The 7th edition of the Architecture Biennale Rotterdam was entitled The Next Economy. In 2016, the IABR explored the part that spatial design can play in creating a city where the economy adds local value and focuses on societal issues, a city that uses natural and human capital in a sustainable way and responds to growing social inequality.
The public sphere plays a central part in the socially just city. The new urbanity combines entrepreneurship and citizenship; education and work merge, care and public life are connected. The exhibition in the Fenixloods featured more than 60 projects, ranging from new housing and work locations to new clean energy systems, new models for land development and new forms of collaboration, health care, and solidarity.