image: gemeente Dordrecht
From Saturday 3 July, when lockdown measures were eased, the doors of DOWN TO EARTH could open wide for the three final exhibitions of the 9th edition of the IABR, an 'anti-biennale in times of pandemic'.
Alas, RECLAIMING THE COMMONS is now closed. But WATER SCHOOL M4H+ can still be visited until July 30, in Rotterdam, and THE HIGH GROUND in Dordrecht is open until August 14.
Pay close attention to the times and days that the exhibitions are open. In Rotterdam, this is from Tuesday to Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. In Dordrecht, the exhibition is open from Wednesday to Saturday, from 1:00 p.m to 5:00 p.m.
For more visitors information, such as directions, location and our Covid-19 guidelines, click here.
image: Aad Hoogendoorn
WATERSCHOOL M4H+ is a working exhibition in Studio Makkink & Bey's workspace that illustrates what a new living and working environment in the Rotterdam city harbor Merwe-Vierhaven may look like if the planning takes as its departure the sustainable use of raw materials and resources by the future residents of the area .
In addition, at five outdoor locations in the area, as many spatial installations depict how people may live and work here in the future: five different stories about new ways of using raw materials and their impact on Merwe-Vierhaven.
image: Melany van Twuijver
The objective of the curators of WATERSCHOOL M4H+, Rianne Makkink and Jurgen Bey, is to increase our awareness of our gigantic water footprint and what we can do about it. And to take that as a starting point for an alternative "learning by doing" area development in the Merwe-Vierhavens area. The (awareness of) water is used as a lever for exploring a learning production landscape, a learning environment for the future that we can want in an area which the City of Rotterdam wants to turn into a sustainable and challenging living environment for mostly small business and 6,300 new residents.
beeld: Aad Hoogendoorn
For more info about WATERSCHOOL M4H+ please click here.
THE HIGH GROUND
image: Aad Hoogendoorn
As of Saturday July 3 DOWN TO EARTH’s final exhibition, THE HIGH GROUND, is open at the Biesboschhal in Dordrecht. Curated by IABR–DOWN TO EARTH chief curator George Brugmans, THE HIGH GROUND shows how Dordrecht’s water safety agenda can be used as leverage to promote the Drechtsteden 2030 Growth Agenda as well as Dordrecht’s sustainability ambitions.
model: VenhoevenCS, Studio KU+
The exhibition focuses on the results of the IABR–Atelier Dordrecht, with Adriaan Geuze (West 8) as its lead designer. They make it crystal clear that De Staart can play an unexpectedly important role in realizing the city’s water safety agenda. De Staart, currently an isolated area with many problems and few prospects, is located outside the dikes and is Dordrecht’s high-ground city district. If Dordrecht decides to go with the water-safety-as-leverage approach, this will create unexpected opportunities for the sustainable development of an attractive mix-used living and working district including new forms of housing, water-safe facilities, innovative work concepts, and a unique river-bound tidal park, all in harmony with nature and including new connections for slow traffic that can also serve as escape routes.
On De Staart, the City of Dordrecht can hit many pins with one ball: increase water safety while at the same time building housing and stimulating employment, optimizing connections in the city and region and increasing the quality of life and recreational opportunities for all inhabitants. Thanks to the water-safety-as-leverage approach, the Map of Opportunities of De Staart created by West 8 for THE HIGH GROUND reads like a collection of once in a lifetime chances.
image: Aad Hoogendoorn
THE HIGH GROUND opens on Saturday 3 July in the Biesboschhal in Dordrecht and can be visited Wednesday to Saturday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. until 14 August.
For more information about THE HIGH GROUND click here
For more info about the IABR–Atelier Dordrecht click here.
picture: Melany van Twuijver
picture: Aad Hoogendoorn
From September 2020 to the summer of 2021 we present a total of seven mostly smaller exhibitions and in addition, where and when possible, a limited number of, sometimes closed and sometimes public events, from work sessions and guided tours to lectures and webinars.
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