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The series of events kicks off during the Thursday Night Live! Summer Special on 11 July with a barbecue organised by the Syrian chef Maher al Sabbagh. With Zaira Pourier (AFARAI) and Frank Bruggeman (designer The New Garden).

The New Garden

Since 2015, The New Garden, designed and maintained by artist Frank Bruggeman and ecological gardener Hans Engelbrecht, has been a widely used public space around Het Nieuwe Instituut. At Het Nieuwe Instituut’s request, architects Afaina de Jong and Zaira Pourier (AFARAI) have researched the garden’s multifaceted use, with the aim of making visible and supporting its value. They spent a few weeks hanging out, talking to visitors and regulars, and discovering the specific qualities of the place.

Just Hanging Out investigates public space in Rotterdam, and specifically in The New Garden. In the programme, hanging out in public space is framed by a spatial and cultural perspective. Instead of counteracting the use of public space by means of control or anti-design, Just Hanging Out takes it as a starting point to think about ownership, the value of ‘free’ public places, and how the presence of ‘others’ has an impact on the experience of and access to public space.


In the summer of 2019, six hosts will play a central role in the programme of The New Garden. The hangouts are organized around a daytime barbecue and will attract new visitors from the hosts’ own networks as well as appealing to current garden regulars.

Just Hanging Out #1
Maher al Sabbagh
Thursday 11 July   

Just Hanging Out #2
Manuela Goncalves Tavares 
Friday 9 August 

Just Hanging Out #3
Hunna Blockparty Talents
Saturday 17 August 

Just Hanging Out #4
Charlie Koolhaas
Thursday 22 August

Just Hanging Out #5
Festival Magia
Saturday 24 August 

Just Hanging Out #6
Malique Mohamud & Concrete Blossom
Sunday 25 August

18:00 – 20:00
Dutch and English

Het Nieuwe Instituut
Museumpark 25
3015 CB Rotterdam


Free entrance
Barbecue € 10,- via Eventbrite

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.