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After the first two talks on ministerial ambitions and power, the Ministry of Spatial Affairs wants a reality check. What should the Ministry know to create an effective new policy? An evening about hard facts with Jelte Boeijenga, Wendy Verschoor, Pieter Boot and Marco Hoppesteyn.

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19:30 – 21:00
also this evening

Pop-in expo: Nightshop

Museum open until 21:00

The New Haberdashery open until 21:00

Study Centre open until 21:00



Het Nieuwe Instituut
Museumpark 25
3015 CB Rotterdam


Programme€ 7,50
Programme students & friends of Het Nieuwe Instituut€ 3,75
Thursday Bite (without programme)€ 7,50
BankGiro Loterij VIP-KAARTFree

In 2010 the Netherlands brought an end to fifty years of centralised spatial planning. Since then, spatial planning has followed the credo ‘decentralise where possible, centralise where necessary’. What are the results of this policy after six years and what new relationships has it created? Who dictates the Netherlands’ spatial planning today and what drives them?

With the conviction that spatial planning concerns everyone and cannot be left solely to market players and assertive citizens, Het Nieuwe Instituut is teaming up with Elma van Boxel & Kristian Koreman (ZUS) and Stephan Petermann (OMA/AMO) to organise a series of discussions around the creation of a new Ministry for Spatial Affairs: a ministry that believes that its policy must have a basis in a vision with a broad consensus. Especially now that technological changes and social and economic issues extend far beyond our borders, a jointly formulated perspective is more urgent than ever.

The discussions concern what the new ministry needs to know and what it can do. The discussions will be conducted among a diverse group of people with different expertise and backgrounds. The first discussion was about Happiness, the second about Political Power.

Thursday Bite

Before the Thursday Night you can grab a bite and eat with the speakers and staff of Het Nieuwe Instituut. At 18:30 Het Nieuwe Café will serve either soup with bread or a quiche with salad. Dinner vouchers are available for €7.50 up to a day before the particular Thursday Night event via the Tickets link on this page.

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.