How will social conditions affect Germany’s built environments? Under which conditions are cities and regions changing? How are we going to live? The book Speculations Transformations is dedicated to the Future of Germany’s Cities and Regions: an atlas of Baukultur composed of texts, maps and photographies that drafts scenarios about the spatial, natural, urban, architectural, and social environments in which we might live in 2050, after having faced economic and infrastructural transformations.
Speculations Transformations emerged from the “Baukulturatlas 2030/2050” research project initiated in 2011. The project aimed to draft alternative future scenarios of spatial developments and built environments that are conceivable due to being based on contemporary situations and processes, while taking into consideration that constructing cities and regions involves both manifold perspectives of time, space and methods and the people working on and finally living in it. [Read more]
The book is organized in four thematic approaches: ANALYSIS – SPECULATIONS – REFLECTIONS – TRANSFORMATIONS
For ANALYSIS we developed and designed a series of maps and infographics facilitating a better understanding of the present, while subsuming SPECULATIONS about the changes of cities and regions cartographically as Netland, Wattland and Integralland. Therefor, we defined a system of representation for the depiction of the blurry, and a visual language and vocabulary displaying the underlying theses and discourses aesthetically. We simplified complexity and subsumed diverse levels of texts, illustrations, data, photography, and their interrelations in a layout that guides you through ideas and thoughts of how we are going to live in 2050.