degrowing cities, planting justice: towards a regenerative relationship

By Mara Förster

Arenas of competition and consumption, the "engines of growth": Cities are the motors for economic growth in an increasingly urbanizing world. Amongst increasing privatization, real estate development, and the financialization of land and housing - How can urban environments serve as fields of experimentation with degrowth-related alternatives? Join Federico Savini, Assistant Professor in Environmental Planning, Institutions and Politics at the University of Amsterdam, and Laurens van der Wal, architect and urban planner, as they delve into urban degrowth and explore the practicalities of it as specialists in the field. Want to learn more? Read Dhr. dr. Savini’s paper “Towards an urban degrowth: Habitability, finity and polycentric autonomism”, problematizing the regional territorialization of economic competition, ideology of land scarcity, and institution of zoned property rights and outlining three transitions toward urban degrowth.  Interested in Laurens’ work? Make sure to visit his website to see his projects and dive into an explorative study into the value of a degrowth approach for sustainable urban planning in Amsterdam. 

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