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Created in 1956, New Babylon offered a vision of a future built environment spanning the entire surface of the planet, held aloft on pillars: a society that would be organised around leisure and play, work being performed by machines. How does this vision look today? And how has the proposition of New Babylon changed between 1997 (the year of the exhibition) and 2021? What, too, was the impact of the exhibition on those who saw it?

The evening will start off with a gathering at Kunstinstituut Melly – based on a presentation of materials from the exhibition archive, and in collaboration with the Master Interior Architecture: Research + Design, MIARD, together with special guest Mark Wigley. An energetic walk (or parkour) to Het Nieuwe Instituut will follow, for a lecture by Wigley reflecting on the exhibition, together with responses by professionals, attendees and students.  

Do you remember seeing the 1997 exhibition New Babylon? We welcome contributions from the public! Please contact us at

This event is co-organised by Kunstinstituut Melly and Het Nieuwe Instituut with the Master Interior Architecture: Research + Design, MIARD.

17:00 – 19:30

Kunstinstituut Melly
Witte de Withstraat 50
3012 BR Rotterdam, NL

Het Nieuwe Instituut
Museumpark 25
3015 CB Rotterdam


More information will follow soon.

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.