The Future of Villages and Small Towns in an Urbanizing World

Vanessa Miriam Carlow, Institute for Sustainable Urbanism ISU, TU Braunschweig (ed.)

20 x 24 cm
296 pages, 150 col. and b/w
ISBN 978-3-86859-430-0


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In an urbanizing world, the city is considered the ultimate model and the measure of all things. The attention of architects and planners has been almost entirely focused on the city for many years, while rural spaces are all too often associated with visions of economic decline, stagnation and resignation. However, rural spaces are transforming almost as radically as cities. Furthermore, rural spaces play a decisive role in the sustainable development of our living environment—inextricably interlinked with the city as a resource or reservoir. The formerly segregated countryside is now traversed by global and regional flows of people, goods, waste, energy, and information, linking it to urban systems and enabling them to function in the first place.
Ruralism is dedicated to the significance of rural spaces as a starting point for transformation: what notions of rural life currently exist? What is the connection between urban and rural concepts? Can these connections provide new impulses for shaping (urban) space? International experts illuminate rural spaces from an architectural, cultural, gender-oriented, ecological, and political perspective and ask how a (new) vision of the rural can be formulated.

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