On Thursday 24th of May, the Erfgoedhuis Zuid-Holland organised a symposium about the cultural-historical importance of social housing in South Holland in Leiden.

Three experts gave their experience and vision on how to deal with the cultural-historical identity of social housing. Since the introduction of the housing law in 1902, social housing has evolved from small-scale individual construction projects to large numbers of worker flats stacked on top of each other in the late 1950s and 1960s. We look at how this type of housing can be handled in the future. Can the social housing as a building typology be respectfully renovated or redeveloped and reallocated?

The afternoon was preceded by deputy Rik Janssen from the province of South Holland. The speakers were Anne Loes Nillesen (architect at Defacto), Pieter Haeften (policy officer municipality Bodegraven-Reeuwijk) and Marco Breur (social project supervisor,De Sleutels). The symposium concluded with a joint discussion among the various participants along with the moderator and chairman Marianne van de Anker (former alderman of Rotterdam).