Posted on Mittwoch, 30. April 2014
The 5th issue of the Weltstadt Newspaper series deals with Cities and Citizenship in New York. The theme of the newspaper explores the relationship between cities and democracy by way of citizenship, which was core to the Weltstadt New York project, a three part events, that took place in mid-March. The event began with a documentary film screening, “The Domino Effect” (2012) followed by a public conversation with the filmmakers at the Goethe-Institut downtown moderated by Alissa Burmeister, a full day conference organized as a collaboration between Parsons the New School for Design, New York University, and the Goethe-Institut, and finally, a series of workshops with architects, filmmakers, urban educators and activists held at the Goethe-Institut following the conference.
Based on the event's themes and structure, the newspaper explores city-making and citizenship, honing in three main themes: “Environment and Citizenship or The Social Construction of Nature in the City”; “Design, Participation and Citizenship”; and “Design Humanism”.
Urban space is an active participant in citizenship. After all, it is not by chance that the words polis, politics and the political are so closely related etymologically since ancient times as are city, civics and civilization. How might design enhance these connections? Can the design of cities contribute to democratic ideals of commonwealth, participation and equality, a community of shared interests and purpose, that is the essence of citizenship? To what extent is the twenty-first century citizen finding new ways of inhabiting the city – and for that matter, what does it mean to “inhabit” the city today?
The newspaper is available in English.
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About Cities and CitizenshipDespite a rich trove of knowledge about climate change consequences there is a pervasive absence of decisive political action. The project Cities and Citizenship explores possible cross-overs between design and environmentalism to make an impact on these issues. Discussion round tables and workshops will explore whether design can provide new and richer tools for strengthening citizenship and advancing human responsibilities.
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