BOOKS

Eventisierung der Stadt.

Events have become a consistent feature of our everyday life. They are planned professionally, designed with clever scripting, and convey a sense of exclusivity. The event concept stands for a specific cross-over area be-tween economic usage contexts and popular practice dimensions. Set against this unclear notion, this book focuses on processes of urban development and the normative potential of patterns in event production and reception. On the one hand, urban development and event production are therefore seen as the drivers of exclusion processes. On the other hand, eventization is viewed as an interweaving of production and reception processes. We all take part more or less actively in eventization processes and usually also accept them willingly. The flip side of eventization and the inequalities that it causes, however, remain mostly invisible. Based on the example of Zurich, this book examines the question of how event cultures reorganize and link processes and practices of social self-understanding.


Immo Dorado Zürich West - Bilanz 2013

The study by the Zurich Tenants' Association gives an impressive picture of the dynamics in the "Wild West" of Zurich. It promotes knowledge about projects, actors and their strategies.

Picture source: Hochparterre

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zone*imaginaire. Zwischennutzungen in Industriearealen.

The project zone*imaginaire considers dozens of former industrial areas in Switzerland and abroad. Investigations in Aarau, Winterthur and Zurich have been conducted.
zone*imaginaire shows several ways, how the areas can be planned. A comprehensive "Toolbox" at the end of the book provides concrete instruments and guidance for the actors involved. In addition, there are photo portraits and interviews with interim users, investors and mayors.

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Urbane Qualitäten. Ein Handbuch am Beispiel der Metropolitanregion Zürich.

Tested at the ETH - already applied in practice (e.g. in the sociospatial study Rosengarten-Buchegg, INURA Zurich Institute 2014). Based on the 6 terms -
Centrality, Diversity, Interaction, Accessibility, Adaptability and Appropriation - the book helps to identify qualities and shortcomings in the new
urban areas and enables cooperation between different disciplines, in particular architecture and social sciences. As a practice-oriented working instrument the book is addressed to planners, architects, students, authorities.

Simon Kretz, Lukas Kueng (Ed.): Urban qualities. A Guide using the example of the Metropolian region of Zurich. Edition Hochparterre, Zurich 2016. Research group and collective of authors: Marc Angélil, Rebecca Bornhauser, Kees Christiaanse, Maik Hömke, Thomas Kissling, Philipp Klaus, Simon Kretz, Lukas Kueng, Vittorio Magnago Lampugnani, Gabriela Muri-Koller, Rahel Nüssli, Verena Poloni Esquivié, Christian Schmid, Caroline Ting, Günther Vogt.

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Bureau Savamala Belgrade. Urban Research and Practice in a Fast-changing Neighborhood.

Savamala, a once traditional district of Belgrade that had fallen into neglect since the 1950s, has been experiencing rapid changes in recent years. Owing to its location close to the city center, on the bank of the Sava, it has become attractive for those within Belgrade creative and gastronomic circles, as well as for global investors.
This study by the Bureau Savamala research team documents not only the material and socio-economic changes in Savamala, but also changes in local perceptions. Local architects, artists, and cultural figures present projects that were carried out in 2013 as part of Urban Incubator Belgrade and were designed to contribute to the regeneration of Savamala, avoiding the negative consequences of gentrification. The experience of Savamala clearly shows to what extent upgrading is possible and worthwhile. It also shows what its limits are and how culture, design, and art can initiate and guide these processes.  

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Stadt, Kultur, Innovation. Kulturwirtschaft und kreative innovative Kleinstunternehmen in der Stadt Zürich.

What do trendy districts have to do with the global economy? Why are there more and more cultural events, festivals and parties in the cities? Economic geographer Philipp Klaus shows how the economic significance of culture has grown with the competition among cities and how developments in cities are linked to global processes of the economization of culture and the culturalization of the economy. Exemplary are the developments in the city of Zurich, where the growing cultural economy promotes the image of the trend and party city as well as economic development. Philipp Klaus examines these interrelationships in great detail and traces the changes that the city of Zurich has undergone since 1980, which sectors of the cultural sector have grown and which districts have become places of cultural innovation. In particular, he explains what role creative innovative microenterprises play in these developments and what framework conditions they encounter for their activities in the city of Zurich. "Stadt, Kultur, Innovation" stands for a highly topical and exciting economic geography.

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Book review & articles

Von der Subkultur zum Standortvorteil.  
>> dérive 27, 04 / 2007 <<

Im neuen Kleid.
>> Die Wochenzeitung 45, 11 / 2006 <<

Kulturelle Innovation.
>> unimagazin 4 / 2006, S.61 <<

Markenzeichen Kulturwirtschaft.
>> Radio LoRa 07 / 2006 <<

Possible Urban Worlds - Urban Strategies at the End of the 20th Century.

This book explores some of the possible urban worlds at the end of the 20th century in order to discern possible common strategies among communities in different cities. It assembles contributions by distinguished, well-known academics and some of today’s most innovative urban-movement groups and projects. The book appeals not only to academics and activists, but to anyone interested in ruban development at the end of the 20th century. The book is the result of the 7th INURA conference “Possible Urban Worlds” held in Zurich in June 1997. It continues the debate about new concepts for a democratic and sustainable city, among people who have come together in the International Network for Urban Research and Action (INURA).

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Zentralstrasse.

Photographs and other reports from the inside of an unusual house. With contributions by former housemates, such as Andres Lutz, Pipilotti Rist, Ruth Schweikert, Patrick Walder, Peter Weber, and many others.

“Although the rooms were usually full of smoke, there was a lot of oxygen at Zentralstrasse. Capturing this was the intention of this publication. From February 1995 until the last day of our temporary use of the building in October 1996, the house Zentralstrasse 150 in Zurich was a living space, receiver, breeding-ground, fluvial system, space, power station, switchboard. (…) The lyrical stands next to the anecdotal, complemented by contributions on urban development, house plants, body chemistry, space exploration, love, music, and other miracles, electricity.” — Peter Weber.

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