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Het Nieuwe Instituut will be one of two international venues to host the week-long summit of The World Around, the New York-based architecture and design platform. The third annual summit “celebrating architecture and design’s now, near and next”, is dedicated to sharing critical and cutting-edge new projects and conversations in the fields of contemporary architecture, design and culture. It will take place from 29 January to 5 February 2022.

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Taking place both online and in person, the 2022 summit will launch at Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam on Saturday 29 January and close at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City on Saturday 5 February. Het Nieuwe Instituut is the first European partner venue of the event.

In this new, expanded format, two all-day conferences will take place on consecutive Saturdays along with a bespoke programme of original content, from articles to short films, which will be launched online during the intervening week. As in previous editions, global design practitioners will address their recently completed and under-construction projects that speak to internationally pressing issues including climate change, racial and social equity, ecology, indigenous rights, digital technology and community.

The World Around’s co-founder and executive director Beatrice Galilee says: “The World Around’s 2021 summit was held entirely online and our innovative, experimental programming reached a huge global audience through our collaboration with the Guggenheim Museum. We are excited to continue that relationship with the upcoming edition, and thrilled to be partnering with our first European cultural organisation, Het Nieuwe Instituut, one of the continent’s most exciting places for contemporary design thinking.”

The World Around’s 2022 Summit will be a round-up of compelling architectural, spatial, environmental and social projects from the last year. Limited in-person tickets will be available for both venues and a live-broadcast will stream online for free on multiple channels.

More information will follow shortly. Subscribe to the newsletter to be the first to know when registration opens, speakers are announced, and tickets released. 

Press contacts

Het Nieuwe Instituut Press Office

Brunswick Arts
Charlotte Sidwell, +44 (0) 7834 502346
Brianna Heath, +1 317 207 5195

Guggenheim Museum Press Office

The World Around is made possible by the generous support of Facebook Open Arts and Amura.

About Het Nieuwe Instituut

Het Nieuwe Instituut is the institute of architecture, design and digital culture based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Through its exhibitions, programmes, research and wide-reaching national and international collaborations, the institute engages thinkers, designers, makers and diverse audiences to critically reflect on the urgent issues confronting both how we interpret the past, and the ways in which we will enact the future.

About The World Around

The World Around is a new, non-profit institution founded by Diego Marroquin and Beatrice Galilee with the goal of enriching and empowering architectural discourse. Through a robust series of international events and broadcasts, the platform seeks to connect and create a diverse and global network of thinkers and makers today. Learn more at our website and follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter: @thewrldaround | #theworldaround.

About the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation was established in 1937 and is dedicated to promoting the understanding and appreciation of modern and contemporary art through exhibitions, education programmes, research initiatives and publications. The international constellation of museums comprises the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice; the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao; and the future Guggenheim Abu Dhabi. An architectural icon and “temple of spirit” where radical art and architecture meet, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is among a group of eight Frank Lloyd Wright structures in the United States recently designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site. To learn more about the museum and the Guggenheim’s activities around the world, visit the website.

About Facebook Open Arts

Facebook Open Arts cultivates creative engagements that offer new ways of thinking about ourselves, our communities, and the world at large. We thrive on open collaboration across borders, disciplines, and media to embrace creativity in all its forms, and we partner with arts organisations, artists, and designers to advance creative projects that bring people closer together and engage with today’s most pressing topics and issues. Learn more here and find us on Instagram at @FacebookOpenArts.

About Amura

Amura, born from the collaboration between the Dambrosio family and the art direction of Emanuel Gargano and Anton Cristell, is a homage to the amazing landscape of the Murge of Altamura (in Apulia, Italy), where rock formations in varied and whimsical shapes absorb the essence of the natural elements, and reflect them back as visions and colours of unique beauty. Amura’s collections are an invitation to savour every moment and enjoy every nuance to find the authentic essence of life. The company mission is to spread pride in its roots, and the passionate artisanship that characterises this territory, all over the world through the design of its Amura furniture; to this end, Amura can count on an important showcase in the heart of Brera, Milan, the undisputed centre of the international design. Amura is also opening a new flagship store in SoHo, New York City.