4th International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam

The International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR) is an international research biennale founded in 2001 on the conviction that architecture is a public concern. It is an international event of exhibitions, conferences, lectures and other activities devoted to themes in the field of architecture and urbanism.

The 4th edition of the IABR will take place from September 24, 2009 to January 10, 2010 in Rotterdam and Amsterdam. The central venue of the 4th IABR is the Netherlands Architecture Institute (NAI), and the theme is “Open City: Designing Coexistence.”


A large-scale model will illustrate this theme, and visitors to the IABR will discover a variety of exhibitions and will enjoy the opportunity of participating in the forums. The Parallel Cases exhibition will present 44 exemplary projects from 28 countries. A series of special programs by

the Netherlands public station, VPRO, will be broadcast via radio, television and the Internet from the NAI.


The 4th IABR’s curator is Dutch architect and urbanist Kees Christiaanse, professor at ETH Zurich and founder of and partner in KCAP Rotterdam. In addition to three exhibitions, the 4th IABR is offering a sizeable event program at the NAI, including debates, lectures, theatre performances and film screenings.


For more information, please visit www.iabr.nl