The IABR is an architecture biennale that conducts ongoing research into the future of the city. One of its main tools is the Project Atelier: a long-term research by design trajectory in which the IABR in joint partnership with (mostly local) public authorities connects existing challenges to innovative, concrete and applicable solutions.
In the context of the IABR–2016–THE NEXT ECONOMY– the IABR is collaborating with the Municipality of Rotterdam, the Municipality of Utrecht and with an alliance of the Province of Groningen, the Municipality of Groningen and the Groningen-Assen Region. In the coming 12 months, the three ateliers will deploy research by design to create spatial and economic development models, form new alliances, and design detailed proposals for pilot projects. The results will be anchor points in the main exhibition THE NEXT ECONOMY– and will subsequently be deployed in the work on the local challenges: implementation is always the objective.
Healthy, Energetic, and Productive
The three Project Ateliers that have now been launched in Groningen, Utrecht, and Rotterdam are all dedicated to the theme of the 2016 biennale, The Next Economy. They focus on three major issues related to the spatial anticipation of the urban economy of the future in the Netherlands: energy transition, (health) care and ageing, and the circular economy and local manufacturing industry.
IABR–2016–PROJECT ATELIER UTRECHT: HEALTHY CITY
Project Atelier Utrecht is a collaboration between the IABR and the Municipality of Utrecht.
Atelier master is Joachim Declerck, partner of Architecture Workroom Brussel (AWB).
The central research question is: What innovative spatial development strategies can contribute to an inclusive, healthy city in which the solidarity between different generations, cultures, and income groups is paramount – a city that can be an inspiration for the rest of the Netherlands and for other countries as well?
For more information about IABR–Project Atelier Utrecht, click here.
IABR–2016–PROJECT ATELIER GRONINGEN: TOWARD A NEW ENERGY LANDSCAPE
Project Atelier Groningen is a collaboration between the IABR and the Province of Groningen, the Municipality of Groningen, Eemsdelta\EZ and the Groningen-Assen Region.
Atelier master is Jandirk Hoekstra, a partner of H+N+S Landscape Architects.
The central research question is: How can a ‘next economy’, based on renewable energy and reduced CO2 emissions, become a new, encouraging perspective for the northern Netherlands in general and the Groningen - Eemshaven region in particular?
For more information about IABR–Project Atelier Groningen, click here.
IABR–2016–PROJECT ATELIER ROTTERDAM: PRODUCTIVE CITY
The Project Atelier Rotterdam is a collaboration between the IABR and the Municipality of Rotterdam.Atelier master is Daan Zandbelt, associate at De Zwarte Hond.
The central research question is: How can Rotterdam launch a future-proof spatial-economic strategy, based on the regional development of a manufacturing industry that adds value locally, is circular and socially inclusive, and is rooted in the existing dynamics and (spatial) potential of the city and the region?
For more information about IABR–Project Atelier Rotterdam, click here.
IABR–Ateliers: Always Targeting Results and Implementation
In recent years, the IABR has led Project Ateliers in, among other places, São Paulo, Istanbul, and Albania. In the Netherlands, the IABR organized Project Ateliers as lead partner of the Dutch government and under the authority of the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment.
In the context of the previous Biennale, IABR–2014–URBAN BY NATURE–, the IABR collaborated with the Municipality of Rotterdam and the Municipality of Texel as well as with an alliance of the Province of North Brabant, BrabantStad and the Brabant Water Boards. These three Project Ateliers resulted in innovative spatial and economic development models and detailed project proposals, which the authorities involved have subsequently implemented.
The Province of North Brabant is deploying the development principles designed in the IABR–Project Atelier BrabantStad in the Brabant-wide discussion about the future that will lay the foundations for the new Regional Plan for the Province of North Brabant will present in 2018. On a number of sites, work on the transition from regional development principle to local implementation is already underway, for instance in the Dommel Valley.
In December 2014, Texel’s municipal council enthusiastically and unanimously carried the Court of Mayor and Aldermen’s proposal to use the results of the IABR–Project Atelier Planet Texel as guidelines and principles for the future development of the island and to facilitate the implementation of the plan, starting in De Koog.
The Municipality of Rotterdam is using the results of the IABR–Project Atelier The Metabolism of Rotterdam as a source of inspiration and a foundation for further work on the transition to a sustainable and circular economy.
For a complete list of IABR–Project Ateliers and Test Sites, click here
The IABR initiates and produces the Project Ateliers as a lead partner for the Regional and Local Design Dialogue Program, within the framework of the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment’s Action Agenda for Architecture and Spatial Design 2013–2016.