Netherlands Architecture Institute (NAi Uitgevers/Publishers)
A medieval Dutch phenomenon, a hofje is a courtyard or garden surrounded by almshouses or some form of public housing. This guide takes readers through 20 Dutch hofjes built between 1395 and 2007, and explores how this structure can serve today's urban needs.
How can the public library fulfil its classic social mission in our individualised and sometimes fragmented society? And how does such a library fit into the urban public space, in which commerce and consumption seem to reign supreme?