Master Classes

Research by Design as a tool for Sustainable Development

Master class Planet Texel

picture: Stefan Kroft

Because of the financial and economic crisis, shifting societal priorities, ongoing technological developments and the rapidly changing roles of the government, Municipalities and Provinces in the Netherlands are faced with ever more complex urban design challenges.

Capacity Building
On all levels of government, there is a need for new visions and innovative approaches to spatial development, while different and ever shifting alliances strive to bring their plans and ideas into play. In order to stimulate capacity building and explore integrative and sustainable development perspectives, the IABR has commissioned Architectuur Lokaal to organize three Master Classes for local and provincial administrators and governors.

In each Master Class, and with the active input of designers and specific experts, participants will work on cases they have submitted themselves, challenges originating in their own daily practice. Supervised by an eminent Master, the Master Class will offer an intensive one day process of knowledge exchange, on the spot collaboration, and exploration of new development opportunities.

Master Class

Photo: Hans Tak

Three Master Classes
The first Master Class took place on 25 and 26 November 2015 on Texel. The next two Master Classes will take place In the Spring of 2016 the, focusing respectively on The Urban Metabolism and Energy Transition and The Healthy City and thus build on the results, understandings, outcomes and conclusions of IABR–2014–URBAN BY NATURE and IABR–2016–THE NEXT ECONOMY.

For more information please contact Indira van ’t Klooster (Architectuur Lokaal).

The Master Classes are produced by Architectuur Lokaal and commissioned by IABR within the framework of the Regional and Local Design Dialogue Program, within the framework of the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment’s Action Agenda for Architecture and Spatial Design 2013–2016.