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In 1927 a residential area was built on an industrial estate in the north of Amsterdam, consisting of 132 small houses surrounded by a wall. Its name was Asterdorp, and it was an area where the Council Housing Authority housed families that were deemed ‘unfit’ to live in other corporation houses or council estates, the aim being to resocialise them. Stephan Steinmetz’s biography of thee state covers all phases of its history from its beginnings to its demolition in 1955. Based on extensive archive research and interviews with former inhabitants and a former superintendent, he reconstructs the motives of the politicians and officials responsible for the estate and sheds light on the consequences for the people who lived there.

Event details of Social engineering in North Amsterdam
Date 18 February 2016
Time 13:00 -14:00
Location Aula - Oude Lutherse kerk
Room Location

S.G.M. Steinmetz: Asterdorp, een Amsterdamse geschiedenis van verheffing en vernedering.

Supervisors

Prof. A. Reijndorp

Prof. M. Fennema

Aula - Oude Lutherse kerk

Room Location

Singel 411
1012 XM Amsterdam

Entrance

This event is open to the public.