International Conference, 18.11.2015, 10-19 Uhr | Architekturpavillon der TU Braunschweig

© Snøhetta (Petter Dass Museum)

In the current city-centred discourse, rural spaces are often dismissed as declining or stagnating. However, rural spaces also play a critical role in sustainable development, as an inextricably linked counterpart and complement to the growing city, as extraction sites, natural reservoirs, providing for ecosystem services or leisure spaces.
The city and the countryside are evermore increasingly mutually reliant. A closer look at the countryside unveils a set of dynamics overlaying and changing rural space, beyond trends of depopulation and shutdown of public facilities. The once remote and quiet countryside is now traversed by global and regional flows of people, goods, waste, energy and information, interrelating it with the larger urban system, even bringing it to the frontlines of regional transformation and sustainability.

The conference proposes the following questions:
– How can the contemporary rural be conceived of and described?
– What new concepts for rural living currently exist?
– How are urbanisation and ruralisation processes connected?
– Can impulses for the design of urban space be drawn from the imagined and practiced connections between the urban and the rural?
– How can we formulate a (new) vision for ‘ruralism’?

Networked Urbanism | ecosistema urbano, Madrid
Learning from Landscape – Snøhetta’s Approach to Integrated Landscape (and) Architecture | Patrick Lüth, Snøhetta, Innsbruck
Hinterland | Stephan Petermann, OMA/AMO, Rotterdam

International researchers will illuminate the notion of ruralism from architectural, cultural, gender, ecological, and political perspectives.
– Imagining Urbanisation/Ruralisation
– Redistributing Resources of urban-rural landscapes
– Small Town Life Worlds
– Possible urban-rural politics
– Re-Appropriating the Rural

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Date: 18.11.2015, 10am – 7pm
Venue: Architekturpavillon, TU Braunschweig
Costs: Registration fee is 80 euros (Students: 20 euros). Free for TU Braunschweig students and faculty.

Please register by October 30, 2015.

Herewith I agree to pay the following conference fee according to my status.
Fees incl. food, beverages as well as conference proceedings.

 TU Braunschweig (free) Student extern (15,-) Municipality (20,-) Other (30,-)

This conference is made possible by the generous support of: