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What if we could tackle both the world’s energy and food problems? What if we could harvest both electricity and food within one system using the power of the sun? Power Plant is the world’s first self-powering greenhouse, developed by solar designer Marjan van Aubel. Through transparent solar glass it powers its indoor climate, harvesting both food and electricity to grow the plants of the future, using the power of design. In the Power Plant workshop, we will develop concepts in a short time and translate them into scale models. In this hands-on workshop, you will develop scenarios on how we can combine new techniques with future issues such as energy and food problems.

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Marjan van Aubel

Marjan van Aubel (1985) graduated from the Royal College of Art (Design Products MA) in 2012 and the Rietveld Academy DesignLAB (BA) in 2009. Van Aubel has since exhibited at the V&A (London), the Design Museum (London), Boijmans van Beuningen Museum (Rotterdam), and the Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam). Her work is also part of the permanent collection at the MoMA in New York, the Vitra Design Museum, Boijmans van Beuningen Museum, The Montreal Museum of Art, and the National Gallery of Victoria in Australia. In 2012 she won the First Prize at the Dutch New Material Award. In 2017, Marjan van Aubel was selected as one of the winners of the WDCD Climate Action Challenge, and Swarovski named her the Designer of the Future.Marjan van Aubel is the founder of the sustainable design collective Caventou and currently teaches at the Design Academy and Royal College of Art, The Hague.

Thursday Night Workshop

Designers and makers from the worlds of architecture, design and digital culture share their techniques, experiments and questions in special workshops, always with a link to the programme Dissident Gardens or Thursday Night Live!

Thursday Bite

Before Thursday Night Live! you can grab a bite to eat with the speakers and staff of Het Nieuwe Instituut. At 18:00 Het Nieuwe Café will serve 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 Ticket link of the Thursday Night Live!

19:30 – 21:30

Het Nieuwe Instituut
Museumpark 25
3015 CB Rotterdam


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

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.