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Beyond the Cover explores the backstories of the buildings flaunted on the covers of the Architecture in  the Netherlands yearbooks in the notorious heydays of Dutch architecture between 1990 and 2000. Invited architects will be asked to present their work beyond the familiar images of finished buildings, to privilege construction drawings and excel sheets over shiny photos. The first iteration, together with Frits van Dongen, Gerard Comello (Lingotto Development), Sergio M. Figueiredo (TU/e), Oana Radeş (Shift Architecture Urbanism) and Mariet Schoenmakers will use housing block The Whale in Amsterdam as lens to unpack how the shifts experienced in this era—including the deregulation and privatisation of the housing market—have directly shaped the conditions of contemporary practice of architecture.


20:00 – 21:30
also this evening

18:00-19:30 Thursday Bite. Please note: Het Nieuwe Café is in transition. The Thursday Bite will be served on a different place in Het Nieuwe Instituut. 

16:00-19:00 Cafe Roterodamum

19:00-21:00 Night Shift 'Can the museum be everyone's friend?

20:00-21:30 Reading Room: The Afterlife of Soil







Het Nieuwe Instituut
Museumpark 25
3015 CB Rotterdam


Standard€ 7,50
Students, CJP, Friends and Members of Het Nieuwe Instituut€ 3,75

Beyond the Cover

Beyond the Cover approaches buildings as materialisation of a set of regulations, investments, and policies, making visible the political, economical and social relations constructed architecture embodies. From housing corporations to private public partnerships, from privatisation to procurement law, and from municipal politics to deregulation of architectural fees, the program will look into the architectural ideas, discourses, technologies, policies and subsidies that materialized in these built forms. 

The Whale

The 2000/2001 Architecture in the Netherlands yearbook was the last edition to feature a public housing project on its cover. The Whale, designed by Frits van Dongen with de Architecten Cie, is one of the three large-scale “meteorites” landed in a sea of low-rise suburban houses, as conceived in the masterplan of West8 for the former harbour area Borneo and Sporenburg in Amsterdam. The floor plans and sections of the Whale combine social housing, market-rent housing, and offices, and reveal a generosity and quality unprecedented in social housing today. 

Seminar 1990s Dutch Architecture Revisited

The event is preceded by an archival research into Het Nieuwe Instituut’s State Archive for Dutch Architecture and Urban Planning, as part of a research seminar taught by the Curatorial Research Collective at TU/e’s Chair of Architecture History and Theory. The seminar aims to understand and visualize the distance between the discourse associated with these buildings at the time of their construction and their contemporary status, expression, and use.

Thursday Bite

Before the Thursday Night you can grab a bite to eat with the speakers and staff of Het Nieuwe Instituut. At 18:00 Het Nieuwe Café will serve a light vegetarian meal. Dinner vouchers are available for € 7.70 up to a day before the particular Thursday Night event via the Tickets link. 

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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.