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Down to Earth (Nederlands)

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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 978-94-6208-801-6 | 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 | Dutch | paperback | 17 x 24 cm | 440 pages | illustrated (300 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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