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April 23, 2006, 2 pm - 3 pm

Cruising Identity – The Ruhrgebiet

Project presentation by orange.edge (Dortmund) and Platforma 9,81 (Zagreb)
PHOENIX Halle Dortmund

Starting from the disintegrating spatial concept of the Ruhrgebiet metropolis, this study will investigate possibilities of the integrating urban logistics that could be used in making alternative identity politics. Along the A 40, the central highway crossing the Ruhrgebiet from the East to the West, decentralized mixture of scales, typologies and programs produce an urban system that cannot be explained in traditional categories of center and periphery. People often talk about the Ruhrgebiet as the one big metropolis, but this discussion is abstract since there is no picture of how this metropolis really looks like. However, the real question should be: do we really need a picture? Even if we would have it, would it do any good to semi regulated locations adjacent to the traffic line?

Location: PHOENIX Halle Dortmund, Hochofenstraße/Rombergstraße, Dortmund-Hörde
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