20 apr - 12 aug / International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam / Rotterdam

Cabuçu de Cima, São Paulo

5th IABR: Making City presents an extensive programme with exhibitions, events, tours, publications and radio and TV productions.
Open to the public from 20 April 2012 to 12 August 2012

The International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR) is a unique, bi-annual event for everyone with an interest in urban design. The 5th IABR: Making City reveals how the city of tomorrow is created, and the role that designers, politics and citizens play in the process. From 20 April – 12 August, over 20 global cities reveal their visions for the future at the Netherlands Architecture Institute (NAI). Test Site Rotterdam, in and around the Schieblock, is an experimental zone for urban design and offers an engaging and divers program of events, exhibitions, pop-up stores and pocket parks. The 5th IABR also presents exhibitions in Almere, São Paulo and Istanbul, inspiring bike tours through Rotterdam and, in conjunction with the VPRO, TV and radio productions; The City Forever!

The International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR) was founded in 2001 on the conviction that architecture and urban design are a public concern. The most important task for architecture is to contribute to the standard of housing and living of billions of people

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.

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