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Gallery 3 By Désirée van Hoek: Notes on Downtown

Notes on Downtown is presented with an exhibition in Gallery 3 at Het Nieuwe Insituut in Rotterdam, which runs from April 1 to May 29, 2022.



19:30 – 21:00
also this evening

6-7.30pm | Thursday Bite

7.30-9pm | Design Dialogues: Through Artificial Eyes

The museum is free to visit from 5-9pm. 


Het Nieuwe Instituut
Museumpark 25
3015 CB Rotterdam



Jennifer Wolch

Jennifer Wolch is a professor of Urban Planning, Geography and dean of the UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design. Before accepting the deanship, she was the founder and director of the Center for Sustainable Cities at the University of Southern California. Her work focuses on sustainable urbanism, urban design and public health, homeless and human service delivery and animal-society relations. Her books (with Michael Dear) include Landscapes of Despair: From Deinstitutionalization to Homelessness (1987) and Malign Neglect: Homelessness in an American City (1993).

Sharon Zukin

Sharon Zukin is a professor emeritus of sociology at Brooklyn College and at the CUNY Graduate Center. Her latest book, The Innovation Complex: Cities, Tech, and the New Economy (2020), examines the shaping of the tech ecosystem in New York. Zukin has been a Broeklundian Professor at Brooklyn College, and a visiting professor at the University of Amsterdam, the University of Western Sydney and Tongji University. She received the Lynd Award for Career Achievement in urban sociology from the American Sociological Association and won the C. Wright Mills Book Award for Landscapes of Power.

Désirée van Hoek

Amsterdam-based photographer Désirée van Hoek (1966) made her international debut in 2015 with her book Skid Row about the underprivileged neighborhood of the same name in Los Angeles. The book, designed by Mevis & Van Deursen and with an introduction by the LA Times staff writer Gale Holland, was well received in the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Japan and the US, and was voted one of the Best Dutch Book Designs of the Netherlands and Belgium. In the LA Review of Books, Michael Kurcfeld described Skid Row as a ‘vivid record of a fragile world by an unlikely outsider.’ Wired’s Pete Brook praised Van Hoek’s approach: “As responsibly as one can make images of society’s disadvantaged. Kudos.”

Floris Alkemade

Floris Alkemade is an architect and urban designer. He was associated with Rem Koolhaas' office OMA for eighteen years, the last seven of which as partner. Since 2008, Floris Alkemade has run his own office, FAA, with projects in the Netherlands and abroad. With FAA he works on large-scale architectural projects in France, including the redevelopment of the 600-metre-long Macdonald warehouse building in Paris. In addition, Floris Alkemade is a lecturer at the Academy of Architecture in Amsterdam. Since September 2015, Floris Alkemade has been appointed Chief Government Architect. He combines his Rijksbouwmeestership with his work for his agency FAA and his lectureship at the Academy of Architecture.

Joep van Lieshout

Atelier Van Lieshout is the studio founded by sculptor, painter and visionary Joep van Lieshout. Over the past three decades, Van Lieshout has established a multidisciplinary practice that produces works on the borders between art, design, and architecture. In 2021 Joep van Lieshout (Atelier Van Lieshout) and project developer RED Company have joined forces to build a large-scale cultural cluster with residential units, offices and services in Rotterdam’s up and coming M4H port area. Their cooperation heralds a new model for urban renewal that does not automatically push out creatives once neighbourhoods upgrade.


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.