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Monika Platzer
The international architecture museum landscape is still undergoing radical changes. On 1 May 2013 the Swedish parliament announced the renaming of the Swedish Architecture Museum (Arkitekturmuseet) to the Swedish Centre for Architecture and Design (Arkitektur- och designcentrum). Only a few months before, on 1 January of the same year, there was a merger between the Netherlands Architecture Institute with Premsela, the Netherlands Institute for Design and Fashion and the Virtual Platform, the e-culture knowledge institute. With architecture, design and e-culture under the umbrella of The New Institute (Het Nieuwe Instituut), their mission statements reads as follows: “The contemporary era is characterised by radical technological, economic, cultural and social shifts. Het Nieuwe Instituut aims to illuminate and map our quickly changing world and foster discussion of it, in a networked fashion, with architects, designers, artists, makers, entrepreneurs, knowledge institutes, cultural organisations and other interested parties.” What will this mean for other architectural institution, a restart or just a makeover of their institution in the 21st century?

In April 2013 a large number of our colleagues met at the Danish Architecture in Copenhagen to discuss the challenges facing the architecture institutions of the future. Malin Zimm’s conference report provides readers with insights into the three issues engaged with at the conference.

Impact: How does the 21st Century Architecture Institution create value for society? Conditions: How is the 21st Century Architecture Institution organised? Methods: How can the 21st Century Architecture Institution further develop the products we offer our audiences? Her article is followed by Kent Martinussen’s, the conference’s host, presentation of his idea of a 21st century architecture institution. Right now, the Danish Architecture Centre is preparing for the emergence of a new architecture institution in Denmark that will be based on an equal partnership between public and private stakeholders. The institution is scheduled to open in 2016 in a building designed by OMA and situated in the heart of Copenhagen.

I found it interesting to find the collection department of the former NAi now in the new organisational structure of the New Institute under Heritage. The backwardlooking term ‘heritage’ always relates to something inherited from the past, even if collected for the benefit of future generations. A forward-looking term would be worth thinking about. Collections are a future for our past, they are generators of knowledge and for the first time in the history of icamprint icam members from architectural museums and centres with and without collections, participated in the survey of social housing. This was never intended as a canonical list of buildings or an architectural history of social housing from the 1950s to the early 1980s. The projects reflect the archival holdings, the preferences and fields of expertise of 27 independent icam members. Together, they provide a varied overview of post-war architecture. I should like to thank all of my colleagues most sincerely for their contributions, without which the survey would not have been possible.

icam17 is pending, it is a first for icam conferences that it is being held in more than one country. The Canadian Centre for Architecture, The Museum of Modern Art and Columbia University have joined forces, and produced an impressive programme. Alongside familiar themes, new impulses and developments are engaged with and should provide a great deal of material for lively discussion.

To close, I should like to thank my colleague Ulrike Jehle-Schulte Strathhaus, who has been supporting me since 2005 as a member of the editorial board, her expertise has been indispensable to all 5 issues of icamprint.