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Het Nieuwe Instituut participated in the Future Force Conference, organised by the Netherlands Ministry of Defence, which took place in the Hague on 9 February 2017. The Future Force Conference is a highly innovative international networking conference addressing the theme: From partnerships to ecosystems: combining our efforts for a more secure world. Het Nieuwe Instituut contributed to the conference with two breakout sessions under the title Base of the Future and with speakers such as Malkit Shoshan, Jan Willem Petersen, Ekim Tan and Marina Otero Verzier.

In its multiple programs and activities, Het Nieuwe Instituut addresses the city as a space where security and peace are increasingly matters of concern. The Future Force Conference was an opportunity to think about the challenges and strategies to creatively address them together with military and civilian stakeholders.

The two breakout sessions Design for Legacy and Urban Diplomacy engaged top-down decision makers and bottom-up stakeholders in resolving complex urban challenges. With that aim, Het Nieuwe Instituut tests new methods for collaborative decision-making and conflict resolution based on a cross-disciplinary approach to design and planning, and developed together with inspiring, design driven, speakers, policy makers, military officials, lawyers, diplomats, aid workers, hackers, human rights experts, academics and researchers. The goal is to collectively come up with solutions in which safety and security in cities is, first of all, dependent on the protection of citizen’s rights and freedoms that are fundamental for democracy.

The event is invite-only, however there will be a report of the breakout sessions.

Ministry of Defence

The participation in the Future Force Conference is a step further in an ongoing collaboration between Het Nieuwe Instituut and the Ministry of Defence towards negotiated outcomes about future urban challenges, as exemplified earlier in the project BLUE, the Dutch entry for the 15th edition of the Venice Biennale. It will manifest in a proposal for an action plan that will be delivered to the Ministry of Defence, and in a series of conversations and public events organized in the following months.

The Future Force Conference is an opportunity to address the impact of the security structures and technologies on the built environment, and to envision new models of spatial politics, at the intersection of social, cultural, legal and physical environments, such as urban diplomacy and design for legacy.

More information about the Future Force Conference 2017.

Delany Boutkan, Marten Kuijpers, Klaas Kuitenbrouwer, Setareh Noorani
Alex Walker