“Speculative Design Archive” at Het Nieuwe Instituut

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. Such silent testimony to the process of design is all too frequently neglected. In practice, designers seldom have the space, time or expertise to store such valuable repositories of knowledge.

 

Cubic3 Design, archive material, including sketches for desk lamp Nachtschade. On loan from the archives of Cubic3 Design (Ton Hoogerwerf and Gerwin van Vulpen). Documented for Speculative Design Archive, Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam 2018. Art direction: Studio Veronica Ditting. Photography: Tim Elkaïm.

Cubic3 Design, archive material, including sketches for desk lamp Nachtschade. On loan from the archives of Cubic3 Design (Ton Hoogerwerf and Gerwin van Vulpen). Documented for Speculative Design Archive, Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam 2018. Art direction: Studio Veronica Ditting. Photography: Tim Elkaïm.

 

This Fall, Het Nieuwe Instituut temporarily transforms into a design archive. Since the late 1980s design from the Netherlands has been world-renowned under the banner of Dutch Design. But what about the memory of Dutch design today? What will be preserved for the future? Why, how and by whom? (more…)

Dutch Pavilion at Biennale Architettura 2018 “Work, Body, Leisure”

With the title WORK, BODY, LEISURE, the Dutch Pavilion at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia addresses the spatial configurations, modes of living and notions of the human body engendered by disruptive changes in labor ethos and conditions.

 

Dutch Pavilion WORK, BODY, LEISURE. 16th International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia, FREESPACE © Daria Scagliola

Dutch Pavilion WORK, BODY, LEISURE. 16th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, FREESPACE © Daria Scagliola

 

Director-General of Culture and Media of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science Barbera Wolfensberger has just opened WORK, BODY, LEISURE, the Dutch Pavilion at la Biennale di Venezia. Barbera Wolfensberger: ‘In line with this collaborative working method, curator Marina Otero Verzier has created a multidisciplinary exhibition for the Dutch Pavilion. This showcases the ambition to not only overcome national boundaries but to operate beyond disciplinary boundaries as well.’ (more…)

“Dissident Gardens” exhibition at Het Nieuwe Instituut

With the programme Dissident Gardens, Het Nieuwe Instituut explores the classic contrast between nature and culture and the changing role of design. In this context, the garden stands for the site where man’s desire to control his environment collides with the forces of nature.

 

Glasshouse Kasteel de Haar, Haarzuilens. Glass plate negative, collection Het Nieuwe Instituut, Kasteel De Haar archive

Glasshouse Kasteel de Haar, Haarzuilens. Glass plate negative, collection Het Nieuwe Instituut, Kasteel De Haar archive

 

Dissident Gardens includes an extensive programme of exhibitions in Gallery 1, including Biotopia, Smart Farming, Gardening Mars and Pleasure Parks and in Gallery 2 the exhibition The Human Insect: Antenna Architectures 1887-2017. Dissident Gardens is on view from 4 March to 23 September 2018. (more…)

“The Other Architect” works from Cedric Price to OMA/AMO at Het Nieuwe Instituut

In collaboration with the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA), Het Nieuwe Instituut presents The Other Architect, an exhibition of architects who expanded their role in society to shape the contemporary cultural agenda without the intervention of built form.

 

Collage, The Other Architect, 2015 © Christian Lange

Collage, The Other Architect, 2015 © Christian Lange

 

The Other Architect” is a touring exhibition organized by the Canadian Center of Architecture and will be on view in Rotterdam from 8 September 2017 until 7 January 2018. The exhibition showcases architecture’s potential to identify the urgent issues of our time, featuring 22 case studies, dating from the 1960s to the present day, that illustrate how international and often multidisciplinary groups invented and adopted new methods outside of traditional design practices.


 

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“The Other Architect”
September 8 – January 7, 2018
Het Nieuwe Instituut
Museumpark 25, Rotterdam
Netherlands

 


The Other Architect, curated by Giovanna Borasi, CCA Chief Curator, explores how various groups pushed beyond traditional architectural practice to develop architecture as a field of energetic, critical, and radical research, outside the established domains of academia and the usual dynamics of editorial and institutional activities. They sought to expand the role and responsibility of architects in society by working outside of traditional design practices and pursuing collaborative strategies, new tools and experimental attitudes. Their ingenuity showed the ability of architecture to shape the contemporary cultural agenda, a lesson that remains critically relevant today.

 

-Drawing of the bus tour circuit indicating participating architecture schools and their potential connections, 1973 © Peter Murray / AD/AA/Polyark. Cedric Price fonds, CCA

– Drawing of the bus tour circuit indicating participating architecture schools and their potential connections, 1973 © Peter Murray / AD/AA/Polyark. Cedric Price fonds, CCA

 

These alternative working methods and strategies manifested in a range of forms including mission statements, manifestos, videos, photographs, meeting minutes and T- shirts. The archival documents on display reveal how architects constructed a cultural agenda without the intervention of built form. Tracing the development of these unusual creative processes allows us to consider how these different ways of defining architecture can be applied today.

 

AMO,  A diagram showing how OMA and AMO implanted themselves into relationships within real and virtual spheres. 2001 © OMA

AMO, A diagram showing how OMA and AMO implanted themselves into relationships within real and virtual spheres. 2001 © OMA

 

The Other Architect presents architects whose work challenged the concept of individual authorship in favour of establishing networks and partnerships with permeable roles. These include AD/AA/Polyark, AMO, Anyone Corporation, Architects Revolutionary Council (ARC), Architectural Detective Agency (ADA), Architecture Machine Group (AMG), Art Net, Atelier de recherche et d’action urbaines (ARAU), Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP), CIRCO, Corridart, Delos Symposion, Design-A- Thon, Forensic Architecture, Global Tools, Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies (IAUS), International Laboratory of Architecture and Urban Design (ILAUD), Kommunen in der Neuen Welt, Lightweight Enclosures Unit (LEU), Pidgeon Audio Visual (PAV), Take Part, and Urban Innovations Group (UIG).

 

Coded index cards used to assemble the ‘Air Structures Bibliography’ rating each publication according to its usefulness, 1972 © CCA / Lightweight Enclosures Unit, Cedric Price fonds

Coded index cards used to assemble the ‘Air Structures Bibliography’ rating each publication according to its usefulness, 1972 © CCA / Lightweight Enclosures Unit, Cedric Price fonds

 

The exhibition was first on view at the CCA in 2015 and is accompanied by a publication, The Other Architect, edited by Giovanna Borasi, published by the CCA with Spector Books, and designed by Jonathan Hares.

 

An improvised drawing (“D.I.Y. tool box”) made at the Sambuca Seminar, 1974 © Alessandro Mendini / Archivio Piero Brombin e Valerio Tridenti

An improvised drawing (“D.I.Y. tool box”) made at the Sambuca Seminar, 1974 © Alessandro Mendini / Archivio Piero Brombin e Valerio Tridenti

 

THE CCA

The CCA is an international research centre and museum founded by Phyllis Lambert, on the conviction that architecture is a public concern. Based on its extensive collection, exhibitions, public programs, publications and research opportunities, the CCA is advancing knowledge, promoting public understanding, and widening thought and debate on architecture, its history, theory, practice, and role in society today.


 

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“Architecture and Interiors. The Desire for Style” De Stijl at Gemeentemuseum Den Haag

The architecture and interiors of De Stijl are famous around the world. Dutch architects and designers like Gerrit Rietveld, Theo van Doesburg, Cornelis van Eesteren and J.J.P. Oud blazed the trail for generations of progressive thinkers who came after them.

 

Theo van Doesburg, Maison Particulière, wood and perspex, 1923 (reconstruction 1982 by Tjarda Mees), Gemeentemuseum Den Haag

Theo van Doesburg, Maison Particulière, wood and perspex, 1923 (reconstruction 1982 by Tjarda Mees), Gemeentemuseum Den Haag

 

The historical roots of De Stijl are less well-known. From 10 June until 17 September, the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag and Het Nieuwe Instituut (which holds the greatest architecture collection in the world) present a marvellous overview of drawings, architectural models and examples of furniture by members of the influential art movement. Exhibited side by side for the first time ever, the works offer surprising insights: what seems simple and straightforward at first sight proves to be ambiguous and complex. And what appears new may turn out not to have been. (more…)

“Fight, Squat, Resist: Housing Alternatives of Social Movements” at Het Nieuwe Instituut

From Thursday 30 March 2017 the installation Fight, Squat, Resist: Housing Alternatives of Social Movements will be on view as part of Architecture of Appropriation. The installation addresses squatting as an alternative for communal living, in response to the housing problem in Brazil.

 

Studio-X, Tabloide © Image Studio-X Rio

Studio-X, Tabloide © Image Studio-X Rio

 

Alongside the stories of leaders of the National Struggle for Housing Movement, fighting for the right to the city, the installation presents the objectives, strategies, victories and urban visions of the movement. In addition, the installation illustrates the daily life of the residents of the Manuel Congo Squat in Rio’s city centre. This squat is regarded as an example of participatory architectural design, in which residents and architects collaborate to realise a community housing project with public facilities. The installation shows that the struggle for affordable housing and access to the city is ever present. (more…)

“Designing the Surface” at Het Nieuwe Instituut Rotterdam

The exhibition presents the first results of a long-term research project by the Research and Development department at Het Nieuwe Instituut with partners in the Netherlands and abroad. Architecture of Appropriation is on show from 27 January until 25 June 2017.

 

Designing The Surface Overview, 2017 © Johannes Schwartz

Designing The Surface Overview, 2017 © Johannes Schwartz

 

What determines a product’s appeal, function and identity? Increasingly it is the finish that designers employ not only to beautify a product, but also to strengthen, preserve or disguise it. The last layer can simulate ageing, form an impenetrable shell or function as a convincing imitation of craftsmanship. Designing the Surface, an exhibition where the final topcoat targets the senses, investigates a compendium of artefacts over five sets: lustre, patina, faux, teflon and agency. Surfaces are full of contradictions; declarations of falsehood and denials. Chairs lie. Dashboards deceive. Take a look into the transformation of products – trying to survive in the design world, where nothing is what is seems. (more…)

“Architecture of Appropriation” at Het Nieuwe Instituut Rotterdam

The exhibition presents the first results of a long-term research project by the Research and Development department at Het Nieuwe Instituut with partners in the Netherlands and abroad. Architecture of Appropriation is on show from 27 January until 25 June 2017.

 

Plantage Dok, 2016 © Johannes Schwartz

Plantage Dok, 2016 © Johannes Schwartz

 

What if the right to affordable housing, working and living rather than property rights were made the priority of urban transformation? Since the 1960s squatters, with this idea in mind, have made an important contribution to the development of the city, appropriating parts of the city and changing it from the inside out. This practice is explored in the exhibition Architecture of Appropriation. (more…)

Het Nieuwe Instituut presents Eva Rothschild in Sonneveld House

Rothschild has responded to Sonneveld House’s status as a museum and monument by creating a series of large, geometric sculptures that will be placed throughout the house alongside a number of smaller, more discreet pieces. 

 

Intervention Eva Rothschild in Sonneveld House © Johannes Schwartz

Intervention Eva Rothschild in Sonneveld House © Johannes Schwartz

 

From 12 June 2016 Irish artist Eva Rothschild will present work commissioned by Het Nieuwe Instituut that reacts to the status of Sonneveld House as a museum house. The larger works create an alternative architecture that questions what is possible spatially within the house and highlights the sense of control that Rothschild sees as inherent within the domestic environment. (more…)

Het Nieuwe Instituut presents “The Life Fair. New Body Products”

With universal themes such as Birth, Work, Sex, Security and Health, the exhibition The Life Fair: New Body Products explores how the quest for an optimal body has developed into a highly competitive market.

 

The Life Fair, 2016 © Johannes Schwartz

The Life Fair, 2016 © Johannes Schwartz

 

Never before has technology had a greater influence on the body. Our physical selves can increasingly be monitored and, when necessary, improved. And the relation between the human body and its surroundings has never been subjected to so much control. Why not freeze your eggs until you’ve had a successful career and then have children? Or take a chemical test to determine whether you’re really in love? And instead of following a diet, use intelligent cutlery that knows precisely what a daily portion of healthy food is. We are constantly faced with the choice: buy or boycott, opt-in or opt-out. (more…)