This is a research and design project commissioned by Nieuwe Instituut (Rotterdam) on minimum dwelling archives. It looked at the political history of the Modern house, its origins in public health, labor, industrialisation, heterogeneous nuclear family, rent strikes, and colonial extractivism. The work re-narrates this quite well-known portion of architecture history in a way that decenters Eurocentric frameworks and looks into what has remained hidden.

The project includes a total of 5 original video works, and a spatial installation, both using archival material. The video essays are divide din the following chapters: 1) Introduction, 2) Clinical / industrial House, 3) Family House, 4) First food, Second rent (Rent Strikes), 5) Universal / Colonial House.

The installation is part of the permanent show at Nieuwe Instituut (until 2024), in the exhibiton Design of the Social (Het Sociale). “The semi-permanent exhibition Designing the Social shows how versatile and sometimes radical the interaction between design and society has been over the past 100 years. Long before the concept of “social design” became prominent, it was professionals and, remarkably often, committed citizens and activists, who devised design strategies to bring about social change. Based on research and interpretation by a series of different researchers, curators and designers, the installation takes the visitor through a sequence of striking scenes from social history.” The first phase of the project features interpretations by Uta Eisenreich & Johanna Himmelsbach, Rudy Guedj, Simone C Niquille, Tabea Nixdorff, Arvand Pourabbassi & Golnar Abbasi and Farida Sedoc. This project was made possible by the generosity and support of Ina Hollmann and Flora van Gaalen.