Jan, 2021
11:00 - 17:00
Jan, 2021
11:00 - 17:00


Scenarios for Rotterdam 2060

Partner exhibition: Weatherwise Rotterdam


The City of Rotterdam’s program Weatherwise Rotterdam presented four design offices with a challenge: devise and design a future scenario for Rotterdam, keeping in mind that the city is facing climate change, extreme weather and rising sea levels.


illustration by Jowan de Haan

The designers were asked to take as their point of departure the decision to embrace the water, rather than continuing to fight it. And to consider whether or not we will be able to live in Rotterdam in 2060, and if so, how.

The four future scenarios will be presented at METEOPOLIS, an exhibition that offers visitors a look at Rotterdam in 2060, in the context of IABR–DOWN TO EARTH and its core question: Where Can We Land? The aim is to further an informed, open and pointed discussion about the complex problems that climate change will confront us with and to influence decision-making processes in such a way that we will still be able to live in Rotterdam in 40 years’ time.

The four scenarios
Verveeld Verward: Individually + Prepared
De Zwarte Hond + Strootman Landschapsarchitecten: Collectively + Prepared
Marieke Vromans & Floor van den Bergh: Collectively + Coming Through
Walden Studio: Individually + Coming Through

Rotterdam, the IABR and Water
In Rotterdam, a low-lying delta city, the war waged against water has always played an important part. The consequences of climate change and global warming now make the water challenge Rotterdam faces even more urgent. Soil subsidence, water safety, extreme precipitation, heat, and drought are major and acute challenges.

Water has also been the blue thread connecting the programming of successive IABR editions. In 2005, in the context of the second biennale, The Flood, the IABR developed the Rotterdam Waterstad 2035 plan (Rotterdam Water City 2035), which was integrally incorporated in the city’s urban policy strategy as laid down in the Stadsvisie Rotterdam 2030. Subsequently, Waterstad 2035 – deal with water as an opportunity rather than a threat and an expense! – became a source of inspiration for the Rotterdam Adaptation Strategy and helped lay the foundations for Resilient Rotterdam and Weatherwise Rotterdam.

Water as Leverage
The city is now ready to take the next step. In the context of DOWN TO EARTH, in which Water as Leverage is one of the two program lines, Weatherwise Rotterdam explores the opportunities. Which approach to the city’s water challenges can best create climate-adaptive levers for the sustainable spatial and social development of a resilient Rotterdam?

METEOPOLIS will be open to the public from Thursday January 14 through Sunday January 31, 2021, from Tuesday to Sunday, from 11 am to 5 pm. We are closed on Mondays.

Please note that, given the pandemic, IABR follows the guidelines of the Dutch Health Authority. This way, we can ensure that there are never too many people present at the same time and that every visit is a safe visit. Therefore, visitors have to reserve times slots. Reservations can be made soon.

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