Special Issue
Branding as a Lever for Rresilient Transformation – The Sicani Mountains in Sicily

Finding perspectives for marginal areas is a highly relevant contemporary issue in Italy. The B4R work in the Sicani Mountains in Sicily offers a framework for the region’s development and manages to describe a path to activate “reserves of resilience” for new sustainable lifestyles.

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#googleurbanism or: Remote Research

Christof Mayer, raumlabor and Ute Meyer, urbanes.land, discuss in-between territories and experimental ways to decipher and picture their character from a physical distance.

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An adventure that is both monotonous and exhilarating

The French photographer Eric Tabuchi and artist Nelli Monnier dedicated ten years of their life to documenting and describing what they define as territories of France. Since 2017 they travelled across the countryside to explore singularities and commonalities of contemporary landscapes. An interview with Eric Tabuchi.

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“We seek to overcome the undercomplex urban-rural dichotomy”

The relationship between urban and rural spaces is changing at a very dynamic pace. studio amore, Berlin-based urban designers, focus on the issue of transformation in rural areas. They have a vision of the countryside that differs from others. It’s the studio’s view that transformation research needs to look at the rural development changes from a different angle.

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The socio-spatial qualities of the landscape

The perspective of the city constitutively presupposes peripheries – whereas from the perspective of the land, which today we usually perceive as landscape, peripheries do not exist. Cities are referred to via attributes such as the public sphere, specific characteristics, intrinsic logic … The land has lost all these aspects and an exclusively aesthetic perspective on landscape cannot replace them.

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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.

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A series of opportunities

Video interview: Christoph Hupfer – Professor for Mobility Planning at Hochschule Karlsruhe and Ute Meyer – urbanes.land –  about the obstacles of transforming mobility patterns in urbanized territories and how integrating processes of land-use and transport planning can benefit the greater agenda of emission-reduced and social-equitable settlements. 

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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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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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Connecting knowledge for comprehensive transition

Since the UN has announced the majority of mankind to be living in urban areas we have allowed a single vision to become the dominant answer to future challenges: the idea of the resilient urban body. This reduction misses a large potential of urbanized territories…

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