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Transforming Peripheries Magazine

Looking from the in- rather than the outside, from the existing and not the expanding – the aim of the Transforming Peripheries Magazine – a joint effort of urbanes.land and topos – is to concentrate existing knowledge about urbanised territories and connect the realms of academics and practitioners across borders, sectors and regions. For one year, the magazine will act as a platform for exchange and connection. It will share best-practice strategies, reflect on what works, and provide levers to influence the spatial development agendas of policy makers, urban planners, business leaders, academics and community groups alike. We encourage and welcome all parties to add, dissent or comment on the magazine. Dynamic exchange, instant reflection and a broad spectrum of different angles are some of the best things an online magazine can offer.

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The urban future lies in the countryside

Imagine the future is not in the city, but instead in rural areas, where radical changes are taking place. Imagine the countryside could be more futuristic than any big or smart city. This is what Rem Koolhaas, the Dutch architect and urbanist, states in the current exhibition for the Guggenheim Museum. The exhibition addresses urgent environmental, political, and socioeconomic issues through the lens of Koolhaas and Samir Bantal, Director of AMO, the think tank of the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA). Could the answer of all urban challenges maybe lie within the countryside?

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Inside Urbanised Territories

No more sense in terms like urban and rural – all land man made. Productive  landscapes – urban resorts. Infrastructure blurring any idea of centre and periphery. Housing crouching to motorways, people in constant departure and arrival. Flux and persistence of plants and artefacts. Living between projected networks, unintended ruptures and innumerable gardens – spaces in oblivion? Hidden potentials in plain sight?

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Unlocking potentials in urbanised territories

Martin Spalek and Ute Meyer, urbanes.land, on urbanised territories as a structural opportunity for sustainability and reserve of levers for their transformation. 

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Good Growth in the Cambridge-Oxford Arc

Tom Holbrook, director of 5th Studio Architecture and Urbanism, London, on future planning options for UKs Fast Growth Cities and the challenges to the proposition of sustainable development.

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Experiments as fertile ground for innovation

Podcast: The German-American Urbanist Mark Kammerbauer and Suzanne Potjer – the Project Leader of the Urban Futures Studio project “Experimenting with Cities” at the University of Utrecht on the experiment and its governance.

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A series of opportunities

Video Interview: Dr. Christoph Hupfer, professor for mobility planning at the Institute for Traffic and Infrastructure in Karlsruhe, in a conversation on the benefits of integrating transport and land-use planning.

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Contribute to the Visual Archive

No longer rural, not yet urban. Urbanised landscapes display manifold expressions of urban phenomena. Join us in forming a wide-ranging visual collection of people and places characterizing peripheral conditions.

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The transforming peripheries magazine is a project by the research and transfer initiative urbanes.land and topos, the international review of landscape architecture and urban design. The format supports the researchers’ purpose to link public interest in manifold expressions of urban phenomena to new ways of professional reporting.

urbanes.land is a part of InnoSÜD, a university network with the goal to enable a sustainable exchange between science, industry and society with innovative transfer formats. The networks aim in the medium term is to create a dynamic innovation system which positions the Donau-Iller-Riß region as a link between the metropolitan regions of Stuttgart and Munich among Europes most competitive and innovative regions. The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the federal states are funding the project over a period of five years.