Can the power of design help us find an alternative model of urban development, one that does not capitalize on the exploitation of land and natural resources, but on the productive capacity of space?
The conference Productive Space BY DESIGN– brings together designers, urban planners, entrepreneurs, decision makers and other professionals to work on an alternative and innovative model of urban development and explore – in keynotes and round table discussions, with the help of concrete examples – what role design can play.
Now that the financial crisis has exposed the weaknesses of traditional planning and the concomitant funding models, and now that climate change, the increasing scarcity of resources, and environmental issues require new approaches, new development models are crucial.
Design has the capacity to outline and explore as yet unknown opportunities, create a platform for private and public entities, groups and individuals to work together, and it can commit stakeholders to a future and action-oriented program. Design shows what we could want en does so by constantly alternating between challenge and opportunity, analysis and action, today’s imagination and tomorrow’s.
The conference has two sessions. In the first, we consider whether we can design a development model that will not pass ecological and economic costs on to future generations, but will internalize them in the development itself. In the second session, the concrete implications of this new approach are explored.
Confirmed speakers are Nancy Kete (Rockefeller Foundation), Dirk Sijmons (IABR–2014–), Peter Swinnen (Flemish Government Architect), Maarten Hajer (Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency), while Henk Ovink (Rebuild by Design), Hans Tijl (Ministerie van Infrastructuur en Milieu), Fred van Beuningen (Rotterdam Partners), Guilherme Wisnik (Bienal de Arquitetura de São Paulo), Eric Frijters (.FABRIC), Floris Alkemade (FAA), Pierre Belanger (Harvard University), Asu Aksoy (Bilgi University Istanbul), Kristian Koreman (ZUS) and Mark Brearly (CASS, London Metropolitan University) and others will participate in the debate sessions.
The conference will be moderated by Joachim Declerck (Architecture Workroom Brussels).
BY DESIGN– is the continuation of the research into our urban future that the IABR launched in 2007. We know that globally, urbanization is expanding. Half the world’s population lives in cities and they will be joined in the next four decades by another three billion people. Cities cause most of our environmental problems, currently consuming 65 per cent of all energy and emitting 70 per cent of all CO2.
An unprecedented effort is needed to ensure the continued secure living conditions of the urban population by 2050. It will take political heroism, financial wizardry, and worldwide, trillions of dollars will have to be invested in housing and infrastructure. The way those dollars are invested in the coming years may make the difference between a sustainable future and a catastrophe. A new approach to urban development is a sine qua non.
IABR–2014–Conference BY DESIGN–
Thursday, 12 June 2014
2 to 6 pm
Auditorium Kunsthal Rotterdam
3015 AA Rotterdam
free entrance, registration via firstname.lastname@example.org