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The fourth lecture from the Architecture and Representation series with e-flux and The Berlage. Architect Hilary Sample will discuss the way the human body is catalogued, distributed, and instrumentalised by architects in the format of the scale figure, used to give context and animation to section drawings and perspectives. She explores the fundamental paradox of a globalised digital silhouette in a world that is increasingly divisive in its relation to the human being.

19:30 – 21:00
also this evening

Pop-in expo: Cute by Sewaji

17:00 - 20:00 New Year drinks

19:00 - 21:00 Night Shift

Museum open until 21:00


Het Nieuwe Instituut
Museumpark 25
3015 CB Rotterdam


Standard€ 7,50
Students and Friends of Het Nieuwe Instituut€ 3,75
Thursday Bite€ 7,50


Hilary Sample

Hilary Sample is an Associate Professor at Columbia GSAPP, where she coordinates the Core Architecture Studios and Core III Housing Studios. She is an architect and principal of MOS Architects, which she co-founded with Michael Meredith in 2003. An internationally recognized architectural practice, MOS was the recipient of among others the 2015 Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum National Design Award in Architecture and the 2010 American Academy of Arts and Letters Architecture Award. Recent publications include MOS: Selected Works (Princeton Architectural Press, 2016) and An Incomplete Encyclopedia of Scale Figures Without Architecture (GSAPP Books, 2016).

Collaboration with e-flux Architecture and The Berlage

This fall, Het Nieuwe Instituut launches a collaboration with e-flux Architecture and The Berlage to investigate representation within and beyond the field of architecture. Ten architects and researchers will examine representational formats used in architectural or urban design through lectures at Het Nieuwe Instituut and The Berlage and essays on e-flux Architecture’s online platform. Architecture and Representation brings to light the agency embedded in architectural tools and questions how they disseminate into the wider world. Lectures by Peggy Deamer, Pier Vittorio Aureli, Mpho Matsipa, Hilary Sample, Joan Ockman, Samuel Stewart-Halevy, Jess Bier and more.

Thursday Bite

Before the Thursday Night you can grab a bite to eat with the speakers and staff of Het Nieuwe Instituut. At 18:30 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 Tickets link or at the bar this evening.

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.