For more information, interview requests and images, please contact the IABR
For more information, interview requests and images, please contact the IABR
After extensive explorations and field trips in both Turkey and Holland the Turks found themselves impressed by the Dutch approach, especially the Room for the River Program. The final decision to collaborate was made in June when the Beykoz Riva Tourism Development and Investors Association, an association of local entrepreneurs in which the municipality is also represented, signed an agreement with the IABR.
Landscape Park Beykoz
On 3 and 4 July 2013 the first workshop lead by H+N+S took place in Beykoz and an initial but substantial step was taken towards the integrated area development of Landscape Park Beykoz. The partners laid the foundation for a unique project that, after the project in Arnavutköy, will yet again introduces integral area development in Turkey, an approach that goes beyond the technical and which strives to develop solutions for the water issues in conjunction with new plans for the revitalization of the rural areas and the further ecological and leisure development of the Riva basin.
Each IABR edition seeks a new point of view and a new perspective while building on the work of the preceding edition(s). Nothing is needlessly discarded; knowledge and results accumulate, the network grows.
The IABR is continually working on clarifying and presenting the challenges of tomorrow, by positioning design, by connecting thinking to doing, and open research to concrete ventures and existing projects.
As a result, the IABR is now more than “just” a string of bi-annual events, and each event is more than “just” an exhibition. Our methodology links the manifestation to long-running research and development projects that we initiate, always in collaboration with municpalities in Holland or abroad, and focused on actual implementation.
These two elements –the showing and the making– reinforce each other: the making of city is exhibited, and the exhibition in turn tangibly contributes to the actual process of making city.
In the course of the 4th IABR: Open City, the IABR first made this working model concrete in a close collaboration with SEHAB, São Paulo’s Social Housing Department. One result of this collaboration was the IABR’s formal inception of the working model of the sabbatical detour, a methodology that links location, research, exchange, presentation, and implementation to one another and makes it possible for urban planning projects to literally make a detour by way of an international exhibition.
São Paulo became the first IABR Test Site, Rotterdam and Istanbul soon followed. In these three cities the IABR set up Ateliers in close collaboration with local partners. Open and new alliances between urban designers, academics, knowledge centers, businesses, developers and local authorities form the driving forces behind these projects. These were presented to the public in all three cities during the 4th and 5th IABR: Open City and Making City.
Later, IABR also set up Ateliers in Albania, and in Brussels, Belgium, and, together with the Dutch government, private enterprises and nature organizations, an Atelier that explored the Northsea's potential for large-scale wind energy production by 2050.
The explicit aim of these collaborations is always to actually see the project proposals implemented and realized.
partnership with the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment
In 2011 the Dutch government decided to take part in the 5th IABR: Making City, with seven nationally important spatial planning projects. In 2012 the Ministry commissioned the IABR to apply the successful sabbatical detour model in the Netherlands. In 2013 - 2016, and connected to the sixth and seventh editions, six IABR–Ateliers were set up in collaboration with Dutch local and regional governments.
The advantage of collaboration between a city and a cultural organization like the IABR is the 'free space for thinking' that is created temporarily, a sabbatical detour in an international setting with the aim of making city differently and possibly better. The formation of new alliances, research and development, the exchange of knowledge and expertise, public debate and presentation on a prestigious platform as well as implementation are riveted together in this model: a guarantee almost for the delivery of alternative approaches, new perspectives and often surprising but always applicable and realistic solutions.
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head of research & development
Ivo de Jeu
assistant to the director and the office manager
head of production & planning
Jolanda van Dinteren
project manager exhibitions
Anne van Summeren
project manager program & events
Manon van den Bliek
program & events development
project manager marketing & communication
assistant marketing & communication
Nancy van Oorschot
Ed Nijpels (chair)
Rob van Gijzel
Wienke Bodewes (chair)
Hans-Maarten van den Brink
A Major Challenge to the Built Environment
Many of the challenges and opportunities of the energy transition are found in the built environment. A major part of the existing housing stock needs to be thoroughly renovated to become more energy efficient. The focus is now on improving the technical quality of the dwellings: better insulation, more efficient installations, smart meters. However, in addition to a technological challenge, energy-neutral or even energy-producing buildings also create a fundamental design challenge. This not only involves the building as such, but also its relationship with the environment, energy infrastructure, and public space.
Research by Design into New Building Typologies
In December 2017, the IABR issued an Open Call and subsequently selected the architecture office Civic to carry out research by design into new building typologies for the energy transition. Civic not only focuses on the building, but also on the collective energy infrastructure and the building’s energy facilities, their relationship to the public space, and their shared use. The research by design has to generate new typologies that can accelerate the energy transition as well as improve spatial, usable quality. Rotterdam is the first test area, but the research is based on universal typologies to ensure that solutions are scalable and applicable in other locations.
Energy Transition at the District Level
The IABR will test the ‘Energy Districts’ concept at the district level to investigate how the energy transition can be included in urban development projects. At the level of the neighborhood and the inhabitants, we will investigate how to use it to achieve social and inclusive urban projects rather than a purely technical, legal, and financial exercise. The current system, which is based on individual consumption, will have to evolve into a system in which producer collectives play an important role if we want to keep our energy supply affordable and make it efficient enough. The district is the level at which we can organize this ‘collective action’.
picture: Delfshaven Cooperation
Tests in Three Rotterdam Districts
The assumption behind the ‘Energy Districts’ concept is that it can be used as leverage to promote both the energy transition and broader social goals and challenges in the districts themselves. The IABR–Atelier zooms in on three locations in the city to test this assumption together with local stakeholders. Taking advantage of the opportunities that are present in a number of Rotterdam districts and of the broad scope of ‘district types’ that the Atelier wants to involve in the process, various test districts have been identified. The aim is to develop a model, based on specific Rotterdam cases, that can on the one hand be implemented in Rotterdam, but on the other is more widely applicable in different contexts inside and outside the city.
The first location in which the IABR–Atelier has started is the Bospolder-Tussendijken district (BoTu). This complex district faces major social challenges, including high unemployment rates. Many residents are relatively poor, and there is increasing energy poverty as well. At the same time, the district has a strong social dynamic and it’s overflowing with local initiative.
BoTu has a lot of public housing, with dwellings that are owned by housing associations. A large number of these dwellings are up for renovation in the coming years and the housing associations face the task of addressing this process as integrally and sustainably as possible.
The IABR–Atelier Rotterdam is investigating and testing how all of these challenges can be dealt with together: how the energy transition can act as a lever to promote a more inclusive form of urban development. The IABR is also exploring BoTu’s connection with the adjoining Merwede-Vierhavens District (M4H), which together with the RDM Rotterdam forms the so-called ‘Makers District’, which focuses on the innovative (small) manufacturing economy that creates opportunities for new forms of employment and bridges the gap between high-tech and low-tech, thinking and making, living and working. Test Site M4H+ is a way to further this cause and work on concrete development principles and pilot projectsfor circular area development.
In BoTu, the IABR–Atelier has entered into collaboration with an alliance of housing association Havensteder, the Delfshaven Coöperatie and the Social Development Department of the City of Rotterdam. This alliance investigates the business case of the ‘Next Generation Residential District’. Uniting financial expertise and the strength of design can create added value.
After the 2018 biennale, the IABR–Atelier Rotterdam will focus on two other districts to further study and test the ‘Energy Districts’ concept.
In Bospolder-Tussendijken the IABR–Atelier Rotterdam collaborates with an alliance of Housing Corporation Havensteder, Delfshaven Coöperatie and the department for Social Development of the Municipality of Rotterdam.
The research by design is done by BoTu Next, consisting of Over Morgen, Urhahn, Inicio and Personal Architecture.
On Wednesday 18 April Architecture Workroom Brussels, Team Vlaams Bouwmeester, Vlaamse Vereniging voor Ruimte en Planning, Openbare Vlaamse Afvalstoffenmaatschappij and the IABR launch the new publication Designing the Future, a ‘workbook’ about research by design as leverage for social transitions.
Location: Atelier Vlaams Bouwmeester, Ravensteingalerij 54-59, 1000 Brussel
Date: 18 April 2018
Time 19:00 hours
More info and RSVP: click here
On 1 June 2018, the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam will launch its eighth edition, part one of IABR–2018+2020–THE MISSING LINK, in one go in two cities: Rotterdam and Brussels.
In Rotterdam, the main exhibition is on show in the HAKA Building, a national monument in the Merwede-Vierhaven area (M4H), until 8 July 2018. In that same period, there's a full program each week from Tuesday until Saturday.
More information will follow soon.
The Netherlands and Flanders are both part of the same unique spatial system in the Rhine-Meuse-Scheldt delta, a densely urbanized area that plays an important part in the global economy. Here, the transformations and transitions we face today and in coming decades will manifest in their own, specific way, and therefore also require specific spatial strategies.This is why the IABR and Architecture Workroom Brussels, together with the Government Architects of the Netherlands and Flanders, have established the Delta Atelier.
source: De Lage Landen 2020 - 2100 (Brussels, 2018)
The Delta Atelier aims to develop concrete prospects for action that will both reposition our delta as it faces the climate goals in the Netherlands and Belgium and create a laboratory for other deltas across the world.Knowledge sharing provides governments and local partners with internationally developed insights into the spatial challenges both countries share. While coupling local and regional challenges with replicable instruments that can subsequently be scaled and tested on a national and international level will create new opportunities.
The Delta Atelier is an initiative of IABR and AWB in collaboration with the Dutch Governent Architect and the Flemish Government Architect.
An introduction of the Delta Atelier can be downloaded at the bottom of this page. The list of participants is, for now, only available in Dutch.
Industrial Heritage in Former Harbor Area
© Dudok Groep
The HAKA Building, designed by architects Mertens and Koeman, was constructed at the beginning of the 1930s on the authority of the Coöperatieve Groothandelsvereniging De Handelskamer (Trade and Commerce Cooperative), which represented the interests of the Rotterdam workers and from which the building takes its name to this day. Strategically positioned at the head of the Keilehaven, the HAKA Building was in use as a factory that up to 1973 included a coffee roasting house, a tea blending and a packaging department as well as offices, a warehouse, and a grain silo.
Like Rotterdam’s other famous industrial monument, the Van Nelle Factory, the HAKA Building was constructed in the style of the New Objectivity. It was also the first building in the Netherlands of which the concrete frame and the exterior walls were poured using a concrete pump. Since 2002 the HAKA Building, with its architectural and cultural-historical, building-technical and innovative value, is both a national monument and recognized as industrial heritage.
New owner Dudok Group has begun planning the redevelopment of the property into an office building; the company intends to retain its industrial and monumental character. Before the renovation starts, the IABR will furnish part of the building as an exhibition space. Since the first part of the double feature IABR–2018+2020 is pre-eminently a work biennale, there will also be work spaces, an auditorium for lectures, debate and conferences, and small presentation rooms. At the HAKAfé, Uit Je Eigen Stad will provide locally produced food and drinks.
The HAKA Building is clearly a suitable host for the items on the IABR agenda, and this is even truer of the surrounding M4H area. Various players who have been active in the area for quite some time will develop their own programs in keeping with the biennale program. But M4H is literally the work area of the IABR as well.
Up to 2020, IABR–Atelier Rotterdam will focus on the question of how Rotterdam can also use the inevitable energy transition as a lever to realize socially inclusive urban development, to create a resilient city.
Areas that the city and port have to develop together, ‘city harbors’ such as the M4H area, have to play an important part in this – they are the best possible places to explore and invent the future Rotterdam, and the best possible places to create and actually test the spatial design that Rotterdam can want.
Under the umbrella of Atelier Rotterdam, therefore, the IABR, the city of Rotterdam and the Port Authority have set up Test Site M4H+. M4H is in a strategic location: next to a number of vulnerable residential areas, such as Delfshaven and Bospolder-Tussendijken; still in the middle of an economically active port area and yet close to the city center, while the knowledge campus RDM Rotterdam is right on the other side of the river. This means many challenges integrate in the M4H area. Energy transition and social issues inevitably come together with challenges concerning the circular economy, the (small) manufacturing industry, and food and water management. The transformation of the M4H area and of the immediately surrounding districts is therefore best tackled as a whole – as a single urban project – researching, imagining, designing, and testing, while using the necessary energy transition as a lever. Hence Test Site M4H+, for which the HAKA Building will be the temporary headquarters during the biennale.
City, Port and Biennale join forces in 'city harbor' M4H
©John Gundlach - De Beeldunie
A global player, the Port of Rotterdam has a special relationship with the City of Rotterdam. Though this relationship has become more fragile in recent decades, the arenas in which the City and the Port come together, the so-called ‘city harbors’, are now of growing importance. After all, this is where smart links between the inevitable transitions in energy and resource use (circular port, circular economy) and the broader socioeconomic development of both residents and businesses in the city can be established.
In Rotterdam, the Port Authority and the City are intertwined in a single (urban) system like conjoined twins. In the city harbors they can explore, design, and test the transition to the future Rotterdam together. One of the city harbors in which port development and urban development come together is the Merwe-Vierhavens district (M4H) where IABR, Port and City have now established the Test Site M4H+.
Formerly a major global fruit transition hub, the Merwe-Vierhavens district is now transforming into a completely new residential and commercial area. M4H is one of the areas highlighted in the City Harbor Program – a program by the City of Rotterdam and the Port of Rotterdam aimed at realizing distinct living and working conditions in the city’s harbor areas in the coming decades.
M4H is in a strategic location: next to vulnerable residential areas, such as the Delfshaven and Bospolder-Tussendijken neighborhoods; in the middle of an economically active port area and yet close to the city center; and opposite the knowledge campus RDM Rotterdam on the other side of the river.
The City and the Port recently launched the Rotterdam Makers District, which includes M4H and the RDM and is expected to become the hub of the innovative manufacturing industry in the Metropolitan Region. And with good reason: the old industrial buildings, the sheer size of M4H, and the fresh dynamics arising there offer many opportunities for the development of new residential and commercial typologies, of innovative maker spaces, of test facilities, and of knowledge platforms. Connecting the area to the surrounding neighborhoods (M4H+) presents an opportunity to create new jobs and to provide the ‘working population of the twenty-first century’ with new expertise and skills. And that is necessary if the goal is an inclusive city with an economy that adds local value to the city and empowers its inhabitants.
As a previous study by IABR–Atelier Rotterdam, The Productive City, already demonstrated, M4H is one example of an area where the gap between high-tech and low-tech, thinking and creating, and living and working can be bridged.
foto: Mariska Vogel
Test Site M4H+: Pilot Project and Showcase
As its proprietors, the City of Rotterdam and the Port of Rotterdam together face the challenge of making this city harbor area future proof. The aim is to generate concrete development principles and pilot projects, and therefore the IABR, the City of Rotterdam, and the Port Authority have established Test Site M4H+ as part of the IABR–Atelier Rotterdam.
Until 2020, the IABR–Atelier Rotterdam will focus on the question of how Rotterdam can use the inevitable energy transition as a lever for socially inclusive urban development to make the city resilient.
While the Atelier takes the energy transition as its starting point, M4H+ takes spatial design and integrality as its premise. There are many challenges in and around the M4H area. Here, the energy transition and social issues inevitably link up with challenges in the fields of circular economy, the (small) manufacturing industry, and food and water management. The transformation of both the M4H area and of the directly surrounding neighborhoods has to be addressed in one single urban project: researching, imagining, designing, and testing with the essential energy transition as leverage and spatial design as the instrument.
In the coming years, the Atelier will design and test plans for circular area development in collaboration with local stakeholders in M4H and in the surrounding neighborhoods. Test Site M4H+ will be a pilot project and showcase for the solutions needed to optimally integrate the space that the old port economy has left behind in what will become the resilient Rotterdam of the future.
In 2018, the IABR will use the HAKA Building, a listed industrial monument in the M4H district, to present its main exhibition and program. During the biennale, the HAKA Building will also be in use as the temporary headquarters of Test Site M4H+.
Test Site M4H+ is a collaboration of the IABR, the City of Rotterdam and the Rotterdam Port Authority, and is part of the IABR–Atelier Rotterdam.
The research by design for Test Site M4H+ is carried out by TEAM 1010, consisting of 1010au, Mariska Vogel, Ronald Van Der Heijden, DRIFT, 5PBGM, and Witteveen+Bos.
In Rotterdam, the main exhibition is on show in the HAKA Building, a national monument in the Merwede-Vierhaven area (M4H), until 8 July 2018. In Brussels, the IABR will partner with Architecture Workroom Brussels for an exhibition at the World Trade Center, open until 30 September 2018.
© Hannah Anthonysz
Arguing that spatial design is crucial leverage, the IABR–2018+2020–THE MISSING LINK raises the question of how we can effectively realize the urgent acceleration and scaling of the transition to a resilient future, initially with a focus on the Delta of the Low Lands.
The 2018 work biennale will concentrate on research, exchange, debate, and brainstorming. The work will continue across 2019, and the results will be presented in 2020.
The press release can be downloaded at the bottom of this page.
population growth as leverage for sustainable spatial development
The Province of East Flanders wants to use its space in a more intelligent and versatile way to realize a climate-friendly and high-quality living environment by 2050. For the next three years, therefore, the Province of East Flanders and the IABR will examine and test how population growth can create opportunities for the sustainable spatial development of the East Flemish Region. The Atelier examines and tests how the demographic growth of the region can be seen as an opportunity and used to shape the necessary transitions in the field of open space, accessibility, economy and energy.
The need to go beyond the ‘experiment’ and really focus on operationalization and actual change is at the basis of the IABR’s policy objectives and is therefore embedded in both the IABR–Atelier East Flemish Region and in IABR–2018+2020–THE MISSING LINK.
Under the direction of a Lead Designer and together with (inter)national design firms, regional partners will work together for three years with local and national stakeholders including governments, citizens, companies and knowledge institutes. An open Atelier in Ghent (Pelikaanstraat 38) will serve as a base of operations aiming for real world implementation.
The IABR–Atelier East Flemish Region is a collaboration of the IABR and the Province of East Flanders (BE). Its Lead Designer is Joachim Declerck (Architecture Workroom Brussels and member of the Curator Team of IABR–2018+2020).
The East Flemish Region is a single, coherent system. The Atelier focuses on three substantive pillars that will ultimately give direction to the housing policy: Productive Landscape, Circular Economy and Connected Figure.
A Productive Landscape as a Structuring and Resilient Open Space
Not only agriculture, but also the fertile soil of the East Flemish Region, its rivers, canals and polders, its strong economy in city centers and ports and the various opportunities for generating renewable energy are core ingredients of the productive landscape. Individually, they are the driving forces behind development and they provide society with important ecosystem services. Identifying the core ingredients of a productive landscape within the East Flemish Region and using them as starting points for the division of different areas will allow smart connections between different spatial functions and qualities.
Room for a Circular Economy and for Mixed-Use Neighborhoods in a Productive Metropolis
The circular economy is high on the global agenda, but what does this actually amount to and, more in particular, how can it be achieved? Today many economic activities take place in isolated business parks. Relocating such productive activities to our cities and municipalities will create a lot of opportunities. This way we can look to intelligently integrate different driving forces such as the economy, energy and water into the housing fabric.
A Connected Figure, Framework for a More Shared Mobility
In addition to mobility, water, energy, economy and caring living environments can also contribute to a the creation of a ‘connected figure’: by thinking about more than traffic alone it becomes possible to focus on shared mobility in an innovative way. Crossovers between slow road networks and energy supply can result in interesting e-bike charging points, which in turn can guide residential development. An intelligent approach will allow the East Flemish Region to internationally present itself as an innovative Metropolitan Region.
Rather than only underground and in distant power stations, the new energy system is suddenly becoming manifest in our living environment. Spatially, it will strongly influence our cities and the way we organize and design them. The energy transition is therefore preeminently a spatial challenge. The fact that the energy production potential varies per region and even per district creates an opportunity to rethink and renew the spatial organization of cores, districts, and public facilities in connection to new infrastructure.
Image: AWB and SannahBelzer, Low Lands 2020-2100
At the district level we will see collective energy facilities of necessity develop their own language, beyond utilitarian form and function. It is only possible to reduce energy demand if the existing housing stock is thoroughly renovated and new construction projects are as energy neutral as possible.
Designing for Action
But is there a level playing field for everyone involved, can everyone keep up with the changes or even benefit by them? Energy poverty as a consequence of the energy transition is already imminent, especially in the more vulnerable neighborhoods.
Given the right approach, conversely, the energy transition can contribute to a high-quality, attractive future if it is used as a means to work on a resilient and inclusive Rotterdam in which citizens are enabled to be not only energy consumers, but also energy producers.
Against the background of the challenge of the energy transition the IABR–Atelier Rotterdam will test new methods for inclusive urban development and generate concrete spatial proposals with the intention of eventually realizing them.
The 2017 to 2020 period will focus on several work trajectories that together, each at their own scale level and in their own field of action, build on the energy transition as a social and inclusive urban project. The Atelier focuses on research by design that addresses the collective strategies of energy districts, to be tested in three different Rotterdam districts. An architectural-typological exploration researches how new architectural typologies in relation to their immediate environment can contribute to the development of concrete spatial solutions as building blocks for the energy transition.
M4H+ examines and tests the circular area development of new residential-industrial districts. The unifying trajectory integrates the output of the other work trajectories and existing studies to develop prospects for action
Over 80% of all climate change caused urgencies and calamities are water related. That's exactly why it can be argued that water-issues offer opportunities, that tackling water related challenges can and should be used as leverage for more comprehensive change, for realizing transformative projects everywhere and on every scale.
To identify and initiate such projects, in 2016 George Brugmans, the president of the IABR, and Henk Ovink, the Dutch Water Envoy, signed a Memorandum of Understanding, which was later endorsed by Joachim Declerck, partner of Architecture Worksroom Brussels.
Previous collaborations of these three partners accumulated expertise on process and design, feasibility and applicability. From Rotterdam to Istanbul, from Albania to Flanders, São Paulo to Mexico City, Groningen to Brabant, and most noticeably in the Post-Sandy ‘Rebuild by Design’ trajectory on the East Coast of the USA, their design-driven methodology has proven to add value, deepen insights and build agency for sustainable change and transformation.
The World Water Atlas is initiated by the Water Envoy, and managed by the IABR, Deltares and the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency as a component of the action plan of the UN/World Bank High Level Panel on Water (HLPW).
Water as Leverage is an initiative founded by the Water Envoy, the IABR and Architecture Workroom Brussels. The first project, launched on November 9, 2017 at COP23, is Water as Leverage for Resilient Cities: Asia.
Water as Leverage
Water represents man’s most challenging and complex risk. Floods and draughts, pollution and water conflicts combine in conceivably disastrous ways with rapid urbanization, a growing demand for food and energy, migration, and climate change.
But while the water challenges carry with them the risk of disruptive transitions they also offer us the opportunity to use water as leverage for transformative impact. Only a better understanding of the complex risks will allow us to de-risk the world effectively. Recognizing that water can also be used as leverage helps us find opportunities for real change, for transformative projects everywhere and on every scale.
© George Brugmans
We have no time to waste if we want to safeguard our planet and our future, and achieve our climate goals, our sustainable development goals, and reach beyond. To realize the necessary changes we need to build strong and result-oriented coalitions with the ambition to proactively connect innovative and integrated design, good planning, and a strong process to financial commitment and implementation.
Taking up the challenge, the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam, the Dutch Water Envoy and Architecture Workroom Brussels have initiated Water as Leverage.
In partnership with the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) and 100 Resilient Cities (100RC), and supported by the UN/World Bank High Level Panel for Water and the Global Center of Excellence on Climate Adaptation (GCECA), they have launched their first project, Water as Leverage for Resilient Cities: Asia, on November 9, 2017 at COP23 in Bonn, Germany.
Nowhere on earth are water-related disasters as widespread and costly, both in terms of human life and loss of (social) wealth, as in South and South East Asia. Asian cities account for 83 percent of the population affected by sea level rise. That is why, together with the AIIB and 100RC Asia, we decided to test how water can be used as a lever for change in Asia first.
© Nik Naudt
After a short and intense period of thorough research, fieldwork, and workshops, the Water as Leverage for Resilient Cities: Asia–consortium partnered with the cities of Khulna (Bangladesh), Chennai (India) and Semarang (Indonesia). These partnerships are carefully chosen, based on the explicit articulation of water-, urban-, and climate-related challenges that these city regions have, the strategic position as a pilot for similar cases they could be and, as such, the potential in terms of sustainable solutions and transformative capacity.
These three city regions are only a starting point: building on the outcomes a working methodology will be derived and continuously adjusted, as a foundation for following partnerships.
The challenge of Water as Leverage is to match long term comprehensive urban planning with short term innovative transformations ; ambitious climate adaptation plans with bankable projects; developing ever more knowledge of the water system with building more resilient cities; research, design and implementation with inclusive urban alliances. Result driven collaboration is essential, across all sectors, all layers of government, all stakeholders—from activists and vulnerable communities to private and public institutions.
We call on everyone to help us tackle this challenge, to build a global water coalition and together, to use water as leverage for real change. Want to know more, then download the flyer or go to the Water as Leverage–website.
© Fred Ernst
The World Water Atlas focuses on the water challenge against the background of climate change. Its aim is to provide local and (inter)national decision makers, governments, companies, and citizens from all over the world and all walks of life with tools with which to take absolutely necessary, concrete action, as effectively and rapidly as possible.
To achieve this, the World Water Atlas collects, links, unlocks, and distributes knowledge, data, best practices, and inspiring local initiatives and then integrates them into a coherent and mobilizing narrative that provides prospects for action and thus encourages people to rise to the challenge. Various media are implemented, including, initially, a digital platform and film and, later, publication(s) and an exhibition.
The IABR investigated the feasibility of the World Water Atlas in 2016 under the authority of the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment. The outcomes and recommendations ensuing from that investigation prompted the ministry to ask Deltares, the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, and the IABR to form a consortium to realize the Atlas under the auspices of the Dutch Special Envoy for Water and in collaboration with a variety of representatives of the Dutch as well as, in the future, the international water community.
The 1.0 version of the World Water Atlas will be launched at World Water Day, 22 March 2018,, in New York, during a meeting of the High Level Panel on Water.
At the Stadmakerscongres, IABR–Atelier Rotterdam explores how the energy transition can function as a driver for a more resistent Rotterdam.
Presentation IABR–2018+2020 and Atelier Rotterdam by Joachim Declerck (Lead Designer Atelier Rotterdam and member of the Curator Team IABR–2018+2020).
Discussion with a.o. Emile Klep (Director Urban Planning, City of Rotterdam) on the opportunities of Atelier Rotterdam for Rotterdam.
Location: De Doelen, Muziekplein, Rotterdam
Date: 10 November
Time: 15.00 - 16.00
Admission: free (tickets via Stadmakerscongres)
"Adapting our way of life and consumption and production patterns to the finite capacity of our planet requires a fundamental socioeconomic transition that cannot “take place” if we do not first and quite literally “make place” for it. There can be no transition to renewable energy, no resilient ecosystem, and no caring living environment without the actual transformation of our urban landscapes. The necessary fundamental changes require the making of major political and social choices. But they come with a design challenge: to facilitate behavioral change we have to be able to couple social, spatial, and ecological problems at the scale levels of the building, the neighborhood, the city, and the entire planet. Creating space means sharing space!"
This is the core argument of the three curators of the IABR–2018+2020–THE MISSING LINK, Floris Alkemade, Leo van Broeck and Joachim Declerck, in the Curator Statement and the Research Agenda that can be downloaded from this page.
IABR–2018+2020: ONE PROGRAM, TWO BIENNALES
The International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR) applies the biennale editions of 2018 and 2020 entirely to the challenge brought to the table of the world community in 2015 by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the UN and the Paris Climate Agreement (COP21).
From the spring of 2018 until the summer of 2020, a single curator team will work on two consecutive biennales, with the objective of mobilizing global thinking and the power to activate and design for an in-depth research by design process that focuses on spatial transformations that facilitate the realization of the SDGs. Because the urgency and the objectives are clear and the question is no longer whether weneedto, buthowwe are going to adjust. Nobody really knows, and exactly this is The Missing Link. How can we get from agendas, knowledge, and plans to truly effective spatial transformation? What is the new metanarrative that can bring us, as a society – that is: truly together – to the future? How can we organize that transition as a spatial, but at the same time social project that both takes our resistance to change into account and mobilizes our longing for it? How do we realize change fast enough, in enough places at a time, and both affordably and socially inclusively? And what does the new design practice we need to meet that objective look like?
To get answers to these questions the three curators decided not to do a Call for Projects but a Call for Practices – a call to truly innovative practices that are active in architecture, urban and neighborhood development, and spatial and environmental planning as well as in policy development, knowledge sharing and development, climate change, the energy transition, water management, food production, creative activity and industry, impact investment, and social enterprise.
Those practices that want to join the IABR in its three year quest forThe Missing Link can find the Call for Practices here.