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'How will we live together?' is the focus of Biennale curator Hashim Sarkis, to which Het Nieuwe Instituut asks in return - 'Who is We?'. With the theme Multispecies Urbanism, the Dutch pavilion provides an answer, presenting new perspectives on urban development in which the starting point for design is the cohabitation of people and more-than-humans, from animals and plants to soil life and artificial cognitive systems.

An investigative approach has once again been adopted, and in 2020, an artistic team will give substance to the Dutch pavilion. Architect/researcher Afaina de Jong and artist/researcher Debra Solomon are the first members of the team, whose point of departure is the question 'Who is We?' Their contributions argue that a fundamental curiosity about the 'other', including other forms of life, is a condition for the emergence of a new quality in cities and societies. Afaina de Jong develops projects under the title The Multiplicity of Other to address the dominance of a single-sided view of cities, identifying the multiform human presence as fundamental. Debra Solomon, who coined the term Multispecies Urbanism, emphasises the importance of the more-than-human by developing socio-ecological urban interventions, seeing soil and soil life as the foundation of society.

Het Nieuwe Instituut programmatically links the ambitions of the Dutch pavilion in Venice to regional and national contexts through collaborations with the City of Amsterdam, the Creative Industries Fund NL, and others.

Professor Dr Caroline Nevejan, Chief Science Officer for the city of Amsterdam, has been invited to chair the editorial board to give substance to the parallel programme of the Dutch pavilion. Together with many others, Nevejan introduces City Science as a new way of working on the city in which the worlds of research, design and policy are structurally linked.

Het Nieuwe Instituut and the Creative Industries Fund NL have also issued an Open Call for the parallel programme, enabling architects and urban planners to submit and carry out a contribution to the theme. With this Open Call, Het Nieuwe Instituut and the Creative Industries Fund NL aim to promote knowledge and contribute to the development of research in the field of architecture and urbanism. More information here.

The 17th International Architecture Exhibition will run from 29 August to 29 November 2020.

Note for editors

For more information or visual material please contact Eveline Mulckhuyse or Christiane Bosman: e.mulckhuyse@hetnieuweinstituut.nl en c.bosman@hetnieuweinstituut.nl.

2020 Venice Architecture Biennale Postponed until 2021

20 MAY 2020

The opening of the 17th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia has been postponed until 22 May 2021. This difficult but commendable decision was made by the Biennale foundation because of the Covid-19 pandemic and its implications for the production, construction, and opening of the exhibition. The Biennale will run until 21 November 2021.

17th Venice Architecture Biennale postponed to 29 August 2020

5 MARCH 2020

The 17th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia has been postponed until August 2020 due to disruption caused by the coronavirus outbreak in Italy. The Biennale will now begin on 29 August and run until 29 November 2020. It was originally scheduled to open on 23 May. The decision was made due to measures taken by governments to restrict the spread of the virus.

Six design teams selected for the 17th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia

19 DECEMBER 2019

Het Nieuwe Instituut and the Creative Industries Fund NL announce the six design teams selected from their open call for the 17th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia. The open calls aim to promote knowledge and contribute to the development of research in the fields of architecture and urbanism. La Biennale takes place from 22 May to 21 November 2021.

Who is We?

19 NOVEMBER 2019

Het Nieuwe Instituut, commissioner of the Dutch pavilion for the 17th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, presents the theme Multispecies Urbanism as the Netherlands' official contribution.

Guus Beumer, artistic director Het Nieuwe Instituut
Francien van Westrenen, head of Agency Het Nieuwe Instituut
Afaina de Jong, architect and researcher; Debra Solomon, artist and researcher
Richard Niessen
Eric Roelen
Caroline Nevejan, Chief Science Officer City of Amsterdam; Klaas Kuitenbrouwer, senior researcher Het Nieuwe Instituut