The future of digital sustainability
15 MARCH 2017
Paper is patient; bits and bytes, however, continually demand attention. For instance, the blue-prints of De Meerpaal in Dronten (Frank van Klingeren 1965-67) are stored at the State Archive for Architecture and Urban Planning. Researchers can request access to them, and are able to view the drawings on long, high tables. But how will we consult the oeuvre of an early 21st century architect fifty years from now? Will it be viewable at all?
Squatting: Archive acquisition Hein de Haan
1 MARCH 2017
In relation to its research into the Architecture of Appropriation, the institute has acquired the archive of Hein de Haan, an architect who worked closely with squatters and devoted his life to the preservation of the existing city, small-scale construction and mixed developments incorporating housing, workplaces and other amenities.
Het Nieuwe Instituut and 100 Years of De Stijl
10 FEBRUARY 2017
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.
Cataloguing of the Pi de Bruijn archive begun
1 FEBRUARY 2017
In the summer of 2016 Het Nieuwe Instituut began cataloguing the extensive archive of Pi de Bruijn (*1942). Among De Bruijn’s best-known projects are the expansion of the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam (1984-1988), the new building for the Dutch House of Representatives (1981-1992), and the rebuilding of the Roombeek neighbourhood (2002-08) following the Enschede Fireworks Disaster. His work as a supervisor is an example of the changing role of the architect and urban planner.
The MVRDV collection of scale models: a selection and description
7 NOVEMBER 2016
Het Nieuwe Instituut has acquired a collection of scale models made by the office of architecture MVRDV. This collection will be included in the State Archive of Dutch Architecture and Urban Planning. MVRDV's digital archive has already been transferred last year. At the beginning of next year the paper archive will follow. 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.
Spotlight on Dutch architects in Germany
27 SEPTEMBER 2016
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.
Digitising and cataloguing 7500 glass negatives
16 SEPTEMBER 2016
Het Nieuwe Instituut has cleaned, digitised and repacked 7500 glass negatives. They are currently being tagged with metadata so that they will be easier to find within the search portal. The glass negatives come from various archives, including those of W.H. Gispen, the Bond Nederlandse Architecten, the Academie van Bouwkunst Amsterdam, K.P.C. de Bazel, Jan Wiebenga, P.J.H. Cuypers and B.T. Boeyinga.
Original Gispen furniture back in Sonneveld House
16 SEPTEMBER 2016
Het Nieuwe Instituut has purchased two tubular-steel armchairs and a glass coffee table designed by Willem Hendrik Gispen, which originally furnished the living room of Sonneveld House. The pieces are unique and were made in 1932 specially for the Sonneveld family. The items are on display in Sonneveld House from 10 September 2016.