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Memory of the Designed Landscape

8 JULY 2021

Tot dusver is het archiveren van tuin- en landschapsarchitectuur niet als publieke taak benoemd en het ontbreekt aan een duidelijk adres waar de archieven kunnen worden bewaard. Het ministerie van Onderwijs, Cultuur en Wetenschap (OCW) heeft Het Nieuwe Instituut gevraagd te onderzoeken hoe om te gaan met de archieven van tuin- en landschapsarchitectuur als erfgoedopgave. Het onderzoeksrapport is hier te downloaden.

MVRDV’s Living Archive

11 MAY 2021

Because the computer is now an indispensable tool in the design process, the National Collection for Dutch Architecture and Urban Planning is increasingly collecting digital archival materials. The conference Repositioning Architecture in the Digital included a workshop dedicated to MVRDV’s digital archive: Behind the Screens. It discussed a variety of topics relating to digital archives, such as acquisition, management and preservation, accessibility, usability and publishing.

Open Archive: Three New Media Works in Development

13 APRIL 2021

Het Nieuwe Instituut is organising the second edition of Open Archive together with the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision and the International Institute of Social History. Open Archive invites three makers to search for new narratives in the digital collections of these three institutions, resulting in three new media works. Halfway through the process, the selected artists are currently fully engaged in their research. Although they come from different disciplines, the theme of ‘activism and archives’ forms a common thread in their three projects.

Only Surviving Model by Theo van Doesburg Acquired for the National Collection

22 MARCH 2021

Het Nieuwe Instituut has acquired a model of an interior by Theo van Doesburg for the National Collection for Dutch Architecture and Urban Planning. It is a design for one of the most important architectural projects of De Stijl: the cinema-cum-dance hall in the Aubette building in Strasbourg (1928). It is also the only model by Van Doesburg to survive. The acquisition has been made possible by contributions from the Mondriaan Fund, the Vereniging Rembrandt and Galerie Gmurzynska.

Digitising the Archive of Cora Nicolaï-Chaillet

2 MARCH 2021

A large part of the archive of interior architect Cora Nicolaï-Chaillet has recently been digitised as part of the Disclosing Architecture programme. Almost seven metres of archival materials have been translated into 9490 digital files. The digitisation of this archive, one of the few archives in the National Collection created by a woman, fits with our ambition to reveal non-dominant perspectives in architectural practice.

New Study Launched into Collection Policy for Garden and Landscape Architecture Archives


The Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science has commissioned Het Nieuwe Instituut to undertake a study into a potential collection policy for archives relating to garden architecture and landscape architecture. There is currently no clearly defined repository for these materials. This makes it difficult for them to find their way to cultural institutions, with the attendant risk of their becoming fragmented or lost. This situation arises from the lack of a shared vision of the cultural value of this heritage. 

Open Archive 2020/21: Introducing the Selected Artists


Jessica de Abreu, Michiel Huijben and Femke Dekker are the three selected artists for Open Archive 2020/21, which starts in December 2020. Open Archive’s focus this year is on a strong multidisciplinary vision for the creative reuse of archive material. Open Archive is an initiative of Het Nieuwe Instituut, The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision and the International Institute for Social History.

The Healthy House: a new audio guide for Sonneveld House

19 NOVEMBER 2020

Sonneveld House is not only remarkable in terms of its modern design and luxurious and comfortable interior. It was also designed as a “healthy home” for mind and body. A new audio tour, created in response to the coronavirus pandemic, sheds fresh light on this innovative design by architects Brinkman and Van der Vlugt.