importance. It mainly focuses on the future of the city where, in just a few decades, nearly 80 percent of the world’s population will produce more than 90 percent of our wealth—and this will have to be done sustainably. The IABR is a knowledge institute as well as a cultural platform and its main objective is to generate real world change, using the power of imagination and design as its main instrument. How does the IABR do this? By bringing together key disciplines and sectors to carry out result-oriented research by design into the city of tomorrow, both in the Netherlands and abroad. By adding value to policy making and decision making and by influencing the social agenda. By bringing the results – knowledge, plans and projects – extensively into the limelight in an international setting once every two years. And, last but not least, by actively contributing to the realization of these results and actually ‘making city’. The two most important tools the IABR uses to achieve its objectives are the IABR–Ateliers and the Biennale itself.


Thursday 22 September 2022
10:00 – 10:30  Welcome by Mike Emmerik
10:30 – 11:30    Introduction to the assignment by Kristian Koreman    
11:30 – 11:45     Short break
11:45 – 12:30    Presentation on Dutch New Towns by Michelle Provoost
12:30 – 13:00  Lunch Break
13:00 – 16:30  Visiting the two test-sites Hellevoetsluis & Zoetermeer by bus
17:00 – 20:00  Opening International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam2022 – It’s About Time

Friday 23 September 2022
10:00 – 12:30  Developments of first ideas
12:30 – 13:30  Lunch Break
13:30 – 15:00  Developments of first ideas
15:00 – 17:00  Short pitches and conversation about the concepts

Thursday 29 September 2022
10:00 – 12:00  Teamwork on the design, building the testsite model
12:00 – 13:30  Round of tutoring
13:30 – 14:30  Lunch Break
14:30 – 18:00  Teamwork on the design, building the testsite model

Friday 30 September 2022
10:00 – 12:30  Finalize model
12:30 – 13:30  Lunch Break
13:30 – 15:00  Finalize model
15:00 - 17:00   Presentation and conversation with invited experts