Open City-Designing Coexistence Rotterdam [NL]

‘Open City – Designing Coexistence’ is the topic of the 4th International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR), curated by Kees Christiaanse.
With three exhibitions, a unique collaboration with a public broadcaster and an extensive side program of lectures, film screenings, debates, workshops, an international master class and other events, the  4th IABR embraced the theme of the Open City.

Open City can be described as a city that is diverse, lively and socially sustainable, where people can productively relate to each other culturally, socially, as well as economically. More specifically, with the theme of Open City, the 4th IABR raised the question of social cohesion in the city from the point of view of its designer: how can architects and urbanists make realistic contributions to the sustainable quality of the urban condition.

‘In the history of utopias, the reflection of the ideal society often takes the form of a city. In this way, we can view the Open City as a spatial translation of an open society,’ says Kees Christiaanse in his curatorial statement.

After the exhibition period in Rotterdam (September 2009 - January 2010), ‘Open City – Designing Coexistence’ was shown in Jakarta and Bali (Indonesia).

Organisation International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR)
Program Research of urban futures in form of an international Biennale event
Time 2009 - 2010
Role Curator (Kees Christiaanse)