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The IABR has a new management team!
Starting 1 September 2018, George Brugmans, President since 1 January 2004, is backed by Research & Development Director Jelte Boeijenga. Managing Director Melany van Twuijver will join them per 1 January 2019.
picture by Fred Ernst
Melany van Twuijver is the new Managing Director of the IABR. She is in charge of daily routines and contributes to the long-term development of the IABR. As a Managing Director she coordinates the executive production of all biennale projects and translates the vision and strategy of the IABR into commercial continuity, marketing, communication, and concrete (collaborative) opportunities.
Melany previously worked as an independent program and project manager on projects with a strong Rotterdam signature and always on the interface between governments, knowledge institutes, and businesses. This included projects such as the Making City Congres, Verhaal van de Stad, and the Economische Verkenning Rotterdam. Melany has been working with the IABR in the capacity of IABR–AtelierRotterdam project manager for the City of Rotterdam since 2012. From 2004 to 2012 she worked for the Economic Development Board Rotterdam (EDBR) as a business manager; she was also responsible for the organization of the International Advisory Board Rotterdam.
Jelte Boeijenga is the new Research & Development Directorof the IABR. He isresponsible for the organization and management of (the research by design in) the IABR–Ateliersand the long-term development of the research agenda of the IABR. He also coordinates the substantive production of research and plans by the curator(s) of the successive biennales. This way, he contributes to the setup of the IABR program.
A researcher and consultant, Jelte has previously worked with various parties in government and architecture. He was the chairman of Rotterdam-based Power Cooperative Blijstroom and the co-author of the book Too Big, together withSpecial Envoy for International Water Affairs, Henk Ovink.
This means that George Brugmans will have more time to spend on the content and programming of the IABR, focusing in particular on Water as Leverage. He will join the previously appointed Floris Alkemade (Government Architect), Leo Van Broeck (Flemish Architect), and Joachim Declerck (AWB) as, effectively, the fourth curator of the 2020 biennale.
Merwe-Vierhavens District (M4H).
©John Gundlach - De Beeldunie
The exhibition centers on our future in the Delta of the Low Lands, in the
Netherlands and Belgium. Six successive spaces take visitors on a quest for
The Missing Link: We know what we have to do to successfully transition to a
resilient future, so what is stopping us?
The IABR will not be stopped. In the IABR–Atelier Rotterdam, for
example, the City of Rotterdam and the IABR jointly work on one of the
Netherlands’ first energy neighborhoods in Bospolder-Tussendijken, in
collaboration with the Delfshaven Coöperatie and housing association
Havensteder. Together with the City and the Port of Rotterdam, the IABR is
also exploring how former city harbor M4H and the surrounding
neighborhoods can be turned into a testing ground and showcase for a
technologically and socially successful energy transition in Rotterdam in the
The press release can be downloaded at the bottom of this page.
In Rotterdam, the main exhibition is on show in the HAKA Building, a national monument in the Merwede-Vierhaven area (M4H), until 8 July 2018. In Brussels, the IABR will partner with Architecture Workroom Brussels for an exhibition at the World Trade Center, open until 30 September 2018.
© Hannah Anthonysz
Arguing that spatial design is crucial leverage, the IABR–2018+2020–THE MISSING LINK raises the question of how we can effectively realize the urgent acceleration and scaling of the transition to a resilient future, initially with a focus on the Delta of the Low Lands.
The 2018 work biennale will concentrate on research, exchange, debate, and brainstorming. The work will continue across 2019, and the results will be presented in 2020.
The press release can be downloaded at the bottom of this page.
picture: Fred Ernst
IABR–2018+2020 is a two-part Biennale that has the Netherlands and Belgium as its workspace and the world as its source of inspiration. From the spring of 2017 until the summer of 2020, the IABR will focus on what the qualitative leap forward for our cities and landscapes is that the necessary response to today’s major challenges enables us to make.
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Now that the government is withdrawing, practices like those of the IABR are increasingly important for exploration of our urban future
picture: Nina Felius
On 10 July 2016, the seventh International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam, IABR–2016–THE NEXT ECONOMY, investigating the relationship between design and tomorrow’s economy, struck its final chord. At the heart of the eleven-week exhibition IABR-2016 was a platform for the exchange of knowledge and ideas, debate, and brainstorming sessions by designers and academics, administrators and policymakers, stakeholders and entrepreneurs, citizens and audiences from the Netherlands and abroad.
Further enhanced by debate and knowledge exchange, the results of the IABR research by design projects in particular generated concrete, valuable input for decision- and policymaking. The IABR mapped the possibilities of an energy transition in Groningen, made plans for the large-scale production of wind power on the North Sea, and formulated proposals to use spatial design to transform Utrecht into a more Healthy City, results that will be further developed by the authorities and organizations concerned after the Biennale.
The IABR will intensify its existing collaboration with the city of Rotterdam: the IABR–Atelier Resilient Rotterdam 2016 – 2020 will continue to work on plans and projects for a more climate-proof and resilient Rotterdam. Results will be presented at the IABR–2018 and IABR-2020.
At IABR–2016 two conferences on how to proceed after signing the Paris Climate Agreement
The seventh edition of the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam, IABR–2016–THE NEXT ECONOMY, opened on Saturday 23 April, the day after the UN assembled in New York to sign the Paris Climate Agreement. This immediately highlighted the topicality of the theme of this Biennale. As IABR director George Brugmans underlined at the opening of IABR–2016: the Next Economy starts today!
Driven by the question WHAT’S NEXT? the exhibition IABR–2016–THE NEXT ECONOMY is also a ten-week platform for conferences, debates, lectures, workshops, brainstorming sessions, and meetings that further explore the relationship between spatial design and tomorrow’s economy. The program for the next couple of weeks includes SUSTAINABLE URBAN DELTAS, a conference organized in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Delta Coalition, as well as the launch of the first Rotterdam RESILIENCE STRATEGY. Both conferences focus on the long-term resilience of cities.
IABR opens doors to seventh edition on 23 April
During the weekend of 23 and 24 April 2016, the IABR will kick off IABR–2016–THE NEXT ECONOMY in former coffee warehouse Fenixloods II in Rotterdam Katendrecht. This seventh edition of the IABR visualizes the city of the future in the next economy and invites everyone to actively participate by joining the extensive WHAT’S NEXT? program, consisting of lectures, conferences, workshops, meetings, brainstorms and debates. The IABR will present the main conclusions of eleven weeks of knowledge exchange to the public with a closing debate and in a publication on Sunday 3 July.
The IABR–2016–THE NEXT ECONOMY exhibition shows a range of possible futures: from radical scenarios for the energy transition to examples of experimental, cooperative area development; from mega projects on the North Sea and in Africa to local initiatives in South America, China, and Rotterdam. Apart from an exhibition, IABR–2016 is also a workspace that encourages ongoing participation.
In its Ateliers, the IABR researches opportunities created by genuinely adopting renewable energy
©IABR, Tungsten Pro
The exhibition IABR–2016–THE NEXT ECONOMY includes concrete visualizations of a viable green Next Economy. Nordic City explores a new future for the city and region of Groningen, and 2050 – An Energetic Odyssey illustrates the role the North Sea can play in the realization
of the two degree target once we focus on collaboration for the large scale exploitation of wind power.
The Rotterdam biennale takes the major challenges of the twenty first century as its starting point for the exploration and visualization of the city of tomorrow. The need to switch from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources in order to realize climate neutral living and working environments is an urgent topic. What are the spatial implications of this transition? What opportunities present themselves if we facilitate energy transition in the foreseeable future? The two degree target set at the Paris climate conference is not viable without bold strategies and new forms of collaboration between large established companies, small newcomers, governments, and citizens.
Picture: Bas Bogaerts
IABR–2016–THE NEXT ECONOMY is a plea for an urban economy that focuses on social challenges; an economy that is driven by meaningful employment, the sustainable use of natural and human capital, and that leads to greater social inclusiveness. The results of the research carried out in five long term IABR–Ateliers, the ones in Rotterdam and Brussels focusing on the productive city and exploring how Western cities can once again become platforms of the new manufacturing industry, are mainstays of the exhibition
In the conviction that only collaboration in and between cities can realize the potential of the urban age, IABR–2016’s program once again highlights rapid urbanization, this time specifically on the African continent. Under the heading Africa; What’s Next? sixteen projects showcase the challenges, opportunities and possibilities of African cities in the Next Economy and demonstrate what we can learn from the mostly informal and small-scale initiatives.
urban design and tomorrow's economy
During the weekend of 23 and 24 April 2016, the IABR will kick off its seventh edition: IABR–2016–THE NEXT ECONOMY. The opening weekend marks the beginning of an exhibition and a continuous program of activities in and around former warehouse Fenixloods II in the Rotterdam district of Katendrecht.
Chief curator Maarten Hajer and an international Curator Team will once again focus on the future of the city, investigating the relationship between urban design and tomorrow’s economy.
Until 10 July 2016, IABR–2016 is a platform for creative coalitions of designers, administrators, businesses, citizens, and other agents of change with fresh ideas and imaginations of the twenty-first century city. The IABR will share the most important conclusions of eleven weeks of debate with the audience in a closing debate on Sunday 3 July.
The International Architecture Biennale of Rotterdam (IABR) has announced the appointment of Maarten Hajer as Chief Curator of IABR–2016–. The theme of the seventh edition of the Architecture Biennale will be “The Next Economy” and it will open in May 2016.
Maarten Hajer is internationally renowned for his exploration of the relationships between public policies, urban development and environmental issues. He is professor of Public Policy at the University of Amsterdam and currently serving a 7-year term as Director–General of the PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency. As director of the PBL, Hajer is one of the prime advisers to the Dutch Cabinet on issues ranging from land use, planning, environment and nature, to water and transport.
The IABR has published a list of 96 projects that together will make up the main exhibition of its upcoming edition, URBAN BY NATURE–The list includes projects by renowned designers and design offices such as Piet Oudolf, OMA, BIG, MVRDV, West 8, ZUS, JCFO, .FABRIC, LOLA, Floris Alkemade, H+N+S, Wim Quist and Benthem Crouwel; by organizations such as the World Wild Fund for Nature Netherlands and the PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency; companies such as Shell and the Port of Rotterdam Authority; and universities such as Delft University of Technology, MIT, Harvard, and ETH Zurich.
Exhibitions, tours, field trips, sleeping over at the architect’s: from late May to late August, Rotterdam will be breathing architecture, hosting activities associated with the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR) and subsequent activities in the city. Visit IABR–2014– from 29 May to 24 August.
Over 40 companies, civil organizations, authorities, research facilities, and cultural institutions are intrinsically contributing to IABR–2014–URBAN BY NATURE–. The IABR (International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam) is using research by design to tackle the task of creating a healthy balance between humanity, the environment, and prosperity. Our world is urbanizing fast, and the dividing line between city and nature is fading just as rapidly.
During the IABR–2014–, the IABR and its partners are investigating the changing relationship between city and nature. They believe that the environmental problems of the world can be solved only if the problems of the city are solved first. As of 29 May 2014, the results of this joint investigation will be on show in a major exhibition held in the Kunsthal Rotterdam – which will be dedicated to a single theme for the first time in its existence.
‘To resolve the world’s ecological problems, we first have to work on the problems facing our cities.’ This observation by landscape architect Dirk Sijmons is the premise of the sixth edition of the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam: IABR–2014–URBAN BY NATURE– and it earned him the curatorship of this edition.
A major exhibition, URBAN BY NATURE– will guide visitors through the contemporary urban landscape to experience the metabolism of the city. For the first time in its history, the now sustainable Kunsthal will be used in its entirety for a single exhibition.
IABR–2014– opens on 28 May 2014 and is open to the public from 29 May 2014.
The festive closure of the exhibition Making City Istanbul, on 12 December in Istanbul, marks the official end of the fifth edition of the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam, the 5th IABR.
The exhibitions and other programmes in the Netherlands, Turkey and Brazil attracted 132,600 visitors. Almost 3 million people watched and listened to the TV and radio programs broadcast as part of The City Forever, a collaborative project of the IABR and the Dutch broadcaster VPRO.
IABR has started preparations for the 6th edition, URBAN by NATURE, which opens in May 2014.
Taking up the challenge
By the middle of this century, the number of people living in the world’s cities will have more than doubled. Cities will produce over 90% of the world’s wealth. This development urged the 5th IABR: Making City to pose questions about city-making strategies. How can we address the challenge of making city for such vast numbers? Do we really know how to design and manage cities more effectively? Can the city become a more sustainable environment for continued prosperity, with equal opportunities for billions of urban dwellers? The 5th IABR was a call to all stakeholders – administrators, policymakers, politicians, designers and cities – to start new alliances and take constructive, sustainable action.
IABR took up its own challenge, entering into temporary partnerships with local parties and municipalities to develop and implement projects in Rotterdam Central District, an urban park and an eco-corridor in Istanbul, and a strategic action plan for the north eastern area of São Paulo. It also embarked on seven major spatial projects in the Netherlands in partnership with the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment.
Dirk Sijmons has been appointed curator of the next edition of the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam.
The 6th IABR has the working title URBAN by NATURE and opens in May 2014. It focuses on the ‘natural’ character of the city as human biotope. By examining the metabolism of the urban organism, the 6th IABR explores the relationship between city and nature whilst also reflecting on city as nature. The city as nature, as a metabolism, not only comprises the built environment, but the broader context: the landscape that is the material condition for our urban society.