we support resilient transformation processes
in r/urban conditions.
we are urbanes.land
researchers by heart.
We specialize in transformation research and strategic consulting to empower resilient paths for territories in-between urban and rural. We start from the already built, leverage spatial and social resources and rethink local, regional and global relations.
Across Europe millions of people live in small and medium-sized cities, in polycentric networks of towns along transportation lines or waterways, in suburban agglomerations or at the fringes of metropolitan areas. We coined the term urbanes land for these territories that need to be put back on the agenda. What if we re-read the peripheries?
Ute Meyer and Martin Spalek have started the urbanes land initiative in 2017 to raise awareness on potentials of resilient development outside urban cores. This builds on a large body of academic work to analyse and conceptualize the phenomenon of dispersed settlement: From Thomas Sieverts’ to Peter Hall, from Bernardo Secchi and Paola Viganò to Karl Ganser or Studio Basel scholars have pointed out the necessity of a synopsis to be drawn on a regional scale to achieve transformative balance. What if we could turn this knowledge into action?
We are not alone. Many people understand that an urban practise in outskirts and fringe territories can substantially propel the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). All their brains, hands and hearts are needed to clear the way into the future: post-fossil, short-distanced, economically balanced and socially sound.
What if we engage our network of experts to come together in islands of transformational knowledge?
Temperatures of Urbanity | topos 114, 3/21
How to approach fringes? How to approach a zone of transition, a short-distanced difference, an inbetweenness charged with opportunities? In fact, these territories of uncertainty inherit a certain kind of urbanity, albeit they resist classifications such as peripheral or sub-/peri-urban. However, fringe territories could be a field of experimentation outside the big city cores – generating new ideas on how we will live together in an urbanised world. So, it’s high time to (re)interpret the fringe as a dynamic component of an agglomeration’s agency and creativity.
Agents of regional transformation
Urban and rural territories are no longer different realms. They intertwine, mingle or merge and require updated planning protocols to negotiate and shape their mutual future. For this demand the Wüstenrot Foundation and urbanes.land have launched a model research and action program between the Danube and Lake Constance. The region is known for stable economic data and content people, but hesitant to consequently address overproportionate land-consumption or the dominance of private cars. Sharing both urban and rural features, the potentials of this long standing messy mix of functions become unpacked in a triennial process.