During Rotterdam Architecture Month you can visit the exhibition programme Dissident Gardens free of charge on Thursday Nights from 17.00 – 21.00 hours.
The Human Insect: Antenna Architectures 1887-2017
Architecture theorist Mark Wigley explores 130 years of antenna architecture, in which architects refused to yield and engaged with this thinnest, least visible part of a building that actually has the greatest effect on architecture – the disobedient architecture behind the architecture. The exhibition links insects, which have antennae with which they negotiate the world and each other, to modern humans, who since the invention of the radio antenna at the end of the nineteenth century have actually become insects themselves.
Gardening Mars shows many of the diverse aids and attributes used (on earth) to simulate and imagine life on Mars . Gardening Mars is about the ‘terraforming’ of Mars, or the transformation of Mars into an environment that is suitable for earthly life.
This exhibition contains a pavilion that houses materials from the archives of Het Nieuwe Instituut. They include designs for country houses and holiday parks by Van den Broek & Bakema, Hendrik Wijdeveld, Piet Blom, Gerrit Rietveld and Auke Komter, among others. They show our ambivalent relationship to nature: from immersion in and the subjugation of the landscape to the pursuit of sustainability and optimisation.
For more information visit: https://dissidentgardens.hetnieuweinstituut.nl/en
Photo: Frank Bruggeman.