5. IABR: Making City

The 5th IABR: "Making City" starts on 19 April with the opening of the main exhibition at the Netherlands Architecture Institute (NAI) in Rotterdam and the opening of the Test Site Rotterdam.

How do we make city? That is the issue at the heart of the 5th IABR: Making City. Ongoing urbanization is creating gigantic political, social, economic and ecological challenges. These challenges manifest themselves in our cities which is also where we will have to find solutions. No cities, no future. And our cities can only take us to a better future if we do a better job of designing, planning and governing them.

The 5th IABR: Making City is therefore issuing a call to all involved – administrators, policymakers, politicians, entrepreneurs, designers and citizens: If making city is what we have to do, we must really go about it differently, by building strong alliances, by formulating an urban agenda, and by putting design first.

Just as in earlier Biennales, the 5th IABR: Making City is organizing its own research programme. With projects of its own as well as seven collaborative projects with the Dutch government and a selection of ‘best practices’ from around the world, the IABR is exploring ways of ‘making city’ that will last for a long time. From 20 April 2012, 35 projects from over 25 cities around the world will be presented in Rotterdam. From places such as New York, Paris, São Paulo, Delhi, as well as Rotterdam, The Hague, Groningen and Almere, these projects show that standard solutions are no longer sufficient. In the future, city development will involve much more interplay between different disciplines. Continually changing alliances will have to balance their social agenda and economic ambitions. Only then will cities be the solution for the major socio-economic and ecological challenges that now face us. That is why Making City will examine the relation between planning, design and politics.

More on the programm: http://iabr.nl

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