In 2014, Het Nieuwe Instituut presents 2014-1914: Conflict and Innovation, which addresses 100 years of modernity. In 2015, the phenomenon of the World Fair will be covered, and 2016 focuses on the Olympics. 

Designing Scarcity

Design and Innovation in Times of Scarcity

Scarcity is the mother of invention. The urban planning projects, buildings, interior objects and consumer goods in Designing Scarcity show that shortages don’t have to constrain creativity: quite the contrary. Curated by Jan Boelen of Z33 (Hasselt, Belgium), the exhibition showcases a panoply of strategies used by designers and users to find novel solutions in the face of limitation.

Drones and Honeycombs

Drones and Honeycombs is a long-term research project. It investigates the impact of the contemporary war and the global security apparatus on our physical environments and on our cities. In the past decades, and increasingly after 9/11, the frontline of war moved to the city. What does it means for the city, for architecture and for our roles as designers?

DEAF Biennale 2014

The Progress Trap

How can we go beyond the cult of progress to develop a better understanding of the radical technological innovations of today? The exhibition The Progress Trap formed the centre of the Dutch Electronic Art Festival (DEAF) and brought together the work of international artists, including Cohen van Balen, Louis Philippe Demers, Jenny Holzer, Nam June Paik, Boris Petrovski and Melle Smets.

Radio Neutraal

Neutrality as design strategy in the Netherlands

A century after the outbreak of World War I, Het Nieuwe Instituut looks at the relationship between war and creativity in the events programme 2014–1914: Conflict and Innovation. Component projects include the radio tour Radio Neutraal. Het Nieuwe Instituut’s building provides a dramatic setting for Radio Neutraal, which takes the Dutch government's attitude in World War I as its point of departure but goes beyond political history. The project looks at neutrality as a recurrent productive strategy used by a range of Dutch designers, architects and policymakers. The radio report is illustrated with historical visual material, models and recent designs. Contributors include Samuël Kruizinga, Timo de Rijk, Gijs van Oenen and Ben Schouten.