IABR – It’s about time


The title IT’S ABOUT TIME hints at the ever-mounting time pressure under which we are trying to counteract the effects of climate change and connect them to other social challenges. The title also zooms in on time and speed as crucial factors in architecture and spatial design processes and appeals to the profession to work effectively to resolve socioecological urgencies.


As a starting point, the biennale formulates three strategies that designers can follow: those of the Accelerator, the Activist, and the Ancestor. The Accelerator is efficient through the use of smart technology. The Activist works together, in the here and now, with local communities on small-scale bottom-up projects that have a great deal of social support in neighborhoods and districts. The Ancestor considers the consequences that design choices made now or in the past will have for future generations. The projects and practices that the Architecture Biennale Rotterdam 2022 gathers together in the name of these three strategies are ambitious, often the result of long-term research, and widely applicable. They have been developed in close collaboration with local actors, take the spatial aspect of socioecological issues as their starting point, and use time as a tool in the design process.


The 10th edition of the Architecture Biennale Rotterdam will take place from 22 September to 13 November 2022 in Rotterdam’s city harbors. The exhibition IT’S ABOUT TIME, curated by Derk Loorbach, Véronique Patteeuw, Léa-Catherine Szacka and Peter Veenstra will be presented in the Ferro, an imposing former Natural Gas Container in Rotterdam’s western harbor area.


On show in the nearby Keilepand will be the work of THE FUTURE GENERATION, curated by curated by Hanna Prinssen and Lindsey van de Wetering and in close collaboration with Maria Christopoulou. This exhibition comprises a selection of graduation projects by students from the Netherlands and Belgium. Connecting the two exhibitions is a broad program of guided tours, lectures, debates, and workshops for children and young people, which will make room for dialogue, knowledge building, and experimentation.

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