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Research, Exhibition


Dutch Pavilion, Biennale Architettura 2018

Research, Exhibition

26 May — 25 Nov 2018

With the title WORK, BODY, LEISURE the 2018 Dutch Pavilion addresses the spatial configurations, living conditions, and notions of the human body engendered by disruptive changes in labor ethos and conditions. The project seeks to foster new forms of creativity and responsibility within the architectural field in response to emerging technologies of automation.


Prix de Rome Architecture 2018


19 Oct 2018 — 10 Mar 2019

From 19 October onwards Het Nieuwe Instituut presents the work of the four nominees for the Prix de Rome Architecture 2018

Research, Exhibition

Speculative Design Archive

Research, Exhibition

19 Oct 2018 — 10 Mar 2019

From October 2018, Het Nieuwe Instituut will be temporarily transformed into a design archive. On display will be prototypes, sketches, samples of materials, colour schemes and other significant work in the development of the oeuvres of a range of Dutch designers; work that deserves to be preserved and shared.


Marcel Breuer’s Strap Chair (1924) on show at Sonneveld House

Prelude to the Bauhaus Centenary

06 Sep 2018 — 28 Feb 2019

From September to March 2019, the blue upholstered strap chair designed by Marcel Breuer in 1924 will be on show at Sonneveld House, Het Nieuwe Instituut’s museum house. For Het Nieuwe Instituut this forms the prelude to the institute’s own programme of Bauhaus-related activities beginning in the spring of 2019. 

Exhibition, Workshop

Mess About! Designing Without A Plan

18 Oct 2018 — 10 Mar 2019

A finished design doesn’t appear by magic. It’s the result of exploration, play, and trying out different ideas. You could call it messing about. You’ll find lots of examples of this in all designers’ archives. 

Conversation, Exhibition

Habitat: Expanding Architecture

Research installation

19 Oct 2018 — 10 Mar 2019

Habitat: Expanding Architecture is a research installation which captures a key moment in the history of architecture and urban planning: the tenth CIAM conference at Dubrovnik in 1956. Here the concept 'habitat' was a central theme: a broader understanding of architecture through a new ecological approach viewing architecture less as an autonomous discipline than as part of larger, dynamic whole.


Wendingen 100 Years

Pop-in expo

30 Oct — 25 Nov 2018

To celebrate the centenary of the periodical Wendingen, Het Nieuwe Institutes presents an edition of this monthly magazine with design drawings from the National Archive for Architecture and Urban Planning in this pop-in expo.


Agency, Archive, Research, Exhibition


Agency, Archive, Research, Exhibition

12 Apr — 15 Sep 2019

In the spring of 2019 Het Nieuwe Instituut launches Neuhaus, its response to the centennial anniversary of the Bauhaus. 

Conversation, Lecture

Automated Landscapes: The Countryside Tour


Thu 22 Nov 2018, 19:30 — 21:00

From its main port in Rotterdam, to its productive hinterlands of greenhouses and farms, the logic and relations that define the physical and social landscape of work and labor in the Netherlands are being redefined by machines, data and interfaces. In this event, Meiny Prins, Susan Schuppli, Stephan Petermann, Víctor Muñoz Sanz, Marina Otero Verzier and Marten Kuijpers will engage in a public conversation on the spatial implications of automation for the built environment. Arjen Oosterman will moderate the evening.


Life Hacks: Time

Thu 22 Nov 2018, 19:30 — 21:30

What did time look like before the uniformity brought by networked devices? Is the circadian rhythm obsolete? How is software shaping and in turn being shaped by different understandings of temporality? What if wasting time on videogames is actually a productive and edifying habit?

Conversation, Lecture

Pioneers #4


Thu 22 Nov 2018, 20:00 — 22:00

BNO IMG LAB presents young artists who recently gratuaded from the art academies. These artists are ready and persistent to conquer the world with their creative urge. The young and the restless!

Conversation, Performance, Exhibition


Sat 24 Nov 2018, 11:00 — 17:00

On November 24, a public program will mark the end of the exhibition in the Dutch pavilion in Venice and celebrate its multiple afterlives. The finissage includes a screening and discussion on Logistical Nightmares, a project by the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths University of London, and performances by Het Nieuwe Instituut’s 2018 Fellows on the theme of BURN-OUT.


The Irritant Principle of Renewal: 100 years of Aldo & Hannie van Eyck

Conference 2018

28 Nov — 30 Nov 2018

The 2018 edition of the annual conference of the Jaap Bakema Study Centre is dedicated to Aldo and Hannie van Eyck. In honour of their achievements and as a celebration of their work, the conference aims to bring together scholars and practitioners to explore the rich legacy of their ideas and aspirations for a humanist architecture.

Conversation, Lecture

Vertical Atlas

Thu 29 Nov 2018, 19:30 — 21:00

The second Vertical Atlas event focuses on the Russian digital cosmos. How does a country with a tradition of central planning cope with the decentral internet and powerful foreign cloud-platforms? With Svitlana Matvyienko and Ksenia Tatarchenko.



Yophi Ignacia - Love Letter to your Outfit

Thursday Night Workshop

Thu 29 Nov 2018, 19:30 — 21:30

What is the role of the designer in a world that revolves around fast fashion? Design for Longevity is a design philosophy that aims to prolong the lifespan of garments. In this workshop we explore design thinking by focusing on disruptive design principles, such as hacktivism, modularity and non-material design solutions. Starting with love letter writing to your favourite garment as a research method.

Conversation, Lecture

New Approaches For Production And Consumption

New Material Award

Thu 29 Nov 2018, 19:30 — 21:00

What can the design world learn from the rigorous approaches to food production? Nominees for the New Material Award respond to the practices of chef Luc Kusters and biodynamic wine pioneer Erik van Pijkeren.


Support Structures

Keynote lecture by Céline Condorelli

Thu 29 Nov 2018, 20:00

Céline Condorelli will deliver the keynote lecture for The Irritant Principle of Renewal: 100 Years Aldo & Hannie van Eyck, the 2018 iteration of the annual conference organised by the Jaap Bakema Study Centre.

Symposium Lab

Vertical Atlas

Sat 01 Dec 2018, 10:00

A lab devoted to collective research and the creation of a map of the current Russian geo-zone.


International Clinic at Het Nieuwe Instituut

Thu 06 Dec 2018, 16:30 — 18:30

Planning an international career in the arts or looking for advice about an international cultural project? Come tot he International Clinics at Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam, held every first Thursday of the month.

Conversation, Lecture

The value of speculative research

Prix de Rome

Thu 06 Dec 2018, 19:30 — 21:00

This evening the finalists of Prix de Rome Architecture 2018 will explain their choice of scenario for the Sixhaven area, discuss their research, and expand on their designs about the city of the future. Moderation by Saskia van Stein.



Birds of a Feather: From Habitus to Habitat

Lecture by Hadas Steiner

Thu 13 Dec 2018, 20:00 — 21:30

Hadas Steiner (University at Buffalo, NY) will give a lecture about the history of ecological thinking in architecture and urban planning, as part of the discursive programme around Habitat: Expanding Architecture. Among other topics, she will talk about the techno-zoological architecture of Cedric Price, who designed the aviary for the London Zoo.

Conversation, Lecture



Thu 20 Dec 2018, 20:00 — 22:00

BNO IMG LAB offers a warm and colourful theme on the last Thursday Night Live! of the year. Designers, illustrators and artists present work and share sources of inspiration. From the psychedelic sixties to the far East.

Conversation, Lecture

The Great Virtual Outdoors

Reality Club

Thu 10 Jan 2019, 19:30 — 21:00

Reality club is a series about visual media and the experience of reality. The first episode focuses on experiencing nature in gaming. Are there relationships between algorithmic processed nature and processes in organic ecology? And what can we learn from virtual nature in relation to organic nature?


Art Rotterdam: The Bauhaus in Sonneveld House


Thu 07 Feb 2019, 10:00 — 10:30

To celebrate the centenary of the opening of the Bauhaus in 1919, Hetty Berens, curator of Sonneveld House, will give a lecture about the relationship between the Bauhaus and Sonneveld House during the 2019 Art Rotterdam Week.


Art Rotterdam: The Bauhaus in Sonneveld House


Fri 08 Feb 2019, 10:00 — 10:30

To celebrate the centenary of the opening of the Bauhaus in 1919, Hetty Berens, curator of Sonneveld House, will give a lecture about the relationship between the Bauhaus and Sonneveld House during the 2019 Art Rotterdam Week.

Conversation, Performance

Dead Darlings


Sun 10 Feb 2019, 14:00 — 17:00

As part of the Speculative Design Archive, the Dead Darlings collective organises an anonymous auction of a number of objects that have been put forward by archive creators themselves. Instead of money, stories - and the reasons why potential buyers would like to have the pieces - are traded. Each blow of the auctioneer's gavel confirms the variation in interpretations of the 'value' of archival pieces.