Architecture Workroom

THE MISSING LINK— Curator Statement, Research Agenda and Call for Practices


The International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR) applies the biennale editions of 2018 and 2020 entirely to the challenge brought to the table of the world community in 2015 by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the UN and the Paris Climate Agreement (COP21).

From 2018 until 2020, a single curator team – Floris Alkemade, Leo van Broeck and Joachim Declerck – will work on two consecutive biennales. Their objective is to mobilize global thinking and the power to activate and design for an in-depth research by design process that focuses on spatial transformations that facilitate the realization of the SDGs. The IABR explores what qualitative leap forward for our cities and landscapes we could make if we purposefully respond to today’s major societal challenges.