Slow Urban Planning: The Future of Tribsees (Hardcover)

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Although public spaces in the former East Germany were elaborately refurbished after reunification, many small towns and villages continue to suffer from population exodus and high vacancy rates. The same is true for Tribsees in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, where seventy of the 240 houses in the downtown area are currently unoccupied. In 2020, a team of artists and students led by Ton Matton engaged with a number of these buildings, sounding out possibilities and concepts for the future of the town in collaboration with residents. This resulted in new narratives of coexistence--not always in adherence to the letter of the law, and involving large amounts of improvisation--based on individual responsibility, self-sufficiency, and local production.

Slow Urban Planning does more than document this project and its artistic interventions, some of which were implemented in the context of the "Tribsees Centenniale." It also illuminates how urban planning processes tend to proceed in general, and how regulatory structures can be adapted in order to better integrate performative processes. This publication hopes to offer an impetus for a decelerated urbanism--for Slow Urban Planning.

About the Author

Ton Matton is an indie urbanist, opinionist, and utopian who is back again with a good dose of humor to deliver a fascinating inside perspective on his experiences and ideas for revitalizing small towns and villages.

Product Details
ISBN: 9783868597691
ISBN-10: 3868597697
Publisher: Jovis Verlag
Publication Date: July 31st, 2023
Pages: 208
Language: English