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The New Garden

Since 2015, The New Garden, designed and maintained by artist Frank Bruggeman and ecological gardener Hans Engelbrecht, has been a widely used public space around Het Nieuwe Instituut. At Het Nieuwe Instituut’s request, architects Afaina de Jong and Zaira Pourier (AFARAI) have researched the garden’s multifaceted use, with the aim of making visible and supporting its value. They spent a few weeks hanging out, talking to visitors and regulars, and discovering the specific qualities of the place.

Just Hanging Out investigates public space in Rotterdam, and specifically in The New Garden. In the programme, hanging out in public space is framed by a spatial and cultural perspective. Instead of counteracting the use of public space by means of control or anti-design, Just Hanging Out takes it as a starting point to think about ownership, the value of ‘free’ public places, and how the presence of ‘others’ has an impact on the experience of and access to public space.

Malique Mohamud & Concrete Blossom

Malique Mohamud is a writer, director, performer and programme maker who developed an interest in the relationship between urbanity and street culture in his youth, when he stole tapes by Wu-Tang, Tupac and Outkast from his brother’s room. The son of a Somali poet and a general, he champions and looks for meaning in cultural production through an Afro-diasporic lens. Autonomy, subversiveness and (skewed) power relations are recurring themes in his work. The word on the street is that he makes the best toasties north of the Maas and is still a little bit in love with Lauryn Hill. Through Concrete Blossom, the organisation he founded, this creative jack-of-all-trades is currently investigating how the transformative qualities of street culture can contribute to an inclusive society.


In the summer of 2019, six hosts will play a central role in the programme of The New Garden. The hangouts are organized around a daytime barbecue and will attract new visitors from the hosts’ own networks as well as appealing to current garden regulars.

Just Hanging Out #1
Maher al Sabbagh
Thursday 11 July   

Just Hanging Out #2
Manuela Goncalves Tavares 
Friday 9 August 

Just Hanging Out #3
Hunna Blockparty Talents
Saturday 17 August 

Just Hanging Out #4
Charlie Koolhaas
Thursday 22 August

Just Hanging Out #5
Festival Magia
Saturday 24 August 

Just Hanging Out #6
Malique Mohamud & Concrete Blossom
Sunday 25 August

13:00 – 18:00
Dutch and English

Het Nieuwe Instituut
Museumpark 25
3015 CB Rotterdam


BBQ€ 15,00

The New Garden
Frank Bruggeman and Hans Engelbrecht
Karlis Krecers

This project is part of the programme track Landscape and Interior and the folder Museumpark.

The New Garden combines nature and culture on the grounds of Het Nieuwe Instituut. The temporary landscape by artist/designer Frank Bruggeman and gardener Hans Engelbrecht reflects a growing interest in urban nature.