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Dutch Pavilion Opens at Venice Architecture Biennale

21 MAY 2021

On 20 May, the Dutch pavilion at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia was digitally opened by outgoing minister Van Engelshoven. The Dutch pavilion hosts the exhibition Who is We? Curated by Francien van Westrenen (head of the agency of Het Nieuwe Instituut), it features artistic contributions from Afaina de Jong (architect) and Debra Solomon (artist). Het Nieuwe Instituut is the commissioning agent for the Dutch pavilion. La Biennale di Venezia is open to the public from 22 May to 21 November. The exhibition Who is We? can also be experienced digitally at whoiswe.nl

Who is We?

13 APRIL 2021

Het Nieuwe Instituut will present Who is We? at the Pavilion of the Netherlands at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, which will run from 22 May to 21 November 2021. As a response to the Biennale Architettura 2021 theme set by curator Hashim Sarkis, which is ‘How will we live together?’, Het Nieuwe Instituut asks a counter-question: ‘Who is we?’. The team, led by curator Francien van Westrenen, argues that current social and ecological urgencies demand that architects and urbanists regard ‘we’ as a more pluralised pronoun that encompasses all humans and more-than-humans such as soil, plants and animals. The knowledge, values, and methodologies necessary for this transformation have been developed throughout history but are largely marginalised by the architectural canon.

The Polder of Babel

4 NOVEMBER 2020

Het Nieuwe Instituut and the City of Rotterdam have commissioned the Polder of Babel – a community of learning exploring the super-diverse city in the Antropocene. The project, by the Independent School for the City, is Rotterdam's parallel programme for Who is We? – the Dutch contribution to the 17th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale.

Values for Survival: Presenting the First Results

10 JULY 2020

The 17th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia has been postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, meaning that the presentation Who is We? will not be on view at the Dutch pavilion until 2021. However, the exhibition's parallel public programme Values for Survival, curated by Professor Caroline Nevejan at the invitation of Het Nieuwe Instituut, is currently in full swing. The first results of this research programme – Cahier 1 and an Exploratorium – will be presented in Amsterdam and Venice between 12 and 4pm on 14 July 2020.

2020 Venice Architecture Biennale Postponed until 2021

20 MAY 2020

The opening of the 17th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia has been postponed until 22 May 2021. This difficult but commendable decision was made by the Biennale foundation because of the Covid-19 pandemic and its implications for the production, construction, and opening of the exhibition. The Biennale will run until 21 November 2021.

17th Venice Architecture Biennale Postponed until 29 August 2020

5 MARCH 2020

The 17th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia has been postponed until August 2020 due to disruption caused by the coronavirus outbreak in Italy. The Biennale will now begin on 29 August and run until 29 November 2020. It was originally scheduled to open on 23 May. The decision was made due to measures taken by governments to restrict the spread of the virus.

Six Design Teams Selected for 17th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia

19 DECEMBER 2019

Het Nieuwe Instituut and the Creative Industries Fund NL announce the six design teams selected from their open call for the 17th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia. The open calls aim to promote knowledge and contribute to the development of research in the fields of architecture and urbanism. La Biennale takes place from 22 May to 21 November 2021.

Who is We?

19 NOVEMBER 2019

Het Nieuwe Instituut, commissioner of the Dutch pavilion for the 17th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, presents the theme Multispecies Urbanism as the Netherlands' official contribution.

Guus Beumer, artistic director Het Nieuwe Instituut
Francien van Westrenen, head of Agency Het Nieuwe Instituut
Afaina de Jong, architect and researcher; Debra Solomon, artist and researcher
Richard Niessen
RNDR
InnaVisions
Meeusontwerpt
Laura Pappa, Robert Milne
Juan Arturo García
Caroline Nevejan, Chief Science Officer City of Amsterdam; Huda AbiFarès, graphic design and co-editor
Mike Emmerik, Simone Rots, Independent School for the City
Lada Hršak, Bureau LADA; Chiara Dorbolò and Daphne Bakker, Failed Architecture; Tymon Hogenelst and Jesse van der Ploeg, Studio Wild