In partnership with AIR, the architecture centre in Rotterdam, the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR) is organizing five lectures on the theme ‘Making City’ which will run from September 13th to November 8th. We are currently witnessing one of the biggest changes in the history of mankind. A revolution is taking place almost imperceptibly, the force and scale of which is unprecedented: urbanization. In just a few decades almost 80% of mankind will live in cities. More than 90% of our wealth will be generated there. And all that on less than 3% of the earth’s surface. Urbanization is inevitable, and that is precisely why it offers opportunities for a future in which millions of people enjoy a good balance between prosperity and environment, between economy and ecology. But those opportunities will only present themselves if the city is managed better, designed better, organized better, and planned better than it is at the moment. More information on the event after the break.
‘How do we make a city?’ That is the central question of the 5th IABR, entitled Making City. It is also a call to everyone — governments, policy-makers, politicians, designers and the public — to set to work on the city with enthusiasm. Participants from over 35 cities around the world will gather in Rotterdam in April 2012 at the invitation of the IABR. Together with projects initiated by the IABR, their plans and projects will feature in the main exhibition Making City at the Netherlands Architecture Institute (NAI). In the run-up to that event, representatives of the cities will meet one another this autumn in Rotterdam during closed ‘Urban Meetings’. On the evening before each Urban Meeting the IABR, in partnership with AIR, will hold a public lecture in the Dépendance. Making City Lectures: Venue: Dépendance building, Schieblock, Schiekade 189 Rotterdam Dates: 13 and 27 September; 11 and 18 October; 8 November Starting time: 20:00 hrs Admission: € 5 to be paid at the door Language: English Reservations: firstname.lastname@example.org (reservation recommended) For more information, please visit here.