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Announcement

Submission for Startsubsidie at the stimulation fund for the creative industry

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Last week we have finished our submission for the startsubsidie, which will allow us to fully start up our research project for the Post-Growth City

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Announcement

Submission for Startsubsidie at the stimulation fund for the creative industry

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Last week we have finished our submission for the startsubsidie, which will allow us to fully start up our research project for the Post-Growth City

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URGENTIE

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As urban designers, we want our designs to be as sustainable as possible. For example, in our design for the new Merwede district in Utrecht, we incorporate several sustainable interventions. But if we critically reflect on our own work, with the knowledge that the global north needs to actually achieve zero emissions by 2030., then these sustainable interventions we make today, are simply not enough to achieve this ambitious goal.

 

That's why it's so important to research the “Post-Growth City”, to broaden our mental horizons. With the the designs we make today, only being realized in 10 years. If we as urban planners take climate change and inclusiveness seriously, we fundamentally need to change our way working and designing today. With this research we hope to make clear how spatial and urban designers can contribute to a truly sustainable and just city​.

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Limits to growth

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Spatial development and urban planning is driven by a focus on economic growth. In recent decades, this growth imperative has led to an increase in production, consumption, trade and the exchange of goods & services. At the same time, the focus on economic growth lays major claim on our environment, raw materials & energy, which is increasingly pushing the planet out of balance. The effects of the ‘growth imperative’ are undeniable in our cities: the shortage of housing, the ever-rising house prices, land speculation, segregation, climate pollution, and (over) consumption are just a few of the examples.

Post-Growth City builds on existing research and articles regarding Degrowth, by taking a closer look at the spatial & urban aspects. Within the current urban planning we will examine the visible & invisible instruments of the underlying systems such as, land policies, tax systems, planning instruments, construction lobby and interweaving with the financial system. We outline the (new) building blocks and principles of the Post-Growth society and what effects this will have on our living environment. We are looking for a new narrative that appeals to the imagination and can offer a real alternative to current ‘green growth’ models. The research by design thus shows what Post-Growth urban planning looks like; an alternative way to design our cities, with respect for our planet.

This research is made possible with subsidies by the Creative Industries Fund NL.

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Announcement

Startup-subsidie awarded to the Post-Growth city by the creative industries fund NL

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With the awarding of the Startsubsidie, it puts us in the position to put full speed on our research project the Post-Growth City. With us working towards the first thinking session for the Post-Growth city the coming weekend at the Independent school of the city in Rotterdam.

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Announcement

First thinking session for the Post-Growth City held at 'The Independent School of Architecture'

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With the awarding of the projectsubsidie, it puts us in the position to put full speed on our research project the Post-Growth City. With us working towards the Manifest of the Post-Growth Urbanist in the coming week and set up a lecture at the Independent school of the city in Rotterdam.

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Announcement

First thinking session for the Post-Growth City held at 'The Independent School of Architecture'

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With the awarding of the projectsubsidie, it puts us in the position to put full speed on our research project the Post-Growth City. With us working towards the Manifest of the Post-Growth Urbanist in the coming week and set up a lecture at the Independent school of the city in Rotterdam.

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