The Bicycle Architecture Biennale (BAB) is a prestigious showcase of cutting edge architecture that facilitates bicycle uptake around the world.
The Bicycle Architecture Biennale (BAB) is a prestigious showcase of cutting edge and high profile architecture that facilitates bicycle uptake around the world. After a successful first edition, inspiring thousands of visitors in 2017/18 to imagine new possibilities for urban living, the BAB will return in June this year.10
The BAB was conceived and is run by BYCS, a Dutch social enterprise that works to accelerate the adoption of cycling in cities worldwide. For the second BAB, they appointed NEXT architects as the curator.
Projects will be selected on their ability to demonstrate how design solutions can go beyond the merely functional , and also lead to healthier lifestyles, more inclusive communities, a cleaner environment or a more sustainable economy.
The second BAB will launch at the end of June, and will be a flagship event at WeMakeThe.City, Amsterdam’s multi-venue citymaking festival. It will then tour internationally at major architectural and citymaking exhibitions and events. The BAB exhibition will be comprised of curated projects hand picked by NEXT, along with – for the first time – projects chosen from the open call. The first project already announced as featuring in the curated selection is the Xiamen Bicycle Skyway in China by Dissing+Weitling.
The BAB was developed to strenghten BYCS’s mission, which is called 50by30 and calls for half of all city trips to be by bike by 2030. BYCS believes that cities that put cycling at the heart of urban design unlock massive social, economic and environmental gains.
Image: © Xiamen Bicycle Skyway, Dissing+Weitling