I gave a lecture today at the University of Duisburg-Essen, with as title “Imagining Futures for Postindustrial Cities at the Water: Helsinki and New York City in Fiction and Planning” (24 May 2018). This was a good opportunity to rethink some of my work in the context of postindustrial cities and to get to know other perspectives on similar questions.
Many thanks to prof. Jens Gurr and prof. Barbara Buchenau for the invitation and for the warm welcome. Inspiring also to get better acquainted with the project “Scripts for Postindustrial Urban Futures: American Models,Transatlantic Interventions”, a fascinating, wide-ranging project that promises to bring valuable new insights to the many ways in which urban development of post-industrial cities is narrated.
Thanks also to Lena Mattheis for the kind welcome and moderating the discussion.
Looking forward to continuing collaboration on these urgent and inspiring thematics.
Update: my talk is now online here: