The book explores the relationship between the shrinking process and architecture and urban design practices. Starting from a journey in former East Germany, six different scenes are explored in which plans, projects, and policies have dealt with shrinkage since the 1990s. The book is a sequence of scenes that reveals the main characteristics, dynamics, narratives, reasons and ambiguities of the shrinking cities’ transformations in the face of a long transition. The first scene concerns the demolition and transformation of social mass housing in Leinefelde-Worbis. The second scene deals with the temporary appropriation of abandoned buildings in Halle-Neustadt. The third scene, observed in Leipzig, shows the results of green space projects in urban voids. The scene of the fourth situation observes the extraordinary efforts to renaturise a mining territory in the Lausitz region. The fifth scene takes us to Hoyerswerda, where emigration and ageing process required a reduction and demolition in housing stock and social infrastructures. The border city of Görlitz, the sixth and last scene, deals with the repopulation policies that aim to attract retirees from the West.

chapter |17 pages

Travel journals

ByAgim Kërçuku

part I|26 pages

Old problems fill new space

chapter 1.1|17 pages

Transformation of mass social housing

ByLeinefelde Südstadt, Leinefelde-Worbis

chapter 1.2|7 pages

Degrees of transformation

ByAgim Kërçuku

part II|32 pages

The luxury of appropriation practices

chapter 2.1|21 pages

Temporary use of abandoned spaces

ByAgim Kërçuku

chapter 2.2|9 pages

Space for improvisation

ByAgim Kërçuku

part III|32 pages

Domestication and aporias of renaturisation

chapter 3.1|20 pages

The projects of the green space in urban voids

ByLene-Voigt-Park, Urban Walder, Bürgerbahnhof Plagwitz, Gestattungsvereinbarung Leipzig

chapter 3.2|10 pages

Perforated territory

ByAgim Kërçuku

part IV|30 pages

The invention of quiet landscape

chapter 4.1|18 pages

Transformation of industrial and mining territories

ByLausitzer Seenland

chapter 4.2|10 pages

A landscape between the mining past and the tourism future

ByAgim Kërçuku

part V|30 pages

Shrinking of the rights?

chapter 5.1|21 pages

Demolition of residential stock and social infrastructure

ByAgim Kërçuku

chapter 5.2|7 pages

Dezentrale Konzentration (decentralised concentration)

ByAgim Kërçuku

part VI|28 pages

Controlled migration from the West

chapter 6.1|19 pages

Retirees and repopulation policies

ByAgim Kërçuku

chapter 6.2|7 pages

Qualified migration

ByAgim Kërçuku