The consequences of our footprint on planet Earth are increasingly noticeable: melting ice caps, forest fires, floods and periods of drought. The situation as it is today was predicted 50 years ago by the Club of Rome, an informal group of academics, scientists, politicians, diplomats and industrialists who published The Limits to Growth in 1972. In this report, the club outlined the possible consequences of an exponential increase in population, agricultural production, resource extraction, industrial production, pollution, and the loss of biodiversity. The report caused a commotion worldwide and marked the beginning of environmental awareness.
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Het nieuwe interministeriële Ministerie van Maak! roept honderd ontwerpers en experts op om hun collectieve kennis en verbeeldingskracht in te zetten om tot nieuwe ontwerpen voor Nederland te komen. Hiermee wil het Ministerie van Maak! een een bijdrage leveren aan de radicale verbouwing van Nederland en concrete oplossingen bieden voor het woningtekort, de energietransitie en de gevolgen van klimaatverandering. Bovendien spoort het Ministerie van Maak! aan tot reflectie op de manier waarop de bestaande overheidsstructuren hiermee omgaan.
"Als gemeenschap staan we voor een aantal grote transformaties; deze opgaven hebben allemaal een ruimtelijk weerslag. Nederland heeft niet alleen de traditie om dergelijke complexe opgaven het hoofd te bieden, maar ook een eigentijdse architectonische discipline en de ontwerpkracht om een inspirerende bijdrage te leveren aan de urgenties van vandaag.", zeggen de initiatiefnemers de Internationale Architectuur Biennale Rotterdam (IABR), MANN en ZUS, gezamenlijk met VOLUME en de Independent School for the City.
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During the 10th edition of the architecture biennale the exhibition FUTURE GENERATION will showcase a group of young design practitioners in the Keilezaal – they represent the promise for a hopeful future, both in the short-term and in the long run.
A Future Worth Living For!
At this moment in time, humankind possesses the strongest combination of (scientific) knowledge and (digital) tools the world has ever known. We have everything in place to create an entirely alternative structure for human society – if only we set our heads and hearts to planetary stewardship. Let’s build a future worth living for!
FUTURE GENERATION, THIS IS 2072
The exhibition FUTURE GENERATION showcases the best architectural graduation projects realized from 2018 to 2022 in Belgium and the Netherlands. All of the academies and universities with master’s programs in the Lowlands were invited to contribute, resulting in the submission of 75 projects by 13 institutions. The selected projects address the increasing time pressure on combating climate change in our ever-accelerating society. Together, these designers form the decisionmakers of tomorrow, the FUTURE GENERATION, THIS IS 2072, a moment when all selected projects play their part in the transition, reflecting on a hopeful and promising future.
2072 in Five Chapters
Divided into five chapters, the exhibition contains fragments, projects, topics, and movements that will determine the architectural landscape of 2072: the year the Club of Rome oriented its prophetic publication The Limits to Growth towards. The five chapters are: Local Cosmopolitans, Earthly Promises, Urban Biotopes, Social Ecologies and Flourishing Landscapes.
LOCAL COSMOPOLITANS reconnects with the genius loci, a need to operate within the existing context, a sense of place, of connectivity and belonging. In 2072 we’ve learned from the past, contributed to the locally important briefs, and act as LOCAL COSMOPOLITANS.
EARTHLY PROMISES demonstrates a more-than-human design approach, using natural processes as the base of design: a dive into the earth beneath us, and into the time beyond the human impact. In 2072 we’ve stopped exploiting our planet and are co-existing with its natural processes as EARTHLY PROMISES.
URBAN BIOTOPES focuses on the densification and decentralization of our inner cities – and by doing so creates a maximally diverse biotope that benefits us all. In 2072 we’ve created cities where everything is connected; from vast built super-surfaces to small mobility connections and automated living pods, and from civic gardens to a caring metropolis of health networks. Diverse organisms live together in URBAN BIOTOPES.
SOCIAL ECOLOGIES engages with social and societal issues – sometimes provocatively – by initiating dialogue about the politics of our designed environment. In 2072 architects actively anticipate and co-create with communities, they initiate debates leading to innovative projects and collective knowledge networks, and shape new SOCIAL ECOLOGIES.
FLOURISHING LANDSCAPES tries not only to use the available, renewable resources, but most of all to generate productive landscapes that add resources and purpose. In 2072 our supply chains are sustainable (food)production systems that have a low impact on our spatial environment and create hybrid, stacked, and connected FLOURISHING LANDSCAPES.
© Dana Romina
From 22 September to 13 November 2022, the 10th Architecture Biennale – international event, platform for discourse and dialogue, and agenda-setting forum for (inter)national design practices – will open its doors in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
The appointment of Saskia van Stein as president signals that the IABR will be striking out in a new direction. Decentralized collaboration models will be deployed to stimulate the integrated, intergenerational, and sustainable renewal of the profession at all levels. After all, participating in and thinking about new ways to organize our living environment is a precondition for an equitable future. The curatorial team of the 2022 edition, which will give shape and content to these new ambitions, includes the following people:
Peter Veenstra, co-founder of LOLA Landscape Architects (with Cees van der Veeken and Eric-Jan Pleijster)
PASZA Platform for Architectural Research, co-founded by Dr. Léa-Catherine Szacka senior lecturer in Architectural Studies at the University of Manchester and visiting lecturer at The Berlage, Delft University of Technology, and ETH Zurich and Dr. Ir. Véronique Patteeuw, lecturer at the École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture et du Paysage Lille, visiting lecturer at the KU Leuven and EPFL Lausanne and academic editor of OASE.
Prof. Dr. Derk Loorbach professor of Socioeconomic Transitions, director of DRIFT, and principal investigator of the Design, Impact, Transition (DIT) platform of the Erasmus University Rotterdam
In the coming period, the curator team will set out the lines for the event and start up several transition-oriented projects; design and development trajectories that help to shape, accelerate, upscale and disseminate social change. The IABR will launch an (international) Open Call for designers to collect leading work for the upcoming exhibition. To close the gap between (social) spatial questions and developing parties, another Open Call will be issued for clients. The IABR will establish collaborations with various knowledge and educational institutes and other cultural partners.