West 8 took active part in IT’S ABOUT TIME, the 10th edition of the Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR), which was held from 22 September to 13 November 2022. Through reflections, debates and presentations, the broad scope of West 8’s work and impact – past and present – was on full display.
During the event Looking Back to the Future: 20 years of IABR, Adriaan Geuze and team leader Shelley Long joined former curators, including Dirk Sijmons, Maarten Hajer and Francine Houben, to reflect on the theme of their previous biennales. In 2005 Adriaan curated The Flood for the 2nd edition of IABR. This edition focused on the relation between water and urban design in the Netherlands and around the world, and was a rallying cry to face up to the challenges presented by climate change.
As part of the main exhibition, West 8 submitted ‘A Vision of Groningen in 2040’ an excerpt of Toukomst, an initiative of Nationaal Programma Groningen to help improve the economy and quality of life in the Groningen province. The miniature ‘Toukomstbeeld’ is a hand-drawn panorama, featuring seven Groningen landscapes, and a selection of ideas collected from the extensive community outreach program. Click here to learn more about the project, and see the ‘Toukomstbeeld’ in full, see the website (in dutch): Link
Model photographer: Sabine van der Vooren
Hao Yan, member of the West 8 design team, took part in FUTURE GENERATION, ‘This is 2072’. Hao presented his graduation project ‘Synergy of urban ventilation and flood defence’ on redesigning dykes to help control the complex and sometimes suffocating hot urban climate.