THE NEXT ECONOMY

IABR-2016, having as its theme THE NEXT ECONOMY, will investigate the relationship between spatial design and the (future development of the) economy.

IABR-2016, THE NEXT ECONOMY advocates an urban economy that is guided by a social agenda, is motored by meaningful employment, makes prudent use of natural and human capital, and generates greater social inclusion.
IABR-2016 welcomes design that opens up perspectives of a city in which such an economy can flourish. What kind of urbanity does this involve? Are we sufficiently clear on what we’re looking for, where new opportunities will arise? Economists applaud the ‘agglomeration effects’ of the city. Proximity, diversity, and density are considered key to economic success. But what we may need is a completely new take on what the city is.

Chief Curator of IABR-2016 is Maarten Hajer, Professor of Urban Futures at the University of Utrecht, and was, until recently, Director-general of PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency.
The other members of the Curator Team are Jandirk Hoekstra (H+N+S Landscape Architects), Daan Zandbelt (De Zwarte Hond), Joachim Declerck (Architecture Workroom Brussels), Michiel van Iersel (Non-fiction and Failed Architecture) and Freek Persyn (51N4E, Brussels).
George Brugmans, the executive director of IABR, chairs the Curator Team.

IABR-2016 is a platform for creative coalitions of designers and other stakeholders with fresh ideas on the possible future of the twenty-first-century city. We will promote dialogue and exhibit designs that open up perspectives of the city we want: a clean city, a communal city, a productive city – a city in which the public space once again occupies center stage.

The seventh edition of the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam opens in April 2016.