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Philipp Oswalt and Arna Mačkić discuss European urban reconstruction projects from Germany to Bosnia-Herzegovina, reflecting on the inevitable relationship between built form and identity. The evening, moderated by Arjen Oosterman, is part of Monument, a series organised in collaboration with e-flux Architecture.

20:00 – 21:30
also this evening

18:00-19:30 Thursday Bite

17:00-21:00 Free admission to the museum


Het Nieuwe Instituut
Museumpark 25
3015 CB Rotterdam


This programme has been cancelled

Organised in collaboration with e-flux Architecture, the Monument series reconsiders monuments' contested role in the constitution, recognition, and reification of identities. From urban reconstructions in Berlin and Beirut to new structures being built in Accra and Utøya, the relationship between identity and built form has invested architecture with a renewed sense of urgency and agency. The series, accompanied by online essays, will include contributions by David Adjaye, Vasyl Cherepanyn, Philipp Oswalt, Jorge Otero-Pailos, Valentina Rozas-Krause and Mabel O. Wilson.

Philipp Oswalt

Philipp Oswalt is professor of architectural theory and design at the University of Kassel. He has been an editor of the architectural journal ARCH+ and an architect at the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) and MVRDV in Rotterdam. From 2009 to 2014 he directed the Bauhaus Foundation in Dessau. Oswalt has published widely on urban reconstruction in Germany, most recently the article, How Germany’s Far-Right Is Gaslighting Architectural History: The Case of Potsdam’s Garrison Church in Frieze Magazine (2019).

Arna Mačkić

Architect Arna Mačkić founded Studio L A together with Lorien Beijaert. In 2016, she published Mortal Cities and Forgotten Monuments, exploring the effects of war damage on a city’s inhabitants and the possibilities for rebuilding collective and inclusive identities through architecture. As of 2020, she is a member of the editorial board of the Architecture in the Netherlands yearbook.

e-flux Architecture

e-flux Architecture is a publishing platform of e-flux archive and editorial project, founded in 2016. Its news, events, exhibitions, programmes, journals, books and architecture projects describe strains of critical discourse surrounding contemporary architecture, culture, and theory internationally. e-flux Architecture maintains a dynamic international programme of projects and events in collaboration with leading institutions and practitioners.

Memory and Oblivion

Monument is part of Memory and Oblivion, a long-term research project on ideology, memory and monuments, launched in 2018 by Het Nieuwe Instituut, and directed by its Research department. The project will look at different case studies around the world that epitomise the demands of a renewed relationship between remembering and forgetting.

Thursday Bite

Before the event you can enjoy 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 event via the Tickets link.

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Thursday Night at Het Nieuwe Instituut
Luca Napoli

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