BAB 2019-2020: OUTSTANDING BUILT ENVIRONMENT SOLUTIONS AROUND CYCLING
The Bicycle Architecture Biennale (BAB) is a prestigious showcase of cutting edge and high profile building designs that are facilitating bicycle travel and transforming communities around the world. After a hugely successful first run, the second BAB launched in Amsterdam in June 2019, before starting its global tour. Discover how breakthrough designs are inspiring new ways of thinking about how to create cities fit for the future.
The BAB shows the work of international designers, from all corners of the globe. It shows that cities that put cycling at the heart of urban design unlock massive social, economic and environmental gains. We conceived it as a way to inspire people around the world to imagine new possibilities for human-centric cities. It was borne out of our bold mission, 50by30: 50% of all city trips by bike by 2030.
15 projects – from nine countries – have been selected for the BAB. Projects were selected on their ability to demonstrate how design solutions can go beyond the functional, and also lead to healthier lifestyles, more inclusive communities, a cleaner environment or a more sustainable economy.
Maud de Vries, CEO at BYCS:
“Cycling is much more than a transportation solution for cities, it is also a powerful force for transformation. Every city or neighborhood has the potential to become a success story through cycling. With this biennale, we want to offer the inspiration to make that happen, so we hope many cities will take up the offer to host the BAB on its international tour.”
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THE BAB SELECTION
The BAB is comprised of curated projects, along with – for the first time – projects selected from a global open call application. The curation was overseen by our partners NEXT architects, an award-winning international firm with offices in Amsterdam and Beijing. 11 of the chosen projects are fully constructed designs, whilst four are design concepts or plans. The exhibition is organized by three themes – Routes, Connections and Destinations. These themes reveal the variety of ways that cycling transforms people and places, and try to convey the balance between moving and staying that bicycle architecture employs to create thriving, livable places.
Selected projects include four from the Netherlands, a country still leading the global cycling movement, with around 43% of people cycling every day. Bicycle architecture there is helping to facilitate the ever-growing number of cyclists, and integrate cycling more seamlessly into every aspect of urban life. Projects include the groundbreaking bike parking at Utrecht Central Station, the largest in the world, soon with space for 13,500 bikes. Most excitingly, BAB projects also come from communities where architecture performs a truly inspirational role, revealing the many benefits of prioritising cycling if more support is given. This includes the iconic Bicycle Skyway that carries riders on an elevated 8km path through the city of Xiamen in China.
Browse through some of the inspiring images of the BAB below, or for more information on all the projects head to THIS page
HOST / Sponsor the BAB on tour
BAB 2019/20 launched as a flagship event at WeMakeThe.City, Amsterdam’s multi-venue citymaking festival. It then tours internationally at major architectural and citymaking events. Cities already confirmed as BAB hosts include Oslo, Rome and Gent, with several others in planning. If you are a city government, a business or citymaking event / conference and wish to host the BAB in its two year run, get in touch before it books up.
Hosting or sponsoring the BAB provides a chance to align your city or organization with cutting-edge and innovative projects, respected global architecture firms and brands. Most importantly, your participation will signify that you are part of a network of organizations dedicated to working towards a happier, healthier, and more sustainable urban future.GET IN TOUCH
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About BAB 2017-2018
The First Bicycle Architecture Biennale was curated by Dr Steven Fleming. It was supported by BAM and Gemeente Amsterdam, as well as local exhibiting partners on its tour.
Amongst the selected designs featured were:
- 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
- Chongming Bicycle Park: a double helical design for a bicycle museum by ´JDS Architects´