IABR–2014– and RUIMTEVOLK announce a CALL FOR BLOGS, challenging everyone to submit blogs addressing the themes that feature in IABR–2014–URBAN BY NATURE–. Eligible are those blogs that contextualize the theme of IABR–2014– and that offer relevant observations on pioneering solutions to urgent challenges, new tools for governance and planning, calls to action, or other relevant issues.
URBAN BY NATURE–
With URBAN BY NATURE– the IABR once more addresses the consequences of rapidly increasing global urbanization, this time looking at the issues through the lens of landscape architecture by focusing on the changing relationship between city and nature.
URBAN BY NATURE–’s point of departure is that to resolve the world’s ecological problems, we have to start solving the problems of our cities. Whether addressing issues such as energy transition, climate change, biodiversity, resource depletion, or the way our society is organized and governed, these issues are urban first and foremost.
The city is still a very strong magnet. Already, more than half of the global population lives in cities and the number of city dwellers will further increase in the coming decades, especially in the vulnerable and fertile deltas of the world.
How to build resilient cities? How to make sure that by 2050, 9 billion people – 7 billion of them living in cities – will be able to provide for their needs in drinking water, food, heat, security, shelter, work, exchange, creativity and knowledge?
The traditional paradigm, in which city and nature were supposed mutually exclusive, is no longer viable. The urban landscape is a hybrid form in which city and nature are interwoven and strengthen each other: a colorful, wide ranging mosaic, with many different forms of high- and low-density land use. Recognizable, ancient inner cities and new residential areas are part of it, along with farmland, forests, mountains, lakes, mines, industrial sites, greenhouses, harbors, recreational villages, wastelands, and a maze of different types of infrastructure.
The carpet metropolis is spreading like wildfire and ignoring administrative boundaries. How can we design, plan and govern these ever-growing urban landscapes when traditional planning tools and strategies no longer work? How can we make our cities more resilient seeing the challenges ahead of us? If indeed we are urban by nature, then what will our urban future look like?
IABR and RUIMTEVOLK will select the most spirited, exciting, and inspiring blogs. These will be published on our websites RUIMTEVOLK.nl and IABR.nl. The authors of the winning blogs will also receive the RUIMTEVOLK Yearbook 2013. The top-rated blog will be translated into Dutch, published, and its writer rewarded with a ticket to the official opening ceremony of IABR–2014 on 28 May at the Kunsthal, Rotterdam.
Blogs must be submitted as text files (such as Word) of up to 1,000 words (in English), preferably accompanied by one or more copyright free photographs or illustrations. If the argument can be illustrated and reinforced with practical examples, this is welcome, but project presentations are not allowed.
Blogs that have been previously published are excluded from participation.
The blogs can be submitted until 27 March 2014. All entrants will be notified about the final selection within approximately ten days after the deadline.