22 September 2022
The exhibition “IT'S ABOUT TIME” opens to the public in the Ferro, a former Natural Gas Container in the Rotterdam’s west harbor area. It is part of the 10th edition of the Architecture Biennale Rotterdam ( IABR ).
Looking back into “The Limits to Growth”, the club of Rome report published in 1972 to make way into the future.
The exhibition brings historical research (from 1972 onward), inspiring practical examples (in 2022) and future scenarios (towards 2072) together. This overview paints a picture that is both worrisome and hopeful. The exhibition features the work of architects, urban designers, artists, academics and landscape designers that documents and maps the causes and consequences of climate change. Their observations create a contemporary landscape that reflects the effects of climate change and calls for a response to this constructed hyperreality.
The biennale is more than a wake-up call: rather than create an exclusively dark world view, it strives to show the real, hopeful possibilities of new, more radical courses toward a livable future: drastic, achievable transitions that lead to a just and ecologically sound world in which architecture and landscape design make a valuable contribution to humankind, nature, and the planetary system.
It formulates 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.
Agua Carioca is featured in the Activist section of the show.
The exhibition IT’S ABOUT TIME, is curated by Derk Loorbach, Véronique Patteeuw, Léa-Catherine Szacka and Peter Veenstra. Hosted by Saskia Van Stein, Director of the IABR
LOCATION: Ferro Dome, Keileweg 25, 3029 BR Rotterdam
DATE: 22 September to 13 November 2022