The sixth theme of the exhibition, ‘Pure Resilience’, located at the Natural History Museum, is about the ecology of the city. One could clearly smell the chemicals here, yet crucial, to preserve the many stuffed animals; a rich variation to the urban nature nowadays. Besides the sixteen-birds-per-year-eating domesticated cat there is also the ‘oyster catcher’, originally living in coastal areas, which recently moved to our city roofs.
The IABR 2014 is a research-oriented biennale, focusing on the relationship between city and nature in order to understand the landscape of the city, or as Sijmons cited, “we need to learn riding this tiger”. Hereby, design plays an important role as an indirect strategy to influence the urbanizing landscape. Although the word ‘sustainability’ was not used once, this IABR is all about a sustainable urban future.
The International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam 2014 will be running until August 24th. Click here for more information.
Photo 1: A giraffe against the skyline of Nairobi in Nairobi National Park © James Morgan WWF US
Photo 2: Zwanennest © Natuur Historisch Museum Rotterdam
Photo 3: Urban Metabolism © IABR 2014 – URBAN BY NATURE