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IABR–2016–THE NEXT ECONOMY, the seventh edition of the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam, is open to the public from 23 April until 10 July 2016.
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The seventh edition of the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam, IABR–2016–THE NEXT ECONOMY, opened on Saturday 23 April, the day after the UN assembled in New York to sign the Paris Climate Agreement. This immediately highlighted the topicality of the theme of this Biennale. As IABR director George Brugmans underlined at the opening of IABR–2016: the Next Economy starts today!
Driven by the question WHAT’S NEXT? the exhibition IABR–2016–THE NEXT ECONOMY is also a ten-week platform for conferences, debates, lectures, workshops, brainstorming sessions, and meetings that further explore the relationship between spatial design and tomorrow’s economy. The program for the next couple of weeks includes SUSTAINABLE URBAN DELTAS, a conference organized in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Delta Coalition, as well as the launch of the first Rotterdam RESILIENCE STRATEGY. Both conferences focus on the long-term resilience of cities.
picture: Hans Tak
foto: Nina Felius
For a list of all projects in the exhibition, click here
picture: Hans Tak
picture: Hans Tak
In half a century, twice as many people will live in cities as do now. The city will then truly be the motor of the global economy. What does this urban Next Economy have in store for us?
No one can predict what the future will hold, but one thing is certain: more of the same is no longer a viable option. Climate change, global urbanization, emerging new technologies, increasing migration, and growing inequality urgently demand real solutions. We have to rethink the way in which we live, work, and learn, and where and how we consume and produce. We will have to redesign the balance between system and individual, between rich and poor, between young and old, between sustainability and growth.
How should we design and govern our cities? Although we are not prophets, we can investigate and imagine tomorrow’s city, research it by design. IABR–2016–THE NEXT ECONOMY takes the main challenges of the twenty-first century as its starting point. We explore the Next Economy and imagine the city of the future: the healthy and socially inclusive city, the productive city, and the sustainable green city. The city in which public space once again takes center stage.
picture: Bob Goedewaagen
IABR–2016 shows us what we can want. The results of our own explorations, carried out in the IABR–Ateliers. And projects from all over the world that present different combinations of living and working, new production chains and a smarter balance between the formal and the informal city, where ‘smart’ technology is put to use to achieve a socially inclusive society. Together they offer an abundance of possible futures: from radical scenarios for an energy transition to examples of an experimental, cooperative local development strategy, and from megaprojects on the North Sea and in Africa to neighborhood initiatives in South America, China, and Rotterdam.
picture: Megan King
IABR–2016 is not just an exhibition, but also a workshop. For ten weeks, in the heart of the exhibition, the WHAT’S NEXT? program will unfold: discussions and debates, lectures, workshops, and conferences. An open space, offering room for reflection, exploration, and imagination.
The seventh edition of the IABR is an invitation to everybody to actively reflect, discuss, and work with us on the future of the city.
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Chief Curator of IABR–2016 is Maarten Hajer. The members of the Curator Team are Jandirk Hoekstra (H+N+S Landscape Architects, NL), Daan Zandbelt (De Zwarte Hond, NL), Joachim Declerck (Architecture Workroom Brussels, BE), Michiel van Iersel (Non-fiction and Failed Architecture, NL) and Freek Persyn (51N4E, BE).
George Brugmans, the executive director of IABR, chairs the Curator Team.
The seventh edition of the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam opens in the weekend of April 23 and 24, 2016.
IABR–2016–THE NEXT ECONOMY takes place from 23 April until 10 July 2016 at Fenixloods II in the vibrant Rotterdam district of Katendrecht.
To support our location team we are looking for enthusiastic volunteers who are passionate about architecture, society and the future of our cities.
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The International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR) was founded in 2001, in the conviction that architecture is a public concern. It is therefore that it focuses on (the future of) the city.
Soon, 80 per cent of mankind will live in cities where over 90 per cent of our wealth will be produced – a rapid process of urbanization that could well wreck the environment. To make our future cities resilient and livable for everyone, the transition has to be planned, and the IABR holds that design can and should contribute.
Given the urgency, cities need to learn from each other as fast as possible and explore the road to a resilient future together. Indeed, it is in cities that solutions need to and can be found. The IABR therefore connects the Netherlands to the world, and brings the world to Rotterdam. It brings designers, academics, and thinkers together with decision-makers, politicians, the private sector, and of course the public, or rather citizens.
The IABR produces exhibitions, conferences, films, books, lectures, and debates, but it is also, and more and more, an incubator for innovation. Its long-term research by design–programs promote knowledge exchange between cities and tangibly contribute to the making of the city.
The IABR–Ateliers are co-produced together with local and/or regional governments and other stakeholders in Holland and abroad. They connect the research by design-methodology to real world problems. They are solution-oriented and insist on applicable results –visions and strategies, toolboxes for governance, (financial) development models and pilot project proposals–; results that are actionable and designed to change the status quo.
THE IABR: A CONTINUOUS EXPLORATION
The first two editions, Mobility(2003) and The Flood(2005) have put the IABR on the map internationally, profiling it as a manifestation focusing on the future of our cities.
The editions Power, Open City and Making City have explored ongoing rapid urbanization and its consequences, while staking out a position for urban design and making a case for how it can tangibly contribute.
The 6th and 7th editions take this agenda one step further. The need to design our future habitat in terms of a sustainable balance between demographic, ecological and economic concerns, between people, planet and profit, give direction to the program of IABR–2014 and IABR–2016.
IABR–2014–URBAN BY NATURE– has explored the relationship between city and nature, between spatial design and the ecological agenda. It studied the city through the lens of landscape architecture. Scrutinizing the relationship between city and nature, exploring city as nature, as a metabolism, the analysis produced instruments that can be applied to guide the design, planning and governance of our future cities. Necessary because, in the words of the Curator of the IABR–2014–, Dirk Sijmons: "We can only solve our ecological problems when we solve our urban problems first."
IABR–2016– THE NEXT ECONOMY– will investigate the relationship between spatial design and the (future development of the) economy, between space and production. It will explore future scenarios for a city in which citizens can be producers rather than consumers.