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Down to Earth (English)

Designing for the endgame

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In-depth research by design into the major climate challenges (energy transition and water challenge), aimed at bringing about real social transformation

> This book is a tour de force: it is history, report and imagination of as well as reflection on contemporary design in times of climate crisis
> Everything must change! Now that the world is heading for more than two degrees of global warming, DOWN TO EARTH is a call to designers: get your act together!

This book about designing in times of climate crisis - the endgame is a given, we are smack dab in the middle of it - is the concluding project of DOWN TO EARTH, the antitypical 9th edition of the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam. In a world in lockdown, chief curator George Brugmans turned the traditional biennale model inside out and focused on completely unfolding the IABR-Ateliers research on how to use the energy transition and water issue as leverage to find real world solutions to help realize the world community s sustainable development goals.

In the first part of this visually rich book, How can we land?, Brugmans reports on this research, anchoring it in the history of the IABR as a cultural research institute aimed at real change, and describing the exhibited results. This also makes the book a retrospective catalogue of a series of seven smaller exhibitions that were organized across a year and in different locations from September 2020, as the pandemic permitted.

In the second part, Where Can We Land?, including an essay by Dirk Sijmons and an account of a conversation between teachers and students at the Rotterdam Academy of Architecture and Urban Design, George Brugmans reflects on our complex presence in the Anthropocene, argues for a new art policy as a condition for a truly free creative space, and makes suggestions to designers and imaginers on how to take a stand now that the endgame is the human condition.

Featuring research by design by:IABR-Atelier Rotterdam III: OOZE architects & urbanists led by Eva PfannesIABR-Atelier East Flanders Core Region: PLUSOFFICE architects and Architecture Workroom Brussels led byJoachim DeclerckIABR-Atelier Drought in the Delta: Studio Marco VermeulenWaterschool M4H+: Studio Makkink & BeyIABR-Atelier Dordrecht: West 8, VenhoevenCS architecture+urbanism, PosadMaxwan, EGMarchitects and Studio Donna van Milligen Bielke led by Adriaan Geuze

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ISBN 978-94-6208-802-3 | 1. edition | October 2023 | available | George Brugmans, met bijdragen van Dirk Sijmons, Rotterdamse Academie van Bouwkunst | Red: George Brugmans | Redactie-assistenten: Noortje Weenink, Alexandra Sonnemans | design: ARK: Loes Claessens, Roosje Klap | English | paperback | 17 x 24 cm | 440 pages | illustrated (150 full color) | with support from: Ministerie van Binnenlandse Zaken en Koninkrijksrelaties, Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie, Provincie Oost Vlaanderen, Gemeente Rotterdam, Gemeente Dordrecht

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