Ressource Stadt - City as a Resource

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure

Martin Kaltwasser / Folke Köbberling

Softcover with flaps
16,5 x 24 cm
128 pages, 171 col. and 101 b/w
ISBN 978-3-939633-07-5

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Dump or rich source – the "free materials" discovered on the street, on wasteland and on building site rubbish dumps and recycled by Martin Kaltwasser and Folke Köbberling experience incredible metamorphoses. Pavilions, villages of huts and even whole houses are appearing over night. Since 2002 the artists have been using public space as their field of experiment in projects on the use of (free) resources. In installations, exhibitions and most frequently, in actual interventions they question the conditions of urban life determined by privatisation and economisation. Through realised projects the book reveals simple ways of livening up and re-appropriating the City as a Resource and thus offers new components in an alternative to conventional urban planning. Köbberling and Kaltwasser propose informal and self-organised structures rather than the usual methods emphasising control, security and as much marketing as possible. Their approach demonstrates that often – with the help of their own clever building logistics – a huge impact may be made with a minimum of financing.

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