Het Nieuwe Instituut has established the Agency for Architecture, Design and Digital Culture to cater to the needs of the professional field at large.
Het Nieuwe Instituut has established the Agency for architecture, design and digital culture to cater to the needs of the professional field at large. With the disappearance of those institutes that represented individual design disciplines there was no essential link that could mediate between regional policymaking and the innovate force of designers and makers or coordinate Dutch entries to international manifestations for architecture, design and e-culture (or their cross-overs). The Agency fills this gap.
In addition to projects on a local and regional scale, the Agency for Architecture, Design and Digital Culture increasingly addresses the international role of the various design sectors. Since its inception, Het Nieuwe Institute has been responsible for Dutch submissions to international manifestations such as the Venice Architecture Biennale and for policy in relation to market expansion.
In 2016 the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science appointed Het Nieuwe Instituut as Coordinator for the Internationalisation of the Creative Industries with a three-part remit: a coordinating function, talent mapping and supporting international cross-overs.
Het Nieuwe Instituut's programming and R&D has an international focus that reflects the fact that design operates in a global field and presents itself on a global stage. From its inception, the institute has formally taken on key international tasks, including the Netherlands’ participation in the architecture biennales in Venice, Shenzhen and São Paulo, and policy relating to market expansion.
In recent years important policy decisions have increasingly shifted from central to regional government. This causes problems at all levels of society but it also gives regions the opportunity to introduce a particular policy and take initiatives that bring the future closer. The institute partners with regional and local government to identify specific social issues that can be approached in new ways through a cultural interpretation.