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IABR–2018+2020–The Missing Link— Delta Atelier

Together, the Netherlands and Flanders form part of one and the same unique spatial system in the Rhine, Maas and Scheldt delta, a densely urbanized area that plays an important role in the world economy. The revolutions and transitions we are facing now and in the coming decades will manifest themselves here in their own special way, and therefore also require specific spatial strategies. That's why IABR and Architecture Workroom Brussels set up the Delta Atelier, together with the architects in the Netherlands and Flanders.

The Delta Atelier aims to develop a practical perspective for the climate challenges in the Netherlands and Belgium, as a laboratory in the world. Local and regional challenges require replicable instruments, which can then be scaled up and tested at national and international level. The shared spatial assignments in the Low Countries yield international insights, both for governments and for social actors and innovators. The Delta Atelier wants to build a base that could lead to new challenges and partnerships.

IABR–2018+2020–The Missing Link

The International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR) has always been a research biennale, making room for continuous research through its Ateliers. The bienniale is not an objective, but a means: an international platform for knowledge transfer between designers, between cities, between governments and between professionals and the public. To this end, the IABR sets up exhibitions, conferences, films, books, lectures, debates, workshops and master classes. The series Designing the Future, which took place in the wake of IABR-2016, expanded the bundling effect of the biennale into Brussels. Seven substantive work sessions on urgent societal themes, with a focus on the potential of design research, were organized by AWB, the IABR, the Flemish Government Architect Team, the Flemish Association for Space and Planning, and the Public Waste Agency of Flanders. Each time, we deliberately chose to invite a very mixed party - both from Belgium and from the Netherlands.

The shared unique spatial system of Flanders and the Netherlands already formed the starting point for the De Lage Landen 2020-2100 study. A future exploration commissioned, in Flanders, by the Department of Environment and the Flemish Government Architect Team and, in the Netherlands, by the Department of Spatial Planning of the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations, and the Board of Government Advisers. The study was carried out by a consortium of designers and researchers led by AWB and formulates a number of radical spatial strategies that prepare the Low Countries for a sustainable and prosperous future. On this substantive basis, and with the cultural free space of the bienniale as a platform, the Delta Atelier continues is building further. In this way, a tradition of working at the crossroads between cultural manifestation, design research and knowledge exchange is preserved.

2018+2020–The Missing Link: Steps to an action perspective

In the Delta Atelier, acceleration mechanisms and methods will be designed and developed that will undoubtedly require major changes to our organizational structures and community habits. The persuasiveness of images and realizations will have to make the argument for an actual turnaround that is supported by a large group of players in different positions and from different implementation levels. We see design and spatial transformations as leverage for the necessary transitions, because new links and opportunities arise in space. Design offers a reality check, but can also bring to light the qualities of a new situation.

In various steps, the Delta Atelier wants to develop strategies, pool and unlock knowledge, and gather the "proof" that we want to put together on the table of society and politics during IABR 2020, with design as an argument.

The first step is IABR-2018, in Rotterdam and in Brussels. The exhibition brings existing ideas and observations together in one room, as one provocative future perspective. We are taking this time to set up a joint working agenda. What are we sure of? What should be researched and tested? How can we start? Eight work sessions will take place, followed by a work conference during the final weekend in Rotterdam. A second working conference will take place in Brussels in the autumn of 2018. The joint process is mapped out: where can we get together in two years? The exhibition and the final conference in 2020 are the next milestone. Here we want to show the progress that we have made, in word and image at the very least, but also in achievements in the field. That there is an action perspective. The 43 practices that were engaged in 2017 are only the first batch. The explicit ambition of the Delta Atelier is to take a connecting role between (new) clients, challenging cases, innovative concepts and policies. The IABR, AWB and both architects are therefore committed as facilitators for these new links, as "brokers" of The Missing Link.


Antwerp— Mapping the shift of metropolitan phenomena in Berchem extra muros
Publication— Designing the Future
CS Genk— Campus Bret 21st century learning landscape
IABR-Atelier Rotterdam— and test site M4H
IABR–Atelier East Flemish Regio— Has left the starting blocks
Regional Call IABR-Atelier OVK— Help shape the future of the East Flanders Core region
IABR-Atelier Rotterdam— Energy transition as an urban project
IABR-Atelier Rotterdam— Call to Architects
Open Space Platform— Call Water-Land-Schap
Water as Leverage for Resilient Cities: Asia
Open Space Platform— Publication Operation Open Space
THE MISSING LINK— Curator Statement, Research Agenda and Call for Practices
Atelier Zennevallei
Urban Intervention — BRIDGE
Workshop Series — Urban Economy in the Brussels Metropolitan Area
Lecture and Debate — Fitting More Industry In
Rotterdam Biennale appoints three curators for diptych 2018+2020
A Whole World to Win— Floris Alkemade in conversation with Els Vervloesem and Joachim Declerck
Masterclass— Caring Neighborhoods
Atelier Kortrijk 2025— Innovative urban development strategy
Designing The Future— series of debates
Atelier Brussels— Masterclasses
Atelier Brussels— Lectures Structure and Stimulus
Atelier Brussels— Urban Walks
Antwerp— Study to map the livability of neighbourhoods
Atelier Brussels— Expo A Good City Has Industry
Spoor Oost— Urban Renewal Project
City of Bruges— Week of the City
Zeebrugge Revitalisation— Urban Renewal Project
Torhout— experiential and identity study
Launch OASE 96 Social Poetics— The Architecture of Use and Appropriation
From cure to care— transitions in the healthy city of Utrecht
Atelier Brussels— Urban Meeting IABR
Urban Meeting Bozar— The Productive Metropolis
Imagine Europe— Bozar
Atelier Brussels— The Productive Metropolis
Call for design teams— Atelier Brussels The Productive Metropolis
Development strategy— Ostend Eastern Shore
Review of spatial structure plan— Bruges City
The City as Factory— Buda Workroom
Colloquium — Architecture in Belgium and Turkey: Changing practices
Architecture Culture Platform
Ghent Muide-Meulestede
IABR 2016 — Atelier Utrecht: The Healthy City
Publication—Reweaving the Urban Carpet
Eurodelta 2030 - 2100
Eurometropolitan Blue Space
Atelier— Productive BXL
Atelier de Stad— Brussels
Lecture — Mark Brearley
Festival Kanal Play Ground
Metropolitan Coast Landscape 2100
IABR 2014 Urban by Nature— Atelier Brabantstad
Exploration of the Future of Flemish Land Company (VLM)
Productive Space By Design— conference
Strategic vision— Kern Rechteroever in Aalst
Strategic exploration— pilot projects productive landscape
Atelier— In Between
Atelier à Habiter— Exhibition
Preparatory workshop— development plan for Sidaplax in Ghent
Atelier De Stad Brussels— Kanal Play Ground
International Atelier— Eurometropolis
Expert advice— 'Nieuw Gent'
Preparatory workshop— housing development plan in Kapellen
Publication—The Ambition of the Territory
Symposium—Naar een gedeelde ontwerpagenda voor Vlaanderen
Vlaanderen als Ontwerp— Atelier
The Ambition of the Territory— deSingel International Arts Campus
Lecture—Carolyn Steel - The Hungry City
Changing Cultures of Planning— Rotterdam, Zürich, Nantes, Randstad, Bordeaux
Towards a Visionary Housing Production in Flanders
Guide plan—Brussels canal
The Ambition of the Territory—Belgian Pavilion Venice 2012
Making City—5th International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam
Project definition—new prison in Haren
Building for Brussels— Architecture and urban transformation in Europe
Making City—Atelier Istanbul
G A R D E N— Parckdesign 2012
Open House Brussels—debates and artistic parcours
Exhibition—Making City
Exploring the metropolitan condition
The Next Economy— Belgium at The International Architecture Biennale 2016
Master Class—120% Brussels
City Trajectory—Brussels Canal
Program—Building For Brussels
Exhibition—Building for Brussels
Exhibition—Architecture for Justice
Concept studios—Spatial Policy Plan of Flanders
Article A+ 282 village— Cultivate the food landscape
Vacancy - Operational Director (w/m/x)
Delta Atelier document
Vacancy— Research collaborators
Vacancy— Communication manager
Transition— Learning, living, working in 2050
Publication— Architectuurcultuur in Vlaanderen (only in NL)
Workshop II— Delta Atelier Urban Management
Air For Schools workshop— Keizer Karellaan and Leopold II-tunnel
Netwerkbijeenkomst— Ontwerp met Beleid
Bap! Biennale of architecture and landscape of Île-de-France— 1st edition
Socio-spatial study— Baudelo Building Ghent
Water+Land+Scape approved
Urbanising in Place— Rosario Workshop
Social-spatial research— Ghent Sint-Pieters
Brussels Urban Landscape Biennial Edition 2018— Rising Waters
You Are Here - Brussels
Announcement — IABR-THE MISSING LINK Rotterdam and Brussels
Urbanising in Place— Building the Food-Water-Energy nexus
IABR–2018+2020–The Missing Link— Delta Atelier
With structural support from the Flemish government and regular support from the Brussels capital region and other regional and local governments.