Round Table

The Digital Tools of the Architect in the Archive

Thursday 23 November 2017 |14:15–16:15 hrs. | HNI Rotterdam
Moderator: Suzanne Mulder | Curator of collections, Het Nieuwe Instituut

A special session organized by Het Nieuwe Instituut, including a tour through the State Archive of Dutch Architecture and Urban planning

In this session we will explore the radical changes in the tools and practice of architecture by digitization and the challenge of researching, collecting and preserving born digital architecture archives. Often, technical concerns dominate debates about the archiving of the digital. This session aims to make space in the discussion for the cultural and historical value of the materials and the question of how to make choices in what should be important to preserve for contemporary and future research. Does digitization lead to new approaches of collecting?  What does the academic research community, the ‘users’ of architecture archives, expect from the ‘keepers’ of these archives? Het Nieuwe Instituut will present the recently acquired digital archive of MVRDV as a case study.

A short tour through the archive is included
Maximum number of participants: 16
Please register at [email protected]

Suzanne Mulder, Het Nieuwe Instituut, curator of collections

Tom Avermaete, TU Delft, professor of Architecture,
Kim Förster, Associate Director, Research at the CCA, Montréal
Marcel Ras and Ania Molenda, Het Nieuwe Instituut, project Digital Archives
Birgitte Saugé, National Museum Oslo, Architecture Department, senior curator