We created Expecting Something as a platform to address the question: how does homelessness uniquely affect women who become pregnant? Focusing on the Netherlands, and specifically the city of The Hague, we aim to expose the lack of visibility and viable resources for this particularly vulnerable demographic. We offer a journalistic look at the language of eviction used by housing companies, as well as the pervasive problem of missing data. There is a stereotype of the homeless person as male, as well as the assumption that women are dependent by default. We investigate the cracks in the system and the burden of misplaced responsibility.
Who is the city designed and marketed for? Who really makes the city? And who does the City of The Hague want? This project analyses the language used in the official document Approach to City Branding in The Hague in 2020 and looks at what type of individuals are being addressed. Tools are offered to the viewer to enhance the writing style, or to explore how much some subjects are mentioned compared to some other. If a city is designed and marketed to attract only desired target groups, can we still consider it being equally designed for the ones that don't match the target criteria?
This project deals with the topic of the housing crisis, focusing on social housing. Despite the fact that 75 percent of all rented houses in the Netherlands are social housing, it is often quite difficult to find a place to live in. The website is a playful tool based on comparison of different types of maps, showing the complexity of social housing in The Hague. One can switch between layers such as historical maps of the city, visualization of high-rent apartments, and properties of the eight biggest social housing corporations in The Hague.
This website communicates the complexity of the current housing situation in The Hague. As this complexity is constantly changing, gaps in the data are inevitable. To show the different perspectives and visual representations on the subjects, we have chosen to collect news articles from thirteen websites that represent the Dutch media. The articles are collected in May 2020, and therefore represent the actualities during that period. We see soil as a metaphor for the ground we build on, visuals of terrain often look linear and ordered in layers, but the reality of digging is messy; raw materials can be found in unorganized layers, and different strategies produce different results.
In The Netherlands, the right to have a place to live is treated as a fundamental human right, but the housing market itself is a quite different reality, which is almost impossible to navigate. In our investigation we looked at the outskirts of the wide topic of housing scammers. Who are they and how do they operate? Through deep analysis of methods and aesthetic of this scam we tried to grasp a bigger picture of this structure. We are presenting bits of stories that you can assemble yourself to find out how a scam manifests itself.