Although the majority of the population live in peri-urban areas, such areas do not feature prominently in urban development concepts. The aim of the “Direct Urbanism” project is to replace unspectacular peri-urban development with new forms of centrality. For this purpose, international urban practitioners are invited to implement projects in the peripheral districts Andritz, Liebenau, Wetzelsdorf and Waltendorf that deploy artistic, urbanistic methods to initiate innovative programmes for socially engaged urban planning as a collaborative process with local residents.
With the aid of their interventions, public works (London), Georg Winter (Saarbrücken), Stalker (Rome) and transparadiso (Graz) will encourage a specific identity in the peripheral districts, focusing on the collective qualities and appropriation of public spaces. The plan is to turn Graz into a hotspot of urbanistic consideration in Europe in 2020.
Partner transparadiso: Michael Petrowitsch
Project partners: HDA Graz, Forum Stadtpark, dérive