On 7 and 8 June 2018, the IABR and Resilient Rotterdam will host the international conference Resilient Cities and the Energy Transition. Under the auspices of IABR–2018+2020–THE MISSING LINK, the city and the biennale bring together policymakers, urban developers, designers, entrepreneurs, experts, and others with experience in the field, from Rotterdam and the rest of the world, to exchange knowledge and together look for new possible solutions and their implementation. Towards a resilient future!
Day 2: The Energy Transition as Leverage for Resilient Cities
The second day of the conference is entirely dedicated to the most important question the Atelier raises: How can we use the energy transition as leverage to create more resilient cities? How can we bring all activities, policies, and local initiatives in line with the collective objectives, and how can we do this in a way that leads to ecological and social profit? Because it is clear that people are not equally capable of anticipating the forthcoming measures, let alone of taking advantage of them as a matter of course. How can we create a level playing field? And how can we use the interventions related to the energy transition to develop a more inclusive form of urban development at the same time? We will address these questions on the basis of the research carried out by the IABR–Atelier Rotterdam and try to take steps towards jointly defined possible solutions.
Around the world, people have dedicated themselves to this quest for solutions, which vary from integrated strategies to local initiatives at the neighborhood level. But do all of these initiatives, insights, and experiments add up to the radical adaptation and behavioral change we need? What can practices from all over the world learn from each other? And how far along is Rotterdam?
In the morning, a plenary program includes contributions by:
- George Brugmans (president IABR)
- Emile Klep (director of Urban Design for the City of Rotterdam)
- Floris Alkemade (Dutch Government Architect and member of the Curator Team IABR–2018+2020)
- Joachim Declerck (lead designer of the IABR–Atelier Rotterdam and member of the curator team IABR–2018+2020).
Short pitches by stakeholders who are actively involved in the energy transition will familiarize you with the Rotterdam playing field. A roundtable discussion will broaden the scope of the conversation and examine ways to make the energy transition a lever of socioeconomic development.
In the afternoon, breakout work sessions based on thematic perspectives will center on issues specifically addressed by the IABR–Atelier Rotterdam:
- The energy transition as a lever of the solidary city.
- The energy transition and the circular economy.
- The energy transition and the built environment.
Moderator: Arie Lengkeek
location: HAKA Building
date: 8 June
time: 9 am - 5:30 pm (followed by drinks)