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

THE MISSING LINK

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.

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CURATOR STATEMENT AND RESEARCH AGENDA

‘Adapting our way of life and consumption and production patterns to the finite capacity of our planet requires a fundamental socioeconomic transition that cannot “take place” if we do not first and quite literally “make place” for it. There can be no transition to renewable energy, no resilient ecosystem, and no caring living environment without the actual transformation of our urban landscapes.
The necessary fundamental changes require the making of major political and social choices. But they come with a design challenge: to facilitate behavioral change we have to be able to couple social, spatial, and ecological problems at the scale levels of the building, the neighborhood, the city, and the entire planet. Creating space means sharing space!’

This is the core argument of the three curators of the IABR–2018+2020–THE MISSING LINK, Floris Alkemade, Leo van Broeck and Joachim Declerck, in the Curator Statement and the Research Agenda that can be downloaded here.

IABR–2018+2020: ONE PROGRAM, TWO BIENNALES

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 the spring of 2018 until the summer of 2020, a single curator team will work on two consecutive biennales, with the objective of mobilizing 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. Because the urgency and the objectives are clear and the question is no longer whether we need to, but how we are going to adjust. Nobody really knows, and exactly this is The Missing Link. How can we get from agendas, knowledge, and plans to truly effective spatial transformation? What is the new metanarrative that can bring us, as a society – that is: truly together – to the future? How can we organize that transition as a spatial, but at the same time social project that both takes our resistance to change into account and mobilizes our longing for it? How do we realize change fast enough, in enough places at a time, and both affordably and socially inclusively? And what does the new design practice we need to meet that objective look like?

CALL FOR PRACTICES

To get answers to these questions the three curators decided not to do a Call for Projects but a Call for Practices – a call to truly innovative practices that are active in architecture, urban and neighborhood development, and spatial and environmental planning as well as in policy development, knowledge sharing and development, climate change, the energy transition, water management, food production, creative activity and industry, impact investment, and social enterprise.

The curators of the IABR–2018+2020 call on innovative practices from around the world to participate in The Missing Link: a three-year (from early 2018 to summer 2020) program of knowledge sharing, peer supervision, and joint research by design including presentations and debates at the biennales of 2018 and 2020. 

This experimental program aims to see practices from various domains and continents and with different backgrounds share insights, breakthroughs, and innovative methods and to subsequently together explore and, where possible, test how innovative, purposeful design practices can help make the transition leap to a more resilient future, to an alternative living environment that is balanced with the capacity of the planet.

Those who want to answer our call and actually join us in materializing The Missing Link are invited to closely read the documents including all selection criteria and guidelines and subsequently complete the Application Form, which can be downloaded here. Make sure to submit no later than 22 November 2017. 

For more information about IABR–2018+2020–THE MISSING LINK, click here
For the Curator Statement and the Research Agenda, click here
For the selection criteria and guidelines for the Call for Practices, click here
For the application form for the Call for Practices, click here

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