IABR-2016, the 7th International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam started off on the 23rd of April 2016 with workshops, events, activities and a main exhibition to reflect on this installment’s theme: The next economy.
The heart of IABR–2016–THE NEXT ECONOMY is the former coffee warehouse Fenixloods II, in the Rotterdam neighborhood of Katendrecht. Here, IABR–2016 presents more than 60 projects, partly developed in the IABR–Ateliers, partly collected through an international open call for projects, and partly produced especially for the biennale in collaboration with national and international partners. Together, they show a range of possible futures: new housing and working locations, new clean energy systems, new models for area development, and new forms of collaboration, health care, and solidarity.
IABR−2016−THE NEXT ECONOMY
7th International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam
23 April -10 July 2016
Fenixloods II Warehouse
Paul Nijghkade 19
IABR–2016 will integrate exhibition and debate even more than previous editions. WHAT’S NEXT? is an ongoing exchange of ideas with participants and visitors about the future of the city in the Next Economy, a program that takes place in the middle of the exhibition, and partly during opening hours.
This continuous program of conferences, lectures, meet-ups, workshops, and debates starts during the opening weekend and closes on 3 July with a final debate.
TEXT BY THE CURATORS
In half a century, twice as many people will live in cities as do now. The city will then truly be the motor of the global economy. What does this urban Next Economy have in store for us?
No one can predict what the future will hold, but one thing is certain: more of the same is no longer a viable option. Climate change, global urbanization, emerging new technologies, increasing migration, and growing inequality urgently demand real solutions. We have to rethink the way in which we live, work, and learn, and where and how we consume and produce. We will have to redesign the balance between system and individual, between rich and poor, between young and old, between sustainability and growth.
How should we design and govern our cities? Although we are not prophets, we can investigate and imagine tomorrow’s city, research it by design. IABR–2016–THE NEXT ECONOMY takes the main challenges of the twenty-first century as its starting point. We explore the Next Economy and imagine the city of the future: the healthy and socially inclusive city, the productive city, and the sustainable green city. The city in which public space once again takes center stage.
IABR–2016 shows us what we can want. The results of our own explorations, carried out in the IABR–Ateliers. And projects from all over the world that present different combinations of living and working, new production chains and a smarter balance between the formal and the informal city, where ‘smart’ technology is put to use to achieve a socially inclusive society. Together they offer an abundance of possible futures: from radical scenarios for an energy transition to examples of an experimental, cooperative local development strategy, and from megaprojects on the North Sea and in Africa to neighborhood initiatives in South America, China, and Rotterdam.
WHAT IS IABR-2016?
IABR–2016–THE NEXT ECONOMY explores the role of spatial design in making the city of tomorrow. The IABR–Ateliers, the exhibition, and the program offer perspectives on the city that we want. A city that puts a premium on the public domain, and that shows solidarity and is socially inclusive. A productive city that runs on clean energy, and where the economy adds local value and is guided by a social agenda.
IABR–2016 is not just an exhibition, but also a workshop. For ten weeks, in the heart of the exhibition, the WHAT’S NEXT? program will unfold: discussions and debates, lectures, workshops, and conferences. An open space, offering room for reflection, exploration, and imagination.
The seventh edition of the IABR is an invitation to everybody to actively reflect, discuss, and work with us on the future of the city.
Chief Curator of IABR–2016 is Maarten Hajer. The members of the Curator Team are Jandirk Hoekstra (H+N+S Landscape Architects, NL), Daan Zandbelt (De Zwarte Hond, NL), Joachim Declerck (Architecture Workroom Brussels, BE), Michiel van Iersel (Non-fiction and Failed Architecture, NL) and Freek Persyn (51N4E, BE). George Brugmans, the executive director of IABR, chairs the Curator Team.