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Publications about hygiene and design

To stay abreast of the latest developments in health and hygiene, architect Leendert van der Vlugt consulted the latest literature and also visited the International Hygiene Exhibition in Dresden in 1930. Over the years, the library of Het Nieuwe Instituut has collected numerous publications on hygiene and design, some as part of architects’ libraries and some purchased by Het Nieuwe Instituut and its predecessors.

We have made a selection of books that focus on the relationship between hygiene, health and spatial design. New insights were communicated through popular education. At the time, for example, an attempt was made to combat infectious diseases with insights from natural medicine. After all, at that time, just as now with Covid-19, the medical world had not yet discovered an effective drug to combat diseases such as tuberculosis.

These presentations aim to draw attention to the strength of the permanent collection of Het Nieuwe Instituut, and were realised with the support of the Rembrandt Association and the Turing Foundation.

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