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Collection Book for Children: Hi, I'm a Line


On 20 October, Het Nieuwe Instituut presents two children’s books: one is a reader - Hoi, ik ben een lijn (Hi, I’m a Line); the other is an activity book - Hoi, jij bent een ontwerper (Hi, You’re a Designer). Both books introduce children to highlights of the State Archive of Dutch Architecture and Urban Planning and to architecture as a profession. Initiator and author Behrang Mousavi and project leader Clara Stille-Haardt reveal how the books were devised.

‘Architecture Closer’. Masterplan for the disbursement of 11 million euros

20 AUGUST 2018

On 17 July, Minister Ingrid van Engelshoven of the Department of Education, Culture and Science (OCW) issued a disbursement letter based on the 'Architecture Closer’ masterplan officially allocating the first half of the 11 million euros awarded in March for the restoration, conservation and digitisation of Het Nieuwe Instituut’s collection. 

Jelles archive catalogued

24 JULY 2018

The archive of architect Evert Jelles has recently been catalogued and digitised. Jelles was a leading representative of the Dutch late Functionalist tradition in the period 1965-85 and is credited with rediscovering the work of Jan Duiker.

Dissident Gardens reference images

1 JUNE 2018

In the run-up to the exhibition Dissident Gardens, all sorts of images were pulled from the collection to serve as reference material for research, display and communications. The majority were ultimately not used, but they give an impression of possible perspectives on the central theme of Dissident Gardens – the classic struggle between nature and culture – in relation to architecture and the built environment.

A Speculative Archive for Dutch Design

16 APRIL 2018

Het Nieuwe Instituut evokes the image of a possible design archive, and thus creates a means to stimulate the involvement of various parties in the process, from the national government to the general public.

The Van Doesburg Archive: The Downside to Loans

12 APRIL 2018

2017 was the centenary of the founding of De Stijl, with numerous exhibitions in the Netherlands and abroad that featured works borrowed from the collection of Het Nieuwe Instituut. Loans are important for the mobility of the collection, but they also pose risks to the condition of the objects. To ensure their optimum condition, for the time being works by Theo van Doesburg from the collection will no longer be loaned to other institutions.

Recently acquired: WiMBY! Archive

3 APRIL 2018

Het Nieuwe Instituut has recently acquired the archive of WiMBY!, a project initiated by Crimson Architectural Historians and Felix Rottenberg to raise the standard of the large-scale restructuring of the post-war neighbourhood Hoogvliet in Rotterdam. This project differed from other urban renewal projects in the Netherlands in its unconventional approach: socially inspired, bottom-up and with a focus on social and spatial infrastructure. 

Ministry of Education, Culture and Science invests 11 million euros in architectural collection at Het Nieuwe Instituut

13 MARCH 2018

This one-off injection affords a potentially decisive impulse for the preservation and restoration of the national collection and the acceleration of the current digitalisation and accessibilisation of the archive.