5th IABR: Making City


Opening 5th IABR: Making City: Thursday 19 April 2012 at the Netherlands Architecture Institute.

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.


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.

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.

More information: www.iabr.nl

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