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Amsterdam, Indische Buurt, 2007
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Project presentation 'Care-taker'
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Duration: 04.2007 - 2008
Location: Indische Buurt, Amterdam
Participants: people who asked the Care-Taker to help them
Number of events: 3
Additional presentations: 66 East - Centre for Urban Culture (11.2006-12.2006)

The 'Care-Taker' project charts the history of collectivism by describing special moments and places in the Indische Buurt, at the same time serving as the starting point for a new chapter that could be appended to the history of collective housing development. Now, more than a century after the creation of the Indische Buurt, a great deal has changed. Not only has the role of the housing corporation changed in recent decades, but the notion of collectivism has also shifted radically over the past century. The question is whether it is possible, on the basis of this history, to rethink the role of the housing corporation, thus re-introducing the notion of public stakeholdership on the scale of a residential block.

In order to write this new chapter, a warden has moved into a dwelling in the Indische Buurt for a period of three months. The residential warden as 'Care-Taker' is the embodiment of this new corporation, someone who not only bears responsibility for the community of a residential block but also facilitates a further emancipation of this small community from within. The warden is there for the benefit of the residents, but simultaneously acts as the block's eyes and ears. The warden gains insight into the wishes, dreams and aspirations of the residents. He tries to help residents realize their simpler demands and wishes, and at the same time gauge the nature of the greater, underlying aspirations. The warden endeavours to translate these into a tangible communal programme, a programme that give the residents a real stake in the further development of their living environment.

The warden takes this task of carer very seriously. During his time living in the block he reflects on his own role. In order to sustain this reflection process, the 'Care-Taker' received some 'baggage' before he takes up residence in the Indische Buurt. This baggage consists of a number of portraits of pivotal figures in the history of collective housing development in the Indische Buurt. From the brief descriptions of important moments and places in the neighbourhood's history, a number of profiles emerge that are essential to his properly fulfilling the task of 'Care-Taker': he is architect, steward, educator and activist combined. support
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