DOWN TO EARTH's second exhibition, WHOSE ENERGY IS IT, ANYWAY?, highlights the energy transition and in particular the results of the IABR–Atelier Rotterdam.
This Atelier has been exploring ways to use the energy transition as leverage with which to achieve a more socially inclusive form of urban development since 2017, and in Rotterdam’s Bospolder-Tussendijken neighborhood specifically since 2019. If a district has to stop using natural gas, if it needs an overhaul anyway, can't we cleverly link this transition to the solving of a number of other urgent challenges? After all, the creation of a truly CO2-neutral neighborhood not only presents technological, spatial and financial challenges, but also social ones.
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The transition to the sustainable production of solar and wind energy is also a transition to a different energy management system, from centralized to decentralized, from extractive to circular, and therefore possibly to other forms of ownership. After all, especially at the level of the neighborhood in which the energy is generated, stored and traded, one can ask to whom the energy actually belongs. Rather than mere consumers, neighborhood residents – especially if they associate – can also become producers, distributors and entrepreneurs. By cleverly linking the energy system to the local economy, the energy transition can also be a social transition. In that case the issue of commoning, the securing of common ownership in such a way that citizens not only receive energy bills, but also get to actively co-own the transition and profit from it, becomes pivotal.
To achieve a more socially inclusive transition and implement it spatially, we need a LEAP, a Local Energy Action Plan supported by the community, which is what Atelier Rotterdam, under the aegis of its lead designer Eva Pfannes (Ooze Architects and Urbanists), is now developing together with many partners in and residents of Bospolder-Tussendijken.
Thijs van Spaandonk and Eva Pfannes are the curators of WHOSE ENERGY IS IT, ANYWAY? More information will follow soon. For now, if you want to read up on LEAP and on how we want to position the energy transition as a lever for change, click here.
WHOSE ENERGY IS IT, ANYWAY? will be open to the public from October 30 until at least Sunday December 20, 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 - this is possible from 1 October.
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