Pop-in Expo
Varying presentations in the foyer

This pop-in expo shows a series of jewellery pieces and centrepieces designed by Cédric Van Parys as part of his Tools for Progress project.


Het Nieuwe Instituut
Museumpark 25
3015 CB Rotterdam


Tools for Progress is an ongoing series of jewellery pieces and centrepieces designed by Cédric Van Parys. The collection is based on the classical concept that architecture is an indicator of progression or, a Tool for Progress. Designed following the proportions of architectural monuments from around the world, these Tools for Progress intend to convey the aesthetic of an architectural element.

Originating while Cédric Van Parys worked on The Elements of Architecture exhibition at the 2014 International Venice architecture Biennale, the concept eventually took shape during his Shanghai research project Monuments for Progress. The first collection is comprised of six designs and 15 metal variations, including brass, silver and gold-plated pieces. Now that the first ideas are transformed into finalized prototypes, Tools for Progress encapsulates both the beauty and progress of architectural forms through their meticulous, yet occasionally neurotic details. Tools for Progress is initiated jointly by Cédric Van Parys and Lu Liang.

Cédric Van Parys

Cédric Van Parys was born in Belgium and holds a Master degree in Architecture from Sint-Lucas Ghent. He followed Narrative Environments a Master course at Central-Saint-Martins, London. In June 2013, he joined the research department of AMO (Office for Metropolitan Architecture in Rotterdam) where he gained professional experience as a researcher and exhibition/stage designer while working on the 2014 International Venice Architecture Biennale, and the 2015 Prada Fall-Winter Fashion Shows.

Pop-in Expo

Bi-weekly presentations in the foyer, spotlighting a controversial new design, sensational research, work by an emerging talent or a new acquisition for the State Archive for Dutch Architecture and Urban Planning.