The world’s first international Bicycle Architecture Biennale (BAB) - a showcase of outstanding built environment solutions around cycling - will be exhibited for the second time after great success from the first edition. The event will take place from the 13th until the 30th of November in Circl, in the south Amsterdam.
The event celebrates the cutting edge and high profile building designs that are facilitating bicycle travel, storage and safety around the world. The biennale aims to reflect how cycling can improve urban living by contributing to a healthier lifestyle and a cleaner environment. And how design solutions can not only meet transit needs, but also inspire and facilitate greater cycling uptake.
The biennale will show the work of international designers, from all corners of the globe. Amongst the selected designs are: The West Village Basis Yard apartment complex in Chengdu by ‘Jiakun Architects’, where cyclists can ride from their tenth floor apartments all the way down to the ground. SkyCycle, a controversial and largely misunderstood proposal from ‘Foster + Partners’ to build new buildings for cyclists in the airspace above London’s train lines, and Chongming Bicycle Park: a double helical design for a bicycle museum by ‘JDS Architects’.
Professor Steven Fleming said: “In recent years we have witnessed a profound change in attitude among architects toward bikes. Bikes used to be lower than horses in architects’ eyes. Facilities for them always seemed built on the cheap, as though they would only be torn down when all the cyclists could afford cars. This exhibition celebrates buildings that roll out a red carpet for bikes. They show bicycle planning doesn’t stop at the curb side. As the built environment grows with this mode—that we now know is the healthiest and fastest for making connections in cities—the desires of cyclists are going to start shaping the design of new buildings.”
Lee Feldman, co-founder of CycleSpace, said: “Amsterdam has shown how we can make cities more liveable when we put the bicycle first. It facilitates a change in how we think and move that improves so many aspects of our lives, from physical and mental health to clean air and family friendly neighbourhoods. The bicycle is a vehicle to literally transform the way we live our lives. Architects, urban planners, designers, futurists, system disruptors, and so many others all have great ideas about how the built environment influences greater ridership in cities, and by celebrating that and showcasing it we can encourage and inspire even more powerful ideas for the future.”