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Build, build, build is the much-heard mantra to meet the urgent demand for housing in the Netherlands. But as the number of small households and constructions costs continue to rise, the question is: what will we build in the coming years? Does compact housing offer a solution?

19:30 – 22:00
also this evening

18:00-19:30 Thursday Bite 

19:30-22:00 Guest Programme: The Fate of Our Irenestraten

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 

The architect as developer

During the evening we will discuss a competition that resulted in a new neighbourhood of tiny homes in Almere Poort. The winning designers took a risk by taking on the role of the developer, putting their design solutions for high-density, sustainable, compact housing into practice. The municipality has issued permits in accordance with existing legislation and regulations and has applied a market-based land price.

Klein Wonen/Small Homes

The houses and the creation of the neighbourhood are documented in the recently published book Klein Wonen/Small Homes. It has  become a source of inspiration for compact housing initiatives elsewhere: on vacant sites as infill developments or on roofs, or as full-fledged new-build neighbourhoods.


Developer and author of the book, Jacqueline Tellinga, will explain the relevance of the topic of compact housing. Artist Arne Hendriks will ask you to Join the Growth Resistance. Four developer-architects will then share their designs for small homes. The evening will end with a conversation with representatives of Rotterdam City Council about how the city is making space available for compact housing.

The evening is organised by NAI Booksellers  and Woningbouwatelier.

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.