Shrinking Cities – Research and design project 2002-2005

This project was examining the causes of shrinkage and its impact on urban cultures in Germany and other countries. Local design projects were being devised in conjunction with it, which are to be implemented in East German cities. The aim of the project was to ascertain the cultural relevance of shrinking cities and thus to build a bridge between the socio-economic and town-planning arguments over their redevelopment.

A major exhibition was held at the "Kunst-Werke Berlin" in September and October 2005. On display were the artistic and socio-geographical research findings from the regions of Detroit, Ivanovo, Manchester/Liverpool and Halle/Leipzig. The exhibition was accompanied by several events and publications. The results of an international competition concerning the structural problems faced by shrinking cities were a topic in ARCH+ magazine. The results of the project were presented at an exhibition with a special catalogue.

"Shrinking Cities" was a project of the Kulturstiftung des Bundes (German Federal Cultural Foundation) in cooperation with the Project Office Philipp Oswalt, the Museum of Contemporary Art Leipzig, the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation and the magazine ARCH+.