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How can we better transform the future? What can we learn from the past few years in which studios and apartments have been realised in old office buildings? Woningbouwatelier (the Housing Construction Workshop) sees new opportunities by focusing less on the product and more on future residents. During the Guest Programme 'New Future For Old Buildings', Woningbouwatelier will investigate.

19:30 – 21:30
also this evening

18:00-19:30 Thursday Bite 

19:30-21:00 Archive Explorations: Queer Houses and Places

19:30-21:00 Guest Programme Film screening The Corroborators

19:30-21:30 Guest Programme New Future For Old Buildings

20:00-22:00 BNO IMG LAB: Books in Pictures

The museum is free of charge from 17:00-21:00


Het Nieuwe Instituut
Museumpark 25
3015 CB Rotterdam


Free entrance, RSVP via ticket link 

What does the future of transformation look like? A few years ago, transformation was completely 'in', and thousands of studios and apartments were realised in old office buildings. Now, the numbers are declining considerably, but the expectation is that by 2023 many buildings will become available again. Due to new legislation, buildings must have at least a C energy label to be used as offices, giving a new impulse to the transformation market.


The idea of Woningbouwatelier is to bring the supply of large vacant buildings and the individual demand of home seekers together in a smart way, and to give residents the opportunity to realise their ideal home. During this evening, Woningbouwatelier challenges you to think critically about this, kicking off with a number of pitches from innovative leaders in the transformation market. Then, Gerben van Dijk takes you into the ideas of Woningbouwatelier. What do you think are the opportunities in the transformation market?

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.