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Disclosing Architecture is Het Nieuwe Instituut’s six-year initiative to increase the visibility and continued accessibility of the National Collection for Dutch Architecture and Urban Planning, made possible by a one-off investment from the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. If you’d like to receive a quarterly update on the progress and results of this ambitious heritage programme, click the button to sign up for the newsletter.

Heritage innovates. It does this partly through technological progress, but mainly by questioning current practice. A collection is not a neutral representation of the past, but acquires meaning through interactions with, and interpretations of, new generations of users. This means that heritage must, by definition, be future-oriented. At the conference Disclosing Futures – Rethinking Heritage, on 2 and 3 November in Het Nieuwe Instituut, we will discuss the reorientation of the role of heritage, and innovation as a condition for sustainable collection management.

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Invented from Copies: the whiteprint

In addition to beautiful, museum-quality, hand-drawn ‘original’ designs, the National Collection for Dutch Architecture and Urban Planning contains an enormous number of copies and reproductions. Invented from Copies is a research project under the umbrella of Disclosing Architecture that examines an undervalued element of the archive collection: the architectural reproduction. In this essay, conservator and archivist Clara Stille-Haardt discusses the whiteprint’s peculiarities and significance based on examples from the National Collection. Due to its white background, the whiteprint was ideal for adding changes, annotations and colour schemes. This created dialogues on the copies between clients and architects. 

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