The Redundant City – A Multi-Site Enquiry into Urban Narratives of Conflict and Change

Dynamic processes and conflicts are at the core of the urban condition. Against the background of continuous change in cities, concepts and assumptions about spatial transformations have to be constantly re-examined and revised. Norbert Kling explores the rich body of narrative knowledge in architecture and urbanism and confronts this knowledge with an empirically grounded situational analysis of a large housing estate. The outcome of this twofold research approach is the sensitising concept of the Redundant City. It describes a specific form of collectively negotiated urban change.

Norbert Kling is an architect, researcher, and urbanist. He teaches architectural design and urban theory at the Technical University of Munich, where he received a Dr.-Ing. in Architecture. His research interests include conditions of asymmetric urban change and alternative spatial practices, as well as questions of concept formation, method and process in the spatial disciplines. He is partner at the award winning practice zectorarchitects London/Munich.

Published with the support of the Dr. Marschall Stiftung at the Technical University of Munich. 
ISBN: 978-3-8376-5114-0  
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