Shrinking Cities


Moving Datas from 1kilo on Vimeo.

The movie above comes from shrinkingcities.com – they state that ‘
Shrinking cities are a cultural challenge to us. In the Shrinking Cities project, architects, academics and artists investigate recent developments in Detroit, Ivanovo, Manchester / Liverpool and Halle / Leipzig – and make suggestions’.

Their world map is interesting:


World Map of Shrinking Cities from 1kilo on Vimeo.

With the recent move, a least in the UK, to brownfield site urban flats and apartment developments we would argue that perhaps British cities are growing in population rather than shrinking (?).

Shrinking cities is a project (2002-2008) of the Federal Cultural Foundation, under the direction of Philipp Oswalt (Berlin) in co-operation with the Leipzig Gallery of Contemporary Art, the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation and the magazine archplus.

For more information see shrinkingcities.com.

Author Bio

Andy is Professor of Digital Urban Systems at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London.

1 Comment

  1. Duncan - July 21, 2008

    Some really good info visualisation there, and I like the time animations. Agreed that ‘Shrinking Cities’ doesn’t currently apply to UK cities like Manchester and Liverpool which are successfully regenerating and gaining population in the centre and suburbs.

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