© IABR, 2016
The installation 2050 – An Energetic Odyssey was one of the highlights of IABR–2016. The press paid tribute to the strong ambitions of the project that explored, through research by design, the potential of large-scale production of wind power on the North Sea. And there was general praise for the way the visualization of the results conjured up a possible and viable future. For months, the buzz around the installation at IABR–2016, where public and private parties – companies, nature organizations, knowledge institutes, academia and governments – got together, was: ‘It’s possible!’ The installation bridged the gap between urgency and intentions, and concrete action.
One of the clients, the Dutch Minister Kamp of Economic Affairs, showed the installation to his European colleague-minsters in the context of the Dutch EU presidency. The Minister told the press that 2050, given its convincing imagination of what is possible, helped him establish a regional partnership agreement between North Sea countries that want to get the production of wind power underway as soon as possible.
Now that the Biennale in Rotterdam is over, many parties have expressed interest in presenting the installation elsewhere and to initiate further debate: Lessons learned, now what are the next steps?
That is why 2050 will go on tour. Interested parties in the Netherlands are requested to contact H+N+S Landscape Architects at firstname.lastname@example.org. For exhibitions and presentations outside the Netherlands, please contact the IABR at email@example.com.
picture: Hans Tak
Produced by IABR in collaboration with the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Van Oord, Shell, TenneT, Zeeland Seaports, European Climate Foundation, Natuur & Milieu, RWE, Port of Rotterdam Authority and Port of Amsterdam.
Concept: Maarten Hajer and Dirk Sijmons
Research by design and animation by H+N+S Landscape Architects, Ecofys and Tungsten Pro