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Two rounds of Architecture grants 2017

Two rounds of Architecture grants 2017

21 August 2017

Putting social and civic tasks on the agenda and devising surprising solutions for pressing spatial issues are aspects that many design-driven research projects share in common. This type of research has become an integral part of the architecture discipline. The Grant Programme for Architecture has made an important contribution to this. However, we are seeing a greater diversity of project forms. So what is it that distinguishes the supported projects? In a brief look back over this year’s initial rounds, that question is answered by a selection of exemplary projects.
design-driven research
In the bilingual publication Een Stad van Komen en Gaan / A City of Comings and Goings, Crimson Architectural Historians investigates the spatial impact of migration on the development of cities and villages. The start-up and implementation phases of this research into the peaks and troughs in demographics as a consequence of migration were supported by the Fund. The initial results were presented in the spring at the International Social Housing Festival in Amsterdam. This project is making an important contribution to research, analysis and reflection within the realm of architecture, especially as diverse international parties were involved in working on this social theme. This contributes to the international positioning of Dutch design expertise.

In conjunction with Switzerland-based Lars Müller Publishers, Theo Deutinger is releasing his socially critical Notebook of Tyranny (NOT). This Neufert-like publication provides insight into the cruel consequences of prevailing laws and rules from all over the world by means of detailed graphic illustrations. The examples range from guidelines for the layout of frontier zones and refugee camps to urban planning measures for ‘crowd control’ and the technical guidelines for slaughterhouses. The publication calls these and other system solutions into question from an artistic and cultural angle. This project is being supported because of the experimental character and the crossover between the disciplines of architecture and graphic design. It is at the interface of disciplines that one often finds professional innovation.

series of debates
Under the title ‘Research by Debate’, De Dépendance foundation is organizing a five-part multidisciplinary series of public discussions about topical urban issues. In Rotterdam extensive research is being carried out into developments that (will) to a large degree influence life in the city. It is remarkable that the initiative started out by studying various Rotterdam-based cultural institutions. The results are now being shared with a broad public, in cooperation with the City of Rotterdam and the Algemeen Dagblad daily newspaper, to foster greater engagement with the city’s future development. This project is being supported because of the multidisciplinary cooperation between diverse actors from the cultural field and the opportunities this offers for the reinforcement of the local knowledge infrastructure.
‘Research by Debate’ organized by De Dépendance

design competition
EuropanNL has opted to follow a new course and for its 14th edition is collaborating closely with the City of Amsterdam. The ‘Productive Amsterdam’ competition asks designers to envisage new models for a social and liveable city for living and working at five locations. The focus is on the encouragement of good commissioning practices and professionalization of design practice. By supporting the winners and coaching the City Council in its role as a public commissioner, EuropanNL wants to increase the chances of the winning plans being executed. The competition has now closed, with the first jury deliberations taking place on 29 September, immediately followed by a public meeting at Pakhuis de Zwijger.

‘Unfair Amsterdam’ is an art fair that aims to foster talent development and professionalization for young artists. For the exhibition design of the upcoming edition, Unfair is joining forces with UNStudio to organize an invited design competition for talented young (interior) architects. The winning design will be realized, forming the backdrop for the presentation of new work by 40 young artists. The fringe programme will be devoting attention to the design practice of the winning architect. This project is being supported because it promotes the artistic development of young design talent and in addition brings a large, art-loving public into contact with the architecture discipline.

In the first two rounds of 2017 a total of 102 grant applications were processed, of which 29 were awarded a grant. The combined amount of subsidy provided was about €550,000. This support made it possible for projects with a total value of more than €2 million to be undertaken. By investing in the initiation phase of projects in particular, the Fund performs a pioneering role. Such grants function as a catalyst for investments by third parties.

grants awarded
You can find a selection of projects awarded with a grant from the Architecture Programme at the bottom of this page.

next deadline
Do you want to submit a grant application for an architecture project? This year’s final deadline is on Wednesday, 18 October 2017. You can find further information about the Grant Programme for Architecture here.

It is advisable to seek contact with the Fund about an intended application or to mail in a draft proposal for feedback at least two weeks before the closing date, but preferably earlier.


Photo above: Unfair Amsterdam

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26 Oct: Machines of Freedom | an event on the Venice Architecture Biennale

26 October 2017
Temporary Art Centre, Eindhoven

This event, a celebration of the collaboration between Het Nieuwe Instituut and the Creative Industries Fund NL, will bring together experts in the field of architecture and the creative industries, in order to reflect on the theme of the 16th Venice Biennale for Architecture,
The conversation will serve to introduce the theme WORK, BODY, LEISURE and the ambitions for the Dutch Pavilion commissioned by Het Nieuwe Instituut, and to launch the first of three Open Calls, jointly organized by Het Nieuwe Instituut and the Creative Industries Fund NL, in order to select projects for its extended public program.

Program outline:
• Welcome by Syb Groeneveld, Director Creative Industries Fund NL, and Guus Beumer, Director Het Nieuwe Instituut.
• Marina Otero Verzier, Head of Research at Het Nieuwe Instituut, reflects on WORK, BODY, LEISURE, the curatorial concept for the 2018 Dutch Pavilion and its response to the theme for this year’s Venice Biennale FREESPACE.
• Keynote speakers (tbc)
• Conversation about the theme of the Venice Biennale for Architecture and the Dutch Pavilion in 2018
• Q&A
• further information and Q&A on the Open Calls by Het Nieuwe Instituut and Creative Industries Fund NL for participation at the Venice Biennale for Architecture in 2018.

Date & location
Thursday 26 October 2017, 11.00 – 13.00
Embassy of Urban Transformation, during Dutch Design Week 2017
Temporary Art Centre, Eindhoven
Talk is in English

Architects vs. Rest of the World

22 September 2017

New Generations, a festival aimed at creating a European network for young architects and urban planners, is being held in Rome from 24 to 26 September. New in this year’s edition is a series of interviews with 14 established Italian and Dutch architects, with the aim of fostering a sharing of expertise between two generations. We talked to founder and curator Gianpiero Venturini about the initiative.
Could you tell us more about this edition’s theme?
‘This is the 4th edition of the New Generations Festival, which is focusing on the relationship between architects and other disciplines. From this relationship comes the (provocative) title of the festival: ‘Architects VS Rest of the World’. Each day of the festival will be organized around a different topic: Urban Vocabulary & Public Space, New Economy & Values, and Digital Infrastructure & New Media. Previous editions of the New Generations Festival have focused on these themes separately. This year we will look at them in relation to each other. All topics are strictly connected to each other and together provide an overview of the role of the architect in today’s society: the reactivation of the public space, in collaboration with citizens, public and private parties, is strictly connected to the introduction of new economic models (and values). And the digital world and technological innovations represent an important tool that is adding a new layer of complexity to our cities, influencing the way we live, experience and participate in the daily renovation of the public space.’

‘It’s promising to see that this initiative – strengthening an international network of a new generation – has come from within, from the new generation itself, not from an institution.’ -
Secretary of Internationalization, Zineb Seghrouchni

For the festival you interviewed 14 illustrious architects. How did you tackle this?
‘I had the pleasure of meeting some of the interesting established firms worldwide, having the opportunity to talk with Kees Christiaanse (KCAP), Francine Houben (Mecanoo), Caroline Bos (UNStudio), Stefano Boeri (Boeri Architects), Mario Cucinella (Cucinella Architects) and others. This series of interviews aims to understand how the architect’s profession is changing, gathering the points of view of a selection of Dutch and Italian practices that have great experience to share, through an internationally recognized career path.

‘I structured each interview in three sections, presenting the same set of questions for each practice. I was interested in understanding some of the conditions underlying the success of these professional practices. Through a first biographical inquiry (PAST), then going through an analysis of the conditions that characterize the approach of the practice (PRESENT), and continuing through a speculation about the future of architecture over the next 15 to 20 years (FUTURE). Each interview was quite different from the previous one, but they are even more interesting when we look at them together.’
Gianpiero Venturini interviewing Stefano Boeri

‘Each interview was quite surprising, but their answers highlighted a certain distance from what is actually happening today in relation to the new generations of architects.’ - Gianpiero Venturini

What impression did the interviews leave you with?
‘Mario Cucinella from Bologna, for example, has a really interesting and pragmatic vision on new technologies and their potential in relation to architecture. Next to that he has one of the most amazing offices I’ve ever seen! Kees Christiaanse (KCAP), on the other hand, has a great capacity to explain difficult concepts with simple words, which is something uncommon but really important in our field. Plus, he shared great anecdotes about the period he was working with Rem Koolhaas. And what was interesting with Stefano Boeri and Cino Zucchi, both located in Milan, is that they have a great cultural background. It was quite inspiring to listen to their stories, influences and encounters.

‘Each interview was quite surprising, but their answers highlighted a certain distance from what is actually happening today in relation to the new generations of architects. The impression I had, most of all, is that they are not able to understand the issues that affect the new generation of designers and how they are actually looking for new ways to rethink the profession.’

You’ve made us really curious. Where can we read the interviews?
‘We are planning to share a few excerpts during the event in Rome to use them as inspiration and provide another point of view to the involved experts during the festival. The final version of the interviews will be published on the website and social channels of Itinerant Office and New Generations, one every week, by the end of October.’

The New Generation Festival was supported this year via the Grant Programme of Internationalization.

Interview preperations at Kees Christiaanse (KCAP)

Picture above: Gianpiero Venturini by Sara Lopez Camus


Festival Overview: Autumn 2017

22 September 2017

It’s September and the festival season is open! With the Grant Programme for Festivals the Fund is supporting festivals in the realms of architecture, design and digital culture. ‘As free spaces for experimentation and research, festivals play an important part in the development of these disciplines,’ the programme’s deputy secretary Marieke Ladru explains. ‘Festivals also rouse interest in the design disciplines, often succeed in attracting target groups new and old in original ways, and propagate intriguing crossovers within and beyond the creative industries.’
This autumn the following festivals are on the agenda, with support from this grant programme:

TodaysArt 2017
An international festival for contemporary visual arts, technology, science and digital culture, TodaysArt is being held over the weekend of 22 and 23 September around Het Nationale Toneel theatre in The Hague. Besides the club programme and panel discussions, the schedule includes a wide-ranging selection of national and international makers, performers and filmmakers: Gazelle Twin, HORDE, Midori Takada, Femke Herregraven, Tarik Barri, Dmitry Gelfland & Evelina Domnitch, Jonas Lund, Simone C Niquille and LP DUO. website

Graphic Matters
The sixth edition of Graphic Matters is being held in Breda from 22 September to 22 October. This year the festival focuses on revealing the social engagement of graphic designers. The programme includes a number of freely accessible interventions in public space alongside exhibitions and workshops that afford greater depth. The line-up includes graphic activist Klaus Staeck (DE), (NL), Jani Leinonen (FI), Tactical Magic (USA) and Ganzeer (EG). website

The Afrovibes Festival runs from 28 September to 9 October at a range of venues in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht and The Hague. Taking the theme ‘Fragile Freedom’, this arts festival brings contemporary theatre/dance productions and spoken word performances – complemented for the last three years by applied arts and design – from Africa to the Netherlands. The festival’s curator Cathal McKee has devised a new ‘design and creative arts’ programmatic angle that focuses on exchange and interaction between artists and designers from the worlds of fashion, graphic design, illustration and theatre. website
Today's Art Festival

On 5 and 6 October you can visit the PLAYGROUNDS conference and festival at the Klokgebouw (Clock Building) in Eindhoven. A must for fans of animation, film and digital media, the PLAYGROUNDS programme includes a conference, exhibitions, performances, film screenings, workshops, masterclasses and an awards ceremony. website

Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam 2017
From 4 to 8 October, film-lovers can attend the ninth edition of Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam. The festival’s main theme is ‘City for Sale – The City as Investment Model’, zooming in on the visible consequences of international flows of capital that wend their way into investments in real estate. website

ADE Sound Lab
Since 2015 the Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) has been organizing a three-day programme about sound, art and technology under the title ADE Sound Lab, which this year runs from 18 to 22 October. The programme focuses on experimentation and innovation in the fields of sound, sound synthesis, and visualizations of light and sound. ADE Sound Lab encompasses lectures, workshops, audiovisual installations and performances. Thanks to the Open Call: ADE Sound Lab that was issued by the Fund in the spring, 12 designers have the opportunity to present their work. website

Cross Comix
Cross Comix Rotterdam, to be found at venues including the Rotterdamse Schouwburg theatre from 16 to 25 October, is a festival that showcases crossovers between comic strips and various other artistic disciplines. The crossovers being focused on in this edition involve the performing arts, literature, film, transmedia and visual art. The followings participants have already been announced: Aimée de Jongh, David Van Reybrouck, Fresku, Ilah, Jan Terlouw Junior, Judith Uytelinde, Mohammed Benzakour and Paul Faassen. website

ROBOT LOVE Living Lab (during DDW)
During the Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven from 21 to 29 October, Stichting Niet Normaal (the ‘Not Normal Foundation’) is organizing an event about the role of technology in relation to topical social themes. The content of the programme components dovetail with the eponymous exhibition that will be staged in Eindhoven in 2018. A test environment where human and robot can get acquainted in a loving way is being developed in collaboration with The Army of Love collective, the Universities of Technology in Delft, Eindhoven and Twente, FNV union, the Universities of Tilburg and Utrecht, and Summa College Eindhoven.

Impakt Festival
From 25 to 29 October you can visit the Impakt Festival 2017 in Utrecht. This year’s theme is ‘Haunted Machines & Wicked Problems’, an analysis of our relationship with technology based on magic, myths and monsters: ‘The more complex our technological landscape becomes, the more often we fall back on old notions in order to understand our relationships to systems and machines.’ With its programme Impakt aims to demystify existing ideas and suggest ways in which magic and the mystical can be employed as metaphors in art, activism and a critical approach to technology. The organization is working with British curators Natalie Kane and Tobias Revell on the further development of the theme and programme. The intended speakers include China Miéville, Genevieve Bell, Bruno Latour and Donna Haraway. website

The deadline for submitting proposals for the Grant Programme for Festivals second round is 4 October 2017.


Picture above: Graphic Matters


Three Open Calls Venice Architecture Biennale 2018

21 September 2017

Het Nieuwe Instituut and Creative Industries Fund NL present a partnership that seeks to support designers and advance knowledge in the field of architecture before, during and after the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, which will be held from 24 May until 30 November 2018.
The two institutions will join forces to maximize the potentials of the international stage that the Venice Architecture Biennale offers for the creative industries, using it as a catalyst for a long-term conversation on the relation between architecture and society. This conversation reflects on FREESPACE, the theme defined by the general curators of the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2018, Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara. (For more information on FREESPACE click here.

Het Nieuwe Instituut and Creative Industries Fund NL will launch together an Open Call for the extended program of the Dutch Pavilion and a series of conversations around its theme, WORK, BODY, LEISURE. In addition to the joint open call, Creative Industries Fund NL will issue two more Open Calls for projects in relation to FREESPACE, the general theme of the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2018.

Open Call Venice Architecture Biennale #1_is launched on 21 September 2017 by Het Nieuwe Instituut, commissioner of the Dutch Pavilion, in partnership with Creative Industries Fund NL, for participation in the extended program for the Dutch Pavilion. Researchers and designers in the field of architecture are invited to submit proposals that reflect upon and respond to the theme of the Dutch Pavilion, WORK, BODY, LEISURE. The selected projects will be presented, as part of its extended program, alongside the work of the curatorial team, contributors, and associated institutions. (For more information on WORK, BODY, LEISURE click here).

Open Call Venice Architecture Biennale #2_is launched on 21 September 2017 by Creative Industries Fund NL for the development of Dutch initiatives and projects in one of the main locations of the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2018, including the Arsenale and the Giardini. Researchers and designers in the field of architecture are invited to submit proposals that reflect upon and respond to FREESPACE, the general theme of the Venice Architecture Biennale 2018.

Open Call Venice Architecture Biennale #3_will be launched in February 2018 by Creative Industries Fund NL for the presentation of projects in one of the main locations of the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2018. This call will provide individuals with presentation budget for proposals that reflect upon and respond to the general theme FREESPACE.

Click here for the three Open Calls:
Open Call Venice Architecture Biennale #1_Extended program Dutch Pavilion
Open Call Venice Architecture Biennale #2_Development budget main locations
Open Call Venice Architecture Biennale #3_Presentation budget main locations

This grant procedure with three Open Calls is the only opportunity to receive a grant from Creative Industries Fund NL for participation in the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2018

The series of conversations around the general theme FREESPACE and the theme of the Dutch Pavilion, WORK, BODY, LEISURE, will kick off with the event Machines of Freedom on 26 October 2017 at Temporary Art Centre Eindhoven, during Dutch Design Week. (For more information click here)
Opening Nederlands Paviljoen tijdens Architectuur Biennale 2014, Foto Simone Ferraro, Het Nieuwe Instituut 2014

Two rounds of Design grants 2017

22 August 2017

The second and third application rounds for this year’s Grant Programme for Design, resulting in the awarding of 26 grants in all, are now behind us. Here you can find a selection of the projects that are being supported from these two recent rounds. With this review we illustrate how the Grant Programme for Design’s objectives are being fulfilled from a diversity of angles.
Fashion Fest 2017
The participants in Fashion Fest are young creatives from diverse backgrounds, including alumni of art academies and ROC tech colleges as well as self-taught creatives. The Music and Fashion Battle Foundation offers them an intensive six-month programme, during which they are coached by professionals in order to develop with regards to content and technical aspects. The outcomes will be presented at the venue of collaborative partner the Tropenmuseum / Museum of the Tropics in Amsterdam. The project expands cultural diversity in fashion.

contemporary design and national heritage
Five regional city museums are working together on a series of exhibitions about Dutch identity in past and present. Artefacts from their collections, complemented by loans from the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, will go on a ‘grand tour’ through the Netherlands. As a result of Atelier NL’s research into the processing of local raw materials, this design agency was asked to reflect on this subject. New work that contributes to the shaping of the discourse was produced at each location in conjunction with the visitors.
'Lage Landen, Koele Wateren, Hoge Sferen, Hete Vuren' by five regional city museums in the Netherlands

illustration, comic and graphic novel
Illustration is amply represented in these two rounds: Barbara Stok, Victor Meijer, Reynaert Vosveld, Aart Taminiau, Harriet van Reek and Anne Staal received a grant for the creation of new work for their publications. For the upcoming Graphic Matters biennial festival in Breda, is launching a poster and publicity campaign, for which six illustrators are being paired with six authors.
For the committee, the work’s artistic quality in combination with a solid, substantive explanation of the proposal and its visual elaboration was the deciding factor in the awarding of these grants.

criticism and reflection
Two publications reflect upon the importance and meaning of design, as well as contributing to a better understanding of it. Marjan Unger’s dissertation ‘Sieraad in Context’ (Jewellery in Context) is being adapted into an English-language trade edition: Jewellery Matters. With this publication, nai010 publishers wants to set a new standard for historiographic and critical publications about jewellery.
Die Neue Sammlung | The Design Museum in Munich is receiving a grant for the substantive preparation of the publication Beyond The New, in which its author Louise Schouwenberg builds upon an ongoing theoretical study into the representation of design, exploring design’s various roles and functions in everyday life.

experimentation and crossovers
Workshops are the ideal place for experimentation and innovation. The Veranders Foundation’s Textile Workshop offers a chance to explore the possibilities for collaboration between textile professionals with and without refugee backgrounds. The Plaatsmaken Foundation offers work periods for designers to pursue research into the employment of digitally controlled techniques in its workshop for relief, silkscreen and risograph printing as well as lithography. The Beeldenstorm Foundation is receiving a grant for the exploration of development pathways with two established and two fledgling designers, to take full advantage of the possibilities of the different workshops. Such projects facilitate crossovers and collaborations.

total overview
Over two rounds a total of 108 applications were received and submitted to the Design advisory committee. €200,000 was available for each round and 13 applications were awarded grants in each round. You can view all the supported projects here. (Only in Dutch)

next deadline
Do you also want to make an application for a design project? This year’s last deadline for this grant programme is Wednesday, 11 October 2017. Further information can be found here.

‘De ongehoorzaamheid van de Gladde Spier' by The Beeldenstorm Foundation

Image above: BEYOND THE NEW Unveiling the agency of things by Pinakothek der Moderne


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