This year, many projects in the Disclosing Architecture programme are being initiated or further developed.
The first results, expected from the restoration studios dealing with the large bulk of design drawings, will be used to further sharpen the restoration's vision. This content will help to decide which archives will be further developed and restored.
The search portal for the collection will be upgraded for Linked Open Data, allowing increased interrelation with other heritage databases to further enrich the collection. In addition, a team of technicians, designers, and heritage professionals will launch The Other Interface, a new way to make the collection accessible to a wider audience.
Research projects into the value and significance of the collection will continue, with Rethinking the Collection reviewing policies and suggesting alternative approaches. Architectural reproductions will examine the role of the copy in the architect's design process to develop new perspectives on the collection.
Choose and Use
With Choose and Use, Het Nieuwe Instituut has developed a new format that makes archives from the National Collection available to the cultural field. Together with participating partners, we are making a selection of archival documents that corresponds to specific themes and current concerns. In this way, the National Collection will become increasingly interwoven with local and regional issues.
Availability Of The Collection
Under the name Closer to Architecture, Het Nieuwe Instituut has launched a six-year programme to improve the architecture collection’s visibility and accessibility. One of the projects within the programme involves the conservation and restoration of a large number of design drawings and photographs. As a result of this work, some archival materials will be unavailable for consultation over the next few years.
Collecting Otherwise is one of the research projects currently being developed by Het Nieuwe Instituut as part of the Rethinking the Collection initiative, and under the umbrella of Disclosing Architecture. This background of this initiative is the decision of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW) to invest 11 million euros over the next six years in the visibility – and thus the restoration and digitisation – of the National Collection of Dutch Architecture and Urban Planning, which is hosted and cared for by Het Nieuwe Instituut. In this context, Het Nieuwe Instituut considers it imperative to ask fundamental questions about the value and significance of the documents contained in the collection. In turn, these questions could contribute to the reorientation of notions of what could, or should, constitute heritage and archiving in specific moments in time.
From Scanner to Digilab: Digitisation Gets More Professional
Het Nieuwe Instituut has been working on digitising the National Collection for Dutch Architecture and Urban Planning for more than ten years. That process has now undergone considerable professionalisation and acceleration as part of the six-year Disclosing Architecture programme, which focuses on preserving the collection and making it more visible. Digitisation is the starting point and prerequisite for numerous projects designed to make the architecture collection more visible and accessible.