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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.

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Invented from Copies: the blueprint

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. Curator Hetty Berens explores Het Nieuwe Instituut’s collection for evidence of the introduction and use of the blueprint by Dutch architects and engineers from 1870 to 1920. Blueprint processes, then one of several new copying techniques, became a common method for architects to reproduce their drawings until the 1950s.

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