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Scarcity is the mother of invention. The urban planning projects, buildings, interior objects and consumer goods in Designing Scarcity show that shortages don’t have to constrain creativity: quite the contrary. Curated by Jan Boelen of Z33 (Hasselt, Belgium), the exhibition showcases a panoply of strategies used by designers and users to find novel solutions in the face of limitation.

Alongside contemporary work by designers such as Atelier Van Lieshout and Formafantasma, the exhibition features historical designs by the likes of architects Gerrit Rietveld, J.J.P. Oud, and Van den Broek en Bakema. Master’s students from the Design Academy Eindhoven have contributed contemporary proposals that respond to the idea of scarcity, taking inspiration from objects in Het Nieuwe Instituut’s archive. From a cleverly designed beer bottle that doubles as a building block to a recipe for tulip-bulb jam, every solution shows the innovative power of scarcity.

Designing Scarcity

A select overview of media coverage for the exhibition Designing Scarcity and the accompanying activities can be found here.