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The film's subject is water, yet its theme is terrifying: H2Omx exposes Mexico city's ever increasing desertfication, whereby the nine million inhabitants are deserted in the desert. 

Can a megacity develop a sustainable water policy for 22 million inhabitants? Mexico city was never built in the near vicinity of water, however it was built on top of a lake. As its population demands a vast amount of drinking water, it is forced to supplment its own supply from regional districts. In addition, its sewage ends up in the agricutural streams. This film is an ecological case study of the velley of Mexico, which is struggling to cope with it's growing population.

Manuel Toledo

Manuel Toledo is a producer and independent designer from the Design Academy Eindhoven in the Netherlands. He has worked as a designer for institutes such as the TU Delft, where he designed a sustainable home in the Netherlands, and for the urban think tanks in Zürich (ETH-Z) and Caracas on architectureprojects in India and the Netherlands. As of 2012 he is a co-organiser vor theArqFilmFest in Santiago, Chili,  Chile and Latin America's first architecturefilmfestival. The festival's fourth succesful edition has shown that its popularity is rising. After his Santiago experiences, Manuel founded the ArchFilmFest London, of which the the first edition was held in june 2017. As chairman of the Encuentros 2015 conference in Rotterdam set the stage for the largest conference of international network of Chilean researchers, entrepeneurs and professionals outside Chile, to create a discourse concerning the sustainable future of Chile.

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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Become a Member of Het Nieuwe Instituut and you’ll support our mission to navigate the vast and evolving field of design. You’ll also be inspired by our special program of Members’ events, meeting up with other like-minded people as we invite you to reflect with us on design’s changing role in technology, economics, culture and society.

19:30 – 21:00

Het Nieuwe Instituut
Museumpark 25
3015 CB Rotterdam


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

Thursday Night at Het Nieuwe Instituut
Kristoffer Li & Kristoffer Halse Sølling

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.