Lecture: Making City

Now that the world is urbanizing at a rapid pace, the importance of cities is steadily increasing. While the economy used to function at a national scale, the city is now the place where money is largely made. By way of an introduction to the central theme of the 5th IABR, Making City, Rients Dijkstra talks about the changing relation between the city and the economy.

Designing with money

Architect Rients Dijkstra of MAXWAN tells the story of an architect-urbanist proposing innovative design approaches including economic modelling, and of what he encounters on his path.

Architects and urban planners have accepted a role on the sideline of project and area development. Using form, material and detailing  they mostly design only after key decisions have been taken. Too few of them are showing an active interest in the relationship between design and money. Sustainable design is inherently good and necessary. Sustainability implies smart relationships and a symbiosis between different professional fields, including - and by no means limited to - design and economy. Subsequently, designers should understand finance, in order to be a constructive project partner.

Venue: Dépendance building, Schieblock, Schiekade 189, Rotterdam
Date: 13 September 2011

Starting time: 20:00 hrs
Admission: € 5, to be paid at the door
Language: English
Reservations: events@iabr.nl (reservation recommended)