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Questioning how societal challenges can be documented and displayed through the lens of spaces used daily at TU Delft’s Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, the exhibition builds on premises set out by Designing the Social – currently on display in Gallery 1 –  as part of an inter-institutional collaboration. 

As a collective project, 24 international architects respond to observed routines and practices, and the spaces that organise them, culminating in 12 contributions. From social isolation and gender inequality to environmental crises and resource mismanagement, contemporary urgencies at play within the faculty’s rituals, symbols, and curriculum are confronted and presented to its various audiences. 

Displayed in life-size photographs, together with the working model used for its development, the installation presented here reflects on the spatial and architectural dimension of exhibition design, and its potential to engage our daily surroundings.


Photography: Johannes Schwartz

The Berlage: Juan Benavides, Sanne van den Breemer, Salomon Frausto, Benjamin Groothuijse, Mick Morssink 

Contributions by: Nigel Alarcon (MX), Pooja Bhave (IN), Mariano Cuofano (IT), Fabiola Cruz (PE), Alonso Díaz (MX), Xiaoyu Ding (CN), Ines Garcia-Lezana (ES), Sandra Garcia (ES), Martino Greco (IT), Sebastian Hitchcock (ZA), Alejandra Huesca (MX), Yesah Hwangbo (KR), Takuma Johnson (US), Yi-Ni Lin (TW), Christina Mammi (GR), Cristhy Mattos (BR), Preradon Pimpakan (TH), Adi Samet (IL), Raymond Tang (US), Kulaporn Temudom (TH), Danai Tsigkanou (GR), Paola Tovar (MX), Jesse Verdoes (NL), Rongting Xiao (CN)

Special thanks to: Het Nieuwe Instituut, Hetty Berens, René Boer, Ernst des Bouvrie, Jeroen Dijkstra, Uta Eisenreich, Flora van Gaalen, Ludo Groen, Rudy Guedj, Johanna Himmelsbach, Ina Hollmann, Marten Kuijpers, Eva Lintjes, Alfred Marks, Tabea Nixdorff, Setareh Noorani, Farida Sedoc, Ellen Smit, Clara Stille-Haardt, Katía Truijen 

The Berlage x Het Nieuwe Instituut 

This exhibition forms part of a semester-long collaboration in the context of the Berlage’s long-standing Project NL and Het Nieuwe Instituut’s semi-permanent exhibition Designing the Social. 

About The Berlage

The Berlage Center for Advanced Studies in Architecture and Urban Design, part of the Delft University of Technology’s Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, educates architects in a highly collaborative and experimental setting, characterised by independent study with guidance and input from and exchange with leading and emerging designers and scholars. Founded in 1990 as the Berlage Institute, it offers an accredited, three-semester, English-language post-master programme, along with a rich and diverse public programme of lectures, exhibitions, and conversations. Students work both individually and collectively across a series of design-based research projects, proseminars, fieldwork excursions, and master classes.


Het Nieuwe Instituut
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Het Nieuwe Instituut
Maud Vervenne