City Shock
Planning the Unexpected

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Winy Maas, Felix Madrazo
Designed by Thonik/Beng!
English
320 pp / 210 x 150 mm / paperback
price € 30.00
ISBN 978 94 6208 007 2
published 2012, available
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In association with The Why Factory, MVRDV and Delft University of Technology

In a world where forecasting seems futile, where predictions are unreliable, and where even the most absurd scenarios are plausible, many urban planning decisions seem to be governed not by vision but by fear. Fear of disaster, fear of change, fear of the unknown. Can we learn from ‘fear’? Can we even use it as a guide for spatial planning? City Shock explores ten innocent ‘what ifs’. What kinds of radical trend breaks can we expect, and with what effects?
Guided by fantasy rather than science, this book imagines how each of these scenarios could play out in the Dutch landscape between 2018 and 2047. In a narrative composed of (im)possible headlines, a chain of fictitious newspaper spreads reports these events, exposes their possible causes and depicts theirpotential consequences for Dutch spatial planning and lifestyle.

City Shock is the sixth book in the Why Factory’s Future Cities series.

In association with The Why Factory, MVRDV and Delft University of Technology


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