This autumn Het Nieuwe Instituut is initiating a series of dialogues in which young architects from the Netherlands and Flanders discuss their design practice in relation to four themes. The dialogues take place within the framework of the exhibition ‘Maatwerk – Massarbeit’ at the Deutsches Architekturmuseum, for which Het Nieuwe Instituut has provided material on loan.

The exhibition ‘Maatwerk – Massarbeit’ opens on 7 October at the Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM) in Frankfurt am Main. The DAM invited the Flanders Architecture Institute to compile a retrospective of Flemish and Dutch architecture from the past three decades. Running until 12 February 2017, the exhibition includes a number of models from the Het Nieuwe Instituut. Among the designs on display at the DAM are the ESTEC building by Aldo and Hannie van Eyck, the Peperklip social housing complex by Carel Weeber, the master plan for the Sphinx Céramique site by Jo Coenen, and an early design for the Byzantium building by OMA.

Architecture dialogues

In addition, Het Nieuwe Instituut has taken the initiative to organize four dialogues this autumn between young and established architects from the Netherlands and Flanders. While the exhibition looks to both the past and distant future, the dialogues will explore the present and near future. The dialogues are structured around four themes expressed in the work of these offices: ‘Boundless Customization’, ‘Radicalism & Poetry’, ‘Composition & Material’ and ‘Occasion & Place’.

The dialogues are being prepared by the Agency of Het Nieuwe Instituut in collaboration with the Flanders Architecture Institute. The selection of offices reflects the efforts of Jantje Engels and Marius Grootveld, the curators responsible for part of the Maatwerk exhibition. Two of the dialogues take place at the Deutsches Architekturmuseum in Frankfurt am Main, one at Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam, and one at the Flanders Architecture Institute in Antwerp.

Beneath an overview of the four architecture dialogues:

Architecture dialogues the Netherlands Flanders