The Regiopolitan Rumble 2020

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The main scope of the conference, organized by IBA Parkstad, is the regiopolis. This type of region is a hybrid combination of rural and urban areas, where city and countryside meet. Whereas metropoles are run by a central government and are focused on a strong city center, regiopolitan areas are characterized by a decentralized economic and administrative structure. These aspects complicate the physical, economic and ecological transformation of the regiopolis.

Because eighty percent of the population of the European Union live in a regiopolitan area, there is an increasing urgency to analyse and study the subject. Yet there is little attention for the regiopolis, both on the scientific side as well as on the side of European and national administrations. The Regiopolitan Conference aims at starting the methodical and scientific study of regiopolitan areas and opening up a lively discussion on the subject. A conceptual analysis, but also a focus on the regiopolis in the context of time and space. We will be paying attention to the pioneers in the field who have already developed sub-aspects of the regiopolis, for instance the German notion of the Zwischenstadt. Furthermore, we will compare different cases of regiopolitan areas throughout the EU to the Parkstad region in the Netherlands.


Parkstad Limburg is a region of the Netherlands that has seen a continuous transformation since the closure of the mines in the 1970s. And the change is ongoing. New themes such as demographic changes (contraction/ageing population), energy transition, sustainability, and the circular economy require changes to physical appearance and existing structures. Added to this is the real need for flexibility, creativity, innovation, and the forming of alliances to rejuvenate the region. IBA Parkstad aims to give the economy, physical space, and population of Parkstad a push in the right direction. At the heart of IBA Parkstad is a series of eye-catching projects aimed at transforming Parkstad. A closing exhibition will be organized during 2020 to showcase these projects. 

IBA Parkstad

IBA is a concept that has built up a great reputation in Germany. IBA (Internationale Bau Ausstellung – International Building Exhibition) began at the start of the 20th century as an exhibition for modern architecture, but has since grown into a powerful creative model that provides a significant economic, social, and cultural impetus within regions aiming at transition or transformation, such as Parkstad. IBA symbolizes the high-quality projects that make a significant contribution to this transformation and transition.

Please, note that the programme is subject to change. More information about the congres and registration will be available on the original webpage



Day 0* Wednesday, August 26th 

Location Heerlen, city centre 

14.00 – 20.00 Open for registration 

14.00 – 00.00 Cultural evening programme (with theatre festival Cultura Nova) 

*Day 0 offers participants who have to travel from far a comfortable extra night in Heerlen. Without obligation, they can register on arrival and participate in the cultural programme.

Day 1 Thursday, August 27th 

Location Hoensbroek Castle 

09.00 – 11.00 Registration 

11.00 – 11.15 Opening ceremony together with Cultura Nova 

11.15 – 12.00 Keynote speaker 

12.00 – 13.30 Lunch 

13.30 – 15.00 Panel discussion by pioneers and provocateurs 

15.00 – 18.00 Learning from others 

18.00 – Campfire session & foodtrucks 

Day 2 Friday, August 28th 

Location Hoensbroek Castle 

09.00 – 10.00 Keynote IBA Parkstad 

10.30 – 12.00 Regio Safaris 

12.00 – 15.30 Miniconferences incl. lunch:

  • Climate change
  • Landscape and biodiversity
  • Welfare landscapes
  • Circular building
  • Settlements

15.30 – 16.30 Wrap up 

16.30 – 17.00 Key note speaker 

17.00 – 20.00 Closing reception 


Datum: 24-08-2020
Organisatie: IBA Parkstad
Locatie: Heerlen
Plaats: Heerlen

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