topos 114: fringes

topos  - The International Review of Landscape Architecture and Urban Design - focuses on landscape architecture as well as increasingly on architecture and urban planning. It sees itself as an interdisciplinary think tank aimed at addressing the challenges urban areas will face in future. The professional magazine strives to inspire planning practitioners, urban experts and professionals who shape the cities of tomorrow. Every issue of the periodical, that is published quarterly, is dedicated to a different topic and deals with a broad array of projects and planning work in countries all over the world.

Current considerations of fringes often depend on exploring and analysing relationships – the relationship between city and countryside, centre and periphery, different quality spaces inside and outside the city as well as transitions between built space and natural space. In this issue that is on fringes we explore that which lies at the edges, that which is located in the transition between two systems; that which sets a mark, but which also merges fluidly or even in fragile ways from one element into the other while still being able to accommodate one or more centres within it. We define fringes as in-between spaces, transitional spaces, and sometimes non-places; contradictory, sometimes undefined, fragmented. Above all, we define them as spaces of possibility and experimentation.

Content

TEMPERATURES OF URBANITY
Fringe territories as a field of experimentation outside the big city cores

BETTER ACCESSIBILITY FOR URBANES LAND
The crises of transport and mobility and the challenges of providing urban access

IN CONVERSATION WITH GEORGEEN THEODORE
Beyond the urban cores: How to achieve openness and diversity in American suburbs through planning

A TASKFORCE FOR SUBURBIA
The British Suburban Taskforce and its goal to identify strategies and policies to support suburban areas

OCCUPY THE DOCKS!
From fragmentation to liveability: The transformation of the Royal Docks in London

BALANCING THE URBAN-RURAL DYNAMICS
Drawing inspiration from the Far East to overcome the urban-rural dichotomy

FACTS & FIGURES
Different forms of spaces

IN CONVERSATION WITH ULI HELLWEG
Reflections on how digitalization impacts urbanization and suburbanization processes

METROPOLITAN ECOTONE
Berlin and the surrounding area of Brandenburg: How to design the metropolis of the future?

POLYCENTRIC PORTRAYALS
Max Guther’s hyperrealistic isometric illustrations of a possible Stuttgart city region

IN CONVERSATION WITH ANDREAS HOFER
The artistic director of IBA’27 on how to find a new definition for the city region of Stuttgart

DESIGNING THE HYBRID AND THE FRAGMENTARY
Four participatory planning projects at the fringe of Italian cities

CORRIDOR D8
Non-places and spaces-in-between: landscapes of logistics along the motorway

MANUAL FOR MONGOLIA
District upgrading along the fringes of Ulaanbataar

In topos 114 the editors explore that which lies at the edges, that which is located in the transition between two systems; that which sets a mark, but which also merges fluidly or even in fragile ways from one element into the other while still being able to accommodate one or more centres within it. They define fringes as in-between spaces, transitional spaces, and sometimes non-places. Above all, Topos define fringes as spaces of possibility and experimentation.

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