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Jan Boelen curator of Designing Scarcity at Het Nieuwe Instituut (Rotterdam,NL)

This weekend, the exhibition Designing Scarcity started at Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam (NL) reveals how periods of crisis can give rise to renewal and scarcity can spur innovation. Curated by Jan Boelen of Z33, Designing Scarcity showcases a panoply of design strategies that designers as well as users employ in times of scarcity.

The exhibition features urban planning projects, buildings, interior objects, consumer goods and intellectual models, from contemporary works by designers like Atelier Van Lieshout, Thomas Lommée and Formafantasma to historical designs by the architects Gerrit Rietveld, J.J.P. Oud and Van den Broek and Bakema. Master’s students from the Design Academy Eindhoven are also contributing contemporary proposals dealing with the subject of scarcity and inspired by works in Het Nieuwe Instituut’s archive.

You can visit the exhibition until august 30. More info and entrance fee at www.hetnieuweinstituut.nl.

Photo: Open Standards, Thomas Lommée

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