With its two editions of 2018 and 2020, the IABR wants to contribute to the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations and of the objectives stated in the Paris Climate Agreement by further exploring how to make resilient cities.
Contribute we can by making use of the instruments that, as a cultural organization, we have: the power of the imagination and the forcefulness of design. That is, if, as an organization that is active in the field of architecture and urban design, we aspire to future resilient cities, to living environments that will be socially inclusive and infrastructurally climate-proof, we need to apply creativity and design to explore the future that we actually can want. A future we therefore need to research, imagine, design and, quite literally, test to provide us with the leverage we need to work towards our goals in a structured, concentrated and concrete way, with real world results

Our future in the delta, the delta of the future
Arguing that spatial design is crucial leverage, the IABR–2018+2020–THE MISSING LINK focuses on the question of how we can effectively realize the urgent acceleration and scaling of the transition to a resilient future.
The Missing Link

picture: George Brugmans

Initially, in 2017 and 2018, we concentrated on the Delta of the Low Lands, among many other things by establishing and implementing collaborative research projects with partners, provinces and municipalities in the Netherlands and in Belgium. What and how can design contribute to our future in the delta and to the delta of the future?

Water and Fire
In 2019 and 2020 the IABR highlights two very urgent challenges, water and fire, that is, the water challenge and the energy transition as leverage for transformative comprehensive city making.
Water as leverage: make use of the water challenge -too much water, too little water, too dirty water– to explore solutions that have a wide impact in terms of the quality of living conditions pf many millions of people.
Energy transition as leverage: make use of the inevitable energy transition and conceive of it as a tool for inclusive cities.
And while doing this, we will not just focus on our own Delta anymore, but reconnect the IABR to the world.

What’s stopping us?
In other words, from 2017 until 2020 we will address the missing link: we know what we have to do, so what is keeping us from making a successful transition to a resilient future? How to connect the plans to the projects, and the projects to the plans? What's stopping us?

We won’t we stopped
The Missing Link - the exhibition

picture: Ivo Haarman

The IABR won’t be stopped though. In the IABR–Atelier Rotterdam, for example, the City of Rotterdam and the IABR together with the Delfshaven Coöperatie and housing corporation Havensteder are working in Bospolder-Tussendijken to create one of the first energy neighborhoods in the Netherlands. Also, the IABR together with the City and Port Authority are exploring ways to turn former city harbor M4H and the surrounding neighborhoods into a testing ground and showcase for a technologically and socially successful energy transition in Rotterdam. The IABR and the Province of East Flanders explore in the IABR–Atelier East Flanders Core Region how rapid demographic growth can be turned into an opportunity for resilient city making. And then there's Water as Leverage for Resilient Cities: Asia, initiated by the Dutch Water Envoy, IABR, AWB and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.

On 1 June 2018, the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam launched its eighth edition, part one of IABR–2018+2020–THE MISSING LINK, in one go in two cities: Rotterdam and Brussels.

picture: Aad Hoogendoorn

In Rotterdam, the main exhibition was on show in the HAKA Building, a national industrial monument in the Merwe-Vierhavens area (M4H), until 8 July 2018, with an extensive program of activities.
During that same period as well as in the fall, the World Trade Center in the Noordwijk area in Brussels, Belgium, is the location for the second exhibition and another extensive program: You Are Here.

For the complete event agenda of IABR–2018: click here