_New Babylon. Architecture and Urbanism after Crisis
Concept and moderation symposium, 2013
Reader and conclusion will be realised in 2020

The global network between capital markets and the international distribution of risks has meant that the USA’s sub-prime crisis has become a global financial and economic crisis.
Unemployment levels, poverty and emigration rates are rising worldwide. The speculation of the financial market has resulted in vacany and ruins of the building environment. At the same time, cities and regions are beginning the privatization of public services and the sell-out of city-owned property and common goods. The global financial crisis has become an urban crisis.
The symposium discussed its causes, repercussions and possible problem-solving solutions for the developments in urban planning and architecture.
Where are the changes first perceived, and what is society’s response to this upheaval? Which positions are taken by the individual, by government policies and by architects?
The main focus lies on the issues of public space, economy, identity and infrastructure, which emerge as key factors in the current discourse. What will we make of these notions in the future, and which tools do we need for shaping? What happens after the crisis?!

Contributors: Dirk Baecker, Regina Bittner, Andrew Comer, Isabel Concheiro, Jón Gnarr, Dan Hill, Andres Lepik, Peter Mörtenböck, Sabine Müller, Klaus Overmeyer, Freek Persyn, Muck Petzet, Stefan Rettich, Charles Waldheim, Michael Zinganel
Moderators: Florian Dreher, Kerstin Faber, Georg Vrachliotis, Alex Wall
Supporter: KIT Karlsruhe, IKEA Stiftung, Architektenkammer Baden-Württemberg, Bauder GmbH, British Council, Förderverein Baukultur