5th International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam, Building, Project, News, Design

International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam : IABR

IABR Event, The Netherlands

2 Nov 2022
10th edition of the Architecture Biennale Rotterdam
International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam 2022: IABR
photo : Jacqueline Fuijkschot
International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam 2022

5th IABR

The 5th IABR : Making City Istanbul, Turkey

IABR exhibition and seminar on the platform of the first Istanbul Design Biennale

Making City Istanbul is the last exhibition of the 5th IABR: Making City. The exhibition is part of Musibet, the main exhibition of the first Istanbul Design Biennial that opens on 10 October at the Istanbul Modern Museum.

Inspired by the IABR’s approach, Turkish architect Emre Arolat, the curator of Musibet, invited the IABR to present its working method and three key projects – the Test Sites in Rotterdam, São Paulo and Istanbul – in the form of a new, small exhibition: a ‘manual’ for the future of Istanbul.

Kanyon Istanbul
picture © 2006 Ali Kabas, All Rights Reserved

IABR director George Brugmans: “Like all metropolitan regions in the world Istanbul is preparing itself for the challenges ahead. How can we harmonise rapidly advancing urbanisation with ecological and economic concerns? In the next few years, the urban planners, designers, politicians, cultural operators, citizens and entrepreneurs of Istanbul will need to find common ground on this issue.”

Making City Istanbul presents three urban projects that not only offer concrete solutions for specific local issues, but also present inspiring strategies and examples that are offered as inspiration and possible benchmarks.

Test Site Rotterdam argues that Making City essentially depends on human beings: we all have a role to play when it comes to the sustainable transformation of our habitat. São Paulo provides us with examples of how the clash between social and ecological issues may be solved by playing the card of economics. And IABR Atelier Istanbul shows us that a separation of functions is less sustainable than an integrated vision that embeds agriculture, water management and forestry in the process of on-going urbanisation.

Macka Hotel Building
image from architects

Making City Istanbul, co-curated by George Brugmans and Joachim Declerck, with visuals by the Dutch graphic design office LUST, is on view until 13 Dec 2012 and is part of NLTR400, a roster of activities and events celebrating four hundred years of trade relations between the Netherlands and Turkey.

Seminar ‘Making City Istanbul’

Organised by IABR, the seminar Making City Istanbul takes place on 15 Oct as part of the launch programme of the Istanbul Design Biennial. During the morning session, which will be opened by mayors Aboutaleb (Rotterdam) and Baltacı (Arnavutköy, Istanbul), Dirk Sijmons (H+N+S Landschapsarchitecten and curator of the 6th IABR in 2014) will give a presentation of the strategy and results of the IABR Atelier Istanbul. The Atelier developed a strategic vision and action plan at municipal level, eventually to be realised throughout the entire Istanbul metropolitan area. Turkish architect Emre Arolat, curator of the Istanbul Design Biennale, will discuss the potential of this comprehensive, innovative strategy.

The seminar is followed by a networking lunch for Dutch and Turkish organisations, organised in collaboration with the Municipality of Rotterdam, DutchDFA and the Economic Development Board Rotterdam.

The afternoon programme examines ways of fine-­‐tuning the approaches to sustainable urban development outlined in Making City Istanbul to the specific context of Istanbul and how stakeholders – planners, designers, politicians, civil society, and market parties – can put them into practice. After a number of short presentations of the three projects, these issues will be discussed in a debate between Dutch, Belgian and Turkish designers and architects, in dialogue with the public.

The seminar is part of NLTR400, a programme of events celebrating four hundred years of trade relations between the Netherlands and Turkey.

IABR 2012 Event

5th International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam Event

26 Jun 2012

Casanova+Hernandez architecten : roundtable discussion ‘Can public space be used to regenerate urban life?’ / 5e IABR: MAKING CITY

When: 26 Jun at 3.00 pm
Where: De Dependence, Schiekade 201, Rotterdam

The topic ‘Can public space be used to regenerate urban life?’

Ginkgo Beekbergen
picture : Christian Richters

This roundtable discussion is based on the one-year postgraduate studio entitled “Public Space Acupuncture”, that has been guided at the Berlage Institute by Helena Casanova and by Jesus Hernandez.

The participants in this round table will be:

– Ole Bouman, general director of the Netherlands Architecture Institute
– Helena Casanova, founding partner of Casanova+Hernandez architects, guest lecturer at the Berlage Institute
– Jean-Louis Cohen, professor in the History of Architecture at the Institute of the Fine Arts at New York University, lecturer at the Berlage Institute
– Galit Eliat writer, curator and founding director of The Israeli Center for Digital Art in Holon
– Jesus Hernandez, founding partner of Casanova+Hernandez architects, guest lecturer at the Berlage Institute
– Alessandro Petti, architect, urbanist, and researcher. Director of The Decolonizing Architecture Institute (DAAR)
– Lars Lerup, designer and writer, professor of Architecture at Rice School of Architecture
– Michelle Provoost, director at INTI International New Town Institute and partner bij crimson architectural historians
– Nanne de Ru, founding partner of Powerhouse Company
– Dietmar Steiner, director Architecture Center Vienna
– Elma van Boxel, founding partner of ZUS and curator of the 5th International Architecture Biennale
– Kristian Koreman, founding partner of ZUS and curator of the 5th International Architecture Biennale

Vedran Mimica, director of the Berlage Institute will moderate the debate.

An accompanying exhibition will open at 7:00 pm, remaining on view until Sunday, August 12.

Project on e-architect by Casanova+Hernandez architecten:

Ginkgo project, Beekbergen, Netherlands
Ginkgo Beekbergen
picture : Christian Richters
Ginkgo Beekbergen

15 + 14 Mar 2012

IABR 2012

5th International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam

20 Apr – 12 Aug 2012

NAI Rotterdam

The 5th IABR : Making City explores the making of tomorrow’s city and the new alliances between designers, politicians and other stakeholders. The world is urbanizing at a rapid rate and this presents us with a huge political, social, economic and ecological challenge. These challenges become manifest in our cities, and it is therefore in cities where we have to build new alliances and find the answers and the solutions. The city can be the bridge to a better future, but only if it is better planned, designed and managed than it is at present.

IABR – I We You Make Rotterdam, ZUS
IABR 2012
images from IABR

Making City explores future urban scenarios and, in the process, puts design first. 33 projects from over 25 global cities – ranging from New York, Paris, São Paulo, Istanbul and Delhi to Rotterdam, The Hague, Groningen and Almere – will be presented in the main exhibition Making City at the NAI in Rotterdam from 20 April to 12 August 2012. In addition, four other exhibitions will take place in Rotterdam: I / We / You Make Rotterdam on and around the Test Site Rotterdam (the Schieblock and its immediate surroundings, the Rotterdam Central District and Mini Mall area); the travelling exhibition Making Douala 2007-2013 at the Schieblock; Smart Cities – Parallel Cases 2 at the NAI; and the exhibition Design as Politics at Mini Mall organized by Delft University of Technology.

IABR – Making City : Cantinho de Ceu, São Paulo
IABR – Making City : Highline, NYC
IABR – Making City : Small Cases PC2, Toronto
IABR 2012 IABR 2012 IABR 2012
photos © George Brugmans/IABR

Making Almere will take place in the city of Almere while later in the year Making City exhibitions will open in Istanbul and São Paulo. The program of the 5th IABR also includes an Urban Summit and a series of conferences, debates and lectures.

5th International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam information from IABR 140312

Netherlands Architecture Institute Events, Rotterdam
Schouwburgplein Rotterdam
photo © Ton Hermans, Rotterdam

22 Sep 2009


OPENING 4th International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam – opening weekend starts on 24 September

The 4th edition of the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam, entitled Open City: Designing Coexistence will open to the public this Thursday, 24 September. More than a thousand guests from all over the world will attend the official and festive opening ceremonies.

The Biennale contains five main components: three exhibitions, a unique collaboration with a public broadcaster, and an extensive Open City Event Program of lectures, film screenings, debates, workshops, an international master class, and other events.

IABR Opening in Rotterdam and Amsterdam
The main exhibition, Open City: Designing Coexistence, will officially be opened at the Netherlands Architecture Institute by Jacqueline Cramer, Dutch Minister for Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment and by Ahmed Aboutaleb, Mayor of Rotterdam. Ramsey Nasr, the Dutch Poet Laureate will read a poem he has written especially for this occasion.
On 25 September, the exhibition Parallel Cases//IABR@RDM opens at the RDM Campus in the Rotterdam harbor. This exhibition will be opened by the Dutch Chief Government Architect Liesbeth van der Pol, and by Richard Burdett-Chief Adviser on Architecture and Urbanism, Olympic Delivery Authority London 2012; Centennial Professor in Architecture and Urbanism at the London School of Economics; and director of Urban Age.
On Saturday 26 September the IABR’s third exhibition, The Free State of Amsterdam, will open in Amsterdam. The ceremony will start in Rotterdam where the new High Speed Train will depart on an exclusive journey to Amsterdam with the IABR’s guests. The German philosopher Peter Sloterdijk will deliver the keynote, after which Ronald Plasterk, the Dutch minister for Education, Culture and Science, will open the exhibition.

IABR Book Open City and Biennale Award
During the opening in the NAI, the book Open City: Designing Coexistence will be presented. The book was published by SUN Publishers in cooperation with the IABR and ETH Zurich.
In the Parallel Cases exhibition, student teams and researchers from 28 universities in 20 different countries present their responses to the Open City theme. At the opening ceremony, an international jury, chaired by the Dutch Chief Government Architect Liesbeth van der Pol, will announce which entry represents the most inventive and creative approach to the challenge of shaping the Open City.


4th International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR)

24 Sep 2009 – 10 Jan 2010
Program launch for 4th International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam

ROTTERDAM, 11 June 2009 – The program for the 4th edition of International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR) has now taken shape. The 4th IABR includes three major exhibitions (two in Rotterdam and one in Amsterdam); a massive Event Program at the Netherlands Architecture Institute (NAI); and a large cross-media project in cooperation with the broadcaster VPRO. The 4th IABR will kick off on 24 September with its main exhibition, Open City: Designing Coexistence, at the NAI in Rotterdam. Two other exhibitions will open their doors to the public: Parallel Cases//AIBR@RDM on 25 September and The Free State of Amsterdam on 26 September.

image © George Brugmans/IABR

IABR ventures into Amsterdam
One of the IABR exhibitions takes place in Amsterdam.The city is hosting The Free State of Amsterdam, organized in conjunction with the City of Amsterdam’s Spatial Planning Department. The exhibition will examine whether it is possible to pursue an urban-planning policy in ‘the Amsterdam of the Future’ that will create more freedom for its citizens instead of placing evermore restrictions on life in the Dutch capital. The IABR will shortly reveal the special venue for The Free State of Amsterdam exhibition.

São Paulo
São Paulo
image © George Brugmans/IABR

IABR and VPRO join forces: Urban Century
The IABR has teamed up with the broadcaster VPRO, which has created a large-scale cross-media project called Urban Century. From 13 September, a large number of VPRO programs devoted to life and living in the city will be put out on radio, TV and online. Beyond that, the IABR and the VPRO are currently compiling a digital archive (radio and TV programs centering on urban life) available to visitors at the VPRO Pavilion in the NAI during the biennale. Parts of the digital archive can also be downloaded at no cost.

Squat City
Squat City
image © George Brugmans/IABR

Education in Parallel Cases//IABR@RDM
The newly created RDM Campus in South Rotterdam, which is home to the Rotterdam Academy of Architecture and Urban Design, will form the backdrop for the Parallel Cases//IABR@RDM exhibition. The show is being organized in collaboration with the academy, as well as with the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS) of Erasmus University Rotterdam. 44 Institutions of higher education from around the world will be presenting their projects.

The International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR) is an international research biennale founded in 2001 on the conviction that architecture is a public concern. It is an international event of exhibitions, conferences, lectures and other activities devoted to themes in the field of architecture and urbanism.

The 4th edition of the IABR will take place from 24 September 2009 until 10 January 2010 in Rotterdam and Amsterdam. Central venue of the 4th IABR is the NAI. The theme is Open City: Designing Coexistence. The 4th IABR’s curator is Dutch architect and urbanist Kees Christiaanse, who teaches at the ETH Zurich and is a partner in KCAP Rotterdam. In addition to three exhibitions, the 4e IABR is laying on a sizeable Event Program at the NAI, including debates, lectures, theater performances and film screenings.

4th International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam information from IABR 150609

Location: Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Architecture in Rotterdam

Rotterdam Architecture Designs – chronological list

Rotterdam Architecture Walking Tours

Rotterdam Architecture

Rotterdam Architect

Rotterdam Architecture Month design on the roof of Het Nieuwe Instituut
Design: MVRDV, Architects
Rotterdam Architecture Month 2022 building design by MVRDV
image © MVRDV
Rotterdam Architecture Month

Harbour Experience Center
Architects: Kossmanndejong and MVRDV
Harbour Experience Center Port of Rotterdam
image courtesy of architects practice
Harbour Experience Center, Port of Rotterdam

IABR Design Competition : Gotong Royong City, 2009

Netherlands Architecture Institute Event : daringdesign
Rotterdam Architecture Exhibition – NAI Event

Rotterdam Architecture Photos
Rotterdam Building Photos

De Rotterdam

Buildings in The Netherlands – Selected Cities

Almere Building

Amsterdam Architecture

Apeldoorn Buildings

Breda Architecture

Comments / photos for the 5th International Architecture Biennale RotterdamIABR 2012 page welcome