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
Letters to the Mayor
The exhibition Letters to the Mayor – Rotterdam is one of the results of a year-long collaboration on the theme of ‘City Forces’ between Het Nieuwe Instituut and Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York. A select group of local and international architects are invited to write a letter to Mayor Aboutaleb of Rotterdam, articulating some of the pressing questions and desires that, as architects, they believe play an important role in the political dimensions and decisions that drive the making of cities and territories.
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, art, digital culture and design. The collection is available for research in the Study Centre.
WORK, BODY, LEISURE
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. From mid-December, WORK, BODY, LEISURE will be exhibited at Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam.
Collaboration with e-flux Architecture and The Berlage
In fall 2017, Het Nieuwe Instituut launches a collaboration with e-flux Architecture and The Berlage that investigates the power of representation within and beyond the field of architecture. In this series, ten acclaimed architects and researchers are invited to examine a specific medium of representation used in the design, technology, or legal framing of buildings, landscapes, and urban territories.
The Other Architect
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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’.
Automated Landscapes is a long-term collaborative research initiative on the implications of automation for the built environment, launched in 2017 by Het Nieuwe Instituut, and directed by its Research department.
The MVRDV collection of scale models: a selection and description
The State Archive of Dutch Architecture and Urban Planning has acquired a collection of scale models made by the office of architecture MVRDV. 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.
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.
100 years of De Stijl
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. The State Archive for Dutch Architecture and Urban Planning is lending hundreds of works to various exhibitions being staged to mark the centenary of De Stijl.
Architectures of Security
Het Nieuwe Instituut participated in the Future Force Conference, organised by the Netherlands Ministry of Defence, which took place in the Hague on 9 February 2017. The Future Force Conference is a highly innovative international networking conference addressing the theme: From partnerships to ecosystems: combining our efforts for a more secure world. Het Nieuwe Instituut contributed to the conference with two breakout sessions under the title Base of the Future and with speakers such as Malkit Shoshan, Jan Willem Petersen, Ekim Tan and Marina Otero Verzier.
Migration and the Role of Architects and Designers
In light of the recent events in the US and the responses the immigration ban has triggered all over the world, we invite the design community to join Het Nieuwe Instituut’s ongoing programme of activities around migration and the role of architects and designers as relevant figures in the current socio-political context.
Each item in the collection of the four million drawings, sketches, models, professional and personal correspondence, photos, posters and news clippings has a story to tell. But many of these stories have remained untold because nobody has yet uncovered them. For this series of evenings we invite a range of people to undertake a journey of discovery in the archive in order to introduce new perspectives.
The Jaap Bakema Study Centre published the insert Total Space in the 50th edition of Volume, which is based on two research workshops organized in 2015. Total Space investigates the international dimensions of Structuralism, cross-disciplinary exchange, and aims to connect recent history with speculations on the future of our lifestyles.
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.