From penholders to jigsaw puzzles: 500 objects from the collection, photographed and described

23 JANUARY 2018

Most of the archives in the collection contain two-dimensional materials that reflect the activities of an architectural practice, such as drawings, sketches, photographs, letters and notes. In some cases, an architect’s estate also contains small objects, such as drawing materials, name plates, penholders, colour and material samples, tableware, sculptures and small tools, such as spirit levels, volutes, trowels or rulers. The collection contains around 500 objects of this kind. Almost all of them have been photographed and described and can be viewed via the Search Portal.

Collages and screen prints by Gerard van Zeijl


Het Nieuwe Instituut has recently acquired the archive of Gerard van Zeijl (1940-2017), former professor at Eindhoven University of Technology. In addition to documentation relating to his design practice and teaching career, the archive also features fine art, including several surprising collages and screen prints from the period 1963-78.

'Living as Urban Roof' on display in the Rijksmuseum


A ‘wonderful chaos’, liveliness and a broad range of opportunities for bumping into your neighbours. Architect Piet Blom was one of the most ardent champions of this idea. He elaborated it in a series of drawings, models and brochures entitled ‘Living as Urban Roof’, an investigation of a new community model, integrating all the functions of urban living. A selection of drawings from this series is on display in the Rijksmuseum from 9 November.

Conservation of the photography collection

23 OCTOBER 2017

In 2016, Het Nieuwe Instituut began a long-term project to conserve the estimated 300,000 photographs in the collection of the State Archive for Dutch Architecture and Urban Planning. The first 50,000 photos have already been conserved and digitised. 

Presentation PASIG conference Oxford


The Preservation and Archiving Special Interest Group (PASIG) is dedicated to advancing the practice of digital preservation and archiving. Their conference (11-13 September) brought together practitioners, industry experts and researchers to share experience in a vendor-neutral forum on how to put preservation and archiving into practice. Behrang Mousavi, Heritage Manager at Het Nieuwe Instiuut, discussed preservation and accessibility of digital heritage, and the importance of collaboration.

Loans to the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam: designs for Nagele

4 APRIL 2017

From 5 April 2017 the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam is exhibiting various designs for the village of Nagele (1946-64), a village in the Noordoostpolder, from the collection of Het Nieuwe Instituut. Although designed to house only a few thousand agricultural workers, Nagele is a classic example of post-war modernist architecture and town planning: with extensive green areas; row housing; separation of living, working, leisure and traffic; and a contemporary shopping centre.

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.