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Mpho Matsipa

Mpho Matsipa is researcher at the Wits City Institute at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. Her research interests include globalization and urbanism in African cities: spatial justice, culture, race and representation. Her PhD in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley, entitled The Order of Appearances, explored the entangled geographies of urban informality, urban redevelopment and the politics of race, gender and aesthetics in Johannesburg’s inner city. Mpho has also worked as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Architecture at Columbia GSAPP and Curator at Studio-X Johannesburg. She is currently developing an exhibition on African Mobilities with A.M. Architekturmuseum • Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich.

Collaboration with e-flux Architecture and The Berlage

This fall, Het Nieuwe Instituut launches a collaboration with e-flux Architecture and The Berlage to investigate representation within and beyond the field of architecture. Ten architects and researchers will examine representational formats used in architectural or urban design through lectures at Het Nieuwe Instituut and The Berlage and essays on e-flux Architecture’s online platform. Architecture and Representation brings to light the agency embedded in architectural tools and questions how they disseminate into the wider world. Lectures by Peggy Deamer, Pier Vittorio Aureli, Mpho Matsipa, Hilary Sample, Joan Ockman, Samuel Stewart-Halevy, Jess Bier and more.

Thursday Bite

Before the Thursday Night you can grab a bite to eat with the speakers and staff of Het Nieuwe Instituut. At 18:30 Het Nieuwe Café will serve soup with bread or a quiche with salad. 

19:30 – 21:00
also this evening

17:00 - 18:00 Book launch: Lost and Living (in) archives by Annet Dekker

17:45 - 19:00 Magazine launch: MacGuffin No 5 The Cabinet

19:00 - 19:45 The Art of Finding: Staircases and Windows: Collecting Britain’s Built Heritage

19:30 - 21:00 De Stijl as interior project. Duo lecture Sabine Marcelis and Hetty Berens

20:00 - 20:30 Accusations #3: I fear fear

Museum open until 21:00

The New Haberdashery open until 21:00


Het Nieuwe Instituut
Museumpark 25
3015 CB Rotterdam

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.