Dutch Profiles: RAAAF

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Landscape architect Ronald Rietveld, together with his brother, economist and philosopher Erik Rietveld, form the driving forces behind RAAAF.

One of their well-known projects is Vacant NL. It's an appeal to the Dutch government to make the enormous potential of unused buildings owned by state-institutions available for the creative knowledge economy.

According to RAAAF, the contemporary complexity of cities, landscape and society, call for a multidisciplinary approach when working on urgent societal, ecological and economic tasks. The brothers focus on, and use the forces of existing developments, to create what they call 'strategic interventions'.

For their presentation of Vacant NL at the architecture biennale in Venice, RAAAF made a giant model where all the empty, state owned buildings were visible at a glance. By contrasting the model with the emptiness of the location, the Pavilion itself became part of the installation.

RAAAF was previously known as Rietveld Landscape.

Video credits

Commissioning editor: Geert van de Wetering

Producer: Olivia Sophie van Leeuwen

Research: Liselotte Francken

Director: Willem Baptist

Camera: Aage Hollander

Sound: Bram Meindersma

Editor: Maurik de Ridder

Colour correction: Maurik de Ridder

Music Sound Design: Pastelle Music

Produced by Submarine, Femke Wolting & Bruno Felix


Commissioned by DutchDFA

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