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The Blue House

Housing Block 35 Amsterdam, IJburg, 2005
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Duration: 05.2005 - 12.2009
Location: Villa in Housing Block 35, IJburg, Amsterdam
Participants: 41 the first year
Visitors: 10,000 the first year
Number of Events: 50 the first year

In 1996, the Amsterdam City Council decided to proceed with the construction of IJburg, a residential area on a cluster of manmade islands. Set for completion in 2012, the new district will provide 18,000 dwellings for 45,000 residents. Typical of a new habitat like IJburg is that the entire project is devised in the conference room and on the drawing board and in this process, nothing is left to chance. But some qualities and elements, such as a history - a social and human history - stories, life and a beating heart, must grow and cannot be planned on the drawing board or built by a contractor.

Today, the planning methodology of IJburg, which created such rigorously regulated, zoned expansion districts, has attracted much criticism. At Van Heeswijk's initiative, Het Blauwe Huis ('The Blue House') (2005), situated at the centre of Housing Block 35 on IJburg, was taken off the market for a period of at least four years, to establish it as a house for culture and research into the development and evolution of history and experimental communities - a spot that cannot be regulated within a living environment planned down to the last millimetre, a place for exchange and dialogue.

Van Heeswijk invites i.c.w. Dennis Kaspori and Hervé Paraponaris artists, architects, thinkers, writers and scholars of various nationalities to live and work in Het Blauwe Huis in time modules they decide. They are to actively enter into a dialogue with one another, with their fellow IJburg residents, and with the public. Their assignment is to make a connection to their world and the world surrounding the house, which must be communicated in a visual way. By actively involving others to their work, they create a cultural infrastructure around the house, with a continuous exchange between the inhabitants of Block 35 and the rest of IJburg.

Because of its position on IJburg, Het Blauwe Huis is the ideal platform for research into how a new district takes shape and the way in which people go about using, appropriating and changing the public space as well as how a cultural history comes into being. Block 35 is one of the first IJburg sections. Het Blauwe Huis can therefore follow the development of IJburg and this new community up close. This combination of location and a particular moment in time, coupled with the opportunity to be temporary residents of IJburg, offers participants an ideal platform for studying, acting on and co-designing its public space. By describing and simultaneously intervening in everyday life in this area, Het Blauwe Huis facilitates the acceleration and intensification of the process of developing a cultural history.
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The Blue HouseTestparticipants:2012 architectenContributing one's own artwork
Amy PlantContributing one's own artwork
Arjen DamenTechnical realisation
Barbara HolubContributing one's own artwork
Bart van HeeswijkAdvice concerning content
Carel WeeberWritten or oral text contribution
Casper RilaTechnical realisation, Reporting in image
Casper ThomsonTechnical realisation
Daniela Paes LeaoContributing one's own artwork , Production
De AlliantieCreating space
  :. Grada PostmaCommunication
  :. Marinus KnulstCreating space
  :. Ruud WagenaCreating space
  :. Sven van der BurgCommunication
De AppelEducational support
  :. Inti GuerreroInspiration/knowledge sharing
  :. Jesse BirchInspiration/knowledge sharing
  :. Marko StamekovicInspiration/knowledge sharing
  :. Sarah FarrarInspiration/knowledge sharing
  :. Virginija JanushkevichuteInspiration/knowledge sharing
  :. Yulia AksenovaInspiration/knowledge sharing
De Gezellige BlouseContributing one's own artwork
Dennis KasporiWritten or oral text contribution
Dirk van WeeldenWritten or oral text contribution
Ella GibsContributing one's own artwork
Els van der PlasAdvice concerning content
Evelien de Munck MortierContributing one's own artwork
  :. Bert van BaarParticipation in realising artwork
  :. Jeramaya van SterrenParticipation in realising artwork
  :. MillegomeContributing one's own artwork
  :. Nienke SybrandyContributing one's own artwork
  :. Olga RusselReporting in image
Francois LombartsContributing one's own artwork
Gijs HankTechnical realisation
Henk SlagerEducational support
Howard ChanContributing one's own artwork
  :. 2012 architectenContributing one's own artwork
  :. Cindy van den BremenParticipation in realising artwork
  :. Daniela Paes LeaoParticipation in realising artwork
  :. DemakersvanParticipation in realising artwork
  :. Dennis KasporiParticipation in realising artwork
  :. Elena SimonsParticipation in realising artwork
  :. Joep van LieshoutParticipation in realising artwork
  :. King, Mr.Creating space
  :. Rudy J. LuytersParticipation in realising artwork
  :. Yane CalovskiParticipation in realising artwork
Igor DobricicParticipation in realising artwork
  :. European Cultural FoundationFinancial support
  :. Wietske MaasProduction
Inga ZimprichContributing one's own artwork , Written or oral text contribution
  :. Ingela JohansonContributing one's own artwork
  :. Volodymyr KuznetsovContributing one's own artwork
Ingrid MeusContributing one's own artwork
  :. Aicha TanouyatParticipation in realising artwork
  :. CachelleParticipation in realising artwork
  :. ChaleenParticipation in realising artwork
  :. Clarence SamuelProduction
  :. Hanane BookobParticipation in realising artwork
  :. Ilja LamberdParticipation in realising artwork
  :. IsmaelParticipation in realising artwork
  :. Jan HeunenEducational support
  :. JasonParticipation in realising artwork
  :. LakishyaParticipation in realising artwork
  :. MeryamParticipation in realising artwork
  :. NabilaParticipation in realising artwork
  :. Omar BarkaouiParticipation in realising artwork
  :. Oussama ElhaniParticipation in realising artwork
  :. Richard YeboahEducational support
  :. RobinParticipation in realising artwork
Irene den HartoogProduction, Educational support, Communication
Jasper van der MadeTechnical realisation
Jo van der SpekReporting in sound
  :. Al GalidiReporting in sound
  :. AlessioTechnical realisation
  :. Ali SoltaninejadReporting in sound
  :. Ali WesterhuisReporting in sound
  :. Amir AffassiabiReporting in sound
  :. AnansiReporting in sound
  :. Astrid EssedReporting in sound
  :. BabakReporting in sound
  :. Bahzad SataniReporting in sound
  :. ChamReporting in sound
  :. Clifford CharlesReporting in sound
  :. Dhr FiermanReporting in sound
  :. Heleen StugerReporting in sound
  :. Herman DivendalReporting in sound
  :. Inge ZwaalReporting in sound
  :. JaromilReporting in sound
  :. Joke KaviaarWritten or oral text contribution
  :. Karim EharruyenReporting in sound
  :. Klaske OenemaContributing one's own artwork
  :. Marjolein SchaapReporting in sound
  :. NegideiReporting in sound
  :. NouryReporting in sound
  :. Olafur OlafssonReporting in sound
  :. Olivier ResslerReporting in sound
  :. RickyReporting in sound
  :. Roland van den BergheWritten or oral text contribution
  :. Saleh Faris HassanReporting in sound
  :. Shelick Papa SakhoReporting in sound
  :. Theatraal IJburgReporting in sound
  :. Thomas uit NigeriaReporting in sound
  :. Toekaja, mevrouwReporting in sound
Johan BakkerDevelopment of the artwork
Joost GrootensGraphic design
Jordy WalkerTechnical realisation, Technical advice
Judith CahenAdvice concerning content
JulaContributing one's own artwork
Karina van BezooijenParticipation in realising artwork
Lex ter BraakAdvice concerning content
Lieneke van den BergProduction
m7redContributing one's own artwork
  :. Mauricio CorbaláContributing one's own artwork
  :. Pio TorrojaContributing one's own artwork
Maartje DrosContributing one's own artwork
MAHKUEducational support
  :. Annelies BloemendaalContributing one's own artwork
  :. Bart JanssenContributing one's own artwork
  :. Bokyoung JuContributing one's own artwork
  :. Caroline PompeContributing one's own artwork
  :. Chantana ReemstContributing one's own artwork
  :. Floris van HeynsbergenContributing one's own artwork
  :. Gabriela HernandezContributing one's own artwork
  :. Henk SlagerEducational support
  :. Ilse BeumerContributing one's own artwork
  :. Jaap ZanelliContributing one's own artwork
  :. Linda HogewegContributing one's own artwork
  :. Miao XiaoqiuContributing one's own artwork
  :. Mike van BuitenContributing one's own artwork
  :. Nanou JacobsContributing one's own artwork
  :. Nathalie EngelContributing one's own artwork
Marcel MöringWritten or oral text contribution
Marga WijmanWritten or oral text contribution
Marianne MaaslandWritten or oral text contribution
Marijke JansenAdvice concerning content
Marthe van EerdtContributing one's own artwork
  :. Gerrit BrandsWritten or oral text contribution
  :. Peter FaberWritten or oral text contribution
Mary AipassaProduction
Merel WillemsenAdvice concerning content
MobilaneTechnical realisation
Nicoline KoekContributing one's own artwork
OrgacomContributing one's own artwork
  :. House of ArtProduction
Paul RajakovicsContributing one's own artwork
Peter van der KeukenDevelopment of the artwork
Pluk de NachtParticipation in realising artwork
Projectbureau IJburgCreating space
  :. Igor RooversTechnical advice, Participation in realising artwork
PuntpixelGraphic design, Website development
Ramón MosterdProduction, Communication
Ritse MolTechnical realisation
Roger TeeuwenAdvice concerning content
Rudy J. LuytersContributing one's own artwork
Silvia RusselContributing one's own artwork
  :. Arielle BrouwerParticipation in realising artwork
  :. Astrid BonderParticipation in realising artwork
  :. Hella HertogsParticipation in realising artwork
  :. Jeanet van OmmeParticipation in realising artwork
Stadsdeel ZeeburgCreating space
  :. Dennis StraatParticipation in realising artwork
  :. Fatima ElatikParticipation in realising artwork
  :. Jan HoekParticipation in realising artwork
  :. Nico Papineau SalmParticipation in realising artwork
Stedelijk Museum AmsterdamCreating space , Participation in realising artwork
Stefan HristovContributing one's own artwork
Stichting Dienstverlening en Zorg IJburgParticipation in realising artwork
Stichting VoorportaalParticipation in realising artwork
Tanja KarremanAdvice concerning content
Tere RecarensContributing one's own artwork
Theatraal IJburgContributing one's own artwork
  :. Bert van BaarParticipation in realising artwork
  :. Carina de WitDevelopment of the artwork
  :. Patrick RichterParticipation in realising artwork
  :. Thea PruimParticipation in realising artwork , Development of the artwork
TKASpatial design
  :. Nina KoppSpatial design
Tristan WibaultWritten or oral text contribution
VVE Blok 35 IJburgCreating space
  :. Clemens RulandCommunication
  :. Marius PeekCommunication
Wilfried Hou Je BekGraphic design
Yane CalovskiContributing one's own artwork
  :. Agniezka KurantDevelopment of artwork concept
Yasser BallemansDevelopment of the artwork , Production
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