How do we want to live? This is the question posed by IBA’27, the International Building Exhibition to be held in Stuttgart and the surrounding region – in the German state of Baden-Wuerttemberg. Until 2027, this exhibition will look for answers to how cities, villages and settlements in the highly industrialized metropolitan region of Stuttgart can meet social, technological and ecological change. We talked to the artistic director of IBA’27, Andreas Hofer, about cultural images, accelerators of transformation, the legacy of modernity and why places on the edge, places of transition, of being in-between are precisely spaces of the future.
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.
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.
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.
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…