November 4, 2005
by Canadian Architect
This month, the Verlag Hatje Cantz will publish the book Shrinking Cities: International Investigation in English, which provides an overview of the investigations of the Shrinking Cities project, a three-year initiative of Germany’s Federal Cultural Foundation that has focused on the phenomenon of the urban shrinkage processes.
Cities are shrinking everywhere in countries such as Great Britain, Belgium, Finland, Italy, Russia, Kazakhstan and China. Beginning with concrete examples, this volume examines the causes and dynamics of the shrinking process on an international level. Manchester/Liverpool (UK), Detroit (USA), Ivanovo (Russia), Halle/Leipzig (Germany), and Japan are at the center of an international investigation that concentrates upon the living conditions and cultural transformations in urban regions that are affected by economic decline and a population decrease.
Shrinking Cities is edited by Philipp Oswalt on behalf of the German Federal Cultural Foundation. Essays are contributed by Herwig Birg, Diedrich Diedrichsen, Robert Fishman, Yasuyuki Fujii, Dave Haslam, Linda Grant, Jerry Herron, Thomas A.P. Van Leeuwen, Kyong Park, Sergei Sitar, Thomas J. Sugrue, Katherine Verdery, amongst others. Photos are provided by Stan Douglas, John Ganis, Ken Grant, Bas Princen, Tom Wood, and Tobias Zielony.
The book contains essays on: Global Processes of Shrinkage; Dying CitiesRedundant Spaces; Moving CitiesUnstable Places; Panic CityThe Psychogeography of Fear; Imagining the CityCultural Representations; Space PioneersThe Avant-Garde of Shrinking; Everyday SurvivalDo It Yourself; Growth: ShrinkageDynamics of the Periphery; The Myth of PlanningAutomatic Urbanism; and Deconstructed ValuesMentalities in Flux.