In Spring 2020, Het Nieuwe Instituut’s Research Department embarks on an editorial project and lecture series organised in collaboration with e-flux Architecture.
In the wake of rising nationalisms, critiques of globalism, and ongoing emancipatory struggles around the world, the series will investigate how monuments have come to play an increasingly significant and contested role in the constitution of identities, be they national, ethnic, communal, or other. From urban reconstructions in Berlin and Beirut to new structures being built in Accra and Utøya, the relationship between identity and built form has invested architecture with a renewed sense of urgency and agency. Architecture is not just a pragmatic spatial product, but an object capable of mobilising and rearticulating struggles for recognition. It cannot help but inscribe one set of ideas, beliefs, events, and/or figures into the built environment and suture them into the daily experience of history. The Thursday Night Live! series, accompanied by online published essays, will include contributions by David Adjaye, Vasyl Cherepanyn, Philip Oswalt, Jorge Otero-Pailos, Marina Otero Verzier, Valentina Rozas-Krause, Dima Srouji, Mabel O. Wilson, amongst others.