Changes in society call for new understandings of architecture and its practice. Het Nieuwe Instituut explores and showcases emerging forms of practice for architects, and by doing so aims to open up the discipline to new challenges and intervention strategies. Its national archive for architecture and urban planning provides an insight into 150 years of Dutch architecture and urbanism, serving as a speculative source of progressive thinking and offering examples of how architecture has broadened its remit in response to societal questions and technological change.
A selection of projects and activities
Architecture of Appropriation
Myriad forms of appropriation, such as squatting, play an essential role in the development of the city and public space. In a period of renewed interest in a programmatic approach to the city, Het Nieuwe Instituut is conducting research into squatting as an architecture of appropriation. Architecture of Appropriation examines ideas such as vacancy, property, alternative living arrangements and housing policy.
Control Syntax Rio
Monitoring the Collective Body
The city of Rio de Janeiro has an advanced command and control centre from which various scenarios – from traffic jams to acts of terrorism and natural disasters – can be predicted and potentially prevented. The installation Control Syntax Rio, on show at Het Nieuwe Instituut from 12 June 2016, shows how this Olympic city is being read as a matrix of potential calamities and the impact this has on the social climate of the city.
The Design of a Democratic Body
The 1972 Olympic Games offered the host country, West Germany, an unrivalled opportunity to portray itself to the world as a modern, democratic and culturally aware nation. This carefully constructed image was marred two weeks into the games when eight members of the Black September Organisation infiltrated the Olympic Village and took the Israeli team hostage. The exhibition Munich 1972. The Design of a Democratic Body tells this controversial story through the lens of design, by contrasting the narratives and aesthetic strategies of the organisers with the tactics deployed for their disruption.
Architecture dialogues the Netherlands Flanders
This autumn Het Nieuwe Instituut is initiating a series of dialogues in which young architects from the Netherlands and Flanders discuss their design practice in relation to four themes. The dialogues take place within the framework of the exhibition ‘Maatwerk – Massarbeit’ at the Deutsches Architekturmuseum, for which Het Nieuwe Instituut has provided material on loan.
Open: A Bakema Celebration
Architecture Biennale Venice 2014
The Dutch entry at the 14th International Architectural Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia examines the work and ideas of the architect Jaap Bakema. The exhibition Open: A Bakema Celebration critically reflects on the idea of the open society through Bakema’s work and research.
State Archive for Dutch Architecture and Urban Planning
The collection of Het Nieuwe Instituut contains drawings, photographs and models from the archives of Dutch architects and urban planners. The library collects and manages information about Dutch and international architecture, urban design, and related fields such as spatial planning, landscape architecture, interior architecture and design. The collection is available for research in the Study Centre.
Dual Exhibition on Dutch Structuralism
Dutch Structuralism is a movement in architecture in the late '50s and early '60s that renounced the technocratic planning that characterised the post-war reconstruction of the country. Instead, its proponents asked space for the poetic and emotional aspects of architecture, in order to come to a truly dignified living environment.
Searching the archives
The search portal gives the public direct online access to one of the world’s largest architecture collections. The State Archive of Dutch Architecture contains 1.4 million drawings; 300,000 photographs; 2,500 models and 70,000 books and magazines, which together document the history of Dutch architecture and urbanism.
BLUE: Architecture of UN Peacekeeping Missions
Architecture Biennale Venice 2016
Malkit Shoshan curated the exhibition BLUE: Architecture of UN Peacekeeping Missions at the Dutch Pavilion during the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale in 2016. Shoshan, an architect and founder of the architecture think tank FAST, has been a fellow of Het Nieuwe Instituut for the past two years. Her on-going research into architecture in conflict areas fitted neatly within the overarching theme for the 2016 Architecture Biennale: ‘Reporting from the Front’.
The Jaap Bakema Study Centre hosted an afternoon dedicated to the Smithsons' recently published book The Space Between. With Andrew Ballantyne, M. Christine Boyer, Carme Pinós, Max Risselada and Dirk van den Heuvel.
The MVRDV collection of scale models: a selection and description
Het Nieuwe Instituut has acquired a collection of scale models made by the office of architecture MVRDV. This collection will be included in the State Archive of Dutch Architecture and Urban Planning. MVRDV's digital archive has already been transferred last year. At the beginning of next year the paper archive will follow. Het Nieuwe Instituut has begun research into the selection, description and retrieval of MVRDV's scale models. The collection starts from their founding year in 1993 and consists of more than 300 scale models made between 1993 up till 2003.
Benno Premsela Lecture 2015
In cooperation with the Society of Arts, Het Nieuwe Instituut organised the Benno Premsela Lecture 2015, given by Benjamin Bratton. Bratton's lecture examined the consequences of the widespread digitalisation for our cities. He sketched the way in which cities could develop in relation to algorithmic perception, sensory perception, cognition and physical automation
What is the Netherlands
14 entries to the World Expo
In the context of the 34th World Expo opening in Milan this spring, Het Nieuwe Instituut addresses this phenomenon from different perspectives between April 26 and August 23. The exhibition What is the Netherlands shows how the Dutch entries to the World Expo have always been the result of collaborations between government, industry, designers and artists.
Report Thursday Night: The Archives of MVRDV and Zaha Hadid Architects
MVRDV is transferring its archive to Het Nieuwe Instituut. Jacob van Rijs, architect and partner at MVRDV, Manon Janssens, head of exhibitions and archives at Zaha Hadid Architects, Suzanne Mulder, heritage expert at Het Nieuwe Instituut, and Annet Dekker, researcher on digital preservation, discussed the preservation and management of digital archives.
Surprising Finds from the Collection
For the series Surprising Finds archivist Alfred Marks selects extraordinary drawings, photographs, objects and models from the archives of Het Nieuwe Instituut on the basis of a theme. The presentations do not necessarily show the highlights of the Dutch architectural history, but first and foremost show the richness, diversity and narrative power of the collection.
Between Paper and Pixels: Transmedial traffic in architectural drawing
For its third annual conference, the Jaap Bakema Study Centre aimed to look more closely into new developments in architectural drawing, specifically the cross-pollination between the media of paper and pixels. Selected papers and special guests brought a wide variety of challenging perspectives to the conference.
By ‘queering’ the discipline of architecture, we sought to discuss new ways to arrive at an inclusive approach to architecture and urban planning from the LGBT perspective. Speakers included Jasmine Rault, who wrote a book on Eileen Gray and Sapphic modernity; Henry Urbach, who organized the exhibition Queer Space in New York in 1994; Wolfgang Voigt, who is preparing a book publication on gay architects together with Uwe Bresan; and Riëtte van der Werff who is building a project for LGBT-seniors in Amsterdam.
Prix de Rome Architecture 2014
On the Hoogstraat in Rotterdam and 8 Prix de Rome-nominees
From 16 October on Het Nieuwe Instituut is presenting the work of the eight nominees for the Prix de Rome Architecture 2014. As the oldest and biggest Dutch prize for artists and architects younger than 40, the Prix de Rome has been organized and financed since 2012 by the Mondriaan Fund. The exhibition showcases the importance of design and innovation, key principles of all activities at Het Nieuwe Instituut.