What is urbanity? How and where can it be experienced today and in what way does it condition our perception of the city? And which role does art play in the current discussions about the urbane? Through theoretical analyses and practical suggestions, this book explores the issue of how urban potentials can be discovered and exploited. Contributions from art, architecture, sociology, and cultural studies offer a critical and emphatic approach to the “city” phenomenon, concentrating before all on actual cities. Examples from Rotterdam, Dresden, Wroclaw, Budapest, and Salzburg shed light on an international theme and present artistic strategies to strengthen alternative planning methods and models of action. (urban potentials) clearly demonstrates how wasteland and contradictions can be useful to the development of the urbane.