ETH Zürich – Institut für Städtebau
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URBAN REPORTS - Urban strategies and visions in mid-sized cities in a local and global context
Today’s cities are not only juggling for position in the global context, but also simultaneously attending to local economic, ecological and social needs. They vie with each other to attract investment by global players in the fields of the economy and science – hoping of course to gain jobs and greater opportunities for education.
URBAN REPORTS focuses on the way in which mid-sized cities in particular are being affected by these global trends, and it inquires into the consequences, challenges and chances resulting for local urban development. How are these cities dealing with the frictions and potentials arising from local interests and global powers? What aims and scenarios are being depicted for urban space? What types of measures, strategies and partnerships are being chosen to achieve these goals?
Representatives from six European cities - Amsterdam, Bilbao, Copenhagen, Dublin, Zagreb and Zurich - report on their fascinating visions for transforming their cities in the 21st century.
In addition renowned experts discuss present urban trends and potentials of mid-sized cities.
The written contributions are supplemented by a comprehensive section presenting representative visualized data, that highlight distinctive aspects of the six cities in comparison.
Kees Christiaanse, Nicola Schüller, Petra Wollenberg ……. Introduction
The European urban condition ...... Kees Christiaanse
Urban planning options ……. Angelus Eisinger
Notes on the transformation of cities ……. Carl Fingerhuth
Vedran Mimica talks to Petra Wollenberg about the mid-sized city ……. Vedran Mimica
Showcase city / real city ……. Nicola Schüller
Destination Europe ……. Petra Wollenberg
People who need people ……. Ton Schaap
Globalization in reverse ……. Floris Alkemade
Urban strategies in the transformation of Bilbao ……. Juan Alvaro Alayo Azcárate
The ‘Abstract Grid’ and Bilbao: a case-study in urban evolution ……. Javier Salazar Rückauer
Copenhagen restructured ……. Jens Kvorning
Copenhagen initiatives: potentials of urban public space ……. Stig L. Andersson
Dick Gleeson talks to Petra Wollenberg about the dynamics of Dublin ……. Dick Gleeson
Hinterland ……. Michelle Fagan
Zagreb city projects ……. Ivica Fanjek
The benefits of disorder ……. Sasa Randic
Conceptual urbanism ……. Franz Eberhard
Zurich: a city searching for its morphological form ……. Christian Sumi
Amsterdam, Bilbao, Copenhagen, Dublin, Zagreb, Zurich
Introduction to the data section
GLOBAL – LOCAL/CITIES I: Illustration credits
CITIES II – Comparative Data: online sources
English / 372pp / 161ill. / 16 x 22 cm / ISBN 978-3-85676-228-5