Claiming the public space: Urban interventions and the shift from vertical to horizontal urban planning

Main goal of the research project is the analysis of conflicts around and in urban public spaces based on an empirical research of “urban interventions” developed and implemented by organized groups of activists and professionals (artists, historians, sociologists, etc.) in St.Petersburg and Berlin. In the framework of this project urban interventions are understood as tools of a new approach to urban development. Urban interventions mean a challenge both for the practice and for the agents of vertical urban planning, and they entail an approach for horizontal urban planning. A further aim of this comparative research project is to investigate the potential, power and effect of urban interventions in the process of urban development, moreover to study their impact on the classical hierarchical forms of urban planning and design in various European and non-European cities. As an outcome of the project, a publication, as well as a preliminary application for HORIZON 2020 will be formulated by the participating institutions.

Principal investigators
Gantner, Brigitta Eszter (Details) (Cultural and Social Geography)
Helbrecht, Ilse Prof. Dr. (Details) (Cultural and Social Geography)

Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung

Duration of project
Start date: 01/2016
End date: 12/2018

Research Areas
urban intervention, public space

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