According to the United Nations, two-thirds of the world population will live in urban areas in the near future—that is in cities and urban regions. How will the other third live?
Throughout the last decades, the attention of architecture and planning has shifted to be more or less exclusively concerned with the city. Where villages and small towns have not been on the agenda, the city-centered discourse becomes almost a self-fulfilling prophecy with cities becoming larger and better, more interesting and beautiful, whereas villages and small towns are more or less left to their own devices. Are they?
With Ruralism, an international and interdisciplinary group of scientist and practicioners from the field of architecture, planning, sociology, geoecology, landscape architecture, and cultural sciences is discussing the future of villages and small towns in an urbanizing world.
Ruralism – The Future of Villages and Small Towns in an Urbanizing World
by Vanessa Miriam Carlow, Institute for Sustainable Urbanism ISU, TU Braunschweig (ed.)
296 pages, English, ISBN 978-3-86859-430-0