BrabantStad, an alliance between the cities of Eindhoven, Den Bosch, Breda, Tilburg, Helmond and the province North Brabant, is in essence a dispersed city, an urban landscape. It is an extensive and flexible mosaic, with different land use both in high and low densities: a "carpet metropolis".
What would joining forces bring these cities more than what they cannot accomplish on their own? What are the opportunities and which are the obstacles? What would make BrabantStad a cohesive urban metabolism, and how exactly are agendas, ambitions and actors interconnected? And what would be the best governance approach by which to steer the interplay of all the different actors and agendas?
The IABR–Project Atelier BrabantStad searches for the strengths that lay hidden in this urban tapestry. It explores city-landscape relations and asks which level of dispersion, from high to reduced densities, is most favorable for ecological and economic sustainability. In what way do different governance philosophies have an impact? And how can the three force fields –ambitions, potentials and governance– be optimally connected through the different scale levels?
The brief of the Project Atelier is to deliver a number of tools, which are to be put to good use in between the cracks of existing policy and governance structures. These would be tools that the province, the cities and the water boards can instantly implement to facilitate and improve individual and collective ambitions of both local decision makers and stakeholders.

The IABR–Project Atelier BrabantStad is a collaboration between the IABR, the province North Brabant, the municipalities of Den Bosch, Eindhoven, Tilburg, Breda and Helmond and the water boards of North Brabant. The design research is carried out by Architecture Workroom Brussels, Floris Alkemade Architect and LOLA Landscape Architects.

Director: Alexander Oey
Producer: George Brugmans
The film was commissioned by Architectuur Lokaal, in the context of IABR–2014–URBAN BY NATURE–, and produced by iabr/UP.

© iabr/UP, 2014

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The IABR–2014–FILMS– were produced by iabr/UP and commissioned by IABR for the sixth edition of the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam, URBAN BY NATURE (

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