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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. 

Open Call: Open Archief 2020/21 RE:SEARCH


Three creative practitioners will be given the opportunity to create a new, autonomous media work within a six-month working period, using the public and digitized collections of Het Nieuwe Instituut, the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision (Sound and Vision) and the International Institute of Social History (IISH). The selected artists receive a working grant of €7,800. Deadline for the proposals is the 30th of October at 17:00 (CET).

Open Archief 2020-21: new theme, new partner


A new edition of Open Archief launches this autumn. Together with the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision and the International Institute of Social History, Het Nieuwe Instituut will again stimulate the creative re-use of digital heritage in 2020/21 by offering creators the opportunity to create new media work using open, digital collections. Following an Open Call, this autumn three media makers will be selected to participate in the project in which they will conduct research in and reflect upon copyrighted and open collections.

Migration and Emulation as Strategies for Het Nieuwe Instituut

27 JULY 2020

Making and keeping digital information accessible in a sustainable way involves major challenges, including the ongoing development of media and technology and the wide variety of software formats, file formats and information carriers used. Het Nieuwe Instituut therefore commissioned research studies of two strategies for keeping files readable and usable: migration and emulation.

Neufert’s 1.5 Metres

19 JUNE 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic has directly contributed to an increased awareness of the different movements of various bodies in public space. Social distancing has led, in the Netherlands and abroad, to the introduction of a single standard which is imposed on all of society: the 1.5 metre rule. This recalls a rational control of society based on uniform solutions. A direct connection can be made between the 1.5 metre society and the experimental 1930s rationalisation of the Bau-entwurfslehre, by German architect Ernst Neufert.