biennale archi rotterdam 2014

For IABR–2014–, over 40 institutions and authorities are joining forces to address a complex social challenge. IABR director George Brugmans: “By the strength of design, we can draft and draw the cities of the future. But with all stakeholders involved from day one, we have much greater public support.”

MAKOKO Fabulous Urban rotterdam 2014


MAKOKO Fabulous Urban

The sixth edition of the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam officially opens on 28 May 2014 in the Kunsthal and the Museum of Natural History in Rotterdam. The exhibition is open to the public from 29 May until 24 August 2014. The Dutch landscape architect Dirk Sijmons is the curator, and the theme is Urban by Nature.

IABR–2014–URBAN BY NATURE– claims that we can only resolve the world’s environmental problems if we resolve the problems of the city. Looking through the lens of landscape architecture, IABR–2014– redefines the way we deal with urban challenges by analyzing the relationship between urban society and nature, and between city and landscape.

“This edition of the biennale argues that, perhaps now more than ever, the city is an integral part of one huge urban landscape, a complex system that has become our natural environment. This point of departure has many implications for the way we plan and design this urban environment. Perceiving it as an organism opens up possibilities to develop spatial interventions that make use of its metabolism.

With the use of new strategies that effectively address the city as the bigger urban landscape that it is, we can make the city more resilient and thus truly contribute to a more sustainable future world.”

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