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Research and advice

As part of this study, Het Nieuwe Instituut is working with various archive creators, archive management institutions and potential users to identify the major problems. This raises questions such as: who are the users? For whom do we preserve archives and for what purpose? What is the social relevance of the archives? Which audience is addressed in the long term, and what does that say about selection criteria and access? The materials themselves will also be examined.

What are the materials and how do we determine whether they are “worth archiving”? Whereas previously the emphasis has been on the preservation of archives relating to the body of work of individual designers, there is now a tendency to assess materials in terms of social context, broader issues and public debate, based on the desire to tell stories about the landscape that fall outside the dominant narrative and which reject the idea of authorship. What does that mean for selection and access? Knowledge about how to store archival materials and make them accessible is developing rapidly. The traditional image of a central, physical repository is shifting to a digitally organised network of repositories. However, this raises new questions about ownership and responsibility. What is archiving today? How is it done? And which parties can play a role in this?

The proposals will provide clues for a collection policy that will ensure better access to garden and landscape architecture archives so that the materials will remain available long-term in a sustainable fashion. The study is being carried out on behalf of Het Nieuwe Instituut by the landscape architect, researcher and writer Noël van Dooren and the social geographer Marieke Francke. The proposals will be presented to the Minister of Education, Culture and Science in May 2021.

Research design and digital culture archives

Since the spring of 2020, Het Nieuwe Instituut has also been working towards an archive facility for the fields of design and digital culture, areas in which the Netherlands enjoys a significant reputation, but whose further development cannot rely on a solid and centrally accessible “memory bank”. With the current emphasis on a diversity of voices, the need to look at design history from different perspectives has only grown more urgent. The Network of Design and Digital Culture Archives and the study to determine the position with regard to garden and landscape archives also respond to the demand for a memory bank for disciplines within which archiving has so far lagged behind or has been entirely absent. In this way, Het Nieuwe Instituut aims to contribute to the development of a multidisciplinary knowledge domain that will strengthen the design sector’s position in innovation and society.

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Landscape and Interior Programme Track

The boundaries between public and private, physical and digital, and culture and nature are becoming blurred. At the same time, new borders continue to develop, and the once clear distinction between inside and outside, known and unknown, and between ourselves and the other, is shifting. This changing world, which is also recognised in the government’s adjusted policy on spatial planning, calls for a new approach to the concept of space. The Landscape and Interior programme explores these shifts and researches how the concept of space can be redefined on the basis of these two extremes.