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Exhibition—Making City

For the main exhibition of the 5th International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR), the IABR assembled thirty-three projects from all over the world. These model projects show how new forms of collaboration are being used to address the urgent challenges faced by urban society. Joachim Declerck of Architecture Workroom is the curator of this main exhibition.

Today one of the most far-reaching revolutions in human history is taking place. The world's population is growing exponentially, while more and more people are moving to the city. In 2050, 80% of the world's population will live in cities and metropolises. In these cities, people will generate 90% of the world's prosperity. On only 4% of the total surface area of the earth. This transition has far-reaching consequences for the way in which we must work on and design this new, urban world.

Human civilisation has always developed in and around cities. Increased population densities, however, go hand in hand with the full range of social problems. The consequences of the economic crisis, of ecological neglect and of large-scale migration can be felt by all in the city. The city itself, however, is not the problem. The city is rather the arena where these challenges can be met. Because the city also offers opportunities. Opportunities for a better life, for work and education, for social contacts, creativity and cultural exchange. Only by improving the city can we work in a focused way on a better future.

But how does one make a city? And who should do it? It appears to be extremely difficult to formulate answers to today's major challenges using the present decision-making structures, procedures and town planning practices. Making City is a plea for a different approach. The 5th IABR assembles projects and people from all over the world. They are formulating daring answers to the urban challenges, and finding new ways of working together. They are showing that everyone can take the initiative and responsibility to make a difference: residents, developers, politicians, city administrators and designers. Via new democratic alliances, they are tackling the social challenges, and working on dynamic solutions for their city. 

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