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Over 35 projects from more than 25 cities around the world will be presented in Rotterdam from April 2012 on the invitation of the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR). The 5th IABR: Making City examines how the city can continue to generate our wealth in a sustainable manner. Part of the answer is that we must ‘make city’ in a fundamentally different way to how we have done so up to now. Projects in such places as New York, Paris, São Paulo, Delhi, as well as Rotterdam, The Hague, Groningen and Almere demonstrate that standard solutions no longer suffice — certainly not after the financial crisis. In the future, city development will have to involve much more teamwork among different disciplines and continually changing alliances in which social agendas and economic ambitions must strike a balance with each other. For only then, the 5th IABR argues, will cities be able to offer solutions to the major socio-economic and ecological challenges that face us this century.
IABR runs from 20 April to 12 August 2012 with its main exhibition in the Netherlands Architecture Institute in Rotterdam. Other exhibitions and events take place over the course of the Biennale in various locations across the city.
Image above of “Intense City, Intense Low-Rise” – manifestation Bouwjong! in Groningen