Architecture Dirk Sijmons argues that despite the inherently 'urban' nature of cities, due to constantly evolving modernisation, they are in fact becoming our natural environment. This new perspective on how we view our cities forms the heart of the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam.
From 29 May to 24 August at the Kunsthal in Rotterdam the IABR will host exhibitions, field trips, conferences and more, all in celebration of architecture and its place in our modern society. All the events aim to redefine our conceptions of urban spaces, challenging ideas that they are ugly and destructive and instead stressing its fundamental role in the modern world. The exhibitions will try and demonstrate that nature and the city can coexist happily.
This year's theme, 'Urban by Nature' has been created by Sijmons himself, who is curating this year's event. Special features include the 'Wake up in Architecture' project, whereby visitors can pay to stay at artists/architectures' houses to get a more one and one experience, talking to designers and discussing their projects with them. Tickets for this will be priced at 60 euros for one person and 100 for two.
General admission to the Kunsthal for the IABR are priced at 11 euros each. There are no permanent exhibitions at the museum, but its temporary shows have included renowned artists including Andy Warhol and Chuck Close.
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