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EXHIBITIONS

The year 2012 was divided into three themes. In the first quarter it was ‘The Netherlands: Then, Now and Soon’. The programme offered insight into the Dutch identity by focusing on the past (NAI Treasury), future (Dutchville) and present (The Netherlands – Off The Shelf). From April to August the NAI focused on ‘The City, Our Future’. ‘Making City’, the main exhibition of the 5th International Architecture Biennale, and ‘Smart Cities’ were the main exhibitions to convey this theme. The final theme of 2012 was ‘Love for Architecture’, with as highlight the retrospective ‘Louis Kahn – The Power of Architecture’.

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The ‘City Tower’: a key work from Louis Kahn - The Power of Architecture.

Photo: Carel van Hees

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EVENTS

The year 2012 was packed to the full with lively events both large and small. On 10 March the NAI hosted the opening of Museum Night. In collaboration with the Museum Association and the Bankgiro Loterij, we organised the Neighbour Evening for the second time on 13 April in the run-up to Museum Weekend. The evening featured a short lecture entitled ‘Architecture in Rotterdam’, activities for children, and guided tours through the exhibition. During ‘Summer at the NAI’, which ran from May to August, ten activities took place in and around the NAI. Themes varied from the EURO 2012 football tournament, to ‘taste’ during Architecture Day, to a one-day burger biennale.

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Summer at NAI #4: performance by New Earth Group during North Sea Round Town.

Photo: Fred Ernst

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CHILDREN AND EDUCATION

Family visits to the NAI are on the increase. Families drew inspiration from their museum visit and then got down to work in the Hands-On Deck. Special events such as ‘Lego City’, ‘Roadworkers’ and ‘Magic forms’ took place each school holiday. The successful series entitled Museum-YouthUniversity took place twice this year, and the unique children’s website Bouwman&Bouwman was launched. Some 40% of the audio tours this summer were ‘Beestenboel’ audio tours for children. The summer bike tours proved popular among the guided tours, and the education programmes performed well. The national museum in Oslo wishes to acquire our educational programme ‘Sketch like Louis Kahn’.

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Lego City summer holiday event on the Hands-on Deck.

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EXHIBITIONS ABROAD

The 13th International Architecture Biennale in Venice this year included the exhibition ‘Re-Set. New Wings for Architecture’. Developed by Inside Outside / Petra Blaisse in partnership with the NAI, the exhibition attracted 80,168 visitors. The travelling exhibitions ‘Housing with a Mission’, ‘Unsolicited Architecture’, ‘Testify!’ and ‘Architecture of Consequence’ were presented at various venues this year. On account of its great relevance to architectural practice in China, the exhibition ‘Housing with a Mission’ won the prize for the best pavilion at the architecture biennale in Shenzhen this year. It is very likely that ‘Housing with a Mission’ will be built as a model neighbourhood.

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Re-Set – the Dutch entry at the Venice Biennale by Petra Blaisse.

Photo: Rob 't Hart

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MATCHMAKING AND DEBATES ON TOUR

With the Matchmaking Programme, the NAI brings together expertise and assignments. This year’s focus was once again India and China, countries that face a number of complex problems that call for smart, sustainable solutions. The year also saw the first Matchmaking event in Turkey, while preparations got underway for a similar event in Brazil. The NAI organised debates elsewhere. ‘Debates on Tour’ travelled to Oslo, Tirana, Algiers and Athens, with as highlight the series in Turkey.

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Reclaiming Public Space, 4 october 2012.

Photo: Erandu Kanku

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NAI PLATFORM

“Architecture isn’t just a question of making pretty façades or expressive sculptures. It is really a question of how we want to live our lives,” architect Bjarke Ingels told a packed auditorium at the Doelen (1732 visitors). The statement is typical of the 2012 lecture and debate programme, which focused on how architecture can create value for both the social and economic environment. The themes of Energy and Health in particular received plenty of attention from the ‘Architecture of Consequence’ agenda of innovation. Other highlights included the symposium WIJKonomie and a meeting devoted to school building to mark the 80th birthday of architect Herman Hertzberger.

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Ole Bouman and Bjarke Ingels in conversation during the lecture by Bjarke Ingels.

Photo: Carel van Hees

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COLLABORATION

With the Studio for Unsolicited Architecture, the NAI is experimen-ting with ways in which architects can contribute to tackling complex issues. The starting point is some-thing of public interest for which no client/assignment as yet exists. Teams presented their plans and alliances through a bidbook. One of them concerned a proposal for an ecological high-voltage network, which resulted in a pilot project with network administrator TenneT. In addition, the NAI teamed up with external parties to search for innovative ideas through competi-tions. Featured competitions in 2012 were New Harloheim with Ymere, the AM NAi Prize, Daring Design with Gispen, and The Green Architecture Competition with the Ministry of Economic Affairs and The Green Collective.

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Studio for Unsolicited Architecture: 3 bids are presented.

Photo: Carel van Hees

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COLLECTION

In 2012 two important NAI publications appeared: ‘Making Choices: the new collection policy for 1960-2010’ sheds light on what choices are made in acquiring archival material. And ‘Dutch Architecture in 250 Highlights preserved by the Netherlands Architecture Institute’ is a thematic summary of a century of collecting architecture archives.
New inventories include the archives of Bedaux, Greiner, Tauber and Dudok. Acquisitions include the submissions for the AM NAi Prize, Kromhout, Oud,Maaskant, Weeber, and Van der Mey. The NAI also loaned items from the collection to, amongst others, Vitra Design Museum, Rijksmuseum, Cité d’Architecture, MoMA.

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Cabinets for models in the collection wing.

Photo: Carel van Hees

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NAI DIGITAL

With a mobile app of its own, various websites and social channels, the NAI has carved out a strong digital profile for itself. The year 2012 saw the introduction of a completely renewed version of NAI.nl online. The site ‘Treasures of the NAI’, which brings together the finest items from the collection, grows every week with the addition of new works of exceptional quality. In September the UAR architecture application increased in size with another 1500 objects and an underground layer. With over 14,000 followers, Facebook is the most important social platform of the NAI. We share activities and news with a wide audience at home and abroad. The Flickr page of the NAI Collection is visited 8,500 times a month.

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Image made for the Underground version of the UAR architecture application.

Design: DPI Animationhouse

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NAI CORPORATE

Collaboration with various partners in the public and private sectors in 2012 has resulted in splendid exhibitions, debates, lectures and events. Long-term projects like UAR and Dutchville could continue to develop as a result. Special events such as the lecture by Bjarke Ingels in the Doelen and the architecture biennale in Venice were made possible thanks to the support of our good relations. Moreover, external activities such as the ModeMarché, the presentation of the Rotterdam Pass, the Rotterdam Open Data event, and the series of workshops by Lely Vastgoed with Sjoerd Soeters and Tracy Metz are examples of successful collaboration that took place this year.

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Dinner with the NAI Circle in the NAI Treasury.

Photo: Carel van Hees

THE NEW INSTITUTE

2012 has been a year of harvesting for the NAI. In addition, measures have been put in place for the merger on 1 January 2013. For example, the 2013-2016 policy plan was published and the new management team and Board of Trustees named. The New Institute was introduced as an umbrella name. The New Institute will oversee the activities of the NAI, Premsela and Virtual Platform, while the current brands will remain visible. The institute will manage and make accessible cultural heritage, organise a national and international programme of lectures and debates, develop educational programmes for schools, stimulate research, and programme a museum of world stature.

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THE NEW INSTITUTE

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