Volume #18

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Out Now: Volume #18 After Zero

Originally a wacko, hippy-esque ideology, ‘sustainability’ – aka ‘eco-friendly’ or ‘green’ – has now become globally accepted. But as what – an environmental urgency, a political issue, a technical problem, a historic destiny, a new world order? And what are the consequences of this acceptance? The sustainability consensus is dangerous since the concept has no political content and can be used for any cause. Carbon neutrality and zero emissions are like magic formulas, cover-ups for complicated ethical questions about the inequalities in our societies.

Yet striving for zeros or hiding in neutrality does not lead to a better life in a more desirable house in a superior city for everyone. After Zero is not about design inspired by the fear of tsunamis or Katrinas. Volume proposes an understanding of our society beyond zero. To kick off we discuss two perspectives: sustainability in a post-capitalist city and the potential of urban agriculture.

Table of Contents

Arjen Oosterman
Sustainable is Good, Sustainable Luxury is Better
Christophe Catsaros
Beyond Zero
John E. Fernández
Next Nature
Koert van Mensvoort
Counter-Histories of Sustainability
Panayiota Pyla
The Enterprising Civil Engineer
Interview with Adriaan Geuze
Destroyed Japanese Welfare
Tokyo Genso
Get the Balance Right!
Ronald Sean Wall
The Complex History of Sustainability
Amir Djalali with Piet Vollaard
Slavoj Žižek
Scott Hocking
Down from the Stand
Stefano Boeri
Food not Bombs
Monica Nouwens
Population Thinking in an Age of Bio-Politics
Peter Trummer
Yes We Can… Up to a Point
Interview with John Roberts
Back to the Future: the Edo Biosphere
Thomas Daniell
Pig Story
Christien Meindertsma
Oil Story
Harriet Russell
Prison Break in a Ruined Tower
Gianluigi Ricuperati

 Post-Capitalist City

Tagging Cloud
Clare Butcher and Joost Janmaat
Detroit Unreal Estate Agency
Andrew Herscher
Glossarial Comments on the Post-Capitalist City
Mireille Roddier
Survival Strategies and Community Building in Post-Capitalism
Marjetica Potrč
Investing in the Quality of Live
Interview with Peter Blom, Triodos Bank
Aesthetics of Catastrophe
Aric Mayer
Disruptive Innovation
Interview with Dorothea Seebode
Untying Cradle to Cradle
Aetzel Griffioen
DIY 2.0
Interview with Sherry Lassister

 Urban Agriculture

Cultured and Landscaped Urban Agriculture
Debra Solomon
Metropolitan Agriculture and Global Food Problems
Steef Buijs
Continuous Productive Urban Landscape
Katrin Bohn and Andre Viljoen
Food and the Randstad Metropolis
Van Bergen Kolpa Architects
Loisaida Gardens
Michela Pasquali
Sustainability in Practice
Erika Jacobs Lord
Vanitas. Venice Biennale 2008
Michael Stanton


Green Architecture Guide
Andrea Brennen, Zachary Lamb
The Markermeer
Territorial Agency


Volume#18: After Zero
160 pages
Binding: Soft-Cover
ISBN 978 90 77966 18 1
Price: € 19,50
Release: December 2008
Editor-in-chief: Arjen Oosterman
Contributing editors: Ole Bouman, Rem Koolhaas, Mark Wigley
Feature editor: Jeffrey Inaba
Editorial Consultants: Carlos Betancourth, Thomas Daniell, Bart Goldhoorn, Markus Miessen, Kai Vöckler
Design: Irma Boom and Sonja Haller
Publisher: Stichting Archis


This is Volume #18, ‘After Zero’.

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