Contents of the scape summer issue #18
We called it the issue of hope. It contains images by Marc Wilson and others, showing the silent remnants of war – the fortresses and bunkers – that nowadays are used for theatre
and music, meeting places to enjoy life. It contains also a variety of reflections on urban development in light of the Covid pandemic, a collection to provide food for thought, debate, and
inspiration for urban designers and planners in their work to create more sustainable and equitable urban areas fit for the future. We have a portrait of the young Finnish office of Nomaji with
their eco-social thinking and design. And we show projects that can be considered as walks along the water, that tell a story about the relationship with water. The beauty of the view and the
experience of nature, surprisingly close.
Real nature, with a rough edge. Ebb and flow, oysters, weather-beaten ropes...
URBAN DISTURBANCE / 10+1 reflections / From times of upheaval to spaces for change
This dossier is called ‘Spaces for change’ and contains reflections on the Covid pandemic. How can we make sense of uncertainty and turn it into momentum for positive change? How might a period
of upheaval help us rethink how we live in cities and envision future trends of urban development? How do perspectives informed by heightened understandings of impending health, economic, and
social crises shape the values, principles, and ideals we choose to live by now and in the future? The editors and authors of this dossier – edited by Andrea Kahn and Adrew Gallagher – have an
ambition to use the pandemic as a critical lens for viewing the city and reflecting on the ideals, practices, policies, and processes that shape its formation and transformation. It results in
ten short essays from all over the world, from Chili to New Zealand, from New York to Stockholm.
Along the water
Riverbanks are the theme in the review section. Authors stroll along rivers in Antwerp, Buenos Aires, and New York, where redevelopments made them more accessible and beautiful. Even those that
did not turn out well impress. When the water is toxic and intentions have failed to materialize.
Even more than in Antwerp, Brooklyn Bridge Park in New York has transformed the old industrial areas along the East River into a green setting for sport, play, art, and recreation. From the
countless parks, gardens, play and barbecue areas, you have an impressive view of the skyscrapers across the water. To the good listener, the nature of the water is surprisingly close. Real
nature, with a rough edge. Ebb and flow, oysters, weather-beaten ropes...