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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.

Working from home in Sonneveld House: leisure and office in one

25 MARCH 2020

Architect Leen van der Vlugt designed the studio as a combined study and leisure space for the Sonnevelds’ teenage daughters that was ahead of its time. 

Setting up Het Nieuwe Instituut’s Digital Archive

17 FEBRUARY 2020

Het Nieuwe Instituut is acquiring increasing numbers of digital archives of architects, urban planners and organisations working within these domains. This calls for a new approach to the sustainable management of digital materials. After a test project, the Digital Archive will be set up in 2020. This will facilitate the effective, correct and controllable management and preservation of the digital collection.

Waiting for Miró. The creation of a ceramic mural for J.J.P. Oud’s Bio Herstellingsoord

10 FEBRUARY 2020

The joint archive of J.J.P. Oud (1890-1963) and his son Hendrik Emil (Hans) Oud (1919-1996) contains sketches for a ceramic mural on the façade of the Bio Herstellingsoord in Arnhem. Oud’s correspondence shows that he enlisted the Spanish Surrealist painter Joan Miró (1893-1983) to design the mural. But are the colourful sketches in the archive by Miró or by Oud? Or are they by the Dutch painter Karel Appel (1921-2006), who took over the assignment from Miró around 1960?