This year Het Nieuwe Instituut again used the international visitor programme to invite international speakers for the What Design Can Do design conference in Amsterdam. Nelly Ben Hayoun, director and experience designer, held a discussion at the Nieuwe Instituut in the lead-up to the New Material Award and the exhibition about Plastic, which goes on show from 16 January to 6 April 2015.
Paola Antonelli, curator of architecture and design at the MoMA New York, came to Rotterdam for a day to visit Het Nieuwe Instituut. She spoke extensively to Guus Beumer (director), Floor van Spaendonck (manager Research, Development, Policy and Strategy) and Richard Vijgen of the Studio for Object Oriented Information Design & Research. Guus Beumer then showed her some architectural highlights in Rotterdam, including the Market Hall (then under construction) and De Rotterdam office tower.