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Cities beyond growth: Creating alternative tools to transform urban crisis' into urban asset
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Architecture, Urban Design. (Sustainable Urban Planning and Design (SUPD))
2014 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Städer bortom tillväxt: alternativa verktyg och taktiker att omvandla urbana kriser till en tillgång (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

What is the future scenario of crisis cities? How is the urban planning paradigm going to affect cities facing crisis? This thesis has as its departure point the post-crisis cities and the problems these cities have to confront. Discussions and debates concerning the economic crisis have now conquered the political discussions and policies in Europe. Since many cities worldwide suffer from the cut down policies and austerity measures, most of the urban environments are being under major change.

The main objective of this Master Thesis is to explore the main characteristics of cities in crisis and then transform this backdrop into a strong element through a design proposal for a sustainable future. Encouraged by the idea that individuals and communities can build up their own economy and their own sustainable environment, initiatives and efforts have been taken. Embracing the already existing and implementing new bottom up initiatives, for the creation of a less consuming lifestyle, specific urban tools are developed. This thesis investigates an alternative economic pattern and how this could be implemented in a greek neighborhood, suffering from the consequences of crisis, basically, reversing the notion of what growth actually is.

In this approach, economic degrowth is used as an urban asset rather than being addressed as an urban problem.  The idea is that post-crisis cities, struggling with decline and unemployment, can simply adapt a different socioeconomic and more resilient lifestyle that is not based on consumption and materialism. This thesis is about challenging the current concept of ‘growth’, more in terms of quality rather than quantity. 

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alternative tools, degrowth, sustainable lifestyle
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-147212OAI: diva2:728691
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Urban Planning and Design
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Degree of Master - Sustainable Urban Planning and Design
2014-06-03, A3, KTH, School of Architecture, Stockholm, 11:00 (English)
Available from: 2014-06-25 Created: 2014-06-24 Last updated: 2014-06-25Bibliographically approved

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