The NAI launched a Matchmaking programme in China at
the end of 2009. The aim is to set up a joint venture for a number of years in
the field of social housing in China involving Dutch and Chinese architects.
Eight Chinese architects were invited to the Netherlands by the NAI on 30
August 2010 to visit Dutch housing projects.
The NAI Matchmaking programmes match expertise with assignments all over the world. The programme in China targets social housing at every level, from indoors and outdoors to the apartment block and the neighbourhood. Chinese architects, planners and project developers are being linked by the NAI to Dutch architects to formulate a joint project that can be further developed in the years ahead.
The group came to the Netherlands on 30 August to form a picture of social housing in the country. In the course of three days they visited dozens of housing projects, including the Kiefhoek by J.J.P. Oud, the Cube houses by Blom and one by Van den Broek & Bakema on the Lijnbaan in Rotterdam, Silodam and Parkrand West byMVRDV in Amsterdam, and the Roombeek district in Enschede.
The plans that emerged from this visit will be presented during the next meeting, which is planned to take place in Shenzhen at the beginning of December.
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