IBA Parkstad introduces the topic of the ‘Regiopolis’ by organizing a digital symposium on Thursday 14 October 2021. Renowned speakers such as Thomas Sieverts and Dirk Sijmons will present their views on the topic.
The regiopolis is the equivalent of the metropolis, only smaller in size. They are characterized by the geographic scattering of the core functions of housing, work and recreation (Reverda et al, 2018) and a heterogenic landscape which makes it unclear where the urban stops and the rural starts. Since the majority of European citizens live in a regiopolis, the lack of attention from architects and urbanists for these type of regions is remarkable. The Parkstad region is a fit example of a ‘regiopolis’ and will serve as the object of interest.
The digital symposium serves as a steppingstone for the ‘Regiopolitan Rumble’, the two-day conference that IBA Parkstad organizes in May 2022. During this conference the ‘Regiopolitan Parkstad’ will be discussed from a practical as well as from a theoretical perspective by presenting keynotes, thematic mini-conferences and bike safaris exploring the ‘Regiopolitan’ city-, and landscape of Parkstad. The final program of the digital symposium will be announced in August.