Hous­ing

The Neth­er­lands have a very spe­cific hous­ing tra­di­tion, in which the gov­ern­ment and the muni­cip­al­it­ies play a major role. Ever since the passing of the Dutch Hous­ing Law in 1901, afford­able dwell­ings for all inhab­it­ants of the Neth­er­lands have been a national pri­or­ity. Today, more than 30% of the hous­ing stock belong to the social rental sec­tor, and 29,3% of all houses are owned by corporations.

 

In the big cit­ies in the West, how­ever, the sys­tem is under pres­sure due to the eco­nomic boom. While Rotterdam is try­ing to intro­duce more high-quality dwell­ings, Amsterdam attempts to guar­an­tee that res­id­en­tial pro­jects remain afford­able for middle income groups. The muni­cip­al­ity has issued the rule that all new res­id­en­tial pro­jects should con­tain 40% social, 40% mid-range and 20% up-market dwell­ings. Reg­u­la­tions of this type are pos­sible because 80% of the ground is owned by the municipality.

 

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Hous­ing Tours

Oosterwold Almere project by Bureau SLA
other loc­a­tions

Almere 

Almere  Dur­a­tion: 8 hours  Date and time to be defined  max. 25 par­ti­cipants per guide  by bus  Con­tact us for a quote Almere is a new town, foun­ded in

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Eastern Docklands: Self-build waterfront housing in Scheepstimmermanstraat
Amsterdam

East­ern Dock­lands & Funenpark 

Amsterdam  Dur­a­tion: 3–4 hours  Date and time to be defined  max. 15 par­ti­cipants per guide  on foot, by bike  Con­tact us for a quote Amsterdam’s East­ern Har­bour Dis­trict consists

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IJburg: individual floating houses on Steigereiland
Amsterdam

IJburg 

Amsterdam  Dur­a­tion: 3–4 hours  Date and time to be defined  max. 15 par­ti­cipants per guide  on foot, by bike, pub­lic trans­port, bus  Con­tact us for a quote IJburg is

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Ponsteiger residential highrise in Houthavens
Amsterdam

Houthavens and Buiksloterham 

Amsterdam  Dur­a­tion: 3–4 hours  Date and time to be defined  max. 15 par­ti­cipants per guide  by bike  Con­tact us for a quote Amsterdam likes to pro­file itself as a

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Urban Renewal in West: WoZoCo old people's housing by MVRDV in Amsterdam-West
Amsterdam

Urban Renewal in West 

Amsterdam  Dur­a­tion: 3–4 hours  Date and time to be defined  max. 15 par­ti­cipants per guide  by bike  Con­tact us for a quote In the 1950s and 1960s, Amsterdam grew

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Housing in Noord: Van der Pek market, street market in a 1920s housing area in Amsterdam
Amsterdam

Afford­able Hous­ing in Noord 

Amsterdam  Dur­a­tion: 3–4 hours  Date and time to be defined  max. 25 par­ti­cipants per guide  on foot, pub­lic trans­port, bike  Con­tact us for a quote Amsterdam-Noord is a workers’

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Mixed-use building Timmerhuis in the city centre of Rotterdam - architecture tour
Rotterdam

Innov­at­ive Housing 

Rotterdam  Dur­a­tion: 3–4 hours  Date and time to be defined  max. 15 par­ti­cipants per guide  by bus  Con­tact us for a quote Hous­ing is cur­rently a big issue in

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