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The New Garden


10 May 2015 — 31 Dec 2017

Construction of The New Garden started in the spring of 2015 on the outdoor area around Het Nieuwe Instituut. Artist/designer Frank Bruggeman and ecological gardener Hans Engelbrecht have developed a plan to turn the strip of grass along Jongkindstraat into a place of encounter set amidst vegetation. At the same time, reeds and water-purifying plants breathe life into the pond in front of the building. In addition, The New Garden will connect with the Arcade, the covered space along Rochussenstraat, thus also enlivening this desolate side of the building.


100 years of De Stijl


01 Jan — 31 Dec 2017

To celebrate the hundredth anniversary of De Stijl, Het Nieuwe Instituut has formed partnerships with several other cultural institutions, including a co-production with the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague.


Finders Keepers

The Life of Things


08 Sep 2017 — 11 Feb 2018

As the curators of the exhibition Finders Keepers, the editors of the design and crafts magazine MacGuffin reveal the universe of the collector, bringing together objects from dozens of collections and exploring the collectors’ strategies, the aesthetic pleasure of collecting and the hidden life of things.


The Other Architect


08 Sep 2017 — 07 Jan 2018

The exhibition The Other Architect, organised by the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) in Montreal, explores the practice of various architects since the 1960s who have embraced a broader definition of their roles as designers. It showcases architecture’s potential to identify the urgent issues of our time, featuring 22 case studies that illustrate how international and often multidisciplinary groups invented and adopted new methods outside of traditional design practices.


Discreet Violence: Architecture and the French War in Algeria

Exhibition Gallery 3

08 Sep 2017 — 07 Jan 2018

Gallery 3 presents Discreet Violence: Architecture and the French War in Algeria, an exhibition by Samia Henni. During the Algerian Revolution (1954–1962), the French civil and military authorities profoundly reorganized Algeria’s urban and rural territory, drastically transformed its built environments, rapidly implanted new infrastructure, and strategically built new settlements in order to keep Algeria under French colonial rule and protect France’s interests in Algeria.


Archive Interpretations

Exhibition Gallery 2

08 Sep 2017 — 11 Feb 2018

Since 2014, Het Nieuwe Instituut has involved designers, artists and researchers in opening up its collection and entices them to explore the role of an archive in their work. Over the past four years, this initiative has resulted in some remarkable projects that have been presented at home and abroad, but not in the institute itself. Archive Interpretations offers the perfect context to now bring home four different projects.


Spatial Composition Sabine Marcelis

Installation Gallery 3

14 Oct 2017 — 07 Jan 2018

For the Cannes Film Festival Studio Sabine Marcelis designed a spatial composition that served as a meeting place for the international film industry. A variation on the composition is on show from 14 October 2017 in Gallery 3.


Rotterdam Design Talent

Pop-in expo

31 Oct — 19 Nov 2017

This pop-in expo shows the graduation projects of the Rotterdam Academy of Architecture and Urban Design which are nominated for the graduation prize De Meester (The Master). The three very different project by Maarten de Haas, Jurgen ten Hoeve and Ben Wegdam show in highly personal ways how young architects and urban designers regard their profession. 

Lecture, Exhibition, Workshop

Architecture of Appropriation: International Architecture Biennial São Paulo

14 Nov — 19 Dec 2017

Het Nieuwe Instituut will contribute to the 11th São Paulo International Architecture Biennial with Architecture of Appropriation.



Workshop with Handmade Heaven

Sun 19 Nov 2017, 12:00 — 16:00

In this workshop you will learn various macramé knots and understand how to apply them to make your own plant hanger.



Disarming Design from Palestine

Pop-in expo

21 Nov — 03 Dec 2017

The pop-in expo Disarming Design From Palestine shows products from Pastina that are designed by contemporary designers and artists in collaboration with local producers and artisans.


The Tools of the Architect


22 Nov — 24 Nov 2017

For its Fourth Annual Conference, the Jaap Bakema Study Centre will host the fifth thematic conference of the European Architecture History Network, The Tools of the Architect, in collaboration with the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment of TU Delft. The conference is scheduled for November 22-24, 2017. On the afternoon of November 23, the conference will move to Het Nieuwe Instituut, where a series of paper sessions and a keynote lecture by Michiel Riedijk will take place.


Manner or Method: the Tools of the Architect Reconsidered by Michiel Riedijk

Keynote lecture of the fifth thematic conference of the European Architecture History Network

Thu 23 Nov 2017, 17:00

From Vitruvius and Villard de Honnecourt up till Building Information Modeling (BIM), the art of architectural design has been propelled by an ongoing process of division of labor within the building industry. In his lecture, Michiel Riedijk will investigate what this process implies for both practice and education in architecture. 


Accusation #5: I control

Dance performance

Thu 23 Nov 2017, 18:45 — 19:15

Accusations is a series of solo dance performances that visualizes motion, image, film, sound and text. Choreographer Ann Van den Broek curated a series of solo dance performances, built around one dancer based on the material of the play AccusationsAccusation #5: I control will be performed by Laila Gozzi.


Pioneers #3


Thu 23 Nov 2017, 20:00 — 22:00

The forefront, the newcomers, the starters, fresh blood! This BNO IMG LAB evening presents innovative insights from keen designers who left the art academies last year with surprising graduation projects. With presentations by Eline Benjaminsen, Dominica Chen, Ekaterina Galetski, Roos Groothuizen, Devi Heller, Funs Janssen, Kevin Osepa, Djillie Roes, Anouk Smith and Sam Tollenaar.


Creative with Cork Leather – Bucket Bag


Sun 26 Nov 2017, 12:00 — 16:00

Cork leather is an amazing material: it’s strong yet supple. In the workshop Creative with cork leather, participants will make a bucket bag.

This workshop is sold out.


Imagining Terror: Propaganda Art Today

Reading Room

Thu 30 Nov 2017, 19:30 — 21:00

Artist and propaganda researcher Jonas Staal will discuss the role of artistic imagination in engineering the War on Terror and new nationalist regimes manifesting the world over today.


Modern Sampler Embroidery


Sun 03 Dec 2017, 12:00 — 16:00

Participants make a modern piece of embroidery, loosely inspired by an old-fashioned sampler.


Sashiko and Boro Stitching

Workshop with Textielfabrique

Sun 10 Dec 2017, 12:00 — 16:00

In this workshop, participants will receive background information about the techniques and try their hand at various stitches and designing their own Sashiko pattern.

This workshop is full!


Lost and Living (in) Archives

Book Launch

Thu 14 Dec 2017, 17:00 — 18:00

The launch of Lost and Living (in) Archives, Valiz, 2017

Conversation, Tour

MacGuffin magazine Nº 5 The Cabinet

Magazine launch

Thu 14 Dec 2017, 17:45 — 18:45

Issue number 5 of MacGuffin magazine, entitled ‘The Cabinet’, opens up the curious life of the cabinet, where intimate stories are hidden away, kept and inevitably shown. The launch takes place on 14 December 2017 in Het Nieuwe Instituut, where the exhibition Finders Keepers is currently on show. 

Conversation, Lecture

Staircases and Windows: Collecting Britain’s Built Heritage

Finders Keepers: The Art of Finding lecture

Thu 14 Dec 2017, 19:00 — 19:45

In the context of the exhibition Finders Keepers Charles Brooking will talk about his fascination with period detail and how it led to his renowned collection of staircases and windows.


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Counter Cartographies by Mpho Matsipa

Architecture and Representation

Thu 14 Dec 2017, 19:30 — 21:00

Third lecture from the Architecture and Representation series with e-flux and The Berlage. Researcher Mpho Matsipa discusses the topic of counter cartographies.


De Stijl as interior project

Duo lecture by Sabine Marcelis and Hetty Berens

Thu 14 Dec 2017, 19:30 — 21:00

A duo lecture in Sonneveld House with designer Sabine Marcelis and architecture historian Hetty Berens. Marcelis and Berens will each reflect upon De Stijl as a design movement by looking at a specific interior design project. The two stories make clear that De Stijl was far from being an isolated avant-garde project but was and remains highly influential.


Make your own bow tie!

Workshop - Kerstspecial

Sun 17 Dec 2017, 12:00 — 16:00

This December make your festive outfit complete with a bow tie.


Architecture of Counter Revolution


Thu 21 Dec 2017, 19:30 — 21:00

The Algerian Revolution (1954–1962), the war to gain independence from the French colonisation, was particularly hard fought. Architect Samia Henni turns to a lesser known facet of this war, namely the architectural strategies executed by the French civil and military authorities to prolong its colonial presence and oversee the Algerian Revolution and populations.

Conversation, Lecture

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Design Dialogues

Thu 11 Jan 2018, 19:30 — 21:00

This Design Dialogue looks critically at the role of locality in the context of design, bringing together practitioners who are based outside of their city of origin and thus have the opportunity to analyse their designer identity as a construct traversing national borders, cultures and histories. With artist/designer Silvio Lorusso and architect/researcher Mohamed Elshahed.



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Scale Figures by Hilary Sample

Architecture and Representation

Thu 18 Jan 2018, 19:30 — 21:00

The fourth lecture from the Architecture and Representation series with e-flux and The Berlage. Architect Hilary Sample discusses the topic of Scale Figures.