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In Het Nieuwe Instituut’s Thursday Night programme thinkers, designers and makers from the Netherlands and abroad discuss urgent issues, innovative research and critical reflection related to architecture, design and digital culture. Visit the museum or watch our online programmes. With varied pop-in expos and diverse partner programmes.

Due to tightened coronavirus rules, Het Nieuwe Instituut is temporarily closed and Thursday Night Live! will offer online programmes.


Solar power is one of the great hopes of the so-called clean energy transition to renewables. This TNL! Design Dialogues event brings together solar designers Marjan van Aubel and Pauline van Dongen and Het Nieuwe Instituut’s Anastasía Kubrak and Flora van Gaalen to talk about making the transition a reality.


Created during the Big Bang, the chemical element lithium now seems, mysteriously, to be missing from our universe. The third event in the Lithium lecture series will discuss this so-called cosmological lithium problem, one of the greatest scientific mysteries of our times. It will also examine the role of lithium in the ‘green’ transition towards renewable energy. 



19:30 – 20:30

In 2018, designer Basse Stittgen won the New Material Fellowship with his work Blood Related. To wrap up his research on cow blood, he worked with designer and filmmaker Juan Arturo García on a short film on the slaughterhouse industry. During this event the film will be launched, and the research preceding the film will be discussed with invited guests.



As of 1 January 2021, Het Nieuwe Instituut is a heritage institution. To underline this role, the institute is developing a multi-year exhibition: The Design of the Social, based partly on the architecture collection. This event offers a behind-the-scenes look at the research, and a chance to join the discussion.

Partners Thursday Night at Het Nieuwe Instituut

AFFR, Architectuur Film Festival Rotterdam, ArtEZ, BNO IMG LAB, Designplatform Rotterdam, Food Film Festival, Goethe-Institut, Glamcult, EYE Filmmuseum, Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam, Expertisecentrum Universiteit Utrecht, Hivos, Iconic Houses, International Film Festival Rotterdam, KABK, MAFB, Operadagen Rotterdam,Parels voor de Zwijnen, Sandberg Instituut, Stichting Swart-van Essen, Stripped Fashion, Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie, The Berlage, Urban Unlimited, Vereniging Deltametropool, Volume, Willem de Kooning Academie, OMA, ZUS, Piet Zwart Institute, NAi Booksellers, BNA, Atelier Rijksbouwmeester, TU Delft, Argus, Mondriaan Fonds, Beelden aan Zee, Platform Scenografie, Play the City, E-flux, Rijksdienst voor Cultureel Erfgoed, Night Shift, North Sea Round Town, Jaap Bakema Study Centre, TU Eindhoven, Worm, VPRO, Manifesta, Kunstbende, NextCity, Touch/Trace, The Hmm, Fiber, Xeno Architecture, Herenboeren Rotterdam, Ja Ja Ja Nee Nee Nee, e-flux Architecture, The Berlage. 

Thursday Night at Het Nieuwe Instituut
Luca Napoli

Thursday Night Live! is a weekly programme of lectures, screenings and discussions on architecture, design and digital culture. Developments and critical insights are discussed by thinkers, designers and makers from the Netherlands and abroad.