Het Nieuwe Instituut has an international perspective for its programming and R&D that reflects the fact that design operates in a global field and presents itself on a global stage.
From its inception, Het Nieuwe Instituut has positioned itself as an organisation with an international scope. This is reflected in the institute’s three long-term research tracks, its exhibitions programme, its many activities abroad and the contribution of numerous foreign researchers, designers, makers, critics and curators to its activities. The State Archive of (Dutch) Architecture is also part of an international dialogue through its loans to foreign museums and the role the collection plays in many internationally oriented exhibitions.
The institute has several formal international responsibilities. These include an extremely successful guest programme that introduces foreign professionals to the world of Dutch design, and curating and organising the Netherlands’ participation in international architecture biennales. The institute is also responsible for policy in terms of market expansion. In recent years this has includes the construction of a strong network of exchange between the Netherlands and Germany.
Het Nieuwe Instituut performs three tasks in its role as Coordinator for the Internationalisation of the Creative Industries. It functions as coordinator, it maps talent and it stimulates international exchange of knowledge in areas where the creative industries can be directly involved in social issues.
Games for Cities Conference
The Games for Cities programme hosts the first international conference with leading international ‘city-game’ design experts on 20 and 21 April in Het Nieuwe Instituut. Games for Cities, organised by Play the City and partners, aims to bring Dutch city-gaming practices into closer contact with international best practices. The programme combines keynotes on how city-gaming is the future of city-making with numerous city-game sessions.
Publication Round N Around
Round N Around is a collaborative research project between the University of Applied Sciences in Amsterdam (HVA citizen data lab), the University of São Paulo and Het Nieuwe Instituut. With the support of local biker communities, researchers and public managers, the project aimed towards better biking conditions in São Paulo. The results of the two workshops and the conference are presented in a publication.
New Material Award: Design-led research as a driving force for a sustainable future
The International New Materials network, which is founded by Het Nieuwe Instituut, visited the award ceremony during Dutch Design Week. Carole Collet, professor in Design for Sustainable Futures and director Design & Living Systems Lab at Central Saint Martins University of the Arts in London, wrote an article in response to the New Material Award 2016.