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Network Archives Design and Digital Culture

Because the Netherlands lacks a central organization to take care of design heritage, the Network Archives Design and Digital Culture (NADD) was started in 2021. Within the network, archiving knowledge is shared, design archives are made visible, and work is being done towards a digital infrastructure to make distributed archives more accessible. The purpose is for one thing to show the importance of this heritage to society, and also to find a more sustainable solution for the management and preservation of these archives. NADD is a collaboration of 40 partners: large and small heritage institutions which manage archives, designers, professional associations, educational institutions and design experts. Het Nieuwe Instituut is the coordinator of the Network.

Het Nieuwe Instituut

Het Nieuwe Instituut is the Netherlands’ national museum and institute for architecture, design and digital culture. Based in Rotterdam, a global centre for design innovation, the institute’s mission is to embrace the power and potential of new thinking, exploring past, present and future ideas in order to imagine, test and enact a better tomorrow. Encouraging visitors of all ages to question, rethink and contribute, the institute’s exhibitions, public programmes, research, and wide-reaching national and international initiatives provide a testing ground for collaboration with leading designers, thinkers and diverse audiences, critically addressing the urgent questions of our times.

In addition to housing the National Collection for Dutch Architecture and Urban Planning, the institute manages the 1933 Sonneveld House, a leading example of Dutch Functionalist architecture, as part of its campus in Rotterdam’s Museumpark.

In 2022, Het Nieuwe Instituut became the world’s first Zoöp, a groundbreaking model through which all areas of the museum’s operations and programming are informed by its impact and benefit to other forms of life. The institute also serves as commissioner of the Dutch pavilion at the biannual Venice Architecture Biennale, and in 2023, will act as the Artistic Director of the London Design Biennale. In 2022 Het Nieuwe Instituut curated the official Dutch entry to the Triennale di Milano, winning the exhibition’s Golden Bee Award.

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On the afternoon of Tuesday, 25 October 2022, guest speakers will further explain the themes and topics of the exhibition between 4pm and 6pm. If you are interested in a personal tour and explanation of the exhibition at this or any other time, please do not hesitate to contact us.

For more information, please contact Robin van Essel, press officer at Het Nieuwe Instituut via r.vanessel@hetnieuweinstituut.nl / +31 (0)6 3803 9218