Author Archives: rkreichauf

Luxury vacation in a fake south african slum? Welcome to Shanty Town!

The South African luxury hotel Emoya offers its guests a stay in an artificial slum called Shanty Town. For 65 Euros you are able to spend four nights experiencing the life in a slum. Wonderful! The hotel company built Shanty Town with the same materials, interior, and structure like “real” slums, but with a few […]

News on Detroit … And why cities decline

Detroit has experienced a major economic and demographic decline in recent decades. Its population has decreased from almost 2 million in the 1950s to around 700.000 in 2013, causing significant problems in unemployment, crime, poverty, urban decay, and budgetary planning. The recent documentary on Detroit and its history is called “Detropia”. It focuses predominantly on the […]

Critique on the IBA in Hamburg – Open letter to sociologist and IBA curator Saskia Sassen

IBA’s have a long tradition in Germany as a tool in urban development and urban design. The first IBA started in Darmstadt in 1901. The internationally most known ones were in Berlin in 1957 with the development of the Hansa Viertel, and the IBA Emscher Park from 1989 to 1999 in North Rhine-Westphalia. Historically, IBA’s […]

DVD recommendation: The Pruitt-Igoe Myth: an Urban History

“It began as a housing marvel. Two decades later, it ended in rubble. But what happened to those caught in between? The Pruitt-Igoe Myth tells the story of the transformation of the American city in the decades after World War II, through the lens of the infamous Pruitt-Igoe housing development and the St. Louis residents […]

We were there: Eurocities conference on demographic change

on November the 26th, 2012 at the Office of Berlin in Brussels. The event was organised by the Office of Berlin and funded by the European Commission via EUROCITIES, the network of major European cities. It contained presentations of new strategies for Urban Mobility and Design for Public Spaces in London, Vienna and Berlin and […]