Tuesday, March 17, 2009

4th International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR) "Squat City Competition"

The 4th IABR 'Open City' is committed to display projects that negotiate between the integrating and segregating forces and enable people of diverse cultures and lifestyles to connect and interact. 'Squat City' is part of the Rotterdam Biennale and deals with the increasingly common phenomenon of informal urban developments all over the world.
The projects submitted for the Squat City Competition should contribute to the agenda of the 'Open City' by proposing inventive design strategies and techniques pertaining to informal urban development.
The call goes out to projects from the fields of architecture and urban design that are based on or that support bottom-up practices and that encourage the self-empowerment of local actors, and that help formalize and legalize such developments.
They qualify by being:
- economically sustainable, e.g. by creating jobs and supporting.
social business
- ecologically and energetically sustainable, e.g. by reducing
waste. or energy and material consumption.
- socially sustainable, e.g. by creating education facilities and
enabling communities to become self-reliant

Competition site here

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