Apr, 2016
12:00 - 18:00
Apr, 2016
12:00 - 18:00

What's Next?

Opening weekend with panel discussions and project presentations


The opening of the exhibition THE NEXT ECONOMY on 23 April also marks the beginning of ten weeks of discussion and exchange about the future of the city. WHAT'S NEXT? starts on Saturday afternoon with an introduction by IABR-director George Brugmans, a speech by Rotterdam's mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb, and three panel discussions, guided by Maarten Hajer, on the three main themes of IABR–2016: the productive and inclusive city, the healthy and cooperative city, and the green sustainable city.
There is also a continuous program of presentations by guests of and participants in the IABR 2016.

In cities there is a renewed interest in a local manufacturing economy. New opportunities are provided by the emergence of smart technologies, the ambition to develop a circular economy, reshoring (bringing manufacturing back home), and an increasing public demand for (local) craftsmanship. How can spatial quality and the urban economy reinforce one another, and who creates and benefits from a productive city? And how do we connect new dynamics to the existing informal economy?

With, among others, Jeanne van Heeswijk (artist and founder of the Freehouse Foundation and the Afrikaanderwijk Cooperation in Rotterdam), Fernando de Mello Franco (architect, currently the City Councilor of Urban Development of São Paulo, and member of the Curator Team of the 5th IABR: Making City) and Daan Zandbelt (partner De Zwarte Hond and Lead Designer of the IABR–Atelier Rotterdam Productive City).

Even in the Netherlands life expectancy between people living in different neighborhoods of the same city areas can differ up to 13 years. While people get older and care gets more expensive, retirement and nursing homes are closing down. This second panel is about the relationship between health and urban development. How do cities cope with the retreat of institutional care? Will we survive being left dependent on cooperation or should governments and health insurers reconsider their roles and take a share of the responsibility? And how can the healthy city in the Next Economy be healthy for everyone?

With, among others, Joachim Declerck (partner Architecture Workroom Brussels and Lead Designer of the IABR–Atelier Utrecht) and Pauline Meurs (Professor of Health Care Governance at Erasmus University Rotterdam and Chair of the Council for Health and Society) and Victor Everhardt (Alderman for Public Health and Deputy Mayor of the Municipality of Utrecht).

What needs to happen if we would be truly serious about the 2 degrees climate goal? The European climate objective – 80 to 95 percent reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in 2050 compared with 1990 – requires significant system changes, but it also opens up new economic vistas. Which spatial conditions would support such an economy? Is a climate neutral city really feasible, and how could design make a contribution? How to connect small-scale initiatives to large companies that are part of the old system? And is there something we could learn in this respect from Africa?

With, among others, Eglantina Gjermeni (Minister of Urban Development of Albania, and responsible for Atelier Albania), Nienke Homan (Regional Minister of Energy Transition and Environment of the Province of Groningen, and co-commissioner of the Atelier Groningen), Mark Swilling (member of UNEP’s International Resource Panel and Distinguished Professor in Sustainable Development at the University of Stellenbosch, Cape Town) and Dirk Sijmons (one of the founders of H+N+S Landschapsarchitecten, emeritus professor of Environmental Design at TU Delft and curator of IABR–2014–URBAN BY NATURE).

Saturday 23 April 2016
Time: 12 noon - 6 pm
Locatie: Fenixloods II, Paul Nijghkade 19, Rotterdam
Language: English

Reservation for the opening weekend is not possible, tickets are available at the box office.
Tickets for the panels and the Next Salon are available at the box office an hour before the start of the program. Please note that there is a limited number of seats available.