NUMBER OF POLICIES ISSUED EACH YEAR
Space for Architecture
Space for Architecture created the conditions for architectural quality, based on a concept that integrated cultural and user value with value for the future. This document, which was produced by the Ministry of Health, Welfare & Cultural Affairs in collaboration with the Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning & the Environment, not only looked at architecture itself but also at the way people experienced it, i.e. it looked at both supply and demand. It led to the establishment of the organisation Local Architecture, consultants for potential principals, and the Netherlands Architecture Fund, which allocates grants to interesting projects. The document also provided the basis for the Netherlands Architecture Institute in Rotterdam. The Architecture Policy Think-tank is an inter-ministerial working group that was set up under the chairmanship of the Government Architect to supervise implementation of architecture policy and, in particular, to break through the barriers between ministries. An indirect, bottom-up effect of the document was an unprecedented growth in the number of architecture centres springing up throughout the country.