Open City: Designing Coexistence - The Book
Editors: Tim Rieniets, Jennifer Sigler, Kees Christiaanse
In an age when migration is changing the face of many cities, when mass mobility and communication are altering our perception of distance and difference, when individualism has become a driving force of social life, the Open City is a tenuous notion. As our cities grow and diversify, the question is no longer if we want to live together, but how to live together - how to share the resources and opportunities cities offer.
The 4th International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam launched the theme Open City: Designing Coexistence to generate concrete answers to this question. This book presents research and proposals by international experts who were asked to develop methods to facilitate access and promote coexistence in the contemporary city.
Part One: Dimensions
In Part One, writers from different disciplines - architecture, urban design, sociology, ethnography, geography, law, history, economy, and urban design - map various theoretical dimensions of the Open City and consider the global forces that challenge it. Contributors include Ash Amin, Marc Angelil, Regina Bittner, Stephen Cairns, Kees Christiaanse, Angelus Eisinger, Gerald Frug, Stephen Graham, Dieter Läpple, Mark Michaeli, Robert Neuwirth, Arnold Reijndorp, Tim Rieniets, Christian Salewski, Saskia Sassen, Peter Sloterdijk, Michael Zinganel.
Part Two: Situations
Part Two documents research and proposals by international architects, urban designers, and activists who were asked to initiate urban design projects in situations where the Open City is most challenged. Major authors include Crimson Architectural Historians; Interboro Partners; Stephen Cairns and Daliana Suryawinata; Philipp Misselwitz and Can Altay; Jörg Stollmann and Rainer Hehl; Bart Goldhoorn and Alexander Sverdlov. The book includes contributions by photographers Bas Princen, Armin Linke, and Aglaia Konrad, among others.
Design: Mevis & Van Deursen