4th IABR Squat City Competition

The competition is part of the Rotterdam Biennale and deals with the increasingly common phenomenon of informal urban developments all over the world.

Category Award
Type International, Award, Open, Single-Stage, Onymous
Genre Urban
Country Rotterdam, Netherlands
Registration Deadline 27 March 2009 GoogleCal iCal
Submission Deadline 27 March 2009 (via Online)
Eligibility All

Today, the ability of the city to guarantee the co-existence of its inhabitants is threatened by social segregation, functional differentiation, and spatial fragmentation. 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.
If 'squatting' can be understood as the process of appropriation by which excluded local actors gain access to the territory and resources of a city, then a new type of activism should focus on the strategies and techniques that allow these informal processes to develop in a more inclusive and sustainable way.
The projects submitted for the Squat City Competition should contribute 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

Kees Christiaanse (chief curator, KCAP)
Tim Rieniets (ETHZ)
Fabienne Hoelzl (ETHZ)
Can Altay, Michelle Provoost (Crimson)
Georgeen Theodore (Interboro)
Bart Goldhorn (Project Russia)

The first prize: $2,000
The second prize: 1,000
The third prize: $500

Entry Fee

9 pictures and a short description

Squat City

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